Shorthanded Sr. Cardinals rally to defeat Essex Srs.

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team was shorthanded last Wednesday but that didn’t stop them from picking up a victory.

The Cardinals had the minimum of nine players for the night game at the Libro Centre but they still rallied and pulled out a 6-5 win. The Cardinals were down 4-1 at one point, said Cliff Bechard, but still rallied on several occasions to overtake Essex and claim the victory.

Bechard, who coaches the team with Dennis Ouellette, was pressed into action due to the low number of players but got on base four times in the nine-inning game.

“I had a good game for an old guy,” Bechard joked.

Cliff Bechard awaits a pitch in Amherstburg’s at bat during the eighth inning of the June 28 game at the Libro Centre.

Cliff Bechard awaits a pitch in Amherstburg’s at bat during the eighth inning of the June 28 game at the Libro Centre.

The Cardinals got a run on an RBI single in the first inning from Brad Lepine and scored two runs on an error in the bottom of the sixth. Amherstburg forced extra innings in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a Josh Sikich double that tied the game at four. The Cardinals left the bases loaded that inning, however,

After Essex took the lead 5-4 in the eighth, the Cardinals rallied again thanks to a passed ball that scored a run. Essex loaded the bases in the ninth but failed to score and that allowed Amherstburg to win the game in the bottom of that inning thanks to an RBI single from Mac Ouellette.

A running catch in right-centre field by Brad Lepine saved the game, Bechard believed, but he also credited Mitch Lepine for a strong effort on the mound.

“With only nine guys, it was a great game,” said Mitch Lepine, who picked up the win.

Bechard added the Cardinals’ defense was strong as well.

“It was a well played game by both teams,” he said.

The Cardinals were to face Walker Homesites Friday night at Mic Mac Park in Windsor but the game was rained out.

Amherstburg is back in action Wednesday night at home against the Tecumseh Sr. team at 7:30 p.m. They hit the road for a Sunday afternoon game in Leamington starting at 2 p.m.

The Cardinals are now 6-4 on the 2017 Essex County Senior League season.

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