Lady Gens come up short in slo-pitch tourney


By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team will have to wait another year for their crack at a WECSSAA title.

After completing the regular season with a 5-2 record, the Lady Gens headed into last Thursday’s Girls WECSSAA slo-pitch tournament with high hopes, only to see their chance at a championship vanish after the first game.

Held at Co-Am Park in McGregor, the Lady Gens dropped their opening game to Belle River 5-3. “It’s a little disappointing,” said Lady Gens’ slugger Paige Bondy. “We weren’t talking as much as we usually do and we just couldn’t hit.”

Lady Gens manager Brad Bondy said the girls played “great defense,” however the familiar theme of not being able to connect the bat with the ball plagued the squad throughout the game.

“I think everyone on the team will agree that we underachieved,” said Bondy.

Bondy mentioned the girls have no problem hitting the ball in practice, however when it comes time to translate the hitting into game situations, they come up short.

When we play two or three of the top teams, we tighten up a little bit,” he said.

Bondy didn’t put all the blame on the team, he added that it is up to the coaches to keep the team loose.

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“I’ve had a great time playing for Amherst,” said Paige. “The whole team is great. We are all good friends and the coaches are relaxed and they help you out a lot. It’s just been great.”

The Lady Gens will lose Paige Bondy, Sarah Bondy, Paisley Bartlam, Lee Ann Neufeld and Kennedy Laing to graduation, however Bondy said there is a good group of young, talented players that will be returning next season.

“A lot of these rookies are going to be able to step right in next year,” he said. “They see what it takes to win. We should be a pretty good team next year. We have some unfinished business to take care of.” Sarah Bondy and Lee Ann Neufeld were named to the WECSSAA girls’ slo-pitch all-star team.

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