St. Mary’s stuns St. Joe’s
There will be plenty on the line when Canisius and St. Joe’s meet on the baseball diamond for the first time Monday, but St. Mary’s prevented the Marauders from going into that clash unbeaten in Monsignor Martin Association play.
The Lancers (16-6, 10-4) scored a confidence-building 7-5 win over visiting St. Joe’s on Saturday. Matt Schneider’s two-run triple in the first inning gave unranked small-school St. Mary’s a lead it never relinquished against Western New York’s second-ranked large school. Schneider finished 2 for 3, while Charlie Hayes went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Chris Gresham went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while sophomore Zach Penska worked out of two jams to earn the save in relief of classmate Colin Tyka.
St. Mary’s dropped a 5-1 decision to St. Joe’s and also got thumped by Canisius and St. Francis earlier this season before embarking on a four-game winning streak that started with a 9-7 win over Frannies.
Will Frank’s two-run homer in the fifth pulled the Marauders within 6-5 after they had trailed by five runs. Penska prevented them from getting the equalizer as he got out of a second-and-third jam with one out by inducing a popout to short and flyout to center. He struck out the final batter of the game with the tying and go-ahead runners on base.
The loss means St. Joe’s now must sweep the two-game regular-season series finale with league unbeaten Canisius in order to win the regular-season title and earn the top seed for the Georgetown Cup playoffs. Canisius, ranked third in the large school poll, is still unbeaten in league play. The first game of that series is Monday at 4 p.m. at Delaware Park.
• Calvin Nowicki tossed a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Eden beat Dunkirk, 10-1.
St. Mary’s, Nardin win
St. Mary’s advanced to the Monsignor Martin Association softball semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Mount St. Mary at Sunshine Park in West Seneca.
Bailey Dolegowski scored the only run of the game in the second inning, reaching via single and then advancing to second, third and home on three passed balls. Erin Hufford earned the win, striking out five. The Lancers play top-seeded Sacred Heart on Monday at Sunshine Park.
Nardin beat Immaculata in the other quarterfinal, 9-5, and will face Nichols in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Sunshine Park. The final is at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
• Freshman Ally Haskell was one error away from her first perfect game. Instead she settled for her sixth career no-hitter as Franklinville blanked Randolph, 6-0. Haskell struck out 12 and walked none and swung a 2-for-4 bat with one RBI. Younger sister Dani Haskell, a seventh-grader, went 3 for 4 with an RBI.
Brundige wins thrice
Hutch-Tech’s Lynda Brundige set two records and won three events during the Ken-Ton Invitational at Crosby Field. Brundige won the 200 in a meet record 25.62 seconds and also set the meet record in the 100 during preliminaries with a 12.45 finish. She won the championship heat in 12.55. She also took first in the triple jump.
Tapestry’s girls set the meet record in winning the 4x100 in 49.19.
Williamsville South, which won the team title in boys and girls, had its girls 4x800 relay win in 9:59.12 record fashion. Amherst’s Aubrey Rockoff set the meet pole vault record (10-6).
For the boys, Niagara Falls’ Jeffery Menyah set the meet record in the 400 hurdles (56.83) and also won the 110 hurdles. Falls also won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Starpoint’s Sam Wray set a meet record in the discus (177-7) and also won the shot put.
Akron crushes N-W
How’s that for a postseason tuneup? Unbeaten Akron, the top seed in Class C, trounced Class B No. 2 seed Niagara-Wheatfield, 24-13, in a nonleague boys lacrosse clash.
Larson Sundown had six goals and three assists, while Gates Abrams added five goals and two assists for the unbeaten Tigers (16-0). Owen Hill had three goals and four assists for Akron, which begins its sectional title defense Tuesday.
WNY crews shine
In Ontario, City Honors’ women’s junior four-plus took first at the Welland Regatta in 7:53.25. St. Joe’s senior men’s four-plus took second. That boat included Charlie Kwitchoff, August Cudek, Charlie Pratt, Eric Szafranski and coxswain Charlie Ivancic.
Nichols took first in the men’s novice eight, women’s junior four-plus (A boat) and men’s junior four-plus, while West Side won the boys novice four-plus race at the Syracuse Chargers Invitational Regatta.
At the Mercyhurst Prep Regatta, Timon freshman Caelan Schneck was part of two first-place boats, helping the novice four-plus to a gold medal in a time of 7:38. Others in that boat included Brendan Connors, Michael Klodzinski, Jack Donahue and coxswain Cian Gould. He was also part of the junior men four-plus that took first in 7:12, a boat that included Alex Chriss, Seamus Connors, Flannan Gould and coxswain Cian Gould.