Sr. Cards nip Harrow for 3-2 win

By Joel Charron

Slowly but surely things are starting to coming around for the Amherstburg Senior Cardinals baseball team.

After a disappointing 8-5 loss to Windsor on Wed. June 1, the Seniors rebounded with a thrilling 3-2 over the Harrow Senior Blues this past Saturday.

“We just hung by our toenails to win this one,” joked manager Kevin “Bubba” Soulingy.

Things were not looking too good for the Cards in the opening first of the game. Starting pitcher Bob Goggin had trouble locating the plate with strikes. Goggin allowed a run to score while leaving the bases loaded with no out before he got the hook for Mike “Junior” Purdie.

The first batter Purdie faced he forced him into a line drive, which was caught by the Cardinals second baseman and then tagged second base for the double play.

Purdie then use a deceiving pick-off to get the runner out at first to escape with only one run to make

Mike “Junior” Purdie kept the Harrow lineup dormant as the Sr. Cardinals rolled to a 3-2 victory

up.

It wouldn’t take long for Amherstburg to draw even.

After Mac Ouellette drove a double into the gap, clean-up slugger Lorne Pike drove him in with a double of his own.

The Cardinals seemed to be in good position to take the lead in the third inning with Ouellette and first and Nick Price on third with two out, however Ouellette was picked off, leaving the game tied at 1-1.

Base runners were at a premium as both pitchers tried to out do each other in every inning.

In the bottom of the sixth the Amherstburg bats came alive.

Bryce Penny started it off with a single up the middle, which was followed by a Harrow error that allowed Purdie to reach base.

A wild pitch allowed both runners to advance a base, giving the Cardinals runners on second and third with no out.

Price drove in a run with a deep sacrifice fly to right field, which was immediately followed by a RBI single by Ouellette.

“I took advantage of the infield playing in and sent the ball right back up the middle,” said Ouellette.

The Cardinals entered the top of the seventh with a 3-1 lead.

Amherstburg made things interesting after recording the first two outs and then allowing a Harrow run to score and runners on second and third, however Purdie forced the Harrow batter to fly out to center field to end the game.

“It was a good pitchers duel, but we got to their pitcher in the sixth,” said Ouellette, who finished three-for-three and the game winning RBI. “I’m glad we were able to pick up the win after Wednesday’s loss.”

Ouellette said he believes the Cardinals fortunes are starting to turn around. He added that the new faces are starting to gel with the veterans and the team is starting to know how to play on the turf diamond.

“We’re starting to learn how to play the hops,” he said.

Soulingy said the key to the Cardinals victory was the fact they didn’t panic even though they made a few minor errors. The long-time Sr. Cardinals manager said he’s happy on how the team is progressing, stating their defense has “improved tremendously.”

The Sr. Cardinals next game is Thursday, June 9 in Woodslee.

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