Senior Cardinals limp away from weekend with three losses

By Joel Charron

It’s a weekend the Amherstburg Senior Cardinals will want to forget. In a matter of three days, the Sr. Cards saw their season loss column rise from three to six after dropping games to Woodslee, Riverside and Essex.

Sr.Cards weekendAmherstburg was outscored 23-6 over that span. Woodslee handed Amherstburg a blowout 14-3 loss Friday night on Woodslee’s home field. After having a day and a half to wash the stink of Friday’s game away, the Cardinals returned to the United Communities Credit Union Complex premiere diamond for a doubleheader.

Game one was against the Riverside Royals while the latter game was a makeup game against the Essex Sr. Yellow Jackets.

Riverside got to Cardinals starting pitcher Nick Price in the first inning scoring the games first run on a single. The Royals picked up their second run in the third inning and lead 2-0. The Cardinals never looked comfortable at the plate and had difficulties stringing together any kind of run. It’s not that the Cardinals weren’t hitting the ball, it was that they were hitting the ball right to the Riverside players.

“Sometimes baseball is just like that, it’s a wicked game,” said Cardinals second baseman Brendan Segin. Riverside added one more run in the top of the seventh to round out the scoring. Price pitched a very efficient seven innings, giving up four hits, two walks and struck out four. “That’s a tough loss, Nick pitched a great game,” said Sr. Cardinals manager Al Carr following the loss to Riverside.

“Everything we hit was right at them. If we would have had a little bit of luck the result would have been different.” Following the Riverside loss, the Cardinals only had 30 minutes to regroup and take the field against Essex. Essex held a 3-0 heading into the seventh inning but Amherstburg came alive to score three runs to send it to extra innings.

However, timely hitting was once again a factor and Amherstburg fell 6-3 in the eighth inning. Carr said he’s not all that concern with the weekend slide.

“We have some injuries and a few other guys couldn’t make it out,” he said. “It’s been a little tough on the team not having our regular nine out there but I think we are playing well.” Segin said the only way for the Sr. Cards to break out of their hitting slump, is to keep on swinging.

“We just have to keep swinging hard. You hit the ball hard in baseball and you are going to get rewarded,” said Segin.

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