Sr. Cards fall short in ECSL final

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Senior Cardinals were so close to capturing the Essex County Senior League championship, yet they were still far away.

The Sr. Cards dropped a hard fought 5-4 bout to the Woodslee Orioles in Woodslee to see their 2012 season come to an end. Woodslee’s victory put an end to the double-elimination tournament.

The Sr. Cards kicked off the tourney with an 8-2 win over Windsor at the premier diamond at the UCCU Complex in Amherstburg.

Although the score may suggest otherwise, the game remained close up until the late innings.

After allowing Windsor to score the games first run in the top of the fourth inning, Amherstburg recorded their first hit of the game in their half of the innings, as well as answering Windsor’s run with two of their own off a Josh Sikich infield hit and a Windsor throwing error.

Matt Spargalo blasted a RBI double down the third base line in the fifth and Mark Beaudoin added to the lead with a two-run single immediately after.

Windsor tacked on their second run in the sixth, however Amherstburg scored three more with a force out by Justin Wood bringing home one run followed by a Spargalo two-run triple.

“It took us a while to get adjusted to their pitcher,” said Beaudoin. “He threw a lot of off-speed stuff. It took us three at-bats before we got to him.”

Sparagalo admits the team may have rusty having not played a game since OBA’s last month.

Following their Friday night win, the Sr. Cards lost to Harrow 10-7 Saturday morning but rallied to defeat Riverside 3-1 later that afternoon.

Amherstburg exercised a little revenge, knocking off Harrow 11-9 Sunday morning to advance to the finals.

“This team battled hard all season, never gave up and always played hard the way the game is supposed to be played,” said Beaudoin.

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