Lady Gens start defence of Slo-Pitch title

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Lady Gens Slo-Pitch team started the season off on the right foot, winning their season opener 15-9 against the visiting Leamington Lions, Thursday afternoon.

It didn’t take long for the defending WECSSAA champs to score their first runs. Olivia Gyori and Lee-Ann each drove in a run with an RBI single in the first inning.

Leamington cut Amherst’s lead to 2-1 after driving in a run of their own in the top of the second.

The Lady Gens added to their lead when Jessica Bondy blasted a two-run double to left center field. However, Amherst saw their three run lead cut

Sarah Bondy keeps her eyes focused on the ball as she smacks out one of her three hits in the game.

back down to 4-3 when Leamington scored three runs in the top of the third.

Amherst would restore their three run lead in the bottom of the fourth with RBI’s coming from Gyori and Krista Ficociello.

After scoring two or more runs in the two previous innings, the Lady Gens bats exploded for a six run outburst, which was capped off with a two run triple by Ficociello.

“It took a few innings but once I got warmed I was hitting pretty good. I was waiting for that the whole game,” said Ficociello.

Amherst led 13-4 after five innings.

The Lady Gens added two more runs in the sixth, giving them a 15-5 lead.

In the final inning, Leamington made a strong push, scoring four runs before the Lady Gens thwarted their comeback attempt.

“Our girls are notorious slow starters,” said head coach Brad Bondy, commenting on the beginning of the game.

Bondy has high expectations for the 2011 Slo-Pitch squad. With all but one player returning from last year’s championship team, Bondy said with the influx of new young players, combined with his seasoned veterans, the Lady Gens should be right in the thick of things.

Although Amherst will boast an athletic infield of Jessica and Sarah Bondy, Fiociello, Miranda Turner and Gyori, which will make it tough for opposing teams to beat them inside, Bondy noted the team needs to work on hitting.

“If we keep our heads in the game and concentrate on the diamond, we are going to be ok and we should do fine,” said Bondy.

The Lady Gens play their next game in Belle River.

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