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AMBA hosts girls softball tournament at Centennial Park

 

By Jonathan Martin

 

Centennial Park has seen its last girls’ softball tournament.

Last weekend marked the park’s final girls’ select tournament.  With the new high school set to erect on the site, the baseball diamonds will be demolished and the Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association (AMBA) will have to find a new home.

Mary Lippert is AMBA’s president and the girls’ house league convener.  She said the weekend’s weather cooperated, the girls enjoyed themselves and the tournament went off without a hitch.

The senior girls’ division of the select tournament bat it out last Sunday. Leamington hit its way to victory over Essex in the Juniors with a final score of 13-5. Kingsville caught the Intermediate title over Essex, 19-11. Leamington won over Essex with a score of 19-5 in the Senior Division. Last weekend marks the final time the Centennial Park baseball diamonds will be used for the tournament.

“I’m proud of the girls and I’m happy with how everything turned out,” she said.  “Personally, I am a little bit sad to say goodbye to these facilities after all this time.”

Amherstburg, Leamington, Harrow, Essex and Kingsville all played in the tournament.

Leamington hit its way to victory over Essex in the Juniors with a final score of 13-5.  Kingsville caught the Intermediate title over Essex, 19-11.  Leamington won over Essex with a score of 19-5 in the Senior Division.

Lippert said she has received reassurances from the Town of Amherstburg officials that new baseball diamonds will be constructed, but neither Lippert nor RTT has received any details regarding new facilities.

Lady Gens record walk-off 6-5 win over rival Villanova

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team picked up their sixth win of the 2018 WECSSAA season last week and did so in dramatic fashion.

The Lady Gens improved to 6-1 with a 6-5 win over the visiting Villanova Wildcats last Tuesday afternoon at Wigle Park. General Amherst had to dig themselves out of a hole as the Wildcats were up 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

After that, the Lady Gens scored twice in the sixth thanks to a Brooklyn Prescott triple and three more in the seventh inning and walked off victorious.

Madison Pillon connects with a pitch during last Tuesday’s WECSAA slo-pitch game between General Amherst and Villanova.

“We fell a little short at the beginning of the game, but we came from behind at the end,” said Payton Laing, one of the Grade 12 players on the Lady Gens’ slo-pitch team.

Laing credited her teammates for plays both in the field and at the plate. She added that it’s nice to beat a rival school like Villanova and that they don’t like to lose to them. The triple by Prescott is what “picked us up” and gave them the momentum they needed for the win.

“It was a great game. We played our hardest,” said Laing. “Our bats came through at the end. Overall, it was a good game by both teams, really.”

The Lady Gens were in a tournament last weekend and the results were unavailable at press time. They are scheduled to play their final regular season game May 29 at home versus Essex, in a make-up game from one that had been rained out earlier in the season.

Lady Gens slo-pitch team dominant in win over Sandwich

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst girls slo-pitch team improved to 5-1 on the 2018 WECSSAA season with a dominant performance last week over Sandwich.

The Lady Gens took control early and recorded an 18-0 win over the Sabres. The Lady Gens scored twice in each of the first two innings before reaching the five-run limit in the third inning (once a team scores five in an inning, the inning is over).

General Amherst scored four more in the fourth inning and added five more in the fifth inning.

General Amherst’s Carly Renaud tags out the Sandwich baserunner at second base during last Thursday
afternoon’s WECSSAA girls slo-pitch game at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle.

The game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

“I think we played really well,” said Brooklyn Prescott, who played most of the game at first base.

Prescott said the bats were alive and the team also played solid defensively against Sandwich.

“Our hard work is paying off,” she said.

The team is playing well overall, Prescott added, but wanted them to ensure they keep playing well defensively. That includes avoiding the small, minor errors they make on the diamond.

General Amherst’s Lexi Dodds rips a first inning single in last Thursday’s win over Sandwich.

“As soon as we clean it up, we’ll be OK,” she said.

Prescott believed the Lady Gens have a good chance at winning the provincials and doing well in the WECSSAA playoffs.

“This is a strong team. I think we’ll go far,” said Prescott. “I think our rookies have stepped up this season and have helped the team out.”
The Lady Gens are at home Tuesday (May 22) for a game against Villanova and still have a home game against Essex to make up before the WECSSAA regular season concludes.

Lady Gens fall short in WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens’ bid to repeat as WECSSAA slo-pitch champions fell short last Tuesday.

The Lady Gens went into the second day of the double-elimination playoff tournament undefeated but could not win another game. In fact, they lost both games they played in heartbreaking fashion.

General Amherst’s Reese Jones (right) tags an Essex base runner during WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoff action last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Essex ended up winning the game 14-13.

General Amherst’s Reese Jones (right) tags an Essex base runner during WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoff action last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Essex ended up winning the game 14-13.

The first game was a 13-6 loss to the eventual champion Leamington Lions. General Amherst had a 6-3 lead at one point but Leamington had a nine-run inning that gave them the lead and propelled them to victory.

The second game was an even more difficult finish for the Lady Gens. Amherst built up an 11-0 lead heading into the sixth inning before allowing four runs to the Essex Red Raiders. Amherst would score twice in their next at bat to make it a 13-4 game but Essex came back with ten runs in the seventh inning to give them a 14-13 win.

The Red Raiders used timely hitting and also took advantage of some key Amherst errors to complete the comeback.

Despite the losses, General Amherst’s Payton Laing believes the Lady Gens still played well.

“We played really hard. In the last two tournament, I think we played our best ball. Our bats got going,” she said.

There was clearly a sense of disappointment after losing both games Tuesday.

“We fell short in both games. We needed to finish,” said Laing. “This is the best we played but we kept coming up short.”

General Amherst’s Danielle Brindley  delivers a pitch to the plate  during last Tuesday’s  WECSSAA slo-pitch playoff tournament at Co-An Park in McGregor.

General Amherst’s Danielle Brindley
delivers a pitch to the plate
during last Tuesday’s
WECSSAA slo-pitch playoff tournament at Co-An Park in McGregor.

The Lady Gens had a lot of new players this season, including four Grade 9 players and one new Grade 11 student, but Laing believes they came together well as a team.

“Overall, I think we had a pretty good season.”

General Amherst loses three players – Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Tayah Storm – with the rest eligible to return. Laing said they will miss those three players.

“Those are some big bats and they play some key positions,” she said.

The Lady Gens will use the disappointment of how the 2017 season ended as inspiration for next year, Laing added.

“We’re not going to want to feel like this (next year) for sure,” she said. “We’re coming out swinging for sure next season.”

Lady Gens competing in WECSSAA slo-pitch playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens are now in the WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoffs.

The Lady Gens were scheduled to compete against the Leamington Lions yesterday, just after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. It was a semi-final game in the girls slo-pitch tournament with all games being at Co-An Park in McGregor.

The Lady Gens won both playoff games they had Monday. Their day started with a 9 a.m. game against L’Essor and it wasn’t close, as General Amherst ended up on the winning end of a 21-3 final score. Their next game was closer but still saw General Amherst come out on top. They defeated the Herman Green Griffins 15-10.

Brooklyn Prescott takes a swing at a pitch during a WECSSAA play-in game last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Amherst downed Massey 27-3.

Brooklyn Prescott takes a swing at a pitch during a WECSSAA play-in game last Tuesday at Co-An Park in McGregor. Amherst downed Massey 27-3.

General Amherst qualified for the playoffs last Tuesday afternoon with a decisive 27-3 win over the Massey Mustangs in a play-in game that was also contested at Co-An Park. The Lady gens built up an 18-1 lead after two innings before tacking on five more in the third inning and four more in the fourth. It was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

“I thought it was a good game to start the playoffs with,” said Brooklyn Prescott, who plays first base for the Lady Gens. “We came out strong and the bats were going.”

Prescott said she thought the play-in game would be a little more difficult but believed the practices they had in the days leading up to the game paid off. She said that win gave them confidence moving forward into the WECSSAA playoffs.

(UPDATE: The Lady Gens were eliminated Tuesday in the WECSSAA semi-final. More on that in the days to come.)