Bulldogs use solid pitching to down St. Joseph Lasers

 

General Amherst third basemen Justin Garbutt keeps his eyes on the ball as he fields a ground ball during last Wednesday’s game versus St. Joseph.

General Amherst third basemen Justin Garbutt keeps his eyes on the ball as he fields a ground ball during last Wednesday’s game versus St. Joseph.

By Ron Giofu

 

Solid pitching performances by Will Borland and Eric Parker and a timely two-run single by Kyle Goodchild helped lead the General Amherst Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over St. Joseph May 14.

The game, played at the Libro Centre, started under sunny conditions but rain moved in later in the game. However, neither rain nor wind could stop the Bulldogs’ comeback against the Lasers. Amherst took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Borland’s RBI single scored Ryan Wismer, the latter going three-for-three in the game. The Lasers would score one in the fourth and one in the fifth to go up 2-1 but it was Amherst’s side of the fifth that would prove to be decisive.

Parker scored on a wild pitch to tie the game and that was followed by Goodchild’s two-RBI single to put the Bulldogs up for good. St. Joseph couldn’t push any more runs across home plate the rest of the way.

“I feel good. I had everything working today,” Parker said after the game.

Parker said that by only pitching three innings, he was allowed to use his off-speed pitches more and mix his pitches better. In a longer outing, he said he would have had to save his off-speed pitches until later in the game.

“Goodchild had a good hit,” he added. “We were able to come back when it mattered and shut (St. Joseph) down the rest of the game.”

Borland said he also felt good on the mound. His approach was to pitch down in the strike zone so the St. Joseph batters would drive the ball into the ground.

“I knew I had a good defense behind me,” he said.

Borland added that he would like to see his team start a bit quicker but was happy with their overall performance against St. Joseph.

“We’re playing good. We get clutch hits when we need them,” he said.

The Bulldogs (6-2) attempted to play a make-up game last Thursday at Villanova (5-2) but that game was once again postponed due to rain.

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