Brad Lepine

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 down Essex Jrs. to improve to 3-0

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals are 3-0 in Essex County Senior League play after a win Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals downed the Essex Jrs. 6-3 Sunday at the Libro Centre. The teams were tied at two after three innings but the fourth inning proved to be the difference maker.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine (29) slides home safely during a four-run fourth inning last Sunday afternoon against the Essex junior team.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine (29) slides home safely during a four-run fourth inning last Sunday afternoon against the Essex junior team.

After Essex went up 3-2 in the top half of the inning, Amherstburg scored four of their own in the bottom half. Brad Lepine crossed the plate with the first of the four runs after he scored on a wild pitch. Josh Sikich drew a bases loaded walk a few batters later before Anthony Sauro drove in a pair of runs with a single.

There was no scoring the rest of the way, but there were a bit of fireworks at the end. Tempers flared as the two teams came onto the field with a shove to Amherstburg’s Mac Ouellette being the spark to the incident. The two teams were quickly separated and returned to their dugouts.

Amherstburg coach Dennis Ouellette commented that there was bad blood that carried over from last season.

Mitch Lepine picked up the win on the mound and played down the post-game issues, focusing on the Cardinals’ win.

“It was a good team game,” said Mitch. “Everyone played a part. Everyone had a role. The pitchers did great and we had good at-bats.”

Brady Levack (12) fields a ball at second base during Sunday afternoon action versus Essex.

Brady Levack (12) fields a ball at second base during Sunday afternoon action versus Essex.

As for his own performance, Mitch Lepine said “I was trying to throw strikes and let the defense do their jobs and they did.”

A game against the Harrow junior team originally scheduled for last Wednesday did not occur because the Harrow team has folded. The Cardinals were supposed to play their first road game in Tecumseh last Thursday against the Tecumseh senior team but that was rained out.

Their next game is Wednesday night at home against Tecumseh 18U at 7:30 p.m. before returning to the Libro Centre Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for a game against the Essex Srs.

Sr. Cardinals conclude regular season with 16-8 record

 

By RTT Staff

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team concluded the 2016 regular season with a 16-8 record after a loss and a win last week.

The first game was a 5-4 loss in Essex last Wednesday night. Amherstburg led 1-0 after one inning before Essex tied it in the bottom of the second. The game went back-and-forth the rest of the way with Amherstburg going up 2-1 in the fourth before Essex went ahead 3-2 with two in the bottom of the fourth.

Brad Lepine slides into second during last Wednesday night's game in Essex. Amherstburg lost this game 5-4 but won 9-4 Sunday afternoon in Harrow.

Brad Lepine slides into second during last Wednesday night’s game in Essex. Amherstburg lost this game 5-4 but won 9-4 Sunday afternoon in Harrow.

After the Cardinals took a 4-3 advantage in the top of the sixth, Essex scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to round out the scoring.

The Cardinals won 9-4 in Harrow last Sunday. Both games last week were make-up games from previous postponements.

The 16-8 record was good for second place in the the Essex County Senior League standings. The playouff tournament is scheduled to start this weekend in Woodslee.