Sr. Cards Down Barons in Close Contest

 

By Aaron Jahn

The Amherstburg Senior Cardinals won a tight game over the Leamington Barons 5-4 keeping their quest for first place alive and well heading into the final two games of the season improving their record to 13 and 6.

The cards started strong on the pitching of lefty hurler Josh Sikich, taking a commanding 5-1 lead into the sixth inning, only to make the game a nail biter following some shaky defence.  An Error was followed by a walk and a two run double.  A run scoring single brought the game within one run, but the Cards held on for the win.  Sikich got out of the inning with a strike out, the Barons stranded the tying run on first.

 

Amherstburg Senior Cardinals Anthony Sauro steals second in Sunday's game action. He would go on to score the game winning fifth run.

Lead by the bottom of their batting order, the Cards had a four run second inning, lead by two RBI’s from Derek Kehoe and the strong base running of third basement Anthony Sauro.

Catcher Mike Spargalo says that after splitting the first two games of the year against the Barons, the Cards came into Sunday’s action expecting a close game.

“They’re a good team and we expect a battle from them every time we play against them.  We can’t take them for granted,” said Spargalo.  “We hung around and got the job done.”

Both Spargalo and player/manager Mark Boudoin credited the bat work of the bottom order hitters with putting Sunday’s win in the column.

“Everybody contributed today, the bottom of the order came up big, they came up with some hit’s in the fifth inning and we came up with a victory,” said Boudoin.

Boudoin was happy to finish off the Cards home schedule with a win, and says that if the team can win their next two games, they are in good shape to win first place heading into the playoffs in September.

“It’s our last home game of the year today and it’s good to end with a victory.  It’s a good team we beat. We’re fighting for first place so this is going to put us in a better position to win the league, we’ve only got two games left,” said Boudoin.  “We’re in a good position to hold on to first place, we’ve just got to end with a couple more victories.”

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