Sr. Cards use big late inning to steal win from Essex


By Joel Charron


The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team always says that if they are with striking distance late in the game, they always have a shot.

Last Wednesday evening, they put their money where they’re mouth is.

Sr.Cards-EssexWEBThe Sr. Cards scored nine runs in the sixth inning to complete a 13-9 comeback win against the Essex Yellow Jackets senior team at the United Communities Credit Union Complex premiere diamond.

In a blink of an eye, Essex jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, roughing up starter Mike Montageno for five hits and two walks.

Brendan Sequin put Amherstburg on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the third.

Adam Ouellette came in for relief for Montageno and Essex scored three runs to push the their lead to 8-1, a few choice words from Sr. Cardinals veteran catcher Matt Spargalo gave the jolt they needed.

Amherstburg answered by scoring three run of their own on singles from Mac Ouellette and Matt Tomac and another run on a throwing error.

Although Essex was zeroing in on Ouellette at the plate the defense did their job and kept the paths clear.

Their good defense was rewarded with an offensive explosion in the bottom of the sixth. Tomac led the way with a two-run single, Mitch Lepean and Nick Price each drove in a run with a single and a several Essex errors helped cap off a nine-run innings.

Essex scored no more runs in the seventh but Ouellette hung on for the win.

“I think we just play at their pace instead of ours,” said Tomac. “Once we started getting our bats going and playing at our pace, that’s when the runs started to come.”

Sr. Cardinals bench manager Dennis Ouellette said the player “were sleeping” in the early innings and credited Spargalo for waking them up.

“After they got that talking to from their team captain they got going,” said Dennis.

Mac Ouellette admits at being frustrated on the mound as Essex pounded him with 10 hits in four innings. However, he said he had faith in his teammates to makes sure the base runners would come back to him them.

“I felt good, I was throwing hard. They just kept sticking the bat out,” said Ouellette. “I always feel confident in my guys. If you can’t blow it by them, the name of the game is let them hit the ball and let your defense do their job and they did.”

The Sr. Cardinals improve to 8-3 in the Essex County Senior League.

Their next home game is Sunday, July 14 at 1 p.m.

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