Lady Gens take fifth in WECSSAA slo-pitch tourney

 

By Joel Charron

The General Amherst girls’ slo-pitch team went out with a win, but it wasn’t exactly how they pictured their season ending.

The Lady Gens crushed the Assumption Purple Raiders 15-3 as part of the WECSSAA playoff tournament at Co-An Park last Thursday.

The win secured a fifth place finish for the Lady Gens.

Amherst found themselves in the consolation game against Assumption after dropping their opening game against the Kingsville Cavaliers 12-2, earlier that morning.

“For some reason we were really nervous in the game against Kingsville,” said Lady Gens captain Miranda Turner. “We were so nervous that we couldn’t hit.”

According to head coach Brad Bondy the Lady Gens made four errors and popped up 12 balls while the Cavaliers were hitting the ball often and hard.

Although the bats were silent in their opening game, they more than made up for it in the consolation.

 

Miranda Turner makes contact for a base hit. The consolation game against Assumption was Turner’s final game in a Lady Gens uniform.

Amherst scored five in the first inning and four more in the second with Assumption getting its three runs in the third. Amherst answered with two in its half of third and mercied their opponents with four more in the fifth inning.

Slugger Paige Bondy connected for a two-run blast to lead the Lady Gens offensively.

“That last game was a good game for the kids. Assumption is a fun team,” said Bondy.

Bondy admits that finishing their season with a win in the consolation game wasn’t what they were looking for but noted that it would be a learning experience for next season.

“It’s a good lesson for them to learn,” said Bondy.

Bondy said the majority of the team should be back.   The only player that is known to be leaving is fifth year student Miranda Turner with a few other students undecided about their future.

Although they have several good, young player on their roster, Bondy noted that Turner will most certainly be missed.

“She’s been with me for five years,” said Bondy. “I’m definitely going to miss all that she does on the field but I’m really looking forward to next year. We’re going to still be young.”

Heading into next year, Bondy said defense and base running will be their focus but feels the core group will be strong.

“Overall, I’m very happy with the girls,” said Bondy. “It’s been a pleasure to work with them.”

Turner mentioned she would have like to finish her high school slo-pitch career with a championship but said she had a good time.

“It sucks we couldn’t win,” said Turner. “We had a good run. It wasn’t our year. I would have liked to have won in my last year. There’s not much you can do,” she said.

Turner said she has made some great memories over the year and will miss taking the field as Lady Gen and playing with her teammates.

“I had a fun year,” she said. “I’m just going to miss hanging out with all the girls on the team. It was a lot of fun.”

 

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