Mike Prescott

Lady Gens eliminated in “disappointing” WECSSAA playoff tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The WECSSAA girls slo-pitch playoffs were last Monday and Tuesday but the General Amherst Lady Gens could not replicate their recent tournament success.

The Lady Gens played four games and lost two of them, which eliminated them from the tournament, which was played at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Mike Prescott, who coached the team with Nikki Maxey, called the WECSSAA playoffs “very disappointing.”

“Teams wanted to plays us hard and it showed,” he said.  “We came out strong against Belle River and they came back on us to tighten the game to the end. We came through in the end with the hits needed to win.”

The final score was a 14-13 win for the Lady Gens.

The second game was against Kingsville and General Amherst came out on the short end of a 15-14 decision.

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls slo-pitch team.

“In the Kingsville game, I feel we came out flat against a team that really wanted it.  Our talent gave us the late lead but in the final inning, Kingsville went ahead by two and we could only answer with one,” said Prescott. “It was a tough loss which dropped us to the loser bracket and a long road to the top.”

The third game was against UMEI and it was a 20-5 win.

“In the UMEI game, our team got it going quick and aggressively,” he said.  “It was a hitting and fielding display and we finished that one with a mercy.”

The fourth, and what turned out to be the final game, was a 26-19 loss to Villanova. The Wildcats would advance to the finals where they would lose 10-6 to Leamington.

“In our final game against Villanova, they started out on us with a two-out, 10-run first inning,” he said.  “You tell hitters to hit where they aren’t and that’s what they did.  We climbed out of it to bring the game to even going into the seventh.  They put up another big inning on us and we didn’t answer.”

“It was a tough day for a very promising team,” said Prescott.  “We lose seniors who have had an impact on this team since Grade 9. We have three all-stars selected from this team to represent us including Brooklyn Prescott, Carly Renaud and Payton Laing.  Our future though looks very bright as we fielded a very young team.”

 

Lady Gens win fastpitch high school tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens captured a fastpitch tournament title last week.

Coach Mike Prescott stated the Lady Gens defeated three teams by a combined score of 24-0, including a 12-0 win over Huron Park in the tournament finals. They also defeated Saunders Secondary School 8-0 and Donald A. Wilson Secondary School 4-0 en route to becoming the champions of the ninth annual Debbie DeMoel High School Classic.

The tournament was played last Monday (May 28) at Seneca College in North York.

The General Amherst Lady Gens captured the recent Debbie DeMoel High School Classic. (Front row) Lexi DiCarlo, Jaiden Stiles. (Middle) Reese Jones, Brooklyn Prescott, Payton Laing, Lexi Dodds (Back) coach Mike Prescott, Alyssa Marshall, Savannah Prescott, Alyson Dufour, Bailey Briggs, Emma Marshall, coach Nicole Maxey. (Submitted photo)

“Brooklyn Prescott led us in pitching,” Mike said. “Alyson Dufour and Savannah Prescott both had stellar pitching performances as well.”

Mike Prescott added the Lady Gens defense was “fantastic” throughout the tournament as well. He pointed out they started the championship game against Huron Park with nine runs in the first inning.

Brooklyn Prescott added their bats were hitting well in the tournament, particularly in the title game and they did so against good pitching.
“We had really good defense,” she added.

Brooklyn said the team came together during the tournament and was able to come away with the victory.

Brooklyn Prescott pitches in the final game the ninth annual Debbie DeMoel High School Classic. (Submitted photo)

The Lady Gens resumed WECSSAA slo-pitch play last Tuesday afternoon at Wigle Park with a game against Essex. The Lady Gens finished the regular season with a 7-1 record after beating the Red Raiders 14-2.

The WECSSAA slo-pitch playoffs were at Co-An Park in McGregor this past Monday and Tuesday. Results were not available as of press time.

Lady Gens slo-pitch season starts on winning note

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It has been a good start to the season for the General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team.

The girls team played a pair of games last Thursday afternoon at Co-An Park in McGregor and won them both. Their first game was a 10-7 victory over the Cardinal Carter Cougars with the second being a 28-4 rout of the St. Anne Saints.

Megan Wismer gets a hit during the first inning of last Thursday’s General Amherst girls slo-pitch game against St. Anne.

Megan Wismer gets a hit during the first inning of last Thursday’s General Amherst girls slo-pitch game against St. Anne.

Assistant coach Mike Prescott said after the first game that “there’s room for improvement” but noted every team has the “winter bugs” to shake off.

“It’s a young season for everyone,” said Prescott. “Everyone gets better as the season goes on.”
Prescott said hitting is the team’s strength this season and that was evident in the second game of the afternoon.

“We’re very excited for the season,” said Prescott. “We’ve got a good veteran presence.”

The Lady Gens have 14 players on the roster, with nine of them returning from last year’s WECSSAA championship squad. Four of the five new players are Grade 9 additions.

Jackie Wismer scores a run during General Amherst’s 28-4 victory over St. Anne last Thursday. The game was played at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Jackie Wismer scores a run during General Amherst’s 28-4 victory over St. Anne last Thursday. The game was played at Co-An Park in McGregor.

“We’re looking to repeat,” said Prescott.

The Lady Gens were on the road at Villanova Tuesday afternoon after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They are scheduled to play Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Belle River back at Co-An Park.

Their first game at Wigle Park is scheduled for May 9 at 3:30 p.m. against Kingsville.