Boys baseball

Bulldogs improve to 3-3 after victory over Brennan

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys baseball team now has three wins and three losses on the 2017 WECSSAA season after a victory last week.

The Bulldogs took to the Libro Centre’s premier diamond last Wednesday and came away with a 13-8 win over the visiting Brennan Cardinals. Mitch Wright had a double and two singles on the afternoon while Max Clifford had a double, single and triple against the Cardinals. Brennan dropped to 1-4 after the loss.

“We got the bats going today,” said coach Kyle Goodchild. “Guys lower in the order got hits and then we got it going through the whole order.”

Mitch Wright throws to first base to try and complete a double play that had originally been started by Will Borland (2, left).

Mitch Wright throws to first base to try and complete a double play that had originally been started by Will Borland (2, left).

The Bulldogs still await word on a make-up game against the Kennedy Clippers (1-2), as a game last Monday in Windsor was called off. If they win the make-up game, it will put them in a better position to qualify for a playoff berth, though Goodchild noted the top two teams in each division make the playoffs.

“It’s been an up-and-down year,” he said. “We’re playing good ball but it’s the little things we’ve got to get going.”

What damaged the Bulldogs’ chances was losses to teams that Goodchild believes the Bulldogs should have defeated.

“We took losses to teams we shouldn’t have taken losses to,” said Goodchild.

Miracle League opens this Saturday

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The 2017 Spring season for the Miracle League of Amherstburg begins this Saturday.

Weather permitting, games will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Miracle League enters the 2017 season with nine teams and is scheduled to last eight consecutive Saturdays with the final week being June 24.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg needs volunteers and those interested can get more information at www.amherstburgmiracle.com or by calling Chuck Bondy at 519-919-4641.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

 

Boys baseball   The General Amherst High School boys baseball team is now 2-3 after splitting a pair of games last week.

They lost 7-4 at the Libro Centre April 24 to Belle River before going on the road and beating Cardinal Carter in Leamington 7-3 last Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs also defeated Lajeunesse April 21 in Windsor but lost to Herman 2-1 April 19, also in Windsor.

General Amherst hosts Brennan today (May 3) at the Libro Centre with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

 

Building safe sports organizations   In keeping with the long history of union participation in supporting sport organizations, the Windsor & District Labour Council is hosting a conversation regarding “Promising Practices in Sport – building safe, inclusive, harassment free organizations.” It will be held tonight (May 3) at the Ciociaro Club in Tecumseh.

Executive Board Members, coaches, volunteers, parents and leaders of all Windsor-Essex sports organizations are encouraged to attend.
Guest speakers will include Niki Lundquist, Legal Counsel, Unifor Legal and Human Rights Departments. She will be discussing legal responsibilities of sports organizations in regards to human rights. Dr. Margery Holman, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor and she is an expert in gender equity including coaching, harassment, hazing, and leadership. Dr. Victoria Paraschak, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor will also speak. She is an expert in using organizational strengths to effect change and build stronger sports organizations.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.ca and search “Promising Practices in Sport,” call Brian Hogan at 519-999-4418 or e-mail office@wdlc.ca.

Amherst coach optimistic despite setback in season opener

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a tough way to open the season for the General Amherst Bulldogs boys baseball team but their coach sees room for improvement.

The Bulldogs lost 14-3 to the visiting Sandwich Sabres last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Despite the loss, coach Kyle Goodchild sees potential in the Bulldogs.

Goodchild said they hit the ball well but a lot of errors came back to bite the Bulldogs as it allowed Sandwich to score a lot of runs.

Julian Hebert rips a base hit for General Amherst in their season opening game last Wednesday at the Libro Centre. Sandwich defeated General Amherst 14-3.

Julian Hebert rips a base hit for General Amherst in their season opening game last Wednesday at the Libro Centre. Sandwich defeated General Amherst 14-3.

“I still think we’ve got a great team,” said Goodchild. “We have to play better next game.”

The Bulldogs have had good teams the last couple of years, he added, and this year’s team has a lot of Grade 9 players. Even with some young players, Goodchild believes they have the potential to finish near or at the top of their division.

General Amherst’s Spencer Hawkins delivers to the plate during last Wednesday’s 14-3 loss to Sandwich. Errors were blamed for the loss in the Bulldogs’ opening game.

General Amherst’s Spencer Hawkins delivers to the plate during last Wednesday’s 14-3 loss to Sandwich. Errors were blamed for the loss in the Bulldogs’ opening game.

Julian Hebert had a good game in the loss to Sandwich, as he picked up two hits on the day.

General Amherst is on the road twice this week with games against Herman and Lajeunesse with their next home game being April 24 when the Belle River Nobles come to the Libro Centre. The first pitch of that game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

All-Stars aplenty on the diamond for General Amherst

By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst boys baseball and girls slo-pitch team each boasted a pair of all-stars for the past season.

Colton Taylor, a pitcher and outfielder with the Bulldogs baseball team, made the boys team while Josh Neufeld was an honorable mention. On the girls side, Maddie Turner won league MVP while Megan Wismer was also an all-star.

Boys baseball all-stars Colton Taylor (left) and Josh Neufeld.

Boys baseball all-stars Colton Taylor (left) and Josh Neufeld.

Girls slo-pitch all-stars Megan Wismer (left) and league MVP Maddie Turner.

Girls slo-pitch all-stars Megan Wismer (left) and league MVP Maddie Turner.

“I didn’t really expect it,” said Taylor. “I was proud, I guess.”

Neufeld said he was honoured to be named an honorable mention.

Turner said she didn’t really expect the girls MVP award.

“It’s pretty cool,” she said. “It did catch me out of the blue. I didn’t expect it. When (teacher/coach Nicole) Maxey told me about it, it was nice to hear.”

Wismer said her all-star designation also caught her by surprise.

“It feels good,” she added.