Kingsville hands Lady Gens first loss of the season

 

By Joel Charron

Six games into the girl’s slo-pitch season and the General Amherst Lady Gens finally have a loss.

For the first time all season the Lady Gens were out scored 10-9 in a thrilling matchup against heated rival the Kingsville Cavaliers, that came down to the final out.

“We tired our best,” said Paige Bondy. “Our defense wasn’t as sharp as it usually is and our hitting was shut down by their defense.”

Kingsville got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening inning, but settled in their groove, shutting down the Kingsville offense in back-to-back innings.

After the first two batters flied out in the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Gens exploded for seven runs. Olivia Gyori cashed in two runs on a single to center field, which was followed by a RBI single by Lauren Brindley and Kennedy Laing. Taylor Wright drove in a run with a single, while Lee-Ann Neufeld blasted in a two more runs with a double.

 

Amherst’s Lee-Ann Neufeld steps on second baseb to record the out as she tired to throw to first base to get the double play.

Bondy pushed the Amherst lead to 8-2 after sending a moon shot to center field.

Despite being down 8-2, Kingsville fought back, scoring three runs in the top of the fifth. Kingsville added five runs in the top of the sixth inning, which was highlighted with Kingsville’s Lacey Wolters blasting out a three-run homer.

The Lady Gens made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a run on a napping Kingsville defense but was unable to capitalize any further.

Although the Lady Gens are no longer undefeated, Bondy said that could be a good thing.

“It puts things in perspective. We’ve been doing really good every game,” said Bondy. “A game like this will only help us.”

Bondy’s solo blast was something she said she has been looking for all season.

“It’s felt pretty good,” she laughed. “I felt it on the end of my bat and I thought oh I’m going home.”

Lady Gens assistant coach Bryanne Morphet said a game like this will build the squads character.

“It shows the girls that we’re not always going to win and we do have things we have to work on,” she said.

Morphet said the girls have been playing a lot of baseball of the past two week, which could have explained the uncharacteristic errors in the infield.

Despite the loss, Morphet believes the Lady Gens will be ready to go next game.

“They’ll be able to block it out,” she stated.

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