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General Amherst women’s softball player heading to Madonna University

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

When she started playing softball at the age of five, Brooklyn Prescott never dreamed she’d get this far.

“I’m so proud of myself for everything I’ve gone through and all of the hard work,” said Prescott. “It feels great, it’s a huge relief to finally get what I’ve been working hard for. This was the goal, but I never thought I would get here, so I’m excited.”

Brooklyn Prescott, currently a Grade 12 General Amherst student, signs her agreement to go to Madonna University to play softball after acquiring a scholarship package from both the athletic department and her for her merit.

After attending a camp at Madonna University in Grade 11, she started attending their games, went on to attend winter camps and through conversations with Jerry Abraham, women’s softball coach at Madonna University, she formed a rapport.

“I’ve watched her play a lot and travel, and she just fit in with our players,” said Abraham. “She’s a quality young lady and a quality player. She’s just a gem of a person. She’s a multiple asset for us. She’s a pitcher, she hits the ball well, she plays a variety of defensive positions, we’re very excited about it.”

Jerry Abraham, women’s softball coach at Madonna University, signs General Amherst Grade 12 student Brooklyn Prescott to play for him next year.

Abraham said their softball team at Madonna University is very successful, and they have been to a national tournament two of the last four years. He said he plans on also recruiting her sister down the road.

Prescott will be receiving a $10,000 scholarship through softball for the first year, on top of a merit, or academic scholarship, which has yet to be determined exactly.

Brooklyn Prescott (sitting, center) signs her agreement to go to Madonna University to play softball after acquiring a scholarship package from both the athletic department and her for her merit. Her mom Nicole Prescott (left), sister Savannah Prescott (center) and father Mike Prescott were present with flowers and gifts to congratulate and support her October 31.

Abraham explained, Madonna University, much like other Universities in the United States, puts together packages for their players which include merit scholarships, athletic money and other miscellaneous monies they can earn through other scholarships.

“I’m very excited and very proud, she has put in a lot of hard work,” said Prescott’s mom, Nicole. “It’s been many years, a lot of hours that she’s put in, sacrifices she’s had to make and she got her dream.”

Lady Gens conclude regular season atop county standings

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls slo-pitch team finished first in the county division in the regular season and now await the playoffs.

The Lady Gens captured the top spot in the regular season thanks to a close 11-10 win over St. Thomas of Villanova Tuesday afternoon at Wigle Park. The Lady Gens led 11-7 going into the top of the seventh inning only to see the Wildcats tack on three and strand a runner on third base.

Olivia Starling led the Lady Gens’ attack as she hit two home runs and a triple.

“I’m just happy we were able to get things done,” said Starling. “I’m glad we were able to put it away and get things going.”

Maddie Turner delivers to the plate during General Amherst's 11-10 win over St. Thomas of Villanova May 24.

Maddie Turner delivers to the plate during General Amherst’s 11-10 win over St. Thomas of Villanova May 24.

Starling said it is exciting to be ranked in first place in the county division but they have to keep things going. The Lady Gens have been hitting the ball well, she said, but they have to be strong for the entire game.

The Lady Gens know Essex will be a tough opponent should they meet them in the playoffs, as the Red Raiders already hold a win over the Lady Gens.

“Hopefully we come out strong and don’t let up,” said Starling.

Coach Brad Bondy said the Lady Gens clinched the county regular season title by knocking off the Wildcats. He said that Villanova is a strong team but the Lady Gens held their own.

“The girls persevered,” said Bondy. “I’m proud of them.”

Mixed results for Lady Gens slo-pitch team last week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens played twice last week with it looking like two separate teams donned the Amherst black and gold.

The Lady Gens lost their first game to Essex 19-3 last Tuesday in Amherstburg for their only loss of this season thus far. Amherst won their seventh game of the season two days later at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle as they beat Sandwich 20-8.

Assistant coach Sarah Bondy said after Thursday’s win that the girls seemed off their game and felt stress going into the Essex game.

“Today, they came out relaxed,” she said.

Megan Wismer scoops the ball up at her shortstop position during May 17 action at Wigle Park against Essex.

Megan Wismer scoops the ball up at her shortstop position during May 17 action at Wigle Park against Essex.

Sarah said that Essex is a good opponent that can hit and field and that the Lady Gens weren’t as relaxed going into that game. The girls were looser and ready to play against Sandwich, she said, and showed what they really can do.

“As a coach, there is always room for improvement but the girls showed they are where they need to be at this point,” Sarah added after Thursday’s game.

Head coach Brad Bondy said they have had a tough time with Essex.

“They hit the ball,” he said after Tuesday’s loss. “(Essex) is crushing the ball. We didn’t hit the ball well.”

The Lady Gens concluded the regular season Tuesday afternoon after this issue went to press with a home game against the St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats.