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Sr. Cardinals open season with 8-4 win over Woodslee Jrs.

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior men’s baseball team got their season off on the right foot last Wednesday night.

The Cardinals first game of the 2017 Essex County Senior Baseball League season was an 8-4 victory over the Woodslee Juniors at the Libro Centre. The game was tied at two after three innings but the Cardinals broke it open with five runs in the fourth inning.

Amherstburg's Brad Lepine takes a rip at a pitch during May 10 action against Woodslee.

Amherstburg’s Brad Lepine takes a rip at a pitch during May 10 action against Woodslee.

The five-run fourth inning got started when Dominic Malfara scored on a passed ball. Josh Sikich’s RBI triple scored another run then Sikich scored on an error. Another Woodslee error, this one with the bases loaded, allowed two more runs to cross the plate.

After Woodslee scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, Amherstburg replied in the bottom half of the frame with another run of their own thanks to an RBI single from Mac Ouellette. Woodslee scored one more in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough and Amherstburg came away with the victory.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said Cole Lepine. “We swung the bats well. The pitching was strong and we made plays on defense.”

The Cardinals won the OBA title last September and Lepine said he hopes they win another. He is a newcomer to this year’s team so “hopefully we repeat.”

Coach Dennis Ouellette said is no doubt they have a deeper pitching staff this season than last.

Zack O'Donnell delivers to the plate during the May 10 win over Woodslee at the Libro Centre.

Zack O’Donnell delivers to the plate during the May 10 win over Woodslee at the Libro Centre.

“We picked up a couple of extra pitchers,” said Ouellette.

Due to recent inclement weather, teams were only able to get in one practice before they played and that included the Cardinals.
“It was trial and error tonight,” Ouellette said after the game.

They were able to get all the new players into the game, he added.

“It was a good first game.”

Ouellette thanked the team’s sponsor – Bob Price Home Inspectors – and pointed out they put the team up an extra night last September when they were at the OBA championship in Forest.

Girls slo-pitch team now 4-2 on season after splitting games last week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls slo-pitch team now has four wins and two losses on the 2017 season after going 2-2 last week.

Payton Laing gets a hit during General Amherst's May 9 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers at Wigle Park.

Payton Laing gets a hit during General Amherst’s May 9 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers at Wigle Park.

The Lady Gens started the week strong with a 16-8 victory over Kingsville at Wigle Park. Megan Wismer said after the game that the team keeps improving, but noted they only had three games to that point due to the weather.

“Our defense wasn’t the greatest but our bats came alive,” she said. “It helped us win the game.”

Wismer, who was also a member of last year’s Lady Gens slo-pitch team, believed they can win the league title again this year if they play to their capabilities.

“I think we can win WECSSAA again if we play as a team and get our bats going,” she said.

The Lady Gens were in McGregor Wednesday for two games that had previously been postponed due to rain. They won the first one 16-2 over UMEI but lost the second one 15-7 to the Belle River Nobles.

Ramie Tytgat delivers a pitch for General Amherst during the Lady Gens' 16-8 victory over Kingsville May 9 in Amherstburg.

Ramie Tytgat delivers a pitch for General Amherst during the Lady Gens’ 16-8 victory over Kingsville May 9 in Amherstburg.

The week concluded for General Amherst back at Wigle Park Thursday against the visiting Leamington Lions. It was not a good afternoon for the home team as Leamington came away with a 16-2 victory.

The Lady Gens conclude the regular season Thursday against Sandwich.

General Amherst ousted by Kennedy in chaotic soccer playoff game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys soccer team have been eliminated from the WECSSAA “AA” soccer playoffs by the Kennedy Clippers in a game that left a bad taste in the Bulldogs’ mouths.

By the time last Thursday afternoon’s game at the Libro Centre ended, both goalies had been ejected, parents had come onto the field and others ejected, and a dispute over how much time was thought to be left on the clock when the referee blew the final whistle.

General Amherst’s Aaron Brush kicks the ball up the field during last Thursday against Kennedy. Amherst lost 2-1 in the WECSSAA “AA” playoff game.

General Amherst’s Aaron Brush kicks the ball up the field during last Thursday against Kennedy. Amherst lost 2-1 in the WECSSAA “AA” playoff game.

General Amherst coach Gavin Blunt said he didn’t want blame the officiating for the loss but wanted to focus on his own team’s effort.

“I thought we played a hard fought game and we ended up with some tough calls against us,” said Blunt, after the 2-1 loss.

Blunt said there were points where he felt the Bulldogs outplayed Kennedy but couldn’t convert their chances.

“It was a very tough game to coach. It was a tough battle,” said Blunt. “The boys played well.”

Kieron Sweet scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs.

Assistant coach Spencer Petrozzi also said he didn’t want to concentrate on the officiating, and agreed that the Bulldogs played well despite the final score.

“The boys played hard. They battled right to the end,” said Petrozzi. “We’re very proud of the boys. They battled.”

General Amherst's Brock Beaudoin (left) wins a race to the ball but the Bulldogs lost the game 2-1 to Kennedy.

General Amherst’s Brock Beaudoin (left) wins a race to the ball but the Bulldogs lost the game 2-1 to Kennedy.

All of the players are eligible to return next season and they hope the 2018 season will be better. Blunt said the 2017 season was still a good one.

“It was a great season,” he added. “It was an unfortunate way to end an undefeated season in a game like this. It was chaotic and unorganized. There were scrums at times.”

Blunt noted “we played a really good team” and Petrozzi also noted the Bulldogs had their chances.

Bulldogs do well at WECSSAA track and field meet

The General Amherst Bulldogs did well at last week’s WECSSAA track and field meet.

The results are as follows:

 

James Abson – 19th in 800, 18th in 100 (midget boys)

Gabriel Beaudoin – 18th in both discus and javelin (junior boys)

Abbey Gibb – 1st in junior girls long jump and triple jump

Sydney Gosselin – 3rd in javelin, 19th in 100 (junior girls)

Autumn Guthrie – 10th in shot put, 15th in javelin (junior girls)

Ethan Hamelin – 3rd in 300m hurdles, 6th in triple jump (midget boys)

Alyssa Herd – 13th in long jump, 15th in 80 m hurdles, 17th in 300m hurdles (junior girls)

Nia Holmes – 3rd in 100m hurdles, 7th in 300 m hurdles, 12th in the 400 (senior girls)

Taja Holmes – 4th in 80 m hurdles, 10th in 300 m hurdles, 9th in long jump (junior girls)

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Marisa Levy – 5th in 800m, 31st in 100m (midget girls)

Katie McEvoy – 15th in shot put, 12th in javelin (junior girls)

Owen Martin – 3rd in 1500m, 4th in 3000m, 7th in 800m (midget boys)

Lily Monforton – 27th in long jump, 46th in 100m (midget girls)

Lexi Newhook – 7th in 300m hurdles (junior girls)

Mya Palumbo – 6th in 3000m, 10th in 1500m (junior girls)

Ethan Richard – 29th in 1500m, 39th 100m (midget boys)

Tyler Rowles – 9th in 1500m, 6th in 3000m (midget boys)

James Shaw – 5th in 110m hurdles, 10th in 400m hurdles, 19th in 200m (senior boys)

Seth Shaw – 12th in javelin, 11th in discus (junior boys)

Lee Sinasac – 17th in discus, 16th in shot put (junior boys)

Senior Girls 4x100m relay team was 7th (Taja Holmes, Abbey Gibb, Lexi Newhook, Nia Holmes)

Midget Boys 4x100m relay team was 11th (James Abson, Owen Martin, Ethan Richard, Ethan Hamelin)

Open Girls 4 x 400m relay team was 9th (Nia Holmes, Taja Holmes, Mya Palumbo, Marisa Levy)

Open Boys 4 x 400m relay team was 10th (James Abson, Owen Martin, Tyler Tofflemire, James Shaw)

 

The Junior Girls placed second overall as a team too!

Lady Gens soccer season ends with 1-0 loss at St. Joseph

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens are finished in the 2017 WECSSAA girls soccer playoffs but the team is still proud of its season.

The Lady Gens travelled to Windsor last Tuesday afternoon for a playoff match-up with the St. Joseph Lasers but fell short in a 1-0 decision. Despite the loss, the members of the team believed they played well and deserved a better fate.

“We were the better team. It was disappointing to see us lose,” said Jenna Fiala. “We couldn’t finish.”

Coach Mark Sweet said St. Joseph got a goal early and were able to defend the rest of the way.

“We dominated throughout,” said Sweet. “We couldn’t seal the deal. They got the lead and held it. Their defense was really strong.”

Vanessa Pidutti (right) heads up the field during recent action against Kingsville. The Lady Gens travelled to St. Joseph last week but lost 1-0 to end their season.

Vanessa Pidutti (right) heads up the field during recent action against Kingsville. The Lady Gens travelled to St. Joseph last week but lost 1-0 to end their season.

Victoria Iannucci said the team is looking forward to next season already.

“We can’t wait for next season and to improve (over this year),” she said.
Sweet said there were more positives than negatives this season, adding “it was a good group to work with” and that the girls always worked hard. They are only losing one player to graduation.

“The positives are that they are only going to get better,” he said.

“It was an all new team,” Fiala added. “We came together well. It was too short of a season.”

Goalkeeper Delilah Brouwer concluded: “Next season will be our season.”