Amherstburg Cardinals

Sr. Cards season ends with two straight losses in ECSL playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The season is over for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team.

The Cardinals lost two straight games in the Essex County Senior League’s double-elimination playoff tournament last weekend. The second game was a 4-2 loss to Essex in a game that went eight innings. That game was played in Harrow.

The Cardinals built a 2-0 lead after one inning but Essex clawed back with one in the third inning and one in the sixth to force extra innings. They added two more in the eighth to win the game and advance.

Amherstburg could only muster four hits on the afternoon. Lack of hitting and lack of depth were key problems during the weekend, as well as the season as a whole.

“(Essex) had a lot of hits that were bloops. They were putting the bats out and they were dropping into no man’s land,” said Amherstburg’s Nick Price. “We left a lot of guys on base. Credit their defense. They made a lot of clutch plays.”

The first game of the playoff tournament for Amherstburg was Friday night at the Libro Centre. The Cardinals dropped an 8-3 decision to Harrow, a game in which former Cardinals pitcher Mike Purdie did well in a relief effort for the Blues.

Amherstburg pitcher Josh Sikich fields the ball during Friday night’s game against Harrow at the Libro Centre. Harrow would win that game as well as the league title later in the weekend.

Harrow scored two in the first inning and one in the second to go up 3-0 before Amherstburg made it a 3-2 game with one run in each of the second and third inning. Mitch Lepine scored on a ground out in the second inning while Matt Lepine’s RBI single cashed in the run in the third inning.

Harrow scored two more in the fourth inning but Amherstburg got one back in their half of the frame when Price tripled then scored on a Brad Lepine bounce out. Harrow would add one more in the fifth and two in the sixth to round out the scoring.

“We really didn’t hit the ball,” Matt Lepine said after Friday night’s game. “We made a few errors.”

Brady Levack tags the Harrow baserunner during Sept. 21 action at the Libro Centre. Harrow would win this game and go on to win the championship while Amherstburg dropped its only two games in the double-elimination playoff tournament.

Matt Lepine said he had two hits in Friday night’s game and thought he played well personally, but hoped for a rematch against Harrow that would not occur.

Harrow would end up winning the Essex County Senior League championship, beating Tecumseh Sr. twice on Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior team thanks Bob Price Home Inspections for being their sponsors again this season.

If anyone is interested in playing for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior team in 2019, they can call Price at 519-999-9390.

Sr. Cards finish regular season, now await OBA’s and league playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals have finished the Essex County Senior League baseball season and are now focusing on the upcoming OBA tournament and playoffs.

The Cardinals finished the regular season at the .500 mark with an 11-11 record after defeating the Essex Yellow Jackets 8-6 last Thursday night in Essex. Amherstburg got off to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Mac Ouellette’s RBI single drove home Nick Price.

Amherstburg first baseman Mac Ouellette fights the sun as he catches a fly ball during last Thursday evening in Essex.

Essex took a 4-1 lead in the third inning with four runs of their own but Amherstburg clawed back with one in the top of the fourth on a Josh Slaney RBI single and three more in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI double from Cole Lepine, Brad Lepine scoring on an error and a sacrifice fly from Slaney.

Essex regained the lead – this time at 6-5 – with two in their half of the fifth inning. However, Amherstburg would score the final three runs of the game. Brady Levack scored on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth while Josh Sikich’s two-run single in the seventh put the Cardinals in the lead to stay.

“It was a really big win for us,” said Brad Lepine. “It was back-and-forth. We hit the ball well.”

Lepine called it “a really big team win” and stated it put them in third place in the league standings and a home playoff game against the Harrow Blues.

“We got good pitching and we put the bat on the ball well,” he said. “It was awesome.”

Josh Slaney takes a rip at a pitch as part of his two-RBI game.

As the team prepares for the OBA tournament in Port Lambton on Labour Day weekend, he added that they have to minimize their errors, keep hitting the ball and continue to pitch well.

The Essex County Senior League playoffs start Sept. 21. The Cardinals and Blues will play that night at the Libro Centre with the bulk of the playoff tournament to be there as well that same weekend.

Sr. Cardinals lose 5-3 decision in Woodslee

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals baseball team are now 9-8 on the 2018 Essex County Senior League season after a loss in Woodslee last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals fell 5-3 to the Woodslee Sr. team in a game that saw four home runs on the night, two by each team.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Woodslee scored two off Amherstburg starting pitcher Tristan Bouchat.

The Cardinals quickly tied it with two of their own in the top of the fourth inning. Brad Lepine led off the inning with a solo home run to left field with a Cole Lepine single later in the inning driving home Mac Ouellette.

Tristan Bouchat is congratulated by coach Dennis Ouellette after his sixth inning home run.

The Orioles got lead-off home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, with them ending up with two runs in the fifth. Bouchat helped his own cause with home run in the sixth inning but the Cardinals could not cut the deficit further.

Brad Lepine said they played well and had some good innings but it wasn’t enough.

“(Woodslee) had a good game too,” he said. “They outplayed us. We just didn’t have enough.”

As for his home run, Brad said “it felt good” when he hit it.

“Right off the bat, I knew it was going to be a home run,” he said.

The loss was the second in a row for the senior Cardinals and third in the last four games, but Brad said they have been battling injuries and player shortages in the last few games.

“We’re not playing badly,” he said. “We’re just short of guys. It’s hard to play with nine players.”

Cole Lepine strokes a single during Amherstburg’s 5-3 loss in Woodslee last Wednesday night.

As the regular season is winding down, Brad said he is confident they will do well.

“We’ll be there at the end,” he said.

The Sr. Cardinals have two road games this weekend. They play the Tecumseh 35+ team Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Cullen Field in Windsor then play the Tecumseh Sr. team Sunday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh, also at 7 p.m.

Sr. Cards beat Harrow, lose to Woodslee 35+ team

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team won on their home field last week but lost on the road.

The Cardinals hosted the Harrow Blues last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre and came away with a 12-7 victory. The Cardinals looked to have things in hand early, as they built a 10-0 lead after three innings.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Cardinals scored three runs with the big hit being a two-run single by Nick Price. Amherstburg scored seven more in the third inning, five of which came as a direct result of Harrow errors.

Amherstburg shortstop Brendan Seguin (left, 8) throws to first base to try and complete a double play last Wednesday night against Harrow. The Cardinals are home tonight versus Essex.

Harrow would attempt a comeback, scoring five runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to cut the Amherstburg lead to 10-7 but the Cardinals scored two more in the sixth to pull away for the victory.

Price said when the opposing pitchers throw hard, the Cardinals tend to hit better. He said when Harrow took out their starting pitcher and brought in a reliever, they needed to see him once before being able to connect off of him.

“Once we saw him a second time, we started to hit off of him,” he said.

Price noted that the Blues were able to seize some momentum during the middle innings.

“We went into a lull,” said Price. “We ended up letting them back into the game but we closed it out.”

Matt Bassingthwaighte connects with a pitch during first inning action last Wednesday night against the Harrow Blues.

The Cardinals were in Woodslee Friday night for a game against the Woodslee Orioles 35+ team. It wasn’t a good night for the Amherstburg team, as they were defeated 13-1. That loss dropped the Cardinals to 8-6 on the Essex County Senior League baseball season.

The senior Cardinals have one game this week, a home game against the Essex Sr. team Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Their final home game of the 2018 regular season is July 25 versus the Tecumseh senior team before they finish the schedule with six straight road games.

Sr. Cards now 7-5 on Essex County Senior League season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team now has seven wins and five losses on the 2018 Essex County Senior League season after a win and a loss last week.

The most recent game was Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre, a 4-0 loss to the Woodslee Orioles senior team. Woodslee scored one run in the first inning and three more in the second while Amherstburg could only muster one hit on the afternoon, a fourth inning single by Matt Bassingthwaighte. The Cardinals did draw several walks but couldn’t push any of their base runners across the plate.

“Their pitching really shut us down,” said second baseman Nick Price. “Our defense wasn’t bad. When you only get one hit, you can’t expect to win.”

Price said the Cardinals’ pitching was solid, with starter Josh Sikich going six innings while Mitch Lepine pitched the seventh.

“They had a couple of good innings. We just couldn’t hit their pitching today,” said Price.

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior team played at The Corner Ballpark July 2. It is the former Tiger Stadium site. (Special to the RTT)

Price added that “you get a few of those games” during the season but they will try to put it behind them as quickly as possible.

Their previous game was a 9-1 win over the Tecumseh 35+ last Monday night. The game was played on the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at The Corner Ballpark, which is located at the former Tiger Stadium site in Detroit.

“That was a pretty great experience with all the history that’s there,” said Price. “It was pretty neat to step on to that field.”
Price joked that “I hope didn’t use all of our runs in that game.”

The next game for the senior Cardinals is Wednesday night at home against Harrow starting at 7:30 p.m. They follow that up with a 7 p.m. game Friday in Woodslee versus the Woodslee 35+ team.