Bulldogs fall to Kingsville; rebound against Essex

By Joel Charron

After starting the season 2-0 the General Amherst Bulldogs baseball team have been brought back down to earth following two losses.

On Wednesday, despite being down 8-0, the Bulldogs’ scored five runs in the sixth inning and one in the seven before falling to Assumption 8-6.

Amherst looked to rebound from the loss on Thursday afternoon against the Kingsville Cavaliers.

In the first four innings the Bulldogs offence looked bleak. Twelve of 18 batters Kingsville faced in the opening four innings were sat down on strikes. Only six players managed to get on base because of base on balls, however the Bulldogs lack of hitting left them on the base paths.

Blake Brett just beats the ball as he slides safely into second base. Brett’s stolen base was the first stolen base of the year. After dropping their last two games, the Bulldogs found their stride against Essex

“We’re having a hard time hitting the ball in the early inning and it’s killing us,” said manager Mark Beaudoin.

Kingsville took advantage of the Amherst’s lifeless bats, grabbing a 2-0 lead off starting pitching Brett Kopetanov.

After Kingsville took out their starting pitcher, the bats came alive.

Cam Scott, Mike Popel, Adam Wismer, Frank Rosati and Hayden Martin all drove in a run and a wild pitch scored another as the Bulldogs took a 6-2 lead.

Scott would score again in the sixth on another Kingsville wild pitch and Amherst held a comfortable 7-2 lead.

It may have been too comfortable, as the wheels began to fall off. Kingsville scored four runs and saw Justin Garbutt tossed out of the game for arguing balls and strikes.

Amherst pushed their lead to 8-6 when Mike McNorgan crossed the plate safely, however Kingsville scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the win a 9-8 away from Amherst.

“We’re too confident going into games,” said third baseman Blake Brett. “We’re getting too cocky and we have nothing to be cocky about.”

Amherst captain Frank Rosati agreed.

“We’re not mentally into the game,” he said.

Rosati said the Bulldogs haven’t put together a full solid game, stating the team will play good for a few innings then “take the rest of the game off.”

“We have to change that if we want to have success the rest of the season,” said Rosati.

Beaudoin said if the boys don’t start hitting the ball, the season could be over quickly.

“We struggle against team’s starting pitchers. If we face a team with more than one good pitcher, we’re not going to get any hits,” he said.

On Monday afternoon the Bulldogs tried to get back on the winning track against the Essex Red Raiders.

It was clear from the start the Bulldogs meant business.

After sitting down the Red Raiders one, two three in the first inning the Bulldogs went to work quickly.

For the first time in two games Amherst recorded multiple hits in the first inning.

The Bulldogs took an early 3-0 lead.

Jeff Watkins and Mitch Girard each drove in a run as Girard later scored on a wild pitch.

Amherst added two more runs in the bottom of the second for a 5-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third the Bulldogs torched the Red Raiders for six runs with Rosati, Cam Scott and Blake Brett all picking up RBI’s.

Essex would manage to score one run in the top of the fourth but Amherst would hold on for the 11-1 mercy win.

“When you come to play, when you come with that mentality where everyone is in the game, it makes a difference,” said McNorgan. “We can’t have half the team playing, it has to be all of us. That was the huge difference about today.”

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