Sr. Cardinals return to the diamond with 13-2 win over Belle River

 

Amherstburg starter Jack Bondy delivers to the plate during first inning action of his team's 13-2 win over Belle River last Thursday night.

Amherstburg starter Jack Bondy delivers to the plate during first inning action of his team’s 13-2 win over Belle River last Thursday night.

Nathan Smitjes scores Amherstburg's third run of the game, as he crosses home on a second inning wild pitch. Amherstburg downed the Belle River Braves 13-2 last Thursday night.

Nathan Smitjes scores Amherstburg’s third run of the game, as he crosses home on a second inning wild pitch. Amherstburg downed the Belle River Braves 13-2 last Thursday night.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team played their first Essex County Senior League game in ten days last Wednesday night and showed no signs of a layoff.

The Cardinals’ fourth straight victory was a 13-2 rout of the Belle River Braves in a game that ended after six innings because of the mercy rule. It was the first game for the Cardinals since July 20 as two games that were scheduled for July 23 and July 27 in Amherstburg were both postponed.

The Cardinals (14-5, third place in the league) scored twice in the first inning on an RBI double from Matt Spargalo, followed by an RBI single from Mark Beaudoin. The lead expanded to 5-0 in the second inning as three more Amherstburg runners crossed home plate, starting with Nathan Smitjes scoring on a wild pitch. Shortly thereafter, Beaudoin knocked home two more runs with a double.

Belle River put up their only two runs of the game in the fourth inning but the Cardinals stormed back with four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth inning, Spargalo doubled and advanced to third on a throwing error and would subsequently score on a Beaudoin sacrifice fly. Cody Brown’s bases loaded triple later in the inning would give Amherstburg a 9-2 lead after the fifth inning.

In the sixth inning, Brendan Seguin scored on an error to get things going for Amherstburg. Matt Bassingthwaighte followed up with an RBI single, with Beaudoin later crossing home on a wild pitch. Bassingthwaighte then capped the scoring when he came home on a passed ball.

“Everyone did what they needed to do,” said Brown. “It’s great to see everyone did what they needed to do. It was a great team effort.”

Brown said his bases loaded triple was a result of him waiting for a good pitch to hit then getting a solid piece of it. However, he preferred to give the credit for the night’s performance to his teammates.

As for the ten-day layoff between Essex County Senior League baseball games, Brown said it was no big deal, noting they only play once or twice per week anyway.

“You kind of get used to that,” he said, of downtime between games.

While there are still games the Cardinals have to reschedule, the last scheduled game is Aug. 6 at the Libro Centre versus Walker Homesites. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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