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Lady Gens fall short in WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens’ bid to repeat as WECSSAA slo-pitch champions fell short last Tuesday.

The Lady Gens went into the second day of the double-elimination playoff tournament undefeated but could not win another game. In fact, they lost both games they played in heartbreaking fashion.

General Amherst’s Reese Jones (right) tags an Essex base runner during WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoff action last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Essex ended up winning the game 14-13.

General Amherst’s Reese Jones (right) tags an Essex base runner during WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoff action last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Essex ended up winning the game 14-13.

The first game was a 13-6 loss to the eventual champion Leamington Lions. General Amherst had a 6-3 lead at one point but Leamington had a nine-run inning that gave them the lead and propelled them to victory.

The second game was an even more difficult finish for the Lady Gens. Amherst built up an 11-0 lead heading into the sixth inning before allowing four runs to the Essex Red Raiders. Amherst would score twice in their next at bat to make it a 13-4 game but Essex came back with ten runs in the seventh inning to give them a 14-13 win.

The Red Raiders used timely hitting and also took advantage of some key Amherst errors to complete the comeback.

Despite the losses, General Amherst’s Payton Laing believes the Lady Gens still played well.

“We played really hard. In the last two tournament, I think we played our best ball. Our bats got going,” she said.

There was clearly a sense of disappointment after losing both games Tuesday.

“We fell short in both games. We needed to finish,” said Laing. “This is the best we played but we kept coming up short.”

General Amherst’s Danielle Brindley  delivers a pitch to the plate  during last Tuesday’s  WECSSAA slo-pitch playoff tournament at Co-An Park in McGregor.

General Amherst’s Danielle Brindley
delivers a pitch to the plate
during last Tuesday’s
WECSSAA slo-pitch playoff tournament at Co-An Park in McGregor.

The Lady Gens had a lot of new players this season, including four Grade 9 players and one new Grade 11 student, but Laing believes they came together well as a team.

“Overall, I think we had a pretty good season.”

General Amherst loses three players – Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Tayah Storm – with the rest eligible to return. Laing said they will miss those three players.

“Those are some big bats and they play some key positions,” she said.

The Lady Gens will use the disappointment of how the 2017 season ended as inspiration for next year, Laing added.

“We’re not going to want to feel like this (next year) for sure,” she said. “We’re coming out swinging for sure next season.”

Lady Gens competing in WECSSAA slo-pitch playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens are now in the WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoffs.

The Lady Gens were scheduled to compete against the Leamington Lions yesterday, just after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. It was a semi-final game in the girls slo-pitch tournament with all games being at Co-An Park in McGregor.

The Lady Gens won both playoff games they had Monday. Their day started with a 9 a.m. game against L’Essor and it wasn’t close, as General Amherst ended up on the winning end of a 21-3 final score. Their next game was closer but still saw General Amherst come out on top. They defeated the Herman Green Griffins 15-10.

Brooklyn Prescott takes a swing at a pitch during a WECSSAA play-in game last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Amherst downed Massey 27-3.

Brooklyn Prescott takes a swing at a pitch during a WECSSAA play-in game last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Amherst downed Massey 27-3.

General Amherst qualified for the playoffs last Tuesday afternoon with a decisive 27-3 win over the Massey Mustangs in a play-in game that was also contested at Co-An Park. The Lady gens built up an 18-1 lead after two innings before tacking on five more in the third inning and four more in the fourth. It was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

“I thought it was a good game to start the playoffs with,” said Brooklyn Prescott, who plays first base for the Lady Gens. “We came out strong and the bats were going.”

Prescott said she thought the play-in game would be a little more difficult but believed the practices they had in the days leading up to the game paid off. She said that win gave them confidence moving forward into the WECSSAA playoffs.

(UPDATE: The Lady Gens were eliminated Tuesday in the WECSSAA semi-final. More on that in the days to come.)

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.

Lady Gens slo-pitch season starts on winning note

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It has been a good start to the season for the General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team.

The girls team played a pair of games last Thursday afternoon at Co-An Park in McGregor and won them both. Their first game was a 10-7 victory over the Cardinal Carter Cougars with the second being a 28-4 rout of the St. Anne Saints.

Megan Wismer gets a hit during the first inning of last Thursday’s General Amherst girls slo-pitch game against St. Anne.

Megan Wismer gets a hit during the first inning of last Thursday’s General Amherst girls slo-pitch game against St. Anne.

Assistant coach Mike Prescott said after the first game that “there’s room for improvement” but noted every team has the “winter bugs” to shake off.

“It’s a young season for everyone,” said Prescott. “Everyone gets better as the season goes on.”
Prescott said hitting is the team’s strength this season and that was evident in the second game of the afternoon.

“We’re very excited for the season,” said Prescott. “We’ve got a good veteran presence.”

The Lady Gens have 14 players on the roster, with nine of them returning from last year’s WECSSAA championship squad. Four of the five new players are Grade 9 additions.

Jackie Wismer scores a run during General Amherst’s 28-4 victory over St. Anne last Thursday. The game was played at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Jackie Wismer scores a run during General Amherst’s 28-4 victory over St. Anne last Thursday. The game was played at Co-An Park in McGregor.

“We’re looking to repeat,” said Prescott.

The Lady Gens were on the road at Villanova Tuesday afternoon after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They are scheduled to play Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Belle River back at Co-An Park.

Their first game at Wigle Park is scheduled for May 9 at 3:30 p.m. against Kingsville.

Girls wrap-up tournament comes to Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association held the annual girls wrap-up tournament over the weekend with teams from across the county coming to town.

Hannah Bauer delivers a pitch to the plate during girls slo-pitch action last Friday night at Centennial Park.

Hannah Bauer delivers a pitch to the plate during girls slo-pitch action last Friday night at Centennial Park.

The slo-pitch tournament featured teams from Leamington, Kingsville, Essex, Harrow, Cottam and the host Amherstburg teams.
Amherstburg had two teams in each of the intermediate, junior and senior divisions. In the intermediate division, Leamington had six teams, Kingsville three, Essex and Harrow having two teams and Cottam one. In the junior age group, Leamington and Kingsville each had four while Essex and Harrow joined Amherstburg with two teams while Cottam had one. In the senior division, Leamington had four teams, Kingsville and Essex each fielded three while Harrow also had two.

“There’s 39 teams this year,” said Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association president Mary Lippert. “The girls range from 8-18.”

Rachel Parker camps under a fly ball during girls slo-pitch tournament action last weekend.

Rachel Parker camps under a fly ball during girls slo-pitch tournament action last weekend.

The teams were from the house league divisions.

“There is no girls slo-pitch travel,” she said.

Lippert said the tournament usually moves around Essex County but Amherstburg has hosted it the last two years. There is a selects tournament this year too for local teams, but Lippert pointed out that will be in Leamington.

The tournament ran from Friday through Sunday with games being played at both Centennial Park and Malden Centre Park. Results were not available as of press time.