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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.