Bulldogs conclude regular season undefeated

 

By Joel Charron

It took just one big inning for the General Amherst Bulldogs boys’ baseball team to wrap up an undefeated regular season.

The Bulldogs used a 6-run first inning to hand the Brennan Cardinals their fifth loss of the season.

“I’m very happy with what they have accomplished so far this season,” said manager Frank Federico. “

After shutting down the Brennan side of the opening inning, Adam Wismer and Matt Bondy quickly got on base, which was followed by Chase Walach taking a base on base.

 

Amherst’s Mitch Girard (77) kicks up a cloud of dust as he slides safely into home plate in the first inning against Brennan.

Blake Brett and Ryan Giganc each drove in a run with an RBI single while Mitch Girard drove in two runs with a sharply hit ball to left field.

Gignac and Girard would both touch home plate on Brennan errors.

“We got on them quick,” said Wismer. “That seems the way we do things here. We’ll score a bunch of runs in the first few inning and then let our defense and pitching take over.”

The pitching certainly took over in this game. Bondy, Wismer and Eric Parker combined to keep the Cardinal to only two hits in seven innings.

“You have to give credit to those boys they did a great job shutting down the Brennan hitters,” said Federico.

Although the Bulldogs opened the game with a 6-0 lead, Federico believes his squad “fell asleep” at the plate.

“After you score six runs it kid of puts you to sleep but you have to play seven innings, you have to play the game,” he said.  “I give a lot of credit to Brennan, they didn’t fold. They played the rest of the game and didn’t give up another run.”

Federico mentioned that he isn’t worried about his team’s lack of focus heading into the playoffs, stating that the Bulldogs are a “loose” bunch that will be ready to play when the time comes.

Finishing the regular season with a 7-0 record may have surprised the other teams in the league but it comes to no surprised to the Amherst players.

“Some teams are probably a little surprised with our record, but not us,” said Wismer. “We always knew we had a strong team, we just to keep it going.”

It is unknown who the Bulldogs opening playoff series opponent is; however Federico has a good idea who he would like to see.

“I want a shot at Holy Names,” he said.

 

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