Kingsville takes out Amherst in extra innings

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Bulldogs saw their baseball season come to an abrupt end at the hands of the Kingsville Cavaliers last Wednesday afternoon.

In the unforgiving heat, Kingsville scored the winning run off a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning and booted the Bulldogs out of the playoff party with an 8-7 loss.

“It was a good game,” said Bulldog captain Frank Rosati. “There was a lot of emotion. Both team played hard, but they (Kingsville) came out on top.”

Each team scored a run in the opening inning. Kings would strike again in the third, scoring three run off starting pitcher Zoran Popel.

The Bulldog offense remained dormant until the top of the fifth inning when Amherst

Amherst Cam Scott make an off-balanced catch to record an out during the fifth inning of their semi-finals game against Kingsville.

scored two runs off back-to-back walks with base loaded to bring the score to 4-3. However, Amherst couldn’t capitalize any further because of a sharply turned double play by Kingsville.

Kingsville added another run in the bottom half of the fifth to push ahead 5-3.Amherst would take the a 7-5 lead in the sixth after four runs crossed the plate which was capped off with Brett Kapetanov slapping the ball down the third base line, which cashed in three runs. Kingsville added a pair of errors on the play.

Kingsville once again tied it up with a pair of runs in the home half in the inning and then put the Bulldogs out of their misery in the bottom of the ninth.

“It was a great game, back-and-forth,” said Amherst manager Mark Beaudoin. “We were down early and came back and tied it. We went ahead and they tied it. Hats off to Kingsville. They deserved it.”

Beaudoin credited both team for playing hard in the intense heat. He said he was happy with how his squad played throughout the season and said he expects most of the players will return next year.

“It was a good year,” said Beaudoin. “I’m proud of how the guys played this year.”

Beaudoin said he plans on working with the team at the indoor soccer complex at the United Community Credit Union Complex, stating that Amherst will have a “good, strong team” next season.

“We’re only losing a couple of guys. We have some Grade 8’s coming up and some of the younger guys will have a chance to make the team,” Beaudoin said. “Our team will be fine.”

Although disappointed, Rosati said this was a good way to end the season.

“It was a really good game. A good game to end the season,” he said.

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