Massey stops Amherst from advancing to WECSSAA Tier 1 baseball tourney

 

By Joel Charron

Some games you have it, some games you don’t.

Unfortunately it was one of those games where the General Amherst Bulldogs boys’ baseball team didn’t have it.

The Bulldogs hopes of advancing to the WECSSAA Tier 1 baseball tournament for a shot to play at OFSAA were dashed by a 3-1 loss to the Massey Mustangs at the United Communities Credit Union Complex’s premier diamond Thursday afternoon.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow because I think we have a great team that could have done some damage and would have given some teams a run for their money,” said Amherst first baseman Chase Walach.

Ryan Wismer took the mound for the Bulldogs and kept the scoreboard clean for his four innings of work. Wismer allowed one hit and one walk while sitting down five batters. Dallas Lypps came in for relief in the fifth inning.

Their Massey counterparts were equally as effective, keeping the Bulldogs off the basepaths and guessing at the plate.

Amherst’s first hit didn’t come until the fifth inning, a single to right field by Wismer.

 

Amherst first baseman Chase Walach stretches  to get the out in the opening inning against Massey.

Amherst first baseman Chase Walach stretches to get the out in the opening inning against Massey.

Massey had runners in scoring position in the fifth, however Lypps managed to sneak out of the inning unscathed. He faced a similar situation in the sixth that he couldn’t get out of.

Massey cashed in two runs off a single to center field and added their third run when miscommunication on the field led to an Amherst throwing error.

The Bulldogs had a chance in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut into the lead with bases loaded and no outs, however Massey forced Amherst into three straight pop-ups to kill the threat and end the inning.

Mike Popel drove in Amherst first run with a double in the bottom of the seventh but that was all the Bulldogs were able to muster.

“We brought out best but we just couldn’t get it done today,” said Walach. “From the beginning it looked like both team couldn’t hit the ball. They starting hitting first and we couldn’t follow suit.”

Bulldogs manager Frank Federico said he was proud of his squad for fighting until the last out.

“They never gave up,” he said. “Those boys thought they were going to win until the very end.”

Although the lost prevents them from advancing to the WECSSAA Tier 1 tournament, Amherst’s season isn’t quite over.

The Bulldogs are relegated to the Tier 2 tournament, which begins this week.

 

 

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