Canisius’ Dallas in good form
Canisius, the top-ranked baseball team in Western New York, clinched a tie for the Msgr. Martin Association crown on Tuesday. The Crusaders defeated St. Francis, 7-0.
Canisius had a little too much pitching. Dan Dallas was in charge for his 5∑ innings, as he allowed three hits and no runs while striking out 10.
Then sophomore Jack Collins checked in as a reliever. He allowed one hit and struck out three in finishing the shutout.
“They put some good swings on the ball,” coach Bryan Tenney said about St. Francis. “Jack is 6-foot-5 and is learning how to pitch in big games.”
Vinnie Chiarenza had a bases-loaded single to drive in two runs, and Mike Gabriele did the same. Dallas also had a two-RBI double.
Elsewhere, the bats of Burgard were no match for Mike Sullivan of Hutch-Tech. He threw a no-hitter in a 7-0 win. Sullivan struck out 16 batters as the Engineers improved to 12-3 overall, 10-2 in Cornell Cup play.
Westfield finished another league season undefeated with a 17-0 win over Clymer. That makes it three straight undefeated seasons, and 46 straight league wins.
Lancaster wrapped up the top seed in the Section VI, Class AA playoffs with a 3-0 win over Jamestown in eight innings. Leugim Castillo had an inside-the-park home run for the Legends.
Depew inches closer to title
Depew is one step away from the ECIC III softball championship. The Wildcats defeated Maryvale, 3-1, to clinch a tie for the crown. If Depew beats East Aurora on Thursday, it will win the division outright and capture the first seed in the upcoming playoffs.
Tonya Suhr had the game’s big hit, driving in a pair with a single in the fourth inning. Pitcher Karsen Cotton did the rest, pitching a complete game with 13 strikeouts. Cotton was 2 for 4 with the bat, including a double.
St. Joe’s rallies to top Canisius
In boys lacrosse, St. Joe’s rallied from a 7-3 deficit for a 13-9 win over Canisius. Connor Stefaniak had four goals for the Marauders.
In girls play, West Seneca West stayed unbeaten in Class B with a 16-7 victory over Williamsville East. Laura Skrzypczyk had seven goals to lead the Indians.
Wilson, Akron take track titles
A Niagara-Orleans boys track meet saw Wilson knock off Akron, 91-50, to capture the league title with an undefeated record. Trey Rees, Mason Secor and Mark Coder were all double winners.
The girls meet came out the other way: Akron wrapped up an undefeated league season with a 114-27 win over Wilson. Lea Czechowski of the Tigers took the 100 dash, the 200 dash, and the long jump.