Sikich fans eight as Sr. Cards pick up first win


By Joel Charron

Four games in to the season and the monkey is off their back.

The Sr. Cardinals picked up their first win of the season with a 4-1 gritty win over the Windsor Seniors on the strength of left-hander Josh Sikich.

Sikich, who took the mound for the first time this season threw five innings while striking out eight and allowed two hits and one earned run.

“It felt really good to bear down and get the job done,” said Sikich. “I was hoping we wouldn’t go 0-4. I’m just glad we pulled it out.”

Known for a slow start, Sikich looked shaky in the opening innings, giving up two hits and the games first run.

Windsor’s lead was short lived as Sikich and Mark Beaudoin both touched home plate for a 2-1 lead.

The Sr. Cards tacked on their third run of the game when Cal Wasyoowich crossed the plate in the bottom

Amherstburg’s Nick Price tags out a Windsor baserunner as he tries to steal third base

of the second and Kris Meloche’s bunt single in the bottom of the fourth pushed the lead to 4-1.

While Sikich took care of business on the mound, the Cardinals defense did their job, not allowing a ball to reach the outfield.

Sikich retired eight straight batters, including sitting on 4 straight on strikes before handing the ball to Wasyoowich for the final two innings.

The Cardinals offense did their part by pounding out 13 hits on the day.

“We hit when a hit was needed and we got some runs from it,” said Sikich.

Player/manager Mark Beaudoin said it was nice to finally pick up a win after losing three straight games by one or two runs.

“We’ve been in every game this year, tonight we put a bunch of hits together and won the game,” said Beaudoin.

The Cardinals slugger noted that all aspects of his squad’s game came together for their first win.

“We made the plays,” he said. “We got the key hits when guys were on base. We did all the little things right tonight and when you do all the little things right you’re going to win ball games.”

With five or six “quality “ arms in the Cardinals lineup, Beaudoin believes pitching will be their strength and if they can keep hitting consistently, the Cardinals could contend for a championship.

“Pitching will keep us in every game,” he said. “If we hit the ball and bunch the hits together, we are going to win some ball games.”

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