> Big rally wins for Roy-Hart
Coach John Grzymala's Roy-Hart baseball has one important old baseball lesson to ponder today on their long bus trip to Florida to play in the Disney Expo baseball tournament:
It isn't over until it's over.
Trailing 10-2 against Niagara-Orleans League rival Wilson, the Rams scored nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out an 11-10 victory over the Lakemen.
Roy-Hart got help from seven walks in the inning, but came through with some clutch hits, too.
Judd Jamieson had a bases-loaded double, Aaron Brigham contributed a two-run double and finally Blake Dotella, after falling behind 0 and 2 on the count, drilled a two-run single to right-center to end it.
Roy-Hart, which finished second to Newfane in the N-O last season, is off a to a 2-0 start in league play this season.
> Tonawanda wins with 16 hits
Tonawanda, the sectional Class B champion two years ago, and runner-up to JFK in ECIC IV last season, got its season off to a successful start with a 13-3 win over division rival Holland. The Warriors pounded out 16 hits, including four singles in four trips by Kyle Gallivan and three hits, including a double, for four RBIs by David Battel.
Senior right-hander Joey Warthling, a starter for the last three seasons for coach John Frank, pitched five innings, striking out 11 and allowing four hits.
"We've had a good three-year run, Frank said. "Now we've got a big game Thursday against JFK which went undefeated in our division last year and beat us twice by a total of three runs.
The Warriors and JFK will hook up in an early-season showdown on Thursday.
Last spring, Billy Hartford was performing for the Williamsville South junior varsity baseball team as an eighth-grader. He moved up to the varsity as a freshman and so far is making a smooth transition.
Hartford homered over the 385-foot mark with a man on base to lead the Billies to a 2-0 triumph over Starpoint in their ECIC II opener Tuesday. Dan Christman had a pair of hits in the victory.
Coach Kraig Kurzanski's team got strong pitching for an early season outing. Junior right-hander Damian Powers pitched two-hit ball with eight strikeouts for five innings. Senior lefty Nick Plant finished with two shutout innings, striking out five.
South which was second to three-time division champion Iroquois last spring with a 9-3 mark in league play, is looking to make a run at the Chiefs this time. The Billies will face West Seneca East in a division game Thursday, then have a next week off. No Southern trip for South this year, but a fund-raising campaign is on for a trip next spring.
Hutch-Tech, winner of the last three Cornell Cup championships in League I, opened its season with a 1-0 triumph over rival City Honors. Matt Truitt pitched shutout ball for 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts before Zach Dressler came on to record the save.
Defending Cornell Cup League II champion South Park opened with a 2-1 triumph over Riverside behind the pitching of Ian Hartnett, who struck out eight in five innings.
> West Seneca East now 2-0
West Seneca East and Kelsey Scime are off to a 2-0 start in ECIC II girls softball. The Trojans knocked off long-time division power Williamsville South, 4-1, Tuesday behind the five-hit pitching of Scime, a senior right-hander. Scime also pitched Monday's win over Iroquois.
WSE trailed, 1-0, before rallying for all its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Trojans tied the game when a sacrifice fly by freshman Erin Barrett sent home another freshman Maddy Hillery. Then Meagan Lewis unloaded a two-run triple and scored herself on a passed ball.
Coach Sam Gioia's team was third in the division behind co-champions Williamsville East and Williamsville South, both 9-3, last season.
> Hamburg lacrosse triumphs
Max Maxwell scored twice and had six assists and Ryan Jurek scored three goals, but faceoff man Nick Benningfield made just as big a contribution for Hamburg in a 13-6 boys lacrosse triumph at Amherst Tuesday night.
Benningfield won 15 of 20 faceoffs for the Bulldogs, who led 7-2 at the half and built their advantage fo 11-2 in the third quarter.
"Those were huge possessions," said Hamburg coach Jerry Severino of the results of the faceoff work of Benningfield, a senior defensive midfielder. "Maxwell was finding teammates [with passes] all night and Jurek was the beneficiary of some of Max's assists. The kids shot real well."
Amherst closed to 11-5 in the third period, scoring three times in man-up situations, but Hamburg rolled on to its third straight victory of the season.
In girls lacrosse, Hannah Mong scored four goals and Alyssa Ferenczy had three in Williamsville South's 12-4 triumph over Lockport. Jenny Vacchigna had four goals as East Aurora defeated Iroquois, 7-4.