Finally, the weather cooperated so that baseball teams could play under good spring conditions, and they responded with a busy day of action around the area.
Williamsville North spoiled the afternoon for Williamsville East in the top matchup of the day. The Spartans recorded a 3-2 victory over their cross-town rivals.
Anthony Demaria picked up the win for North, going six innings. Josh Suroweic had the game-winning single, while David Harwell earned the save.
The Flames certainly will be back for more. They went to the state semifinals last year, and have seven starters and 15 players back from that team. Williamsville East has three all-conference players returning in Ben Geiger, Charlie Mack and Mike Steffan.
In the Niagara Frontier League, Zach LaPlante went 3 for 3 and drove in two runs to lead Kenmore West to a 5-2 win over Lewiston-Porter. Pat Sisler struck out 10 in going the distance for Niagara Falls in its 6-3 win over Niagara Wheatfield. Charles DeMatz was a standout for Lockport in a 4-3 win over North Tonawanda. He not only was the winning pitcher, but supplied the game-winning hit.
In ECIC I, Clarence won its opener thanks to the pitching of Nick Ciraro. He allowed only one hit in six innings as the Red Devils blanked Frontier, 8-0. Ciraro also scored two runs and hit a triple, while Niko Mullen hit a triple and double and drove in two.
Jake Storey drove in a run and scored two of his own as Hamburg beat Iroquois, 7-4. Devon Crowley earned the win for the Bulldogs.
A Legendary performance
Lancaster’s offense came out of the gate flying for the school’s softball opener. The Legends pounded West Seneca West, 19-6. Olivia Kincanon led the way for Lancaster by going 4 for 5, with three doubles and a triple to go with 4 RBIs.
Lewiston-Porter’s opening day starter, Riley Cru, got plenty of support in the Lancers’ 14-2 win over Kenmore East. She pitched a complete-game victory. Elsewhere in the Niagara Frontier League, Niagara-Wheatfield outscored Niagara Falls, 9-7. Maddie Evarts was 4 for 5 with three runs scored, while MacKenzie Quider struck out five in earning the win.
Who says crime doesn’t pay? Kiara Roberts stole six bases for Hutch-Tech in a 23-1 win over MST Seneca. Morgan Guzzanti had a grand-slam and drove in six in the game.
In a nonleague game, Alden blanked Tonawanda, 6-0. Brooke Strausbaugh was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts, while Brianna Horn added two hits in two trips for the Bulldogs. Brooke Ostyer had 10 strikeouts as Forestville blanked Clymer, 14-0.
Quakers come back to win
In girls lacrosse, Orchard Park picked up a good 10-8 win over Grand Island in a nonleague battle. This one was up for grabs for most of the game, as the Vikings made a good second-half comeback to take the lead - only to see the Quakers pull the game out at the end.
Morgan Vaxendale had three goals and an assist to lead Orchard Park. She’s usually more concerned with setting up other players, but took advantage of opportunities to score goals.
Elsewhere, Niagara-Wheatfield took an 11-10 overtime thriller against Iroquois. The Falcons got the game-winning goal from Ariana Smith, who finished with two goals and two assists. Emily Ellis added three goals for Niagara-Wheatfield. Ivy Carey had four goals as Williamsville South ran away from Lewiston-Porter, 10-1.
In boys play, Dan Flynn had four goals and Tyler Ardt added three as West Seneca East won its opener - an 11-8 decision over Frontier.