Sr. Cardinals

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 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.

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 suffer pair of defeats



By Ron Giofu


Last week wasn’t the best week for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team.

The Cardinals opened the week with a 5-1 loss to the Woodslee senior team Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

The teams traded runs in the first inning but Woodslee would do the only scoring from there. The Orioles tacked on three runs in the fourth inning and added another insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Matt Bassingthwaighte led the offense for the Cardinals by going 2-for-4.

Amherstburg third baseman Brady Levack awaits a throw as the Woodslee base runner slides in behind him. The senior Cardinals were on the short end of a 5-1 decision last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

Amherstburg third baseman Brady Levack awaits a throw as the Woodslee base runner slides in behind him. The senior Cardinals were on the short end of a 5-1 decision last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

“We just couldn’t get clutch hits at the right time,” Cardinals first baseman Mac Ouellette said after Wednesday night’s game. “Mitch Lepine pitched a heck of a game.”

Ouellette said it was “one of those games” for the Cardinals.

“We had our chances,” he said. “We couldn’t score the guys.”

Mitch Lepine pitches to the plate during last Wednesday’s game against the Woodslee Orioles senior team.

Mitch Lepine pitches to the plate during last Wednesday’s game against the Woodslee Orioles senior team.

The Cardinals had a quick turnaround before their next game, which was a Sunday afternoon game in Harrow against their senior team. However, the result didn’t go the Cardinals’ way.

Harrow defeated Amherstburg 9-5 to drop the Cardinals’ 2017 regular season record to five wins and four losses.

The next game for the Cardinals is Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at home against the Essex Sr. team. Amherstburg travels to Soulliere Field in Windsor Friday night for an 8:30 p.m. game against Walker Homesites.