Sacred Heart stays unbeaten
The two top teams in the Msgr. Martin softball standings squared off on Monday, and Sacred Heart was the team that emerged with its perfect record intact.
The Sharks defeated Mount Mercy, 7-3, in what Sharks coach Karen Conway described as a barnburner.
“They jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, and we couldn’t get the bats going,” she said. “Then in the bottom of the fifth, we scored five runs.”
Caitie Conway threw six innings to earn the win, while Shannon Gilbert and Anna Iacovitti had two hits each. It was a good way to get ready for the pressures of the postseason, which are less than two weeks away.
“I’m happy with the way the girls are performing,” Karen Conway said. “We’ve had a good game against Williamsville North, a good game against Clarence. We’ve had a good hitting year. But if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that winning in the regular season means nothing.”
Elsewhere, Jenna Neumaier hit Lancaster’s first home run of the season at a perfect time. It came in the top of the seventh, and it gave the Legends the winning margin in a 4-3 victory over Frontier.
“It’s so exciting for the girls,” Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose said. “They play for each other, and they find a way to win.”
The victory clinched a tie for the division title for Lancaster, which has one game left.
No matter what the situation, Williamsville East is always happy to beat Williamsville South.
“It’s a good rivalry game,” Flames coach Chris Durr said about a 5-3 win. “It’s the second time we’ve beaten them this season, and it’s been two close games.”
Sam Crane drove in two runs, while Analiese Piccillo threw a six-hitter in allowing only one earned run for Williamsville East (9-1 in ECIC II).
“Three of their hits were bunts,” Durr said. “She’s a really good ground-ball pitcher.”
Barker breaks through
The wait is over for the Barker baseball coach Rob Mucha. He finally saw one of his teams defeat Albion, 4-3, after 11 years of losing to the Mustangs.
“Sometimes teams get psyched out playing bigger schools,” Mucha said. “We said all year, ‘We’ve got this.’ We’ve had good defense all year, and our pitching has kept us in games. If we get enough offensive power, we’re fine.”
The Raiders sored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull it out. Randy Voss tied the game with Barker’s third straight RBI single, and Jake Meister soon followed with a sacrifice fly to score the game-winning run.
“I was trying not to get my hopes up too much,” Mucha said. “I stayed as calm as possible. I’m extremely happy for my players. ”
Elsewhere, Williamsville East took the division lead with a big 7-3 win over Williamsville South. Mike Potauralski allowed six hits over six innings, and the Flames scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to break it open.
“Charlie Mack came on and retired the last three guys to end it - flyout, strikeout, groundout,” coach Jerry Gasz of the Flames said.
Williamsville East moved to 11-5 overall and 9-1 in ECIC II. The Flames seem poised for good playoff run, but Gasz wants to take things one step at a time.
“The first carrot is the division,” he said. “I take nothing for granted. That’s been drilled into their heads this year. ... But the most important thing is that we control our own destiny. ”
The Cup goes north
Williamsville North has claimed bragging rights in boys lacrosse in the village of Williamsville.
The Spartans defeated Williamsville East, 14-8.
That means North has beaten the Flames and the Williamsville South Billies, thus earning bragging rights and the Williamsville Cup.
PJ Koestler had three goals and three assists, and Joel Giambra added four goals for Williamsville North (10-2, 8-2).
In girls lacrosse, Maeve Christ had four goals and two assists while Molly Meegan added three goals and an assist as Mount St. Mary downed Sacred Heart, 10-8.
Jalyn Jimerson had nine points for Lake Shore in a 19-4 win over Orchard Park.