Matt Bassingthwaighte

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 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. Cardinals win one and lose one in two games over the past week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team suffered a setback in Essex Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals lost 7-4 to the Yellow Jackets’ senior team. The loss dropped Amherstburg to 4-2 on the season in Essex County Senior League action.

The Cardinals started the week Wednesday night with a 15-9 victory over Leamington.

Matt Bassingthwaighte tries to bare hand a bunt that was laid down by a Leamington batter during last Wednesday night’s 15-9 Amherstburg victory. The Cardinals hit the road Sunday but lost 7-4 to the Essex senior team.

Matt Bassingthwaighte tries to bare hand a bunt that was laid down by a Leamington batter during last Wednesday night’s 15-9 Amherstburg victory. The Cardinals hit the road Sunday but lost 7-4 to the Essex senior team.

Leamington built a 7-4 lead after three innings but Amherstburg outscored them 11-2 the rest of the way.

Leamington scored six of their runs in the second inning in what the Amherstburg coaching staff said was largely the result of errors and walks, but the Cardinals had six-run inning of their own in the fourth inning. Nick Price got the ball rolling with an RBI single, soon followed by bases loaded walks to Brady Levack and Josh Sikich. Matt Bassingthwaighte had the big hit of the inning when he knocked in three more runs with a double.

Amherstburg gave themselves some insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning. The first two runs came into score that inning thanks to a dropped fly ball in right field. Cole Lepine drove home two more with a double with the fifth run of the inning being scored thanks to another error.

Cole Lepine, who had a double and a triple on the night, said he was “just seeing the ball well” and managed to drive the ball to the gap.

Amherstburg’s Brady Levack (12) tries unsuccessfully to get out of the way of a pitch last Wednesday night against Leamington. The Cardinals used big fourth and sixth innings to pull away and capture a 15-9 win. Their next home game is June 21 against the Woodslee seniors starting at 7:30 p.m.

Amherstburg’s Brady Levack (12) tries unsuccessfully to get out of the way of a pitch last Wednesday night against Leamington. The Cardinals used big fourth and sixth innings to pull away and capture a 15-9 win. Their next home game is June 21 against the Woodslee seniors starting at 7:30 p.m.

After the Cardinals got down in the game, Cole said his teammates didn’t stop working.

“We kept fighting and started scoring some runs,” he said. “We ended up winning big.”

Bassingthwaighte added “we were down and we battled hard.” He added he was swinging the bat well and credited his teammates for helping him with his swing.

The Cardinals had lost their first game of the season the previous Wednesday against Tecumseh U18 but that was put behind them quickly against Leamington.

“It’s good to get back in the win column,” said Bassingthwaighte.

The Cardinals play on the road Saturday against the Tecumseh Green Giants 35+ team at Cullen Field starting at 7 p.m. Their next home game is June 21 against the Woodslee senior team at 7:30 p.m.