Lady Gens gearing up for softball season

By Joel Charron

After years of being a championship contender, the General Amherst Lady Gens softball team find themselves in an unfamiliar role, the underdog.

After losing just two seniors to graduation the Lady Gens return a solid, but young nucleus that features four Grade 9’s, three Grade 10’s, five Grade 11’s, two Grade 12’s and one fifth year student.

“We have the majority of the team back,” said head coach Brad Bondy, who coaches with assistant coaches Joe Beneteau, Bryanne Morphet and Nicole Maxey.

Bondy said this was a particularly “tough” year to pick the team as roughly 33 athletes came out for tryouts.

“It was just awesome to have that many girls come out to try out,” said Bondy.

He also noted that those who didn’t make the Lady Gens squad can play for any other team in the league. Bondy said next year he would like to see General Amherst field a junior and senior team, if the league permits it.

 

Sarah Bondy keeps her eye on the ball as she takes fielding practice last Wedsnesday afternoon.

Getting back to the top will be an uphill battle for the young Lady Gens team. Bondy explained his squad plays in the County division that features, Essex, Belle River, Villanova and Kingsville, who spoiled the Lady Gens bid at the repeat last season.

“Any of those five teams could win the championship,” said Bondy.

Defensively, the Lady Gens will hold their own; it’s the offense that has Bondy searching for answers.

“We’re going to be very good defensively, we just have to hit the ball,” said Bondy.

With a solid group of veterans, Bondy hopes the experienced players will show the ropes to the younger players.

Pitching dynamo Miranda Turner will shift to outfield or rover for some games as well as serve as a mentor in developing the young pitchers on the team.

“I like that role,” said Turner. “I like teaching the other girls and showing them tips. I think it’s good. When I leave, they are going to have more pitchers coming up.”

Turner believes the Lady Gens are in store for a good season, however she adds that the team still needs to “come together.”

“We definitely have the potential to go all the way this year but we still need to come together,” explained Turner. “We have some new kids that are a little bit shy, we just need to bond. It’s all about the chemistry.”

Last year, Bondy thought the Lady Gens were a little complacent coming off a championship but doesn’t see that in this year’s version.

“The girls are pretty determined,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”

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