Bulldogs shut down Clippers; move into first place

 

By Joel Charron

General Amherst boys’ baseball team manager Frank Federico believes his squad is starting to buy into his way of playing and the results are in the standings.

The Bulldogs moved to 5-0 on the season after easily taking out the previously undefeated Kennedy Clippers, 11-1 Thursday afternoon at the UCCU Complex’s premiere diamond.

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 47-6 in the first five games of their season and all but guaranteed themselves a playoff spot with the win over Kennedy.

“Our pitching has been outstanding,” said Federico. “When that happened everything kind of just falls into place. We want to keep this ball rolling.”

 

Amherst second baseman Ryan Gignac tags out a Kennedy base runner.

Grade 9 phemon Matt Bondy took to the mound and tossed four innings of work, allowed three hits, eight strikeouts and no runs.

“This was a good win against a good team,” said Bondy.

After shutting down the Clippers in the opening half of the innings, Amherst’s Kyle Goodchild drove in Adam Wismer on a fielder’s choice single.

The Bulldogs would add runs in the third and fourth innings for a 3-0 lead.

Kennedy put a run on the board in the top of the fifth inning after relief pitcher Eric Parker got himself into trouble with runners on the corners but managed to stop Kennedy from getting any more.

The Bulldogs pulled away in the bottom half of the fifth when Blake Brett cashed in two runs off a triple to right field. Brett would later score on a throwing error to third giving the Bulldogs a commanding 6-1 lead.

“It was an outside pitch that I wanted to try and drive to right field,” said Brett. “I tried my hardest to get to third base.”

Amherst shut the door in the sixth scoring five runs from hits from Bondy, Goodchild and Ryan Gignac.

The umpire called the game a mercy after the eleventh run was scored.

Brett admits he didn’t see the Bulldogs going 5-0 at the beginning of the season.

“It is a little bit of a surprise but the boys practice hard and we try our best every game so we deserve to be here,” said Brett. “Us being 5-0 is no fluke.”

Bondy noted although the Bulldogs are playing with a lot of confidence the team has to be careful of being too confident.

“We can’t get too confident,” said Bondy. “We have to ride that fine line. We know that it can all come undone in one game.”

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