Sr. Cardinals’ record at 7-4 after splitting two games last week

 

Mac Ouellette (24) rounds third and heads for home in Amherstburg's 20-12 win over LaSalle July 2.

Mac Ouellette (24) rounds third and heads for home in Amherstburg’s 20-12 win over LaSalle July 2.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team sits in fourth place in the Essex County standings with a 7-4 record after splitting two games last week.

The week’s action on the diamond started July 2 with a 20-12 win over LaSalle in a game that lasted just shy of three hours.

LaSalle took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning but Amherstburg roared back with six in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Spargalo got it rolling with a two-run single before Josh Sikich got the first of his five RBI’s on the night with a single of his own. Mac Ouellette, Matt Tomac and Nick Price followed with RBI singles before the inning was out.

LaSalle fought back and would take a 7-6 lead after they scored two in the second and three in the third but the Cardinals tied it in the bottom half of the third on an RBI double from Sikich.

Amherstburg took the lead for good in the fourth inning when they added six more runs. Mike Bassingthwaighte and Mark Beaudoin each had RBI singles before Sikich added another run on a force-out. Beaudoin would later score on an error while Price drew a walk with the bases loaded for another run. Brendan Seguin added an RBI single in the fourth.

The Cardinals were far from finished as three more runs were added onto their total in the fifth as Sikich, Ouellette and Price each had RBI singles to build the lead to 16-7 at that point. Had the Cardinals scored another run that inning, the game would have ended via mercy rule but the game proceeded to the sixth inning where LaSalle would tack on five runs of their own.

Amherstburg would wrap up a busy night of scoring with four more in their half of the sixth. After one run scored thanks to LaSalle outfielders not being able to find a fly ball in the lights, Sikich lashed a two-run double before Ouellette drove him home later with a single.

“It was an up and down, back and forth game but we put it to them, kept mashing the ball and scoring runs,” said Sikich.

His five-RBI night was a case of “see the ball, hit the ball,” he said, but noted the win was an entire team effort.

“We all hit the ball,” he said. “We got the big hits when we needed them. They kept bringing in new pitchers and we kept smashing the ball back at them. Our offensive production was heightened tonight. Even when we were down, we pulled together.”

Manager Dennis Ouellette said the teams split a doubleheader the weekend before but those were pitching duels as opposed to last Wednesday night’s game.

“We were bound to have one of those games where everyone explodes,” said Ouellette.

The three games with LaSalle were important in terms of qualifying for OBA tournaments as Ouellette said that Amherstburg qualified for the “B” division OBA tournament thanks to taking two out of three games with LaSalle.

The Cardinals were unable to win on the road Sunday, dropping a 6-4 decision in Woodslee.

Amherstburg plays on the road for the next three games, including tonight’s game in Harrow, followed by tomorrow’s game in Tecumseh. They play next Tuesday at Walker Homesites before returning home next Wednesday (July 16) for a 7 p.m. game versus Belle River.

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