Amherstburg Cardinals

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.

Sr. Cards now 5-4 after recent Essex County Senior League action

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team won one and lost two in recent game action.

The Sr. Cardinals lone game last week was in Woodslee, where they battled the Woodslee Orioles junior team. The game was a high scoring affair that saw the Orioles defeat the Cardinals 11-10.

The Cardinals, who now have five wins and four losses on the 2018 season, lost 10-1 to Essex June 16 at the Libro Centre. It was a make-up game from a previous rain-out but it turned out to be an off-night for the Cardinals, who made several errors that only compounded their problems.

After Essex built a 5-0 lead in the second inning, the Cardinals scored their only run in the bottom of that inning thanks to an RBI infield hit by Nick Price.

Essex would score three more in the fourth and two more in the sixth and kept Amherstburg off the scoreboard, though the Cardinals would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“I don’t think we can make excuses for that game,” said Price, who had three hits on the night. “We need to throw that one under the carpet and forget about it. I think we’ll have a better effort on Tuesday.”

The Cardinals were missing some players against Essex but Price said that was no excuse, noting their numerous errors.

Matt Bassingthwaighte gets a hit during recent game action against the Tecumseh Thunder senior team at the Libro Centre.

“It wasn’t our day,” he said.

While Price had a good game personally, the overall result put a damper his own effort.

“Any time you personally have a good game, it’s a good feeling,” he said. “We still lost the game so that overshadows anything personally.”

The Cardinals played the Tecumseh Sr. team June 13 and came out with an 8-7 victory. Amherstburg squandered a 5-1 lead and trailed 7-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt Bassingthwaighte had an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and after Price’s infield hit scored the tying run in the seventh, Bassingthwaighte walked with the bases loaded to push home the winning run a few batters later.

“It had its ups and downs,” starting pitcher Mac Ouellette said of the Tecumseh game. “We pulled out the win.”

Amherstburg second baseman Nick Price (2, left) attempts to tag a Tecumseh baserunner during a recent game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won the game 8-7.

Ouellette said they have to play complete games, saying they often play well for several innings in a game then get complacent at points.

The Cardinals’ next game is tonight (Wednesday) at the Libro Centre against the Harrow senior team. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Amherstburg and the Tecumseh 35+ team are scheduled to play Monday evening on the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at the Corner Ballpark in Detroit. The Corner Ballpark is located on the former Tiger Stadium site.