Sr. Cards roll Tecumseh Thunder in 8-1 drubbing

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Senior Cardinals baseball team may be injected with a whole lot of youth but the team is coming together and playing like savvy veterans.

Last Wednesday evening the Sr. Cardinals lit up the visiting Tecumseh Thunder 8-1 at the United Communities Credit Union premiere diamond. Amherstburg exploded for 11 hits in seven innings while starting pitcher Josh Sikich pitched six strong innings, holding the Thunder to only four hits in the game.

“We have a good team here. In the beginning of the year we didn’t really know each other but it’s coming together now, we made a few mistakes today but we pulled it together,” said Sr. Cardinals managers Al Carr.

SrCardsCarr said he could see the chemistry amongst the players improving with each game. That developing chemistry was on display in the bottom of the first innings with Matt Bassingthwaighte driving in the games first run on a RBI single.

The Sr. Cards remained quiet until the fourth inning where they posted four runs on the board. Matt Tomac, Cody Brown, Nick Price and Matt Spargalo all picked up a RBI off a base hit. Brown picked up his second RBI of the game with another single in the fifth inning and Sikich helped his own cause by driving in two run with a double to right center field in the sixth.

Sikich only blemish of the game was a Tecumseh home run in the fourth.

“Josh pitched a great game,” said Spargalo, who finished three for four with a RBI. “Where ever I set up he just threw and kept them off balance all day and the defense did the rest.”

Spargalo added catching for a pitcher like Sikich is fun behind the plate because he usually hits his spots.

“It’s awesome as a catcher to just sit back and call pitches and he just throws it where you want him to throw it,” he said. “It makes my day and everyone else’s day a whole lot easier.”

The Amherstburg bats have come alive the last few games, something that hasn’t surprised the veteran catcher. “Our offense is clicking right now. We’re on top of everything and getting the timely hits when we need them,” he said.

With a lot of new faces in the dugout, Spargalo said the desire to win is greater than ever, the only thing that has changed is the age of the players. “There are a lot of younger guys that’s for sure. I used to be fourth or fifth oldest on the team, now I’m like the second oldest,” he joked.

Spargalo said the new youth wave has brought a lot of “energy” to the team. “Each guy brings something different to the table. These young guys step up and play hard. It’s been exciting so far,” said Spargalo.

The Sr. Cardinals (6-2) square off against Woodslee (8-1) at home on Wednesday in a battle for first place in the league. First pitch at 7 p.m.

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