Bulldogs cap busy week by no-hitting Riverside

 

 

Amherst catcher Ryan Gignac strokes a double against Belle River last Wednesday.

Amherst catcher Ryan Gignac strokes a double against Belle River last Wednesday.

By Ron Giofu

 

A combined no-hitter by Justin Garbutt and Matt Bondy capped a week which contained three games for the General Amherst Bulldogs baseball team.

General Amherst downed Riverside 2-0 Monday afternoon at the Libro Centre. The win improved Amherst’s record to 4-2 on the WECSSAA boys baseball season. It was also a successful bounce back for the Bulldogs, after putting in a below-average effort the previous Wednesday, also on their home diamond.

Last Wednesday afternoon’s game was a disappointment for the Bulldogs, as they were unable to get any offense going in a 4-2 loss to the Belle River Nobles.

The loss stung as it was the first win of the season for the Nobles, with them having lost their previous two games 11-1 and 11-2 to St. Anne and Villanova respectively.

“They came out looking at too many pitches and not hitting the ball like they did on Monday,” said coach Todd Bondy.

The Bulldogs knocked off Brennan 7-2 two days previous.

Bondy noted that it took only four hits by Belle River to win in last Wednesday’s game. Had the Bulldogs gone to the plate more ready to hit, they would have done better but he was pleased with the comeback as the Bulldogs scored two in the bottom of the seventh to make a game of it.

“They came in overconfident,” Bondy believed, adding that his team was likely “burning up” having to watch Belle River celebrate their first win of the season on Amherst’s home field.

“They want to be on the other side of it,” said Bondy.

“We couldn’t hit. We need to work on our hitting,” said Chris Wismer, who was called out on a close play at the plate in the seventh inning that would have made the score 4-3.

Wismer said they might have overlooked the previously winless Nobles. He said they learned a lesson from last Wednesday’s defeat.

“Don’t overlook any team, even if they are below you,” he said. “We need to hit the ball better than we did today.”

Amherst travels to the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle today (Wednesday) for a 3 p.m. game against Sandwich. They play at Villanova next Monday and don’t return home until next Tuesday (May 13) for a 3 p.m. game versus St. Joseph.

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