Starpoint pulls it out
Nicole Adams helped preserve Starpoint’s undefeated league record in softball on Friday with some clutch work at the plate. Her game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Spartans to walk off a 4-3 winner over West Seneca East.
“Kelsi Talistrant tripled, and then they walked two batters intentionally to load the bases,” Starpoint coach Joe Hill said. “It was one of those games. They always play us tough.”
Starpoint hasn’t lost since its first game of the season, which came in Tennessee.
“We had a really nice year last year, and we’ve picked up where we left off,” Hill said.
Oh, what a relief
Alex Martin came to the rescue for Williamsville South in its ECIC II baseball game with West Seneca East.
The Trojans jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Williamsville South had recorded a single out. Coach Craig Kurzanski asked Martin to come to the mound in relief, even though he hadn’t even warmed up.
“It was a tough spot to put him in,” Kurzanski said. “He was awesome. It was cold out there, but he came in and struck out nine while allowing two hits.”
That allowed the Billies to climb back in the game. They completed the comeback when Cole Bogacz doubled home Jack Holyoke with two outs in the top of the seventh.
In Cornell Cup play, Aurillo Ayalla had a memorable doubleheader for East. In the opener against I-Prep Grover, Ayalla pitched three innings of relief and struck out all nine batters that he faced in a 4-3 win. That was just a warm-up for Ayalla. In the second game, he threw a no-hitter in a 6-1 victory. Ayalla struck out seven in the nightcap.
Wolfe nets four
In girls lacrosse, Katie Wolfe had four goals and three assists for Williamsville North in a 17-10 win over Iroquois.
Niagara Wheatfield took a 9-8 decision from East Aurora. Sacred Heart earned a 17-7 win over Mount Mercy as Katie O’Donnell had six goals.
The fourth annual Sean Patrick Scott Memorial Baseball/Softball Tournament, slated for today and Sunday at Brannen Field at Cardinal O’Hara High School, has been canceled.
Poor field conditions and rain in the forecast convinced organizers that the field would not be playable. The games will not be rescheduled.
Too icy to row
The difficult winter has claimed yet another casualty – the season’s first regatta. The West Side Rowing Club’s John Regatta has been canceled. It was slated for Sunday.
The club cited thick chunks of ice floating down the canal as well as water temperatures around the freezing mark and a forecast of windy conditions for Sunday.