Sr. Cardinals lose heartbreaker in league final

 

By Josh Beneteau

Some losses sting more than others. For the Amherstburg Senior Cardinals, Sunday’s loss will sting for a long time.

Sr Cardinals 2 Sr Cardinals1WEBThe team lost 5-4 in extra innings to the Woodslee Orioles in the final of the Essex County Senior League playoffs. The Cardinals led 4-0 early but couldn’t hold onto the lead.

“It was a good game, with a disappointing result in the end,” said manager Alan Carr. “They played well and we played well, but we didn’t get any breaks.”

The Cardinals finished fourth after the regular season but after wins over Tecumseh and Riverside earlier in the week, found themselves in the finals against the top seeded Woodslee.

“Those guys, they get on base every year,” said left fielder Cal Wasylowich. “They’re a hard hitting team, always have been.”

Mac Ouellette pitched seven good innings, picking up three strike outs. Wasylowich led the Cardinals offence, going three for four with three RBI. Mac

“I swung hard, made good contact,” Wasylowich said. “I brought a few runs in at least but it wasn’t enough.”

Wasylowich’s hits, along with strong base-running from Nick Price, Cody Brown and Matt Tomac got the Cardinals up 4-0 at the break in the fourth inning. But the Orioles slowly crawled back into the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Orioles scored two runs off four walks and a hard hit groundout. In the fifth, they scored again to make it 4-3 and with the game on the line, Woodslee tied it up in the bottom of the seventh. The winning run came one inning later on a basses loaded groundout.

Though league play is now officially over, the team will travel to Port Hope in two weeks for the OBA provincial tournament.

“We played well all year,” said Carr. “We had a very young team. For a rebuilding year to finish second is pretty good.”

 

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