Canisius wins baseball title
Junior left-hander Dan Dallas pitched Canisius to the Monsignor Martin Association regular season baseball championship Tuesday with a 6-0 win at St. Joe’s.
The Crusaders (17-5, 13-1 Monsignor Martin) rebounded from Monday’s 11-3 loss to the Marauders and led all the way.
Dallas was working on a perfect game until Tyler Howard’s infield hit with two outs in the sixth inning. Dallas struck out 14 and walked none.
“He was totally under control,” said Canisius coach Brian Tenney. “I don’t believe in using the radar guns with kids but he throws about 85 with good control.”
Richard Miller’s two-run homer in the first inning gave Canisius a 2-0 lead. Russ Mistretta had a two-run double in the third and Will Lawrence singled home the final run.
Nichols in title game again
Sophomore Jill Boltz and senior Brandi Ball combined to drive in six runs and Elizabeth Bourne pitched a five-hitter as defending champion Nichols earned a trip to the Monsignor Martin Association softball playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The Vikings defeated Nardin, 9-3, and will seek their third straight league playoff title when they face St. Mary’s of Lancaster at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Sunshine Park in West Seneca.
“I’ve had six seniors who have been with me for all four years,” said Nichols coach Polly Kemp. She was referring to Ellis Smith, Olivia Zafruto, Bourne, Maddi Welch, Jessica Gates and Ball.
Bortz went 2 for 4 with a home run for her three RBIs. Ball was 3 for 3 with three doubles for her three RBIs. Sam Eberhard had a triple to send home one run and scored on a single by Chelsea Bennett for Nardin in the seventh inning.
Nichols won the regular season game against St. Mary’s, 9-3. The Lancers upset regular-season champion Sacred Heart in a semifinal played on Monday.
South girls lax upsets N-W
Emma Reidell’s second goal of the game with 2:56 left turned out to be the game-winner for Williamsville South in the Billies’ 11-10 upset of No. 2 seed Niagara-Wheatfield in the quarterfinals of the Class B Section VI girls lacrosse playoffs.
The goal by Reidell, a senior who also had two assists in the victory, made it 11-8 before the Falcons desperately attempted a comeback and nearly succeeded.
Senior Fiona Dargan scored six goals and assisted on two others for coach Rick Hopkins’ Williamsville South team. Senior midfielder Kim Brace had two goals and an assist for the winners, who led 8-5 at halftime.
Sardo ties Veronica’s mark
Hutch-Tech (15-0) clinched an 11th consecutive undefeated Scalp & Blade boys dual meet championship with victories over City Honors, East and South Park at All High Stadium. Counting a championship in his last season at Buffalo Traditional, coach Dave Sardo has 12 consecutive titles, equaling the record by Hall of Fame coach Larry Veronica at Bennett.
“When I ran for Hutch-Tech, I ran against Veronica’s teams but I never coached against him,” said Sardo, who also had coached the Hutch girls’ teams to the city public schools dual meet championship nine of the last 10 years. The loss was to Olmsted two years ago.
The All-High boys and girls championship meets will be next Tuesday and Wednesday at All High.