South's Powers no-hits Iroquois
Damian Powers pitched a no-hitter as part of an outstanding game as Williamsville South remained undefeated with a 6-0 victory over ECIC II rival Iroquois, the first loss after two division wins for the Chiefs.
Powers struck out six while walking four for the Billies (5-0, 3-0). He also had three RBIs after a two-run double and a bases-loaded walk.
"He's outstanding," coach Kraig Kurzanski said of Powers. "I don't know the last time we've had a no-hitter, but it's been a long time. He was dominating out there. It was nice to see, and that's a good league win over a heck of a team."
Dan Christmann went 3 for 4 with three runs for South, which has allowed only one run in its three division wins so far.
Fitzgerald leads Quakers
It's early in the season, but not too early for another Orchard Park-Clarence baseball showdown in ECIC I. The Quakers got the early jump on the defending Section VI Class AA champions, taking a 6-0 victory over the Red Devils in Clarence behind the all-around play of Jim Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald, batting cleanup, got OP out in front when he hit a two-out homer after Dave Crowley was hit by a pitch in the first inning. Then he shut out the Red Devils on a four-hitter with seven strikeouts.
"We tied them for the division last year, and they beat for the Section, 7-6," Orchard Park coach Jim Gibson said. "This year we've got a lot of guys back. They've got one pitcher back [Mark Armstrong, who did not pitch Wednesday], but they're basically a new team."
Orchard Park made it 3-0 with a run in the third when Crowley doubled to score Joe Mesi, who had singled. The Quakers tallied three more in the top of the seventh when Bill Sulkowski contributed a two-run double.
Orchard Park (5-0-1 overall) is 4-0 in ECIC I, while Clarence fell to 2-2 in division play. Clarence's other division loss was to Lancaster, which will host Orchard Park on Friday.
Ben Haefner had four hits with two RBIs and Tyler Hoffhines drove in three runs on three hits as Lancaster pounded out 18 hits in a 16-8 win over host West Seneca West. Justin Lewis of the Redskins added a three-run homer. Starter James Krolikowski fanned six in six innings to get the win. Brandon Hasfurter homered for West.
Dan Karstedt, one of only two seniors on the Eden baseball team, pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts in leading the Raiders over Cleveland Hill, 12-1, in ECIC IV.
Dave Baskerville had four singles in five trips and drove in three runs for Eden. Todd Gardner, Eden's other senior, drove in four runs with two doubles and a single.
North softball 2-0 in ECIC I
Lindsey Kenyon's two-run single highlighted a five-run fourth-inning rally for Williamsville North, and the Spartans (3-1, 2-0 ECIC I) went on to a 9-3 softball victory over division rival Frontier (2-2, 1-1). The visiting Falcons led 1-0 before the North rally, which included consecutive singles by Sephi Verhage, Katelyn Battaglia and Kenyon. Frontier tallied twice in the sixth before North pitcher Sarah McMahon got out of the inning.
McMahon, a junior, pitched the complete game for North, yielding five hits and striking out eight.
North, an ECIC I co-champion last season, is a young team this season, with only two seniors and three returning regulars.
"We have a big game Friday at Clarence," said North coach Rick Bubar. Clarence is also unbeaten in three ECIC I starts.
Hughes pitches Immaculata to win
Immaculata (1-4, 1-1) broke into the win column in the Monsignor Martin Association with an 11-4 triumph over Holy Angels behind the pitching of Mady Hughes, who pitched a six-inning four-hitter and drove in a pair of runs with a double. Julie Lalka also had two RBIs for the Bears.
In the Niagara-Orleans League, Jamie Kerwin had the big blast in the bottom of the seventh and Jordan Beutel had the big hit in the bottom of the ninth as Newfane got its first win in style, 9-8, over Wilson in extra innings.
Newfane (1-3, 1-3) trailed by three with one out in the seventh when Kerwin, a junior, hit a three-run home run. In the ninth, Beutel singled home Shannon Shaw.
"We just pulled together as a team after working hard at practice," said Newfane coach Katy Stedman. "It was work-work-work-fail, work-work-work-fail, and all of a sudden we had that breakthrough win. Hopefully we'll see some more."
East, West split track meet
Two pairs won't beath three of a kind in poker, but it did the trick Wednesday when Kenmore East and Kenmore West met in their annual track meet at Crosby Field.
The Kenmore East boys triumphed behind the double-winning performances of Chris Guarino and Jared Dolan. Guarino doubled in the distances, winning the 1,600 in 4:58.4 and the 3,200 in 11:16. Dolan won the shot put with a heave of 43-10 1/2 and the discus with a toss of 118-2.
That and the Bulldogs' depth was more than enough to offset triple-winning performances by West's Martin Bailey and Marcus Lobdell. Bailey won the 100 in 11.8, the 200 in 24.4 and the long jump at 18-3 1/2 . Lobdell took the 110 hurdles in 15.9, the 400 intermediate hurdles in 1:03.6 and the high jump at 6 feet.
Kenmore West dominated the girls meet, 116-24, with the Panepinto twins setting the pace with six first-places between them. Jenna Panepinto won the 200 (27-3), 400 (1:09.3), 1,500 (5:17.5) and triple jump (32-2), while sister Lexi took the 800 (2:41.0) and 3,000 (12:04.1).
Megan Albert (100 hurdles, long jump) and Liz Gallagher (shot put, discus) also doubled for West.
Silver Creek lacrosse wins
Brandon Brooks and Sherman Williams scored six goals each and Zeddie Williams had three goals and four assists and dominated faceoffs as Silver Creek rolled past East Aurora, 21-4, in Class C league boys lacrosse. Brooks also had three assists for a nine-point day as the Black Knights went to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in Class C.