Big inning for Canisius
Canisius blew the game open with 10 runs in the fifth inning and went on to a 14-1 victory over St. Francis on the Red Raiders’ wind-swept diamond on the Lake Erie shore in Athol Springs. The Crusaders had eight hits in the big inning with winning pitcher Dan Dallas supplying the big one, a bases-loaded triple.
Dallas, a junior left-hander, pitched five innings, allowing two hits and striking out six.
“It was back to cold weather with the wind blowing,” said Canisius coach Brian Tenney. “A St. Francis kid hit a ball that would have gone out of Coca-Cola Field but in the wind and with no fences, our center fielder caught it.”
Canisius (14-4 overall) is 11-0 in Monsignor Martin Association play with three big games on the horizon. The Crusaders, ranked No. 3 among Western New York large schools, will play McQuaid Jesuit of Rochester on Saturday Then face No. 2 ranked St. Joe’s on Monday at Delaware Park (4:15 p.m.) and Tuesday at St. Joe’s (4:30 p.m.).
Another title for Hamburg
Talk about dynasties. Hamburg boys lacrosse (11-0) completed a fourth straight undefeated season in Section VI Class B play Tuesday, edging Williamsville North, 8-7, on Evan Hollfelder’s goal with 1:03 left. With that accomplished coach Jerry Severino’s Bulldogs can now point to the Section VI Tournament and Hamburg’s quarterfinal game at home next Tuesday.
North led 3-2 after the first quarter. The game was tied at the half and after three quarters.
“This was the closest Class B game we’ve had all year,” Severino said. “North is a talented, athletic very strong team. “We’ve got three more Section VI games to play and hopefully win another section championship. … We need to make sure we play our best lacrosse in the next two weeks.”
Jim Duffy scored three goals, Hollfelder had two goals and an assist and Sean Feuerstein had a goal and two assists for the Bulldogs.
Barker track wins titles
Barker won its first-ever Niagara-Orleans League girls track and field dual-meet championship after 30 years of trying, wrapping up a 6-0 season with a 75-66 win over Albion. Caitlyn Mason and Gabby Clare doubled for the Raiders. Mason won the 400 (1:07.7) and long jump (16-5) while Clare was first in the 400 hurdles (1:13.6) and high jump (4-8).
That matched the feat of the Barker boys team, which also finished 6-0 for a fifth straight undefeated N-0 season. Casey Webb (110 hurdles, 16.8 and 400 hurdles, 1:02.9 and long jump 19-5.5) tripled for Barker while Dominic Snider won the 100 (11.4) and 200 (24.0).
Nichols batters go long
Jill Boltz was 3 for 3 with a home run and Melanie Tunkey also homered for Nichols in an 8-1 Monsignor Martin softball victory over Nardin. Nichols is 8-1 in league play while Nardin is 7-2.
Junior Lexi Mulone drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and freshman Amanda Stockman had two hits and scored twice for Williamsville North in a 7-2 ECIC I softball victory over Lancaster.