Kyle Goodchild

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.

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.