Bulldogs light up competition in three-win week


By Joel Charron


Since getting pounded by Brennan, the General Amherst boys’ baseball team has been on a tear.

The Bulldogs went into last week with three games on the docket and came out with three important wins under their belt while outscoring their opponents 40-15.

Amherst travelled to Assumption last Monday to deliver a 13-7 loss to the Purple Raiders, which was followed by a 15-6 home win over L’Essor on Wednesday and a 12-2 beat down over Kingsville at home on Thursday.

“The Brennan loss really lit a fire under us,” said manager Frank Federico. “Ever since that game we’ve been doing all the little things right, most of the time.”

With Mike Popel on the mound on Wednesday against L’Essor, the Bulldogs fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but rebounded in their half of the inning with a RBI triple for Dallas Lypps and Matt Bondy.

Kyle Goodchild drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning to tie the game at 3-3.

L’Essor regained the lead in the fourth after putting up three runs of their own, however the Amherst bats woke up after that, exploding for six runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Popel helped his own cause by smacking a RBI triple, then later scoring on a wild pitch. Lypps drove in another run with a RBI triple. Bondy added another run with a RBI double and Justin Garbutt chipped in with a RBI single.

Amherst added to their lead in the next two innings, getting production from Ryan Giganc, Chase Walach and Chris Wismer to close out the game.

Popel pitched 3.1 innings, giving up five hits, and five walks while striking out five. Bondy pitched 3.2 innings of relief giving up no hits, no walks and striking out two.

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Lypps did his job at the plate, going for four for five with three RBI’s, and Bondy helped out by going three for three with two RBI’s and two walks at the dish.

“That was a great character win for us,” said Federico. “We started slow but he didn’t quit, they fought back and started hitting the ball and made some nice plays at the end.”

Bondy said the turning point of the game was the fourth inning, when L’Essor put in a new pitcher.

“You always want to get on a new pitcher. You want to get him flustered and off his game and that’s exactly what we did,” said Bondy.

Bondy added Amherst has solid hitter throughout the lineup, which cause fit for opposing pitchers.

“This team is capable of beating anyone but they have to come to the diamond prepared,” said Federico.

Amherst has one more game on their schedule. If the Bulldogs win, the will have wrapped up the second seeds in the County Division and will play a cross over game with the City Division.

The winner of that one game playoff will advance to the WECSSAA tournament and battle for a spot at OFSSA.





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