New Hutch coach off to 2-0 start
Shawn Edinger, the new softball coach at Hutch-Tech, and his Engineers are off to a 2-0 start in the race for the Thompson Trophy among Buffalo Public Schools teams. Hutch needed some last inning magic on Tuesday, however.
Samantha Rivera cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the bottom of the seventh to give the Engineers a 13-12 victory over Emerson at LaSalle Park. Previously Hutch defeated MST Seneca.
Hutch-Tech went 10-0 in league play last season but three starters from that team have graduated and junior catcher Niah Price will miss the season because of injury.
Rivera, senior infielders Janelle Miller and Kiara Robert are key players back from last year’s team.
"I’m still not sure how good a team we are. We have a lot of young players who are working hard," said Edinger, a Kensington High and Canisius College graduate who returned to Buffalo after teaching and coaching in Baltimore for 11 years.
Kelly stops the Billies
West Seneca East junior Anilese Kelly pitched a complete game, scattering four hits and striking out six as the Trojans opened their ECIC II softball season with a 3-1 win over Williamsville South. Kelly also had two hits in the victory. Eighth-grader Rachel Fuerst also had two hits in the victory and junior Gabby Catlin contributed a two-run single.
West Seneca East tied Williamsville East for the ECIC II regular season championship last year but Kelly pitched the Trojans past the Flames, 2-1, for the Section VI Class A-1 championship then pitched the Trojans past Lewiston-Porter for the overall Class A sectional title before falling in the Far West Regional to Pittsford Mendon.
Ciraolo pitches, bats Clarence win
Nick Ciraolo did it all for Clarence on Tuesday in the Red Devils' 6-2 ECIC I victory at Frontier.
Ciraolo pitched a complete-game four hitter and hit two home runs to lead Clarence (4-0, 3-0 ECIC I). He drive in three of his team’s runs. Michael O’Brien had two hits and scored twice for the winners.
Bryce Jellinick allowed only two unearned runs in six-plus innings as he pitched Grand Island to a 6-2 victory over Niagara Wheatfield in the Vikings' Niagara Frontier League baseball opener. Jellinick struck out eight while allowing five hits.
Tyler Muggli went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in three runs for the defending NFL champions, who went 12-2 in the league last year.
Kasprzyk ties EA goals record
Allison Kasprzyk of East Aurora tied the Blue Devils’ school record for goals in a game when she scored nine times in a 16-5 victory over Springville in girls Class C lacrosse. It was the league opener for East Aurora (3-1), which has lost only to Orchard Park, 16-13, so far.
Williamsville East, which lost to East Aurora earlier this month, improved to 2-1 on the season with a 9-6 victory at Sweet Home.
In a nonleague game, Scotia Snyder scored six goals and assisted on another and Kendra Jones had four goals and two assists for Nichols in a 13-3 victory over visiting Eden.
N-W lax tops Lake Shore
Dawic Martin scored five goals and Brandon Sveda and Joe Conte had three tallies and two assists each to lead Niagara Wheatfield to its 18-5 boys lacrosse victory at Lake Shore.