Bulldogs rally in 7th inning to steal season opener

By Joel Charron

General Amherst Bulldogs boys’ baseball manager Frank Federico wants his squad to win it all.

In a game marred with high winds and atrocious umpiring, the Bulldogs took the right step toward a championship Monday afternoon by defeating defending Tier 2 champs the Assumption Purple Raiders, in a late seventh inning rally.

“This was a great win,” said Federico. “The kids battled well. They were a little nervous in the beginning but they stuck in there and got the job done.”


Despite high winds Matt Bondy pitched a solid game in Amherst season opener.

Grade 9 Matt Bondy got the start on the mound and pitched three and one-third innings, while Eric Parker came in to mop up the rest.

“I felt really good. I pitched well but I could have done better,” said Bondy. “Pitching in the wind was tough, it was throwing off my balance. It was a tough game.”

The score remained tied at zero until the top of the fourth, when Assumption scored the first two run of the game.

Amherst answered right back in the bottom half with Bondy driving in a run with a single to right field. Ryan Gignac would cross the plate on an Assumption throwing error.

Amherst took the lead in the fifth when another Assumption error allowed Adam Wismer to score, however the Purple Raiders tied the game at 3-3 scoring in the top of the sixth.

In the home half of the seventh with a runner on first Chase Walach had what appeared to be the game winning home run, however umpires ruled the ball bounced over the wall and ruled it a ground rule double.

With a chance to win the game Gignac stepped up to the plate and smacked the game winning single down the third base line.

“He threw me an outside fastball so I tried to go with it and hit it to the opposite field,” said Gignac. “I was just praying it got by the third baseman.”

Federico noted that a win over the defending champs is a good confidence booster to start the season.

“It could have gone either way so we’ll take it,” said Federico. “Hopefully we’ll take off from here.”



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