Bulldogs rout UMEI to move to 3-0 on the season

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst boys’ baseball team may not have the stiffest competition in their first three games but they’re getting the job done.

The Bulldogs moved to 3-0 on the season after a dominating 21-0 mercy win over the UMEI Lighting, Monday afternoon at the UCCU Complex premiere diamond.

The Bulldogs sit atop of the Bertoia/Siddall Division as the only undefeated team. In three games, Amherst has put up 47 runs while only having one run scored against them.

“We have a pretty good team this year,” said manager Frank Federico. “But it’s hard to gauge how good we are because we haven’t really played any strong teams.”

The Bulldogs took out Cardinal Carter 15-1 on April 15 and dismantled Walkerville 14-0 on April 22.

On Monday afternoon, the Bulldogs showed no mercy on the visiting Lighting squad, blowing them up for 21 first innings runs.

 

Amherst second baseman Ryan Gignac fields a ground ball in the opening inning against UMEI.

Amherst second baseman Ryan Gignac fields a ground ball in the opening inning against UMEI.

Mike Popel led the way going two for two with a triple, a double, a walk and five RBI. Dallas Lypps was close behind going two for two with a triple of his own, a single and a walk for four RBI’s. Several other Bulldogs joined the hit parade, driving in a number of runs.

Kyle Goodchild pitched one inning with two strikeouts and Reily Meloche came in for two innings of work, striking out six batters before the third inning mercy rule came into effect.

“We’re meshing good as a team and playing very well,” said Popel.

Popel said it is difficult to play in blow out games because the players become bored and lose their focus.

“The biggest thing is staying focused and doing all the little things right,” he said. “We definitely have a good team though. I think we can beat anyone.”

With a team full of senior players, Federico shares the same sentiment, however the challenge is getting the players to “buy into” what he’s selling.

“We’re just trying to get the ball rolling like we did last year,” said Federico.  “This team has a lot of potential but they have to keep it together mentally if they want to win.”

Federico said he is looking at senior players such as, Goodchild, Chase Walach and Ryan Gignac to lead the way.

“Our goal is to win this year,” stated Federico. “Last year, we did a great job of getting there but this year we are going there to win. I think they are ready to take that step.”

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