Lady Gens fall short in WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens’ bid to repeat as WECSSAA slo-pitch champions fell short last Tuesday.

The Lady Gens went into the second day of the double-elimination playoff tournament undefeated but could not win another game. In fact, they lost both games they played in heartbreaking fashion.

General Amherst’s Reese Jones (right) tags an Essex base runner during WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoff action last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Essex ended up winning the game 14-13.

General Amherst’s Reese Jones (right) tags an Essex base runner during WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoff action last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Essex ended up winning the game 14-13.

The first game was a 13-6 loss to the eventual champion Leamington Lions. General Amherst had a 6-3 lead at one point but Leamington had a nine-run inning that gave them the lead and propelled them to victory.

The second game was an even more difficult finish for the Lady Gens. Amherst built up an 11-0 lead heading into the sixth inning before allowing four runs to the Essex Red Raiders. Amherst would score twice in their next at bat to make it a 13-4 game but Essex came back with ten runs in the seventh inning to give them a 14-13 win.

The Red Raiders used timely hitting and also took advantage of some key Amherst errors to complete the comeback.

Despite the losses, General Amherst’s Payton Laing believes the Lady Gens still played well.

“We played really hard. In the last two tournament, I think we played our best ball. Our bats got going,” she said.

There was clearly a sense of disappointment after losing both games Tuesday.

“We fell short in both games. We needed to finish,” said Laing. “This is the best we played but we kept coming up short.”

General Amherst’s Danielle Brindley  delivers a pitch to the plate  during last Tuesday’s  WECSSAA slo-pitch playoff tournament at Co-An Park in McGregor.

General Amherst’s Danielle Brindley
delivers a pitch to the plate
during last Tuesday’s
WECSSAA slo-pitch playoff tournament at Co-An Park in McGregor.

The Lady Gens had a lot of new players this season, including four Grade 9 players and one new Grade 11 student, but Laing believes they came together well as a team.

“Overall, I think we had a pretty good season.”

General Amherst loses three players – Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Tayah Storm – with the rest eligible to return. Laing said they will miss those three players.

“Those are some big bats and they play some key positions,” she said.

The Lady Gens will use the disappointment of how the 2017 season ended as inspiration for next year, Laing added.

“We’re not going to want to feel like this (next year) for sure,” she said. “We’re coming out swinging for sure next season.”

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