Zurak solid for Will North
Ever since pitching in the playoffs last year, Kyle Zurak has steadily improved his performance on the mound. The junior was in control again Monday, striking out 10 and giving up three hits and three walks to pace Williamsville North to a 7-2 win over Sweet Home in ECIC I baseball.
"At the end of last season, he pitched a really good game in the playoffs against Clarence, and since then he's pitched very well," Williamsville North coach Jerry Scarcella said. "He's been pretty consistent. Once in a while he'll get a little wild. They don't rough him up with hitting, though. Today he was throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count. He worked very hard in the offseason and threw all winter long."
Mike Sczelazkiewicz had a two-run double to pace a 3-0 first inning for Williamsville North (3-2, 1-2 ECIC I). Junior first baseman Tyler Green had a solo homer in the sixth.
A defensive battle was decided with an extra-inning balk as East Aurora earned a 2-1 eighth-inning win over Springville in an ECIC III matchup.
Ian Allen had a one-out double in the top of the eighth. He moved to third on a groundout, then scored on a balk by the Springville pitcher.
"He worked the pitcher into believing he was going to steal home," East Aurora coach Steve Sokolski said. "He balked. and we scored the go-ahead run."
Dan Brown got out of the bottom of the inning, taking the win with six strike outs while giving up six hits.
The Blue Devils (4-1, 2-1 ECIC III) had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Mike Hadley. Springville tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, forcing the extra frame.
"The wind was blowing in and there was lot of good pitching and good defense by both teams," Sokolski said.
Patrick Quinn pitched his second complete game, giving up six hits while striking out 10 as Iroquois defeated Hamburg, 7-2, in ECIC II. Iroquois (5-4, 2-0 ECIC II) was powered by a seven-run sixth inning, capped by a bases-loaded triple from Zach Trumpler.
Behind 15 strike outs by Mark Armstrong, Clarence earned an 11-1 win over West Seneca West in ECIC I. Armstrong gave up no earned runs in six innings of work and hit a three-run home run. Nick Ferry had a two-run homer for the Red Devils (3-4, 2-1 ECIC I).
The wind was blowing out, adding a punch to the offense for both teams, but it was Williamsville South (4-0) that came away with a 16-9 win over Maryvale in a nonleague matchup. Tyler Piasecki went 2 for 3 with a pair of triples, while Billy Hartford drove in four runs for the Billies.
Williamsville North now 4-0
Balanced scoring and good defense helped Williamsville North remain undefeated in girls lacrosse as the Spartans defeated Grand Island, 19-5, in a Class B meeting.
Emily Koestler had six goals and two assists for North (4-0), while Katie Rupp scored five goals with one assist. Sarah Rupp added four goals and five assists.
"We had to battle early on. It was the first day back from break," Williamsville North coach Jocelyn Hohman said. "Once we got back in the swing of things, we were working well together and had the opportunity to work on some of our plays. It was a complete team win. In all four wins, all of our players have contributed substantially."
Curry paces Silver Creek
Silver Creek returned from spring break with a 24-9 win over Salamanca in Class C boys lacrosse. Marvin Curry scored seven goals.
The win runs Silver Creek's record to 4-0 overall. And while coach William Brennan isn't complaining about this win, there's still plenty he wants his team to work on.
"We certainly have things to work on," Brennan said. "We need to start settling the ball down, not rush things, and wait for opportunities to present themselves. We need to work on our timing."
Nance, Renaldo hit for cycle
Junior Khee Nance hit for the cycle to pace Dunkirk to a 12-4 win over Allegany-Limestone in its CCAA I softball opener. Nance had two doubles, a triple, a home run and a single while driving in six runs.
Meanwhile, Hannah Renaldo hit for the cycle for North Collins in a 28-4 win over Clymer. Renaldo went 5 for 7, driving in five runs with five runs scored.
She also picked up the win tossing a two-hitter with nine strikeouts.