Sr. Cards win in high scoring rivalry showdown

 

By Joel Charron

Another chapter has been written in the in town rivalry between the Amherstburg Jr. Cardinals and the Sr. Cardinals and it was a doozey.

Both teams combined for  28 runs Thursday night as the Sr. Cardinals used a dominating seventh inning to pull away from the younger counterparts to grab the first meeting of the year 17-11 at the UCCU Complex.

“It was just one of those nights where nothing was going right for either team,” Sr. Cards catcher Matt Spargelo, who finished the night 3 for with four RBI’s and two walks.

The Sr. Cards wasted no time getting on the board, scoring the games first run off a Josh Sikich sacrifice fly.

The Jr. Cards answered right back in their half of the inning putting up four runs of their own, getting RBI’s from Ryan Linton, Scott Mortimer and Dan Cerker to take a 4-1 lead.

The Sr. Cards took a 6-4 lead in the third, blasting the Jr. Cards for five runs.

 

Jr. Cardinals Mike Bassinthwaight (right) prepares for a collision with Sr. Cardinals Mack Ouellette (left) at home plate. Ouellette was called out after Bassinthwaight was able to keep control of the ball.

After a few scoreless innings, the Jr. Cards clawed their way back into the game with a pair of RBI’s from Frank Rosati and Mike Bassinthwaighte, however the Seniors reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs off errors.

Momentum shifted to the Jr. Cardinals in the bottom half of the fifth, scoring runs off singles from Rosati, Mortimer and Matt Hilton as the Juniors held a 10-8 edge heading into the sixth.

The juniors’ lead was short lived as the seniors added three runs for an 11-10 lead.

In the top of the seventh, experience took over for the elder squad as they pushed across six runs to blow the game open 17-10.

The Jr. Cards dug deep to make one final push however the lead was too great as they fell one-two-three to close out the game.

“You have to give they credit, it was a scrappy game, a rivalry game both team were up for it,” said Jr. Cards first baseman Frank Rosati. “They just clawed a little harder than us.”

“It was one of those games where you had to keep your head in the game and stay focused because the innings run long,” said Spargelo. “We battled through it and got the job done.”

Spareglo added that when you get hits up and down the lineup it makes it easier to win games.

“Everyone is hitting, putting the ball in play and making something happen,” he said. “It looks like it’s starting to come together.”

Assistant manager Denis Ouellette said although the bats were working, the defense was lacking, however that is something they can work on.

“We’ve been playing well defensively the last couple of games, tonight it just wasn’t there, but that is stuff we can work now,” he said,

With the win the Sr. Cards winning streak grows to five games and improve stheir record to 5-3 while the Jr. Cards fall to 1-9 on the year.

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