Senior Cardinals lose in emotional game for Purdie

By Joel Boyce

The Amherstburg Senior Cardinals struggled against the best team in the league Wednesday night at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

The Cardinals finished with two hits and a few defensive errors in a 6-2 loss against the first-place Maple City Brewers. After a short hot-streak in the month of August, they remain winless against the Brewers in back-to-back seasons.

Amherstburg Seniors Cardinals Mike “Junior” Purdie throws a pitch while a Maple City Brewer steals second last Wednesday at the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

Mike “Junior” Purdie took to the mound for the Cards. The game was an emotional one for the Amherstburg starter, whose grandmother passed away last Thursday.

“I thought I did alright,” said Purdie. “A little heavy heart, since I had the funeral yesterday.”

Not only was it tough on the Cardinals’ pitcher emotionally, it was also the first time he faced the Brewers all season. Purdie had a general idea of what they liked to hit and hoped for the best, but said it was unfortunate it didn’t work out too well.

“He (Purdie) did fine. It was a good club he went up against,” said Sr. Cardinals coach Ken Thrasher. “He wanted them. I’m sure he’s a little disappointed in the defense behind him, but he knows his boys can play.”

Thrasher said his team played too sloppy in the field to win and knows they can play much better defensively.

“I think they got three or four unearned runs, and we can’t play like that,” said Thrasher. “You can’t give a team of this quality four to five outs an inning or they’ll make you pay for it and they did. We ran into a good club. You play sloppy against a good club and they will make you pay.”

Before the game, Purdie mentioned to the guys to make sure they had their gloves ready – he knew they were a good hitting club. He agreed with Thrasher’s statement that his teammates struggled and can play much better overall but also said you cannot win with only two hits.

“Overall and above we’re a good club, it’s just one of those bad days. Everyone has them,” said Purdie. “Unfortunately I thought I didn’t have my greatest stuff either but there’s not much you can do.”

After the loss, the Sr. Cardinals know they will need to ultimately defeat a team like the Brewers to capture a championship. Many of the players are taking the loss as a learning experience heading into the post-season.

“If everyone plays well we should be fine. We can’t keep losing to them,” said Purdie.“In order to be the best, you have to beat the best—bottom line.”

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