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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. Cards go 1-2 at Labour Day OBA tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals hit the road Labour Day weekend for their OBA tournament but didn’t come home with the result they wanted.

The Sr. Cardinals went 1-2 in the tournament, played in Port Lambton. The second loss knocked them out of the tournament.

Things started well for Amherstburg, as the Cardinals defeated Clearview 8-1 in the first game, getting 11 hits in the process.

In the second game, the Cardinals lost to Bolton 6-3.

“That’s a game we felt we were a better team,” said Cardinals infielder Nick Price. “We just couldn’t hit.”

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior team played at The Corner Ballpark July 2. It is the former Tiger Stadium site. They also went 1-2 at the recent OBA tournament (Submitted photo)

In their third game, Amherstburg played Harrow.

“They beat us 6-4, said Price. “We had an hour rain delay going into the seventh inning. We scored three runs in the top of the seventh but couldn’t complete the comeback.”

Despite the OBA tournament being over, the season is not for the Sr. Cardinals as the Essex County Senior League (ECSL) playoff tournament is later this month. The Cardinals host Harrow Sept. 21 at the Libro Centre at 7 p.m. for their first playoff game.

The bulk of the ECSL playoff tournament will be in Amherstburg this year, with the championship to be decided at the Libro Centre Sept. 23. Tecumseh is scheduled to have a home game Sept. 21 and there will be two games in Harrow Sept. 22 but the remainder of the games are slated for the Libro Centre’s premier diamond.

Sr. Cards win one and lose one last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior team won a game and lost a game in Essex County Senior League action last week.

The Cardinals first game of the week started late, ended late but saw Amherstburg snap a four-game losing streak.

Amherstburg was in Essex with the game, originally having an 8:30 p.m. start, actually getting underway at approximately 9 p.m. and lasting almost three hours. The Cardinals would emerge with a 12-5 victory.

Amherstburg scored three in the top of the first inning thanks to a Josh Sikich two-run double and a Brady Levack RBI single. Mac Ouellette gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead in the fourth with an RBI singe but Essex scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to make it a one-run game.

The Cardinals pulled away with six in the sixth inning as Ouellette hit a three-run home run, Matt Lepine had an RBI single and Nick Price had a two-run single. Essex would answer back with two in their half of the sixth but Josh Slaney and Levack each had RBI’s in the seventh to round out the scoring.

Amherstburg second baseman Nick Price leads off last Wednesday night’s game in Essex with a hit.

“We started out pretty hot in the first inning,” said Ouellette. “We had good pitching from Josh Sikich and Tristan Bouchat.”

Their bats came alive and “that was long overdue, that’s for sure,” he said.

The sixth inning was “huge,” Ouellette added. The win helped give them confidence as they head into the final games of the regular season and into the OBA tournament Labour Day weekend in Port Lambton, he said after the game.

The Cardinals second game of the week was Sunday afternoon in Woodslee against their senior team but suffered a setback. Woodslee won that game 8-0. The Sr. Cards now have ten wins and 11 losses on the 2018 season.

Amherstburg is scheduled to be back in Essex Thursday night for a 7 p.m. game. It is the last regular season game with Essex County Senior League playoffs due to start in September.

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.