Harrow Blues

Sr. Cards in action twice last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior team was in action twice over the past week.

In their first game of the week, the Sr. Cardinals knocked off the Harrow Blues senior team 8-6 at the Libro Centre.

The Cardinals appeared to be in fine shape early, taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning with the big blow being a Brendan Seguin two-run double. However, the home team wouldn’t score in the next four innings, which allowed Harrow to take the lead after the Blues scored two in the third inning and three more in the sixth.

However, the Cardinals would tack on four more runs in their half of the sixth inning to pull ahead 8-5. Harrow added one more run in the seventh, but Amherstburg held on for the victory.

Amherstburg’s Mac Ouellette slides into third base during last Wednesday night’s game against Harrow at the Libro Centre.

Catcher Matt Bassingthwaighte had two RBI’s in the game and said they got a lead early but weren’t able to score in the middle portion of the game. When Harrow fought back and took the lead, “it gave us the motivation to get our heads back in the game.”

Bassingthwaighte said this year has been a struggle for him.

“I’m glad to finally get out of my slump with a couple of hits tonight,” he said after last Wednesday’s game.

The Cardinals have been “hit and miss” this season, he added, with some games seeing them play well and other games have numerous errors.
“It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster this year,” he said.

With the win, Amherstburg improved to 6-4 on the 2018 Essex County Senior League season.

The Cardinals were in Detroit Monday night for a game against the Tecumseh 35+ team. It was scheduled to be at the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at the Corner Ballpark, located on the former Tiger Stadium site. No result was available as of press time.

(UPDATE July 4/18 – The senior Cardinals won Monday night’s game 9-1 to improve their record to 7-4.)

The lone game on the schedule for the senior Cardinals this week is Sunday at home against the Woodslee senior team. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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’ 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.