Tristan Bouchat

Sr. Cardinals lose 5-3 decision in Woodslee



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Cardinals baseball team are now 9-8 on the 2018 Essex County Senior League season after a loss in Woodslee last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals fell 5-3 to the Woodslee Sr. team in a game that saw four home runs on the night, two by each team.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Woodslee scored two off Amherstburg starting pitcher Tristan Bouchat.

The Cardinals quickly tied it with two of their own in the top of the fourth inning. Brad Lepine led off the inning with a solo home run to left field with a Cole Lepine single later in the inning driving home Mac Ouellette.

Tristan Bouchat is congratulated by coach Dennis Ouellette after his sixth inning home run.

The Orioles got lead-off home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, with them ending up with two runs in the fifth. Bouchat helped his own cause with home run in the sixth inning but the Cardinals could not cut the deficit further.

Brad Lepine said they played well and had some good innings but it wasn’t enough.

“(Woodslee) had a good game too,” he said. “They outplayed us. We just didn’t have enough.”

As for his home run, Brad said “it felt good” when he hit it.

“Right off the bat, I knew it was going to be a home run,” he said.

The loss was the second in a row for the senior Cardinals and third in the last four games, but Brad said they have been battling injuries and player shortages in the last few games.

“We’re not playing badly,” he said. “We’re just short of guys. It’s hard to play with nine players.”

Cole Lepine strokes a single during Amherstburg’s 5-3 loss in Woodslee last Wednesday night.

As the regular season is winding down, Brad said he is confident they will do well.

“We’ll be there at the end,” he said.

The Sr. Cardinals have two road games this weekend. They play the Tecumseh 35+ team Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Cullen Field in Windsor then play the Tecumseh Sr. team Sunday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh, also at 7 p.m.

Sr. Cards improve to 7-0 on 2016 baseball season



By RTT Staff


The Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team have won their first seven games of the 2016 Essex County Senior League season.

The Cardinals won their seventh straight last Wednesday with an 8-4 win at home against the Woodslee Orioles. It was a game where the Cardinals trailed early but fought back to win.

“We were down 3-0 to start the first inning,” said first baseman Mac Ouellette. “We don’t get discouraged when we get down.”

Tristan Bouchat got the win on the mound.

Tristan Bouchat was the winning pitcher in Amherstburg's 8-4 win over Woodslee June 15. (RTT File Photo)

Tristan Bouchat was the winning pitcher in Amherstburg’s 8-4 win over Woodslee June 15. (RTT File Photo)

The team is off to a hot start and playing good ball, Ouellette added.

“It’s a great start, that’s for sure,” he said. “The best thing we are doing is having fun.”

The Cardinals were supposed to play in Tecumseh last Thursday but that game was postponed. They have two games scheduled for this week, both in Woodslee. They play the Woodslee 35+ team Friday and then have a rematch with the Orioles senior team Sunday afternoon. Their next home game is July 29 at 7 p.m. against Walker Homesites.


Diamondbacks pick up another win   The Amherstburg Diamondbacks picked up their second win of the 2016 Can-Am League season when they split a doubleheader at Mic Mac Park against WAA.

The Diamondbacks lost the first game 5-3 but rebounded with a 4-1 win in the second game. Their other game last week was a 13-3 loss to the Tecumseh Thunder last Friday night at Lacasse Park.

The Diamondbacks (2-14) return home this Friday for a game at the Libro Centre against the Tecumseh Jrs. starting at 7:30 p.m.

Sr. Cardinals off to 5-0 start



By Ron Giofu


It has been a good start for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team.

The Cardinals record now sits at a perfect 5-0, following a 14-10 victory against the Tecumseh Thunder senior team Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Tristan Bouchat was the winning pitcher in Sunday afternoon’s game.

It was the second game of the week for the Cardinals as they also held on to beat Harrow 7-6 last Wednesday night, also at home.

Amherstburg’s Tristan Bouchat pitches during last Wednesday night’s 7-6 win over Harrow.

Amherstburg’s Tristan Bouchat pitches during last Wednesday night’s 7-6 win over Harrow.

“Last year we were rebuilding,” said coach Dennis Ouellette. “We are more together now.”

Pitching is a strength of this year’s team, Ouellette added, a feeling echoed by second baseman Nick Price.

Price said after Wednesday night’s win that pitching has been strong thus far and that the bats were going too. Two of the first four wins were via the mercy rule, he added.

“We can’t say enough about our defense and pitching,” said Price.

Nick Price delivers a base hit during fifth inning action last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

Nick Price delivers a base hit during fifth inning action last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

The win over Harrow was attributable to pitching and defense but also timely hitting, Price added.

The goal this season is to finish tops in the Essex County Senior Baseball League and to also do well at the OBA tournament in the fall.

“I think we’ve got the team to do it this year,” said Price.

The Cardinals next two games are on the road but they return to the Libro Centre’s diamond June 15 for a game against the Woodslee Orioles. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.