Amherst Bulldogs ready for baseball season

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys’ baseball team is looking to make some noise this season.

With six practices under their belt, coach Mark Beaudoin likes what he has been seeing. The team has been practicing at the United Communities Credit Union Complex indoor soccer complex and is ready to play at the premier diamond when the season kicks off later this month.

“I think we really have a good mix of kids and a lot of talent,” said Beaudion.

Duncan Scott and Mike Popel work at a drill in practice, designed to improve a hitters timing.

The Bulldogs have roughly 10 players returning from last year’s squad, with 17 players total lacing up the cleats.  Amherst’s lineup  features eight Grade 12’s that will step in to fill the leadership roles. Amongst the younger players there is one Grade 9 and five Grade 10 players.

“We have some good young players to help build a solid program here,” said Beaudoin.

The first year Bulldog coach said the team has six “solid” pitchers, which is unusual for a high school baseball team and he has been impressed with the teams overall work ethic.

“Everyone shows, works hard and has fun,” he said.

Team captain Frank Rosati said the team took a little hit with losing Jeff Parker, who “did a little bit of everything” for the Bulldogs last year. However, Rosati has faith in the 2011 Bulldog squad.

“We’re not superstars, but we are solid top to bottom and we are all good ball players,” he said.

Rosati added that one aspect that impresses him is the team’s overall depth, stating that a number of players can play more than one position.

Schools that are expected to rival Amherst include L’Essor, Essex and Cardinal Carter.

“I like our chances. We have a lot of leaders on this team,” said Rosati.

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