Lady Gens improve to 3-1 on WECSSAA girls slo-pitch season

 

Shortstop Megan Wismer makes a grab as she races into the outfield last Thursday.

Shortstop Megan Wismer makes a grab as she races into the outfield last Thursday.

Renee Reid takes a rip at a pitch during last Thursday's game against Kingsville.

Renee Reid takes a rip at a pitch during last Thursday’s game against Kingsville.

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team’s record now stands at 3-1 after losing their first game last week but narrowly winning their second.

The Lady Gens entered the week after 17-3 and 17-4 wins over Cardinal Carter and Harrow but lost 11-9 last Tuesday afternoon at home to the Belle River Nobles. The Lady Gens returned to the diamond at Wigle Park two days later and got back on the winning track thanks to a 3-2 victory over the Kingsville Cavaliers.

Kingsville opened the scoring in the top of the second with one run but Amherst scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the third. Sydney Emerson scored after a hit by Dani Leroux with Ryley Clifford driving home Renee Reid shortly thereafter. A sacrifice fly from pitcher Maddie Turner rounded out the scoring.

Kingsville tacked on a run in the seventh but a nice catch in left field by Kayla Daguerre helped preserve the win for Amherst. Daguerre said a hit dropped in front of her shortly before and she wanted to ensure her team got the out when it was hit in her direction again.

“I wanted to make sure I caught the ball,” she said. “I knew it was a close game and we needed to get the outs.”

Daguerre said the Lady Gens didn’t hit well last Thursday and had a lot of fly ball outs. She said they are a good team with a lot of strong players and have a strong defensive squad as well.

“We showed that today,” she said. “We held them down.”

Head coach Brad Bondy said they sometimes have trouble offensively but added they have five rookies on this year’s team.

“All five rookies have the potential to be superstars,” said Bondy.

The Lady Gens are strong fundamentally, he added.

“Defensively, we are sound again,” he said. “(Offensively), the girls just have to keep their heads on the ball.”

Leamington has a strong team, he believed, but added the Lady Gens should be top three in the league. He said any one of four teams could win it all. General Amherst has no standout superstars this year, Bondy noted, but they are a strong team with “ten impact players.”

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