Dennis Ouellette

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. Cardinals open regular season May 16 at home versus Woodslee Jrs.

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team will open the 2018 season this Wednesday night at home and are encouraged about this season.

Despite two exhibition losses last week, the Cardinals have the bulk of their team back from last year and have added some depth at pitcher

“I’m excited about this year’s team,” said coach Dennis Ouellette. “I’m really optimistic. I love our pitching staff. If the hitting can get going, we’ll be fine.”

The Cardinals will play a 22-game season in the Essex County Senior League with many of their home games on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons at the Libro Centre. The remainder of the regular season looks like this:

Mitch Lepine delivers to the plate during an exhibition game last Thursday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh.

MAY

Wednesday, May 16 – vs. Woodslee Jr., 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 19 – at Tecumseh 35+ (Cullen Field), 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23 – vs. Tecumseh Thunder 18U, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 27 – vs. Woodslee Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30 – vs. Essex Sr., 7:30 p.m.

 

JUNE

Sunday, June 3 – at Harrow Sr., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (doubleheader)

Thursday, June 7 – at Tecumseh Sr., 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 10 – at Woodslee Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13 – vs. Tecumseh Sr., 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19 – at Woodslee Jr., 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 24 – at Essex Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27 – vs. Harrow Sr., 7:30 p.m.

Amherstburg’s Nick Price takes a rip at a pitch during an exhbiition game last Thursday night in Tecumseh.

JULY

Monday, July 2 – at Tecumseh 35+ (Willie Horton Corner Ballpark), 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 8 – vs. Woodslee Sr., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11 – vs. Harrow Sr, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 13 – at Woodslee 35+, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 – vs. Essex Sr., 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25 – vs. Tecumseh Sr., 7:30 p.m.

 

AUGUST

Wednesday, August 1 – at Woodslee Sr., 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 8 – at Essex Sr., 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 12 – at Tecumseh Sr., 7 p.m.

 

Harrow upends Sr. Cardinals in first game of playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team didn’t open the Essex County Senior League playoffs in the manner they were hoping.

The Harrow Blues came to the Libro Centre last Wednesday night and defeated Amherstburg 4-1.

The Blues left the bases loaded in the first inning and runners on second and third base in the second only to come away empty handed. Amherstburg opened the scoring in the bottom half of the second inning. Matt Bassingthwaighte crossed home plate thanks to an RBI single from Cole Lepine.

Third baseman Brady Levack throws to first base during last Wednesday night’s game against Harrow.

Third baseman Brady Levack throws to first base during last Wednesday night’s game against Harrow.

Harrow finally broke through in the sixth inning with four runs and were able to keep the Cardinals off the board the rest of the way.

“That was a good game,” commented Amherstburg manager Dennis Ouellette after the game. “It boiled down to two pitches. That was the difference in the game – two pitches.”

The Cardinals travel to Port Lambton for their OBA tournament Labour Day weekend. Following the OBA tournament, the best-of-three series will resume. The Cardinals won their OBA tournament last year.

Matt Bassingthwaighte high-fives his teammates after scoring a run for the Cardinals in the second inning.

Matt Bassingthwaighte high-fives his teammates after scoring a run for the Cardinals in the second inning.

Currently, the second game of the tournament will be Sept. 9 in Harrow at 5 p.m. If necessary, the third and deciding game of the series would be Sept. 10 in Amherstburg at 3 p.m.

Sr. Cards drop final game of regular season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team finished the season with an 11-9 record after losing 8-4 Friday night against Walker Homesites.

The game was a make-up game from an earlier rain-out and was played at Soulliere Field in Windsor’s Mic Mac Park.

The Cardinals got off to a quick start and led 3-1 going into the bottom of the third inning. However, errors and an inability to get key hits hamstrung Amherstburg the rest of the way. Walker Homesites put up three runs in the third inning, two more in the fourth and one in each of the fifth and sixth innings.

Mac Ouellette (24) awaits the pitch  during fifth inning action last Friday night. Amherstburg lost 8-4 to Walker Homesites and now await to see if they will finish the regular season in second or third place.

Mac Ouellette (24) awaits the pitch
during fifth inning action last Friday night. Amherstburg lost 8-4 to Walker Homesites and now await to see if they will finish the regular season in second or third place.

Amherstburg scored its fourth run in the top of the seventh inning but couldn’t get any more after that.

“We’re just hot and cold,” said manager Dennis Ouellette.

Amherstburg had won two straight games heading into Friday night’s match-up with Walker Homesites. Ouellette touted the most recent game previous to that, a 6-3 win in Tecumseh July 31, as a game where they made few errors and “hit the ball all over the place.”

“We got out here (for the Walker Homesites game) and it’s not the same team,” he added.

Amherstburg Cardinals senior team manager Dennis Ouellette (right) pats Matt Lepine (27) on the back as Lepine comes in to pitch Friday night.

Amherstburg Cardinals senior team manager Dennis Ouellette (right) pats Matt Lepine (27) on the back as Lepine comes in to pitch Friday night.

The Cardinals are still in a battle for second place in the Essex County Senior League, and the first-round playoff bye that comes with it. While Amherstburg’s regular season is finished, the Tecumseh Sr. team has three games to go and could overtake the Cardinals. If Amherstburg finishes third, the playoffs start Aug. 13 but if they end up in second and get the bye, the playoffs would begin Aug. 20 for the Cardinals.

In the meantime, Ouellette said they will get some practices in. That will include infield practice and work on getting the lead-off man out in every inning.

“The first batter seems to get on base too often,” said Ouellette.

Sr. Cardinals drop 8-6 decision to Woodslee Jr. team

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team lost a game last Tuesday night against a team they likely should have defeated.

The Cardinals were on the short end of an 8-6 decision, which dropped their overall record to nine wins and seven losses on the 2017 Essex County Senior League season. It was only the second win of the season for the Woodslee Jr. team (2-13).

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine slides in at home plate in an attempt to score a run against the Woodslee Jr. team.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine slides in at home plate in an attempt to score a run against the Woodslee Jr. team.

Amherstburg trailed 8-2 after five innings and tried to mount a comeback but fell just short. The Cardinals put up three runs in the top of the sixth inning, the first run being Cole Lepine scoring from third base on a wild pitch. After Matt Lepine scored on an error, Nick Price crossed the plate with the third run of the inning as he scored on a ground-out.

The Cardinals scored another run in the seventh inning as Cody Brown scored on a wild pitch, but Amherstburg couldn’t get any closer.

“That was tough,” said Cardinals manager Dennis Ouellette, “especially after the way we played the last couple of games.”

The Cardinals had split a doubleheader against Woodslee’s 35-and-over team then beat a strong Woodslee Sr. team.

“We played great games lately,” he said. “This one was not there.”

Cole Lepine singles to left field. Woodslee won the game 8-6.

Cole Lepine singles to left field. Woodslee won the game 8-6.

Ouellette pointed out the Cardinals loaded the bases twice with one out against the Woodslee Jr. team but couldn’t score a run in either instance.

“We definitely didn’t get timely hitting,” said Ouellette. “We probably didn’t get more than five or six hits. We should have got more than that.”

The Sr. Cardinals return home this Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. game at the Libro Centre against Walker Homesites. They are also scheduled to play the Essex Jr. team in Essex Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinals also have a Monday night game scheduled against the Tecumseh Sr. team next Monday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh starting at 7 p.m.