Sr. Cards win second game of season by downing Harrow Srs. 14-4

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team have won their first two games of the season, the second being last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals hosted the Harrow senior team at the Libro Centre with Amherstburg winning 14-4. The game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Harrow got to Amherstburg starting pitcher Nick Price in the first inning, putting up all four of their runs in that frame. However, Price and Mitch Lepine shut the visitors down the rest of the way.

Amherstburg scored one run in the first inning, four more in the second, two in the third and put the game away early with a seven-run fourth inning.

Amherstburg's Nick Price heads for home with one of the 14 runs the Cardinals scored on the Harrow senior team May 17. The Cards host the Harrow juniors May 24.

Amherstburg’s Nick Price heads for home with one of the 14 runs the Cardinals scored on the Harrow senior team May 17. The Cards host the Harrow juniors May 24.

Price had a good game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBI’s on the night.

“I started on the mound and gave up the first four runs. After that, I kept the ball low and caused them to hit ground balls,” said Price.

Price’s first hit was a double to the gap, a pitch he said was a two-strike off-speed pitch.

“I just wanted to get a bat on the ball and it hit it in the gap,” said Price.

The second baseman said it was a good game for him at the plate.

“I was seeing the ball well tonight,” he said after the game.

The Cardinals senior team plays four of its first five games of the 2017 Essex County Senior League season at home and Price said they want to get off to a good start.

“We’ve got some tough games after that,” he said. “A quick start means a lot during a shortened season.”

The Essex County Senior League concludes in late July as Price stated the league is going to a series-style playoff format rather than a tournament.

Dennis Ouellette, who coaches the team with Cliff Bechard, was happy with last Wednesday night’s effort.

“They played a good game,” said Ouellette.

Because it is early in the season, Ouellette said players were moved around to see where they could play. He said pitchers will throw no more than three innings during the early portion of the schedule, noting he planned to use four last Wednesday but ended up using two because the game ended after five innings.

The next game is May 24 against the Harrow Jrs. at 7:30 p.m. before the team heads to Tecumseh Thursday for a 7 p.m. game. The Cardinals host the Essex Jrs. Sunday at 1 p.m.

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