Ramie Tytgat

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.

General Amherst senior girls basketball coach hoping for offseason commitment from players

 

Although the General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team lost their playoff game to Belle River 35-33, the team’s head coach sees a good future for the program.

Amherst coach Dom Silvaggio said the Lady Gens fell just short against the Nobles.

“If we had another ten seconds I think we could have won it,” said Silvaggio. “We were down 8-2 after the first quarter, again struggled to score. We were then down 17-8 in the second but came back and cut it to 17-15 by halftime. The third quarter was our undoing; we got out scored 10-2 and some crucial non-calls hurt us.”

General Amherst's Ramie Tytgat (11) heads to the hoop during a recent game against Kingsville. The season is over for the General Amherst Lady Gens but coach Dom Silvaggio is pleased with their improvement throughout the year.

General Amherst’s Ramie Tytgat (11) heads to the hoop during a recent game against Kingsville. The season is over for the General Amherst Lady Gens but coach Dom Silvaggio is pleased with their improvement throughout the year.

Silvaggio added: “In the fourth quarter we completely outplayed them and finally we started making our lay ups and almost caught them. Again, I am positive if we had another ten seconds we would have. I was very proud of how our girls played and the improvement they made throughout the season. We had lost to the same team by 26 during the regular season.”

Working on their basketball skills in the offseason is something Silvaggio has been emphasizing and did so again after the Belle River game.

“The future looks good for us as long as the girls put in the time and work on their fundamental skills. I plan on having some skill sessions for all girls from Grades 6-12 throughout the year,” he said. “Hopefully anyone in the area that is serious about their basketball will come out. I will try to get the word out when that will be, and any girl that is interested can contact me and I will let them know. We definitely want to get the interest in basketball back up and get back to where our expectations are to medal at OFSAA.”