Woodslee Orioles

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. Cards win two out of three games on weekend

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team won two of three games on the weekend to improve their record to 9-6 on the Essex County Senior League baseball season.

In Friday night’s action, the Sr. Cardinals split a doubleheader against the Woodslee 35+ team.

The two teams played a pair of five inning games, with Woodslee taking the first game 8-4. Manager Dennis Ouellette said the 35+ team is a good one.

Amherstburg pitcher Mitch Lepine (17) tags first base on a ground ball play on the infield. Lepine pitched a one-hitter in his team's 1-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader last Friday night.

Amherstburg pitcher Mitch Lepine (17) tags first base on a ground ball play on the infield. Lepine pitched a one-hitter in his team’s 1-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader last Friday night.

“They got seven runs in two innings,” said Ouellette. “They are a very good hitting team, there’s no doubt about it.”

The Woodslee 35+ team plays good defense as well, Ouellette added, and while the Cardinals hit the ball hard in the first game, they ran up against some good gloves on the infield.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Mitch Lepine was able to counter the strong Woodslee 35+ bats. Lepine pitched very well, holding the Orioles to one hit in a 1-0 Amherstburg victory.

The Cardinals threatened in the second inning as they loaded the bases with no one out. However, a double play saw runners retired at home and at first, keeping the game scoreless. After a walk re-loaded the bases, a good play by the Woodslee shortstop kept the game scoreless.

Amherstburg left a runner on third in the third inning and after another scoreless inning in the fourth, the only run of the game was scored in the top of the fifth. The Cardinals loaded the bases once again and got a run across after a wild pitch allowed Nick Price to score from third base.

Nick Price takes a swing at a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader July 14 against the Woodslee 35+ team. Price scored on a wild pitch later in the game, the only run in a 1-0 Cardinals' win. Amherstburg lost the first game of the doubleheader 8-4.

Nick Price takes a swing at a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader July 14 against the Woodslee 35+ team. Price scored on a wild pitch later in the game, the only run in a 1-0 Cardinals’ win. Amherstburg lost the first game of the doubleheader 8-4.

“I felt really good, really strong,” said Lepine. “We played error-free baseball. It was our best defensive game of the year.”

Lepine said they struggled in the first game of the doubleheader but they played well in the nightcap. He believed it was his best game of the season on the mound.

“It’s easy when your defense is playing well,” he said.

The Sr. Cardinals met Woodslee’s senior team Sunday afternoon as well. The Cardinals and Orioles played a high scoring affair with Amherstburg taking a 9-6 decision.

The Cardinals are back in Woodslee July 18, after the July 19 issue of the RTT went to press, to battle the Woodslee junior team. Their next home game is July 26 at the Libro Centre against Walker Homesites starting at 7:30 p.m.

Sr. Cardinals fall in Essex County Senior League baseball finals

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team got to the Essex County Senior League final but could not get past the Woodslee Orioles.

The Cardinals dropped a 7-0 decision to the Orioles Sunday afternoon with Woodslee taking the 2016 league title with the win. Had Amherstburg won, they would have played the Orioles again immediately after that game in a winner-take-all final game in the double-elimination playoff tournament.

Woodslee scored one in the first inning and four in the second to pull away and threatened in the third and fourth innings. The Orioles got a two-run home run in the fifth inning to round out the scoring. Amherstburg managed to get four hits over the seven inning game.

Amherstburg first baseman Mac Ouellette lunges backward to make a catch during Sunday’s league final against Woodslee.

Amherstburg first baseman Mac Ouellette lunges backward to make a catch during Sunday’s league final against Woodslee.

Both of Amherstburg’s losses came against Woodslee, as a home run killed the Cardinals in a 3-1 loss Saturday. The Cardinals ended up playing the Tecumseh senior team twice in the tournament, winning 12-5 Friday night and 11-10 Sunday morning, the latter game having been moved from Saturday night due to rain.

“Overall, there were a couple of plays that made the difference,” said Amherstburg coach Dennis Ouellette.

Ouellette said Woodslee’s long hits to the outfield dropped in while Amherstburg’s did not. The first game was even most of the way until a late-inning home run and if it were Amherstburg that got the home run, Ouellette said the Orioles would have been chasing them.

“We’re clearly balanced,” said Ouellette. “I’m not disappointed that way.”

Amherstburg’s Tristan Bouchat swings at a pitch during Sunday’s loss to Woodslee. Woodslee won the league title with the win.

Amherstburg’s Tristan Bouchat swings at a pitch during Sunday’s loss to Woodslee. Woodslee won the league title with the win.

Despite the end of the Essex County Senior League season, there is still more baseball to be played for both teams as they advance to their respective OBA tournaments Labour Day weekend. Amherstburg is headed to Forest for their tournament.

“(Woodslee) is going to the A division in OBA’s and they are probably going to reach the semi-finals,” said Ouellette. “We played basically even with them so we should do well in the C division. I’m looking forward to the OBA’s this year.”

Ouellette said he is satisfied with the year as a whole, noting the Cardinals began with eight straight victories before the streak was snapped due to players missing games over work commitments.

“I’m definitely not disappointed at all,” he said. “I’m looking forward to next year already.”