TGIF for Giordano
Pitching once a week apparently agrees with Max Giordano of Lancaster.
He was in top form on Friday, throwing a one-hitter in a 13-0 complete-game win over Orchard Park. The Legends pitcher also had three hits at the plate.
“He had control of all three of his pitches,” coach Mark Dalfonso of Lancaster said. “He kept the ball down all day.”
The Legends coach tries to have his starters go once a week, as the games can pile up because of rainouts.
“We basically go on a rotation, and Max’s day is Friday,” Dalfonso said. “He did a nice job last Friday, when he pitched well. Next week, we’ve got four games - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.”
Dalfonso said Orchard Park’s team had some players a bit under the weather because of the illness that swept through the schools this week. Even so, Lancaster is rounding into top form with a 7-1 record.
“It’s going well,” the coach said about the season. “The kids are getting better every game.”
Elsewhere, Gio Chimera threw a no-hitter as Olmsted won the first game of a doubleheader, 12-1, against Riverside. Chimera struck out 10. In the nightcap, Jacob Beal threw a one-hitter in a 13-2 victory for Olmsted. Kaelan Clouser scored three runs and drove in two.
Charlie Bruning had a no-hitter for Roy-Hart in a 14-0 win over CSAT.
West Seneca West walked off as a 4-3 winner over Clarence on Will Cordero’s single.
Wray’s big day
Some area schools are taking part in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this weekend. A highlight was the performance of Sam Wray of Starpoint in the high school discus. He finished second with a throw of 186 feet, 8 inches. Wray was the Prep Talk Player of the Year in boys track in 2015. Wray will attend the University at Buffalo in the fall.
Sweet Home’s 4x100 team finished 40th among small schools in a time of 43.84. The team was made up of Eric Johnson, Jalen Wallace, Adrian Frazier and Nathaniel Davis. At the same distance, Clarence finished 201st among large schools at 46.79. The Red Devils’ team consisted of Steve Marzano, Jeff Mott, Dietrich Mauck, and Sean Law.
Sweet Home rallies
When Sweet Home’s boys lacrosse team trailed West Seneca West, 6-0, there were no big speeches ... and no panic.
The Panthers scored two goals in the second period, and then had a second half to remember. Sweet Home went on an 11-1 run in the second half to take a 13-7 win.
“We just woke up,” Panthers’ coach John Faller said. “We got things going after they outplayed us in the first half. It was pretty exciting.”
Big comebacks are a bit unusual at the high school level, although lacrosse is a game in which back-to-back goals can be scored in seconds.
“I’ve seen it happen in college lacrosse,” Faller said. “It’s a fast-moving game. I was proud of them. They’ve played pretty well this year, and they showed what they can do.”
Jon Phillips led the way with six goals, while Kyle Ciehomski had two goals and two assists. Sweet Home improved to 8-2 overall.
“We’ve got a weekend to get healthy, and then we have a big week against Grand Island and Hamburg,” Faller said.
Orlando nets seven
In girls lacrosse, Annie Orlando had seven goals and Jenna Hagen had four as Lancaster beat Clarence, 18-12. The Legends moved to 4-0 in league play, 6-2 overall.
Lexi Rockey had the game-winner to give Frontier a thrilling 11-10 triumph over Hamburg.