Bulldogs start 2014 WECSSAA baseball season 2-0

 

 

Matt Bondy pitches to the plate during General Amherst's 5-4 win over Holy Names April 17 at the Libro Centre's premiere diamond.

Matt Bondy pitches to the plate during General Amherst’s 5-4 win over Holy Names April 17 at the Libro Centre’s premiere diamond.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys baseball team have started the season well, winning their first two games.

After the Bulldogs won their opener at home 4-3 last Tuesday afternoon over the Massey Mustangs, the Bulldogs returned to the Libro Centre’s premiere diamond last Thursday afternoon and clawed out a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Holy Names Knights thanks in large part to Justin Garbutt’s four-RBI performance.

The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 early but Garbutt’s double in the bottom of the fourth inning scored Ryan Wismer and Matt Bondy to cut the Knights’ advantage to one. After Holy Names took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth, Amherst came back again with Garbutt’s infield hit making it a 4-3 game after six. The home side scored two in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it with Marshal Laing’s bunt single scoring Will Borland followed by Garbutt’s game winning RBI on a misplayed fly ball in left, the latter seeing Garbutt’s brother Chris cross the plate with the winning run.

“I knew I had a chance to hit the ball every time I got to the plate,” said Garbutt.

The win over Holy Names gives the Bulldogs a lot of confidence, he added, and that they believe winning four to five games will be enough to qualify for the WECSSAA playoffs. He now believes they could do better than that.

“I have so much more confidence in our team,” said Garbutt.

Bondy said it has been an “interesting” start to the season with Tuesday’s game featuring snow but said the Bulldogs are playing well as a group.

“We’re playing good together as a team,” he said.

There hasn’t been one individual standout player thus far, Bondy added, and that the wins have come from the team as a whole. He noted they had to come-from-behind against Massey as well and that is a good sign for the Bulldogs.

“We can come back and put the key hits together when we need them,” said Bondy.

Bondy said if they continue to play as they are currently playing, they could do something positive come playoff time.

“You never know what could happen in the playoffs,” he said. “Anything can happen.”

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