Amherst trounces Cardinal Carter 18-0

By Joel Charron

It’s the type of game the General Amherst Bulldogs boy’s baseball team has been waiting for all season long.

It took only three innings and 18 runs for the Bulldogs to eliminate the Cardinals Carter Cougars from the WECSAA AA baseball playoffs.

Zoran Popel earned a three-inning no-hitter as he held the Cougars scoreless while walking one and striking out four batters.

“It’s a good win for us,” said manager Mark Beaudoin. “If we hit the ball like we did today, we have a good chance to beat anyone.”

Amherst’s Mike McNorgan blasts a grand slam in the bottom of the third to end the game in a mercy, 18-0. McNorgan went three-for three with four RBI.

Mike McNorgan started the Bulldogs off by reaching base with a single and didn’t take long for him to reach home as Bulldogs captain Frank Rosati RBI single gave Amherst a quick 1-0 lead.

Rosati’s RBI opened the floodgates as the Bulldogs added five more runs, including a three-RBI double by Mike Popel.

Duncan Scott drove in Popel with an RBI double of his own.

The Amherst defense didn’t get a chance to break a sweat as Zoran Popel kept Cardinal Carter off the base paths.

Amherst kept their foot on the pedal in the bottom of the second, scoring three more runs. Chase Walach picked up an RBI, after driving in McNorgan with a single. Amherst crossed the plate twice more, thanks to a few errors by the Cougars defense.

In the top of the third, Cardinal Carter got their first base runner of the game off a walk, however a quick pick off throw to Cam Scott at first base erased the Cougars threat. Popel then proceed to strike out the next three batters.

The Bulldogs entered their half of the inning with a 9-0 lead and the hits just kept on coming.

Nine bulldogs touched the plate, which was topped off by a McNorgan grand slam to end the game 18-0.

“The sticks were there today,” said McNorgan, who finished the day three-for-three and four RBI.

McNorgan said he was pleased to see the Bulldogs be aggressive at the plate, stating it has been hard for them to find any rhythm because of all the rainouts.

“It’s been a tough season,” he said. “It’s tough to get any practice in and it’s hard to keep focus when you have games scheduled and you’re sitting around because of the rain.”

The Grade 12 leadoff man added that the team’s confidence is at a high point right now and stated that the Bulldogs are peaking at the right time.

“We’re all healthy and our confidence is sky high, we’re looking to take the division,” said McNorgan.

The Bulldogs will take on Kennedy or Assumption on Wednesday, June 1 at Mic Mac Park.

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