Youngsters lead Niagara Falls
Led by a group of sophomores whom coach Joe Contento calls his "young puppies," the Niagara Falls baseball team keeps finding ways to win.
The young pups, better known as the Wolverines around the Niagara Frontier League, nipped rival Niagara-Wheatfield, 2-1, on Wednesday after Chris Cardona was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the winning run. Perhaps not the sexiest way to earn a victory but ...
"Hey, a win's a win," Contento said. "We're doing this with a lot of young guys, a bunch of sophomores, so any win is a good win."
Cardona added a pair of hits and pitcher Jake Martineau came on in relief to earn the win for the Wolverines, who were coming off of a tight 2-0 victory over Grand Island in their last game.
In other baseball, Williamsville East's bats detonated against rival Williamsville South. Tom Styn led the way with four hits and Dan Lomadue and Tom Wisniewski finished with three hits each in the Flames' (10-4, 7-3 ECIC II), 16-7 victory over the Billies. Styn also had four RBIs and three stolen bases for Will. East.
Iroquois clinched a tie for the ECIC II title, beating Lake Shore, 5-3. Phil Stolarski scored the game winning run for the Chiefs, who have won the division championship the last five seasons.
St. Joe's moved up to 10-4 and 7-2 in Monsignor Martin play. defeating Nichols, 6-4, behind Jared Baldinelli's two hits.
Riverside's Noah Green had two hits and scored the winning run in the Frontiers' 8-7 win over City Honors.
OTC Middle College pitcher Jimmy Gallivan fanned 10 and received enough run support to down Park, 9-8.
St. Mary's/Lancaster had a difficult time keeping up with Canisius pitcher Collin Tenney who tossed a complete-game three hitter in the Crusaders' 6-1 win.
Hamburg evened its record at 7-7 overall and 5-5 in ECIC I as Josh Palisano struck out five in a 3-0 victory over West Seneca East in eight innings.
After Orchard Park's starting pitcher got hurt, Bill Sokolski stepped in and threw 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball in relief as the Quakers downed West Seneca West, 10-1.
Frontier scored both of its runs in the first inning and eventually held back Jamestown, 2-1. Blair Lakso tossed a complete game three hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Kyle Gallivan was quite active by going 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a pair of runs in Tonawanda's, 7-4, victory over Eden.
Dunkirk pulls ahead in poll
Dunkirk and Olean no longer share the top spot in the News' small school poll. For the time being, it belongs to Dunkirk.
Kati Harmon batted 3 for 3 with an RBI as the Marauders (10-3, 9-0 CCIAC I) handed the Huskies (8-1, 8-1) their first loss of the season, 8-1.
Williamsville East's Sam Weaver went 3 for 3 including a first-inning home run, while winning pitcher Jenna Allers tossed a three hitter with five strikeouts in the Flames' (9-5, 6-4 ECIC II), 5-0, shutout over Williamsville South.
Rachel Zairnowski went 3 for 4 with a double, triple and two RBIs while Julie Magavero was 3 for 3 for Holy Angels in a 7-2, victory over Cardinal O'Hara.
Mount Mercy's Caylor Larson finished with a double and two RBIs, while Alison Benz fanned nine in the Magic's 2-0 shutout of St. Mary's/Lancaster.
Lancaster is now 9-1 overall and 8-1 in ECIC I after beating Frontier, 9-2, led by Caitlin Myszka's 3-for-3 and two RBI performance.
Nichols defeated Nardin, 8-4, as winning pitcher Elizabeth Bourne also went 3-for-4 and Lydia Gavner finished 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.
In othber Monsignor Martim softball action, Bri Trapper's walk-off home run propelled Mount St. Mary's to a 5-4 victory over Immaculata.
Doubles boost Frontier in win
In boys lacrosse, Nick King, Jordan Schmidt and Brendan Forant each scored two goals to lift Frontier past Lancaster, 7-6.
Wilson's Tyler Martin scored six goals and added three assists as the Lakemen ( 9-4, 6-4 Class C) defeated Gowanda, 17-2.
Akron knocked off Eden in overtime, 8-7, as Sturgis Sundown scored two goals and added two assists.
Alex Gay scored three goals while Joe Mcilhenny had six goals as Clarence blanked Lockport, 12-0.
Gabriel breaks tie in last minutes
When Frontier and Lancaster meet in girls lacrosse, you can generally expect an thriller and Wednesday's game was no different.
The game was tied at nine when Grace Gabriel scored with winner with 3:05 left to lead Lancaster to a 10-9 victory. Gabriel connected on the final goal off a pass from Alexis Ruggierio in the corner.
Frontier won the first meeting in double overtime.
Megan Carroll scored two goals in Grand Island's 5-3 triumph over Lockport in a non-league match up.
Hannah Mong scored three goals and added an assist as Williamsville South (10-2, 10-2 Class B) downed Sweet Home, 9-7.
Sacred Heart's Remmi Zaepfel and Colleen Kulczyk combined for eight goals to lift the Sharks past St. Mary's/Lancaster, 18-15.