Essex County Senior League

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.

Sr. Cards split doubleheader in Harrow

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon in Harrow.

The Harrow Blues used five runs on six hits to defeat the Cardinals 5-1 in the first half of the doubleheader with the Cardinals and Blues combining for 22 runs in the second game, a 15-7 Amherstburg victory.

In the second game, Amherstburg led 5-4 after two innings and added another in the third. After Harrow tied it 6-6 with two runs in the fourth inning, Amherstburg took control in the top half of the fifth inning with seven runs.

Harrow got one back in the bottom of sixth but Amherstburg added two more in the seventh to round out the scoring.

“It was a team effort in the second game,” said Mitch Lepine, who was the starting and winning pitcher in the second game.

Amherstburg first baseman Mac Ouellette battles the sun as he goes and catches a fly ball in foul territory during Sunday’s doubleheader in Harrow. Harrow won the first game 5-1 but Amherstburg won the second 15-7.

The Cardinals hit the ball hard all day, he added, but said they found the holes and got a few breaks due to errors in game two.

The offensive explosion in the second game was due to both teams being able to put the bat on the ball consistently.

“Both teams are good hitting teams,” said Lepine. “Our defense held up and we put up a few more runs than they did.”

The Cardinals’ record is now 3-1 after Sunday afternoon’s doubleheader.

Amherstburg and Essex played last Wednesday and while the game got to the bottom of the fourth inning, heavy rain soon followed and the umpires called the game. It will be made up at a later date.

Amherstburg’s senior team will play the Tecumseh senior team Thursday night at Lacasse Park at 7 p.m. The Cardinals have another road game Sunday in Woodslee starting at 1 p.m.

Sr. Cards improve to 3-0 after beating Woodslee Sr. team

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team is 3-0 on the season after picking up a win over the Woodslee Orioles senior team Sunday night.

The Cardinals downed the Orioles 4-1 at the Libro Centre with three of their runs coming in the top of the first inning. After two runs scored on a Woodslee throwing error, Brad Lepine’s RBI single cashed in the third run. Amherstburg had a chance to expand the lead in the third but couldn’t, as they left the bases loaded.

The game stayed 3-0 until the sixth inning when Woodslee scored their lone run without having to get a hit. Two errors sandwiched a walk and a hit batter and that pushed a run across home plate. Amherstburg answered back in their half of the inning. Josh Slaney doubled and would score two batters later after a sacrifice bunt and a force out.

Josh Sikich, Mitch Lepine and Zack O’Donnell shared pitching duties for the Cardinals.

Nick Price said they got strong pitching early and that helped the Cardinals Sunday night.

Amherstburg’s Nick Price (right) slides safely into second base during Sunday night’s 4-1 win over the Woodslee Orioles senior team.

“We kept their hits down,” said Price.

The defense was solid, he added, though noted there were “hiccups” in the sixth inning.

“We managed to recover,” said Price. “Zack came in and shut them down. That’s all you can ask for for his first outing.”

Price said the good start is due to playing as a team, getting hits and keeping the errors down.

“We’d like to keep the momentum going,” he said.

The Sr. Cardinals play at home Wednesday night against Essex starting at 7:30 p.m. They play their first two road games this Sunday in Harrow starting at 1 p.m.