Bulldogs play spoilers
Cam Ringo pitched five innings of shutout ball for Hamburg Wednesday as the Bulldogs spoiled Orchard Park’s perfect season, handing the Quakers their first loss, 3-2, in Orchard Park.
Ringo struck out 10, including seven in a row in the third through fifth innings. Justus Hoffman pitched two innings of relief for the save.
Ringo also scored the first Hamburg run in the fourth after he walked with one out. David Edie one-hopped a double off the center-field fence to score the run. In the fifth, Griff DeMayo’s ground-rule double with the bases full made it 3-0.
Orchard Park scored single runs in the sixth and seventh. Brandon Nicholson, who was 4-for-4, doubled and came home on a single by Austin Bristol in the seventh. Bristol, representing the tying run, was still at first when the game ended.
An over-the-shoulder catch in the outfield by Hamburg second baseman Ryan Dils helped put down an Orchard Park scoring threat.
Andy Sipowicz, Ben Wereski and Jacob Lewis pitched for Orchard Park, which went 14-0 in its ECIC I schedule and won five nonleague games including an early season 19-13 victory at Hamburg, the ECIC II champion with a 13-1 mark.
“It was a totally different atmosphere that day. It was cold and windy and we both were saving our best pitchers for league games the next day,” said Hamburg coach Steve Chaffee. “Today it was a great atmosphere, good crowd and both teams going with their best. We’ve been pitching against Nicholson for four years and still haven’t figured how to get him out and they are certainly the standard for defense.”
Olmsted girls win track title
After his boys team won the Scalp & Blade dual meet title on Tuesday, Hutch-Tech coach Dave Sardo expressed concern that it would be difficult for his girls team to defeat Olmsted and win that title on Wednesday. He was right.
Two years ago, Olmsted ended Hutch-Tech’s nine-year unbeaten run in the Buffalo Public Schools girls track dual meet championship. The Lady Engineers reclaimed the title last year, but Olmsted is back on top after a 61-53 victory over Hutch. It came despite wins in four individual events by Lynda Brundige of the Engineers. She won the 100, 200, 400 and triple jump.
Coach Mark Orlando’s Olmsted team was led by Brittany Higgs, who won the 800, 1,500 and made up a 6-second deficit on the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay.
Seventh-grader Emily Mogavero of the Owls broke the league record in the 3,000 by running 11:26.0. It was Mogavero’s second league record in a week. She also broke the 2,000 meter steeplechase record on Friday.