Sports

Four Amherst track athletes qualify for OFSAA Western Regionals

 

The SWOSSAA track and field meet was held last week with athletes from General Amherst High School having four qualify for the OFSAA Western Regionals. Those that qualified for regionals have an asterisk by their name.

Abbey Gibb* (2nd in Junior Girls Long Jump and Triple Jump)
Sydney Gosselin (7th in Junior Girls Javelin)
Ethan Hamelin* (4th in Midget Boys 300 m hurdles and 7th in triple jump)
Nia Holmes* (4th in Senior Girls 110m hurdles, 7th in 400 m hurdles)
Taja Holmes (6th in junior girls 80 m hurdles)
Marisa Levy (12th in midget girls 800m)
Owen Martin* (3rd in midget boys 1500m, 4th in 3000m)
Mya Palumbo (7th in junior girls 3000m)
Tyler Rowles (6th in midget boys 3000m)
James Shaw (7th in senior boys 110m hurdles)

 

Sr. Cards win second game of season by downing Harrow Srs. 14-4

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team have won their first two games of the season, the second being last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals hosted the Harrow senior team at the Libro Centre with Amherstburg winning 14-4. The game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Harrow got to Amherstburg starting pitcher Nick Price in the first inning, putting up all four of their runs in that frame. However, Price and Mitch Lepine shut the visitors down the rest of the way.

Amherstburg scored one run in the first inning, four more in the second, two in the third and put the game away early with a seven-run fourth inning.

Amherstburg's Nick Price heads for home with one of the 14 runs the Cardinals scored on the Harrow senior team May 17. The Cards host the Harrow juniors May 24.

Amherstburg’s Nick Price heads for home with one of the 14 runs the Cardinals scored on the Harrow senior team May 17. The Cards host the Harrow juniors May 24.

Price had a good game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBI’s on the night.

“I started on the mound and gave up the first four runs. After that, I kept the ball low and caused them to hit ground balls,” said Price.

Price’s first hit was a double to the gap, a pitch he said was a two-strike off-speed pitch.

“I just wanted to get a bat on the ball and it hit it in the gap,” said Price.

The second baseman said it was a good game for him at the plate.

“I was seeing the ball well tonight,” he said after the game.

The Cardinals senior team plays four of its first five games of the 2017 Essex County Senior League season at home and Price said they want to get off to a good start.

“We’ve got some tough games after that,” he said. “A quick start means a lot during a shortened season.”

The Essex County Senior League concludes in late July as Price stated the league is going to a series-style playoff format rather than a tournament.

Dennis Ouellette, who coaches the team with Cliff Bechard, was happy with last Wednesday night’s effort.

“They played a good game,” said Ouellette.

Because it is early in the season, Ouellette said players were moved around to see where they could play. He said pitchers will throw no more than three innings during the early portion of the schedule, noting he planned to use four last Wednesday but ended up using two because the game ended after five innings.

The next game is May 24 against the Harrow Jrs. at 7:30 p.m. before the team heads to Tecumseh Thursday for a 7 p.m. game. The Cardinals host the Essex Jrs. Sunday at 1 p.m.

Busy week concludes for Lady Gens slo-pitch team with a win

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a busy week for the General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team as they lost two games but won another.

The Lady Gens kicked off the week with a 30-18 loss at Villanova last Monday afternoon. The girls looked to rebound from that loss 24 hours later in Essex, and took a 3-0 over the Red Raiders after five innings. However, Essex scored one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to tie the score.

After General Amherst got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh, the game went to extra innings and Essex took advantage of a pair of Lady Gens’ errors to win it 4-3 in the eighth inning.

“We definitely didn’t get the offense going,” said Jackie Wismer, after Wednesday’s game. “Our defense was spot on for sure. We couldn’t get the offense going to compete with them.”

Wismer believed the Essex game was a game they could have won, but weren’t able to.

“They are definitely a team we can beat. I guess today wasn’t our day,” she said.

Carly Renaud tags the base in front of an Essex runner during  WECSSAA girls slo-pitch action May 16.

Carly Renaud tags the base in front of an Essex runner during
WECSSAA girls slo-pitch action May 16.

The game against Villanova was the opposite way, she stated, as the offense was “amazing” but the defense not as good.

The loss against Essex was the Lady Gens’ fourth in a row, causing Wismer to conclude “we’ve got to fight a little harder.”

That fight appeared to be there last Thursday, as the Lady Gens defeated the visiting Sandwich Sabres 28-15 at Wigle Park.

The Lady Gens allowed two runs in the top half of the first inning but Reese Jones got the offense going with a three-run home run in the bottom half of the inning. Amherst scored nine in that inning and added two more in the second inning.

The Lady Gens pulled away from Sandwich in the third inning as they tacked on 13 more runs. The highlight of that inning was a Brooklyn Prescott grand slam.

General Amherst scored four more in the fourth before the game was called after the top of the fifth due to the mercy rule.

“We got it together today,” said Jones, after the Sandwich game.

Jones said their attitude was the major difference as they came out ready to play.

“We wanted to come out and win and play like the team we can,” she said.

The infield and outfield both played well, Jones added.

As for her home run, she said she wanted to hit the ball hard.

“I just wanted to go up and hit the ball as hard as I can and do the best I can for the team when I’m up,” said Jones.

The Lady Gens had a play-in game Tuesday after this issue of the River Town Times went to press

Admirals face off with Amherstburg police for Special Olympics

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals were back in action Sunday afternoon but the result of the game didn’t matter much.

The Admirals faced off with the Amherstburg Police Service in a friendly game for Ontario Special Olympics and while the Admirals won 6-4, the more important part of the day was the cause.

The Amherstburg Police Service team and the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals pose with the Memorial Cup between periods of last Sunday’s hockey game for Special Olympics Ontario.

The Amherstburg Police Service team and the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals pose with the Memorial Cup between periods of last Sunday’s hockey game for Special Olympics Ontario.

“Any time we have an opportunity to be involved with a local cause with great people like the police, it’s a no-brainer for us,” said Admirals co-owner Wes Ewer.

Ewer said it was great to be playing on the same day the Memorial Cup trophy was in Amherstburg with both teams being photographed with it after the first period.

“It’s fantastic,” added co-owner Matt Fox. “Special Olympics has a special tie to the Admirals family. It’s a great event.”
Fox added it was another occasion to draw people into town and show off the community.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo drops the puck between B.J. Wiley of the Amherstburg Police and Luke Gagnon of the Admirals.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo drops the puck between B.J. Wiley of the Amherstburg Police and Luke Gagnon of the Admirals.

Ewer and Fox both suited up for the police team with Ewer guaranteeing at least a two-goal win for that team. Unfortunately for him, the result went the other way.

The only down side to the game was a leg injury to Admirals’ defenseman Aaron Jacobs, who was hurt in the second period and had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher. He gave a thumbs-up as he left the ice.

Special Olympics game3

Admirals co-owners Wes Ewer and Matt Fox suited up for the Amherstburg police team Sunday afternoon, with Ewer (14) checking Admirals forward Dylan Muzzatti against the boards.

Sgt. Mike Cox, who has helped lead local fundraising efforts for Ontario Special Olympics for over two decades, said the game has been held for years with General Amherst High School and various travel teams as the opponents but the Admirals became the opponent when they came to town.

“We’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember in one form or another,” said Cox.

Cox estimated the game raised about $500 for Special Olympics Ontario.

Roughly 90 players attend Admirals’ spring mini-camp

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Integrity Amherstburg Admirals got a look at some possible new talent over two days last week.

The Admirals held their spring mini-camp last Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Libro Centre. Approximately 90 players competed at the camp, something that impressed management with the local Jr. C hockey club.

“Overall, it was a good turnout,” said head coach/GM Paul Bortignon. “It’s probably one of the best that we’ve had since we’ve been here.”

The first night was more of a feeling-out process, Bortignon stated, with the second night seeing the pace and intensity pick up. He said the entire hockey staff was looking at who was the most consistent over the two nights.

There were about nine or ten hockey centres from across Essex County and Windsor represented at the spring mini-camp, said Bortignon.

“It’s nice to see this much interest in the program,” he said.

Players from around Windsor-Essex County converged on the Libro Centre May 9 and May 11 for the Admirals’ spring mini-camp. The team was evaluating potential new players that can join the local Jr. C hockey club for the 2017-18 PJHL Stobbs Division season.

Players from around Windsor-Essex County converged on the Libro Centre May 9 and May 11 for the Admirals’ spring mini-camp. The team was evaluating potential new players that can join the local Jr. C hockey club for the 2017-18 PJHL Stobbs Division season.

While Jr. C clubs are only allowed to take one 2001-born player, there were as many as 40 at the camp for the Admirals’ staff to choose from.

There could be as many as seven or eight open spots in the Admirals’ lineup this season, including forwards, defenseman and goalies. There were four overage players that graduated out of junior hockey at the end of last season with other spots becoming open for varying reasons. Bortignon said they are looking to get quicker up front as well as on the back end.

Despite changes in the offseason that saw Bortignon become the general manager after co-owner Wes Ewer relinquished that position, Bortignon said the staff shares the same collective vision.

“I got the title as GM but the decisions are made as a group,” he said.

Summer skates will take place in a couple of months with the 12-13 returning players plus 25 or so new players with that being trimmed to about 30-35 players for training camp in August, Bortignon stated.

The Admirals finished 26-14 with 52 points last season, which was good for a third place finish in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Stobbs Division. They were eliminated in the playoff semi-finals by the eventual division champion Essex 73’s.