Sr. Cards take home win in rivalry showdown

 

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Junior and Senior Cardinals took to the field last Thursday night with the seniors coming out on top.

The Sr. Cards took the second meeting of the season, 9-4 at the UCCU Complex.

After capturing an early 1-0 lead after the first inning, the Sr. Cards blew the game open in the second innings, scoring seven runs with Justin Wood and Mack Ouellette recording an RBI and two from catcher Matt Spargelo. The Junior Cards had several opportunities to limit the damage, however costly errors kept the inning alive.

Despite the lack of focus in the second inning, the Jr. Cards kept their senior counterparts in check.

The juniors cut into the seniors lead, scoring a run in the fourth inning off a Mike Montagano RBI single. The juniors added three more runs in the fifth inning on the strength of a RBI single from Frank Rosati and two-run single from Tim Vigneux and trailed 8-4 after five innings of play.

The ball scoots under the glove of Jr. Cardinals Mike Montagano as Justin Woods of the Sr. Cardinals slides safely into second base.

However, that was as close as the juniors would get, the Sr. Cards tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.

Spargelo had another solid day at the plate going 3-for-3 with two RBI’s in the victory. The Sr. Cards veteran catcher said he’s enjoying a good year at the plate.

“I’m just trying to help the team by looking for my pitch and putting it in play,” said Spargelo.

He added that he has changed his stance and is more relaxing while at the plate.

“I feel really comfortable in the box and that’s half

the battle,” he said.

He noted that the lack of production in the middle innings was something the Sr. Cards were able to fight through, however Spargelo said the team has to work on keeping their focus and play hard every play, even if they are up by a large margin.

“We keep fighting through it and doing what we need to do,” he said.

Assistant coach Dennis Ouellette said it was nice to see the Sr. Cards rebound from a dismal 9-8 error filled loss to Windsor in their previous game.

“We hit the ball very well and we didn’t make a single error,” said Ouellette.  “Last game we made 10 errors, this game not one. That will keep you in any game.”

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