MIRAMICHI – After going 2-1 last weekend, with some much deserved time off this week, the Newcastle Cardinals are back in action at home Friday night. The red birds wrap up a four game home stand with a tilt against the Tracadie-Sheila Aigles at 7:30 p.m. at Cardinal Field.
In two meetings this season, the Cardinals and Aigles are 1-1, which each teaming winning at home. The teams first met May 25 in the Cardinals’ home opener. Newcastle demolished the Aigles 10-0. But Tracadie-Sheila got their revenge six days later at home with a 4-2 win.
The Cardinals are coming off a weekend that saw them beat their cross-city rivals, the Chatham Head Tigers, 12-3 Friday night followed by a split in their double header Sunday against the Miramichi Valley Baseball League leading Grand Falls Cataracts.
The second place Cardinals took game one 4-1 but the Cataracts won a controversial 4-3 decision in game two.
The Aigles, meanwhile, are sitting a surprising third in the MVBL and are coming off a weekend that saw them hand the previously undefeated Cataracts their first two losses of the season in a Saturday double-header. The Aigles took game one 4-3 and game two 4-0.
Following Friday’s game, the Cardinals hit the road for a pair of games. Sunday they are in Grand Falls to face the Cataracts in a 3 p.m. matinee. Then on Tuesday they travel to Lameque to face the Coopérateurs at 7:30 p.m. Newcastle and Lameque have met just once this season, in Miramichi, resulting in a lopsided 16-2 win for the Cardinals.