girls slo-pitch

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.

Lady Gens claw back to capture WECSSAA slo-pitch title

 

By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst girls slo-pitch team had their backs against the wall in last week’s WECSSAA playoff tournament but managed to battle back to win the title.

The Lady Gens dropped an 18-4 decision to the Leamington Lions in last Monday’s double-elimination tournament at Co-An Park in McGregor, meaning they couldn’t lose again that day if they wanted to win the championship. Amherst won their next three games to bring home the WECSSAA title.

The first game against Leamington was one that coach Brad Bondy called “the worst game we played in five years” as nothing went right for the Lady Gens.

“We got them together,” said Bondy. “In our minds, the only team that could beat us was us. We beat ourselves versus Leamington.”

However, they quickly rebounded and edged Villanova 18-17 in the semi-finals to advance to play Leamington again in the finals. Bondy said they had to down the Lions twice to win the title and things didn’t look good early as General Amherst fell behind 6-0 in the first inning. The Lady Gens fought back and the game went back-and-forth the rest of the way until Amherst captured a 15-14 win.

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls slo-pitch team captured the WECSSAA championship June 6 at Co-An Park in McGregor. (Photo by Kathy Dodds)

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls slo-pitch team captured the WECSSAA championship June 6 at Co-An Park in McGregor. (Photo by Kathy Dodds)

In the second game of the finals against Leamington and third game of the day against the Lions, General Amherst finally got it going and defeated Leamington via the mercy rule 21-4.

“They were crushing the ball,” said Bondy. “All the girls picked it up huge.”

The girls rallying from a bad defeat earlier in the day was special, Bondy added.

“It was awesome,” he said. “It was an awesome experience. It was one of our best wins ever. It was one of the proudest moments in the history of General Amherst girls slo-pitch.”

It was Bondy’s last game as a coach, as he is turning the program over to the other coaches. He said he was proud to coach with Nicole Maxey, Mike Prescott, Stephanie Melcher not to mention his daughter Sarah Bondy. He was also happy to work with the players over the years.

“They are always a great group of girls to coach,” said Bondy, adding most are very well coached even before joining the Amherst team.

Bondy added his thanks to the parents.

“The parents always do a great job with their girls,” he said.

Lady Gens improve to 4-0 on the slo-pitch diamond

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst girls slo-pitch team is now 4-0 on the 2016 season after two wins in McGregor Friday afternoon.

The Lady Gens upended Harrow 19-8 and Belle River 11-3 with both games being at Co-An Park. The team had one their first two games the previous Friday, also at Co-An Park.

Head coach Brad Bondy, in his tenth year at the helm of the Lady Gens, said the team has a lot of good first-year players. That, combined with the returning players, means things could go well this season for General Amherst but Bondy isn’t letting himself or the girls get overconfident.

“With the veterans back, everything is going well,” he said. “Of course, it’s early.”

General Amherst's Megan Wismer drives a pitch to the outfield during her team's 11-3 win over Belle River last Friday afternoon at Co-An Park in McGregor.

General Amherst’s Megan Wismer drives a pitch to the outfield during her team’s 11-3 win over Belle River last Friday afternoon at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Bondy coaches the team with Nicole Maxey and Stephanie Melcher with his daughter Sarah and Mike Prescott also assisting. The latter two have experience being on championship-calibre teams, Bondy said.

“If the girls play up to their capabilities, we expect to win the championship,” he said. “The only team we feel can beat us is us.”

Bondy added they still have to play well game in and game out in order to accomplish their goals.

“There’s a lot of parity in this league,” he said.

The Lady Gens were in Kingsville Tuesday. They are in Leamington Thursday. They play at home at the General Amherst diamond May 17 versus the Essex Red Raiders at 3:30 p.m.