Essex County Senior League

Sr. Cards open 2018 regular season with win over Woodslee Jr.

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team opened their 2018 Essex County Senior League schedule in a positive way last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals hosted the Woodslee Orioles junior team at the Libro Centre and came away with an 8-2 victory.

Matt Bassingthwaighte (right) successfully steals third base during Amherstburg’s win over Woodslee in senior men’s baseball action at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and doubled that lead with two more in the fourth inning. After Woodslee cut the lead to 4-2 in their half of the fifth, the Cardinals broke it open in the bottom of that inning with three runs of their own and added one more in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the victory.

“It was a slow start to the game,” said Cardinals’ first baseman Mac Ouellette. “Our sticks picked up near the middle of the game.”

The Cardinals received solid pitching performances from Tristan Bouchat and Mitch Lepine, Ouellette pointed out. Bouchat pitched the first six innings while Lepine finished things up in the top of the seventh inning.

“We kind of feed off of our pitching,” said Ouellette, who added they have depth in the pitching position this season.

Many of players from last year’s senior Cardinals team have returned this year and Ouellette added they are hoping for better results.

Cole Lepine attempts a bunt during last Wednesday’s game against the Woodslee Jrs. He was called out for being out of the batter’s box.

“We’re looking to improve from last year,” he said.

Amherstburg has a pair of home games this week as they host Tecumseh 18U Wednesday night at the Libro Centre at 7:30 p.m. and the Woodslee Sr. team Sunday at 7 p.m.

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.

 

Sr. Cards’ season ends with loss in Harrow

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The end of the 2017 baseball season has come for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior team.

The Cardinals were eliminated Sunday afternoon in Harrow, as the Blues downed the Cardinals 6-2. Harrow had already won the first game of the best-of-three Essex County Senior League semi-final 4-1 in Amherstburg Aug. 23 and Labour Day OBA tournaments delayed the series until Sunday.

Cole Lepine is tagged out at home plate while trying to score in the fourth inning.

Harrow took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the Cardinals quickly tied it with two runs in the top of the second inning. Cole Lepine and Brad Lepine both scored on the same error to knot the game at two.

The Cardinals nearly took the lead in the fourth inning but Cole Lepine was tagged out at the plate as he attempted to score with two outs after a double by Matt Lepine.

Harrow would cash in during their half of the fourth inning with three runs, two of them scoring on a double by former Cardinal Matt Spargalo. The Blues left runners on second and third in the fifth but tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to round out the scoring.

Amherstburg’s Brady Levack (12, left) throws
to first base for an out during last Sunday
afternoon’s loss in Harrow.

“We didn’t get timely hitting,” said first baseman Mac Ouellette. “I don’t think we had any hitting at all.”

Ouellette said they made costly errors while crediting the Blues for making good plays in the field in their own right.

It was “an up-and-down year,” he added, but said the Cardinals still have a good core of players.

“It’s a good group of guys,” said Ouellette. “We’ll start recruiting for next year.”

The Cardinals were in Port Lambton for their OBA tournament but finished with one win and two losses. Ouellette said they played similar in the OBA tournament to how they played Sunday afternoon, where they had trouble getting timely hits and made defensive mistakes. That said, Ouellette said they had a good time at the tournament and said he and Mitch Lepine won the Cardinals’ golf outing.

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.