Sr. Cardinals split games with Walker Homesites and Tecumseh

 

 

Third baseman Anthony Sauro waits to field a high bounce during action Aug. 6 against Walker Homesites.

Third baseman Anthony Sauro waits to field a high bounce during action Aug. 6 against Walker Homesites.

Second baseman Nick Price tags out a Walker Homesites runner Aug. 6. Walker Homesites won that game 6-2 but Amherstburg battled back with a 14-1 win in Tecumseh the next night.

Second baseman Nick Price tags out a Walker Homesites runner Aug. 6. Walker Homesites won that game 6-2 but Amherstburg battled back with a 14-1 win in Tecumseh the next night.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals are headed for the Essex County Senior League playoffs after splitting their final two regular season games last week.

The Cardinals (14-6) opened the week last Wednesday night at home with a game against the undefeated Walker Homesites club. The visitors kept their season-long winning streak intact as they downed the Cardinals 6-2.

Walker Homesites put up two runs in the first, two more in the third and another run in the sixth inning before Amherstburg got on the board. Matt Spargalo’s RBI single gave the Cardinals their first run while a dropped fly ball off the bat of Matt Bassingthwaighte allowed the second Amherstburg run to cross home plate.

Walker Homesites scored one more run in the top of the seventh inning to round out the scoring.

“They have a good team over there,” Spargalo said after the game.

Spargalo said Walker Homesites’ pitcher did well in keeping Amherstburg bats silent.

“He kept us off-balance for most of the game,” said Spargalo.

It was “just one of those games where we couldn’t get the sticks going until it was too little, too late,” he said.

Spargalo said Wednesday the team is good at bouncing back after losses and that was proven right as the Cardinals travelled to Tecumseh last Thursday night. The Cardinals won 14-1 behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Jack Bondy.

Bondy gave up two hits and struck out 14 batters. Nick Price and Mark Beaudoin each had two hits for Amherstburg.

Spargalo was pleased with the regular season, believing the team did well but noting there are still areas they would like to improve in.

“I think we had a good year,” he said. “There’s nothing to hang our heads at.”

The Cardinals are scheduled to open the playoffs at home Friday night against an opponent to be determined.

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