Boys baseball

Bulldogs drop three games on the diamond last week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs returned to their home diamond Monday afternoon but came up on the short end of a 10-3 decision.

The Bulldogs boys baseball team lost to the St. Joseph Lasers at the Libro Centre, snapping a two-game winning streak. General Amherst competes in the WECSSAA Bertoia Division.

General Amherst’s Trent Kelly (right) awaits a throw at the plate as a St. Joseph runner tries to score.

Kyle Drouillard, who was in his second game with the Bulldogs, said he thought the team played fairly well. The pitching was decent in the game but Drouillard believed the Bulldogs had to do a better job fielding and driving in runs when given the opportunity.

“I thought we could have hit a little bit better with runners in scoring position,” he said.

Drouillard added they “threw the ball around a lot” and that is something they have to get better at. Cutting down on their errors, combined with focusing harder and cashing in more runs, will lead to future success, Drouillard believed.

“It’s simple stuff we have to work on,” said Drouillard.

Third basemen Sebastien Hebert throws to first during May 7 action against St. Joseph.

General Amherst has two other games last week, both on the road. They were in Lakeshore last Wednesday for a game against the Belle River Nobles but lost 13-0 in a game that ended via the mercy rule. Their game last Thursday against the Riverside Rebels went down as a 10-0 loss but was actually a forfeit as the Bulldogs did not have enough players.

General Amherst’s record stood at 2-5 after last week’s action.

Bulldogs baseball team picks up first win of season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It took three tries but the General Amherst Bulldogs have recorded their first win of the 2018 boys baseball season.

The Bulldogs downed the visiting Brennan Cardinals 11-7 Monday afternoon in a game played at the Libro Centre. Coach Kyle Goodchild was pleased with the latest effort.

“(It was) a lot better than the first two games,” he said.

Goodchild said their hitting was strong throughout the game Monday though noted they made some errors in the field.

Spencer Hawkins (right) high fives with Sebastian Hebert after scoring a run during Monday afternoon’s General Amherst win over Brennan.

“The kids are starting to play hard,” he added. “We are going to keep that going.”

The Bulldogs lost 7-6 to the Herman Green Griffins in their home opener last Thursday and also dropped an 8-6 decision in Windsor to Lajeunesse April 11. Goodchild said they “let our foot off the gas” in the first two games but didn’t do that against Brennan.

General Amherst is eyeing a championship this season and Goodchild emphasized his belief they have good players throughout the lineup. He said they added some good young players this season but wouldn’t mind adding a bit more pitching.

“We’re a solid team,” he said. “I think we are as solid as ever. I think we can win the championship this year.”

The Bulldogs were in Tecumseh Tuesday afternoon for a game against L’Essor, played after this issue of the RTT went to press. They are scheduled, weather permitting, to host Kennedy this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and St. Joseph next Monday at 3 p.m.

Bulldogs improve to 3-3 after victory over Brennan

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys baseball team now has three wins and three losses on the 2017 WECSSAA season after a victory last week.

The Bulldogs took to the Libro Centre’s premier diamond last Wednesday and came away with a 13-8 win over the visiting Brennan Cardinals. Mitch Wright had a double and two singles on the afternoon while Max Clifford had a double, single and triple against the Cardinals. Brennan dropped to 1-4 after the loss.

“We got the bats going today,” said coach Kyle Goodchild. “Guys lower in the order got hits and then we got it going through the whole order.”

Mitch Wright throws to first base to try and complete a double play that had originally been started by Will Borland (2, left).

Mitch Wright throws to first base to try and complete a double play that had originally been started by Will Borland (2, left).

The Bulldogs still await word on a make-up game against the Kennedy Clippers (1-2), as a game last Monday in Windsor was called off. If they win the make-up game, it will put them in a better position to qualify for a playoff berth, though Goodchild noted the top two teams in each division make the playoffs.

“It’s been an up-and-down year,” he said. “We’re playing good ball but it’s the little things we’ve got to get going.”

What damaged the Bulldogs’ chances was losses to teams that Goodchild believes the Bulldogs should have defeated.

“We took losses to teams we shouldn’t have taken losses to,” said Goodchild.

Miracle League opens this Saturday

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The 2017 Spring season for the Miracle League of Amherstburg begins this Saturday.

Weather permitting, games will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Miracle League enters the 2017 season with nine teams and is scheduled to last eight consecutive Saturdays with the final week being June 24.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg needs volunteers and those interested can get more information at www.amherstburgmiracle.com or by calling Chuck Bondy at 519-919-4641.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

 

Boys baseball   The General Amherst High School boys baseball team is now 2-3 after splitting a pair of games last week.

They lost 7-4 at the Libro Centre April 24 to Belle River before going on the road and beating Cardinal Carter in Leamington 7-3 last Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs also defeated Lajeunesse April 21 in Windsor but lost to Herman 2-1 April 19, also in Windsor.

General Amherst hosts Brennan today (May 3) at the Libro Centre with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

 

Building safe sports organizations   In keeping with the long history of union participation in supporting sport organizations, the Windsor & District Labour Council is hosting a conversation regarding “Promising Practices in Sport – building safe, inclusive, harassment free organizations.” It will be held tonight (May 3) at the Ciociaro Club in Tecumseh.

Executive Board Members, coaches, volunteers, parents and leaders of all Windsor-Essex sports organizations are encouraged to attend.
Guest speakers will include Niki Lundquist, Legal Counsel, Unifor Legal and Human Rights Departments. She will be discussing legal responsibilities of sports organizations in regards to human rights. Dr. Margery Holman, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor and she is an expert in gender equity including coaching, harassment, hazing, and leadership. Dr. Victoria Paraschak, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor will also speak. She is an expert in using organizational strengths to effect change and build stronger sports organizations.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.ca and search “Promising Practices in Sport,” call Brian Hogan at 519-999-4418 or e-mail office@wdlc.ca.

Amherst coach optimistic despite setback in season opener

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a tough way to open the season for the General Amherst Bulldogs boys baseball team but their coach sees room for improvement.

The Bulldogs lost 14-3 to the visiting Sandwich Sabres last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Despite the loss, coach Kyle Goodchild sees potential in the Bulldogs.

Goodchild said they hit the ball well but a lot of errors came back to bite the Bulldogs as it allowed Sandwich to score a lot of runs.

Julian Hebert rips a base hit for General Amherst in their season opening game last Wednesday at the Libro Centre. Sandwich defeated General Amherst 14-3.

Julian Hebert rips a base hit for General Amherst in their season opening game last Wednesday at the Libro Centre. Sandwich defeated General Amherst 14-3.

“I still think we’ve got a great team,” said Goodchild. “We have to play better next game.”

The Bulldogs have had good teams the last couple of years, he added, and this year’s team has a lot of Grade 9 players. Even with some young players, Goodchild believes they have the potential to finish near or at the top of their division.

General Amherst’s Spencer Hawkins delivers to the plate during last Wednesday’s 14-3 loss to Sandwich. Errors were blamed for the loss in the Bulldogs’ opening game.

General Amherst’s Spencer Hawkins delivers to the plate during last Wednesday’s 14-3 loss to Sandwich. Errors were blamed for the loss in the Bulldogs’ opening game.

Julian Hebert had a good game in the loss to Sandwich, as he picked up two hits on the day.

General Amherst is on the road twice this week with games against Herman and Lajeunesse with their next home game being April 24 when the Belle River Nobles come to the Libro Centre. The first pitch of that game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.