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Busy week concludes for Lady Gens slo-pitch team with a win

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a busy week for the General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team as they lost two games but won another.

The Lady Gens kicked off the week with a 30-18 loss at Villanova last Monday afternoon. The girls looked to rebound from that loss 24 hours later in Essex, and took a 3-0 over the Red Raiders after five innings. However, Essex scored one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to tie the score.

After General Amherst got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh, the game went to extra innings and Essex took advantage of a pair of Lady Gens’ errors to win it 4-3 in the eighth inning.

“We definitely didn’t get the offense going,” said Jackie Wismer, after Wednesday’s game. “Our defense was spot on for sure. We couldn’t get the offense going to compete with them.”

Wismer believed the Essex game was a game they could have won, but weren’t able to.

“They are definitely a team we can beat. I guess today wasn’t our day,” she said.

Carly Renaud tags the base in front of an Essex runner during  WECSSAA girls slo-pitch action May 16.

Carly Renaud tags the base in front of an Essex runner during
WECSSAA girls slo-pitch action May 16.

The game against Villanova was the opposite way, she stated, as the offense was “amazing” but the defense not as good.

The loss against Essex was the Lady Gens’ fourth in a row, causing Wismer to conclude “we’ve got to fight a little harder.”

That fight appeared to be there last Thursday, as the Lady Gens defeated the visiting Sandwich Sabres 28-15 at Wigle Park.

The Lady Gens allowed two runs in the top half of the first inning but Reese Jones got the offense going with a three-run home run in the bottom half of the inning. Amherst scored nine in that inning and added two more in the second inning.

The Lady Gens pulled away from Sandwich in the third inning as they tacked on 13 more runs. The highlight of that inning was a Brooklyn Prescott grand slam.

General Amherst scored four more in the fourth before the game was called after the top of the fifth due to the mercy rule.

“We got it together today,” said Jones, after the Sandwich game.

Jones said their attitude was the major difference as they came out ready to play.

“We wanted to come out and win and play like the team we can,” she said.

The infield and outfield both played well, Jones added.

As for her home run, she said she wanted to hit the ball hard.

“I just wanted to go up and hit the ball as hard as I can and do the best I can for the team when I’m up,” said Jones.

The Lady Gens had a play-in game Tuesday after this issue of the River Town Times went to press

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.

Bulldogs drop senior football opener at Sandwich

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The outcome of the General Amherst Bulldogs senior football team’s first game wasn’t what they wanted but they saw building blocks for the future.

The Sandwich Sabres defeated the Bulldogs 29-0 Thursday night in a game played at the LaSalle-based school. The Sabres got a 17-yard field goal and 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to go up 10-0 and built a 24-0 halftime lead thanks to a four-yard touched run and 44-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Amherst quarterback Will Borland (9) tries to outrun a Sandwich defender Sept. 15 in LaSalle.

Amherst quarterback Will Borland (9) tries to outrun a Sandwich defender Sept. 15 in LaSalle.

Sandwich added a safety and a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Will Borland and Shayne Purdy split time at quarterback for General Amherst with Borland playing the first half and Purdy the second. Each player switched to wide receiver when the other was quarterbacking the offense.

Borland said it was “a tough game” and that Sandwich played physical but Amherst started to respond. He called it a “learning game” and said the Bulldogs learned a lot from it.

“We know what we have to do now,” said Borland. “We know what our weaknesses are.”

Borland said the Bulldogs have to work on their protection from the outside as well as their open field tackling.

“We can’t shake our heads when (the opponents) score a touchdown. We have to forget about it and play hard,” he added.

It was Borland’s first game after not playing football for two years and he said it was great to be back on the field. He said immediately after Thursday night’s game at Sandwich that he is looking forward to this week’s game, which will be Thursday at 5 p.m. against Villanova at Windsor Stadium.

Mitch Wright (1) looks for running room against the Sabres’ defense. General Amherst lost 29-0 to Sandwich in the season opener.

Mitch Wright (1) looks for running room against the Sabres’ defense. General Amherst lost 29-0 to Sandwich in the season opener.

“I’m looking forward to week two already,” he said.

Bulldogs head coach John Rudak said they have good athletes on the team that still need to learn some finer points of the game. He said there were some bright spots against the Sabres.

“A lot of the mistakes we made today, and there were a lot, was because a lot of these guys have never played at this level before,” said Rudak. “A lot of guys who made mistakes made some good plays as well.”

Rudak said they have to be more consistent in making the good plays and cut down on the errors.

“We’ve got a lot of potential,” he said.