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ST. JOE'S SOLVES DUNFORD, 2-1; ST. MARY'S DROPS CANISIUS

St. Joe's welcomed Ryan Dunford to the 2005 season by doing something it had never done -- beat him.

Marauders left-hander Lee Keysor finally outdueled Timon/St. Jude standout Dunford, baffling the Tigers to earn a 2-1 Monsignor Martin Association victory Thursday.

Keysor, a senior who will play college ball at Siena, lost two 1-0 games to Dunford in previous seasons. Keysor allowed four hits and struck out seven.

"His control was good. The ball was moving," said St. Joe's coach Rick Mariano.

St. Joe's snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh after Dunford walked Bill Schukraft and Jordan Frey followed with an RBI double. Frey had two of the Marauders' six hits off Pittsburgh-bound Dunford, who debuted following a six-game suspension. Dunford drove in the only Timon run with a second-inning single.

"I was a little rusty," said Dunford, who suffered just his third high school loss to fall to 16-3 in three seasons. "I didn't hit my spots very well. Hopefully, I'll get my control back. I walked too many batters, and walks kill you."

Dunford walked four and struck out seven.

"This is our seventh or eighth time facing him," Mariano said, "and I think we're just not as intimidated as we used to be."

Elsewhere in the association, sophomore Tony Balisteri threw a two-hitter and Eric Fattey had three hits as St. Mary's of Lancaster beat Canisius, 4-1, giving the Lancers wins over Canisius, St. Joe's and St. Francis in the last week. . . . Junior Greg Radwan pitched a no-hitter with 18 K's as St. Francis pounded 16 hits in a 15-0 win over Cardinal O'Hara. Radwan came within a leadoff walk in the second of pitching a perfect game.

ECIC I: Jessie Parrish's leadoff homer in the sixth was the game-winner, and Ken Murphy fanned six as Lancaster beat West Seneca West, 6-5.

Niagara Frontier League: Chris Burke and Justin Krzyskoski had two hits each as Niagara Falls picked up its first league win, beating Kenmore East, 6-0. . . . Sean Voss drove in three runs on a pair of ground-rule doubles as Lockport got past North Tonawanda, 11-5. . . . Ryan Breier had three hits and Rob Lawrence drove in three runs for Grand Island in a 15-6 win over Kenmore West.

Niagara-Orleans League: Jason Phipps and Evan Silsby had three hits each, and Ryan Newton had a two-run double as Roy-Hart beat Akron, 9-2. . . . Peter Lusk drove in three runs to make a winner of starter Matt Saeva (10 strikeouts) in Albion's 6-2 defeat of Medina. . . . Dan Robinson didn't give up an earned run and fanned seven as Wilson downed Barker, 6-2. Paul Chase had two doubles among his three hits.

Cornell Cup: E.J. Cieslikowski struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh as Riverside (4-0) held on to beat McKinley, 8-7. Cieslikowski finished with 13 strikeouts, and he had a three-run double and a two-run single. The Macks trailed, 8-1, before roaring back. . . . Nathan Rojek struck out six in four innings and Jeff Cox drove in three runs with two hits as City Honors (4-0) beat Bennett, 15-1.

Softball

Grand Strand Tournament: Playing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tabitha Stenstrom pitched a one-hitter with 12 K's as Falconer scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to beat Cassadaga Valley, 2-1, in the semifinals.

ECIC I: Stephanie Wydra pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before allowing a double with one out during Clarence's 5-1 win over Sweet Home. Colleen Denny had two hits for the Red Devils (7-1, 4-0), including a triple. . . . Lauren Parisi tripled and scored on Lindsay Rodgers' sacrifice fly as Williamsville North nipped West Seneca West, 1-0.

ECIC II: Rachel Parker had four hits in support of Jessica Zeis' one-hitter as Hamburg moved to 7-1 with a 20-3 win over Pioneer.

ECIC III: Kim Gabor singled in Toni Caruso with the game's only run as Maryvale edged Depew, 1-0. Samantha Thompson and Katie Gleiser combined on a two-hitter with 10 K's for the Flyers. . . . Lisa Batt had a three-run double and Emily Clark drove in a pair of runs for Starpoint in a 10-4 decision over Tonawanda.

ECIC IV: Alyssa Luksch, Maeghen Adamski and Dawn Delano homered in the opener, while Jaclyn Plante scored three runs in the nightcap as Cleveland Hill swept Lackawanna, 11-6 and 15-4. Pitcher Kristen Rohr won both games, helping the Eagles improve to 8-1, 4-0.

Niagara Frontier League: Trailing, 2-0, North Tonawanda put up three runs in the sixth to beat Lockport, 3-2. Chrissy Fretthold's two-run home run highlighted the inning, and Andrea Hromowyk scored the first run. Catcher Kristen Tudor had two putouts at the plate. . . . Michelle Krier and Laura Ptak combined on a one-hitter and Mary Henseler belted home runs to left and center fields as Kenmore West beat Grand Island, 9-0. . . . Carley Guariglia's four runs and Rachel Schumacher's three-hitter led Niagara-Wheatfield to a 14-4 win over Lew-Port.

Niagara-Orleans League: Akron rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Roy-Hart, 12-7. Kelsey McKeon had a three-run homer and Laura Nowak scored three runs for the Tigers. . . . Jen Biernacki pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and Alexis Pask tripled and scored twice for Medina in a 7-1 win over Albion. . . . Sam Ketch pitched a four-hitter, and Haley Meier and Alicia Mills had two hits each for Wilson in an 8-1 triumph over Barker.

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