It's been a big week for Clarence baseball player Nick Ciraolo. On Tuesday he was 4 for 4 with two home runs and pitched a four-hitter in the Red Devils' ECIC I 6-2 victory over Frontier. Saturday, Ciraolo hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth to give unbeaten Clarence (7-0) a 4-3 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse. Cicero is the two-time defending Section III (Syracuse) Class AA champion, although it had been no-hit by West Genesee in its previous game.
Ciraolo is a 6-foot-1 right-hand hitter who plays in the outfield when he's not pitching. A volleyball player in the fall, Ciraolo is headed for Fredonia State.
Cicero-North Syracuse took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning before Clarence rallied for three runs to tie the game.
Junior left-hander Mike O'Brien pitched 4.2 innings for Clarence before giving way to Niko Arroyavee-Mullen who got out of a fifth-inning jam with a double-play ball on his second pitch, then shut out the visitors in the sixth and seventh.
"O'Brien pitched solid. He kept us in the ballgame. Niko came in int he fifth with two men on and got a double play ball on his second pitch," said Clarence coach Dave Smith.
It's big week ahead for Clarence in ECIC I with games against Williamsville North, Lancaster and Orchard Park.
Cicero-North Syracuse had been scheduled to play St. Joe's and Clarence last week during its spring break, but the games were rained out. A single game Saturday at Clarence was scheduled instead.
Mercy wins third in lax
Mount Mercy boosted its Monsignor Martin Association girls lacrosse record to 3-0 with a 10-6 triumph over Nadrin. Brigid Lemko and Mary Barns each had three goals and an assist in the victory while Annie Bamrick had a pair of tallies and an assist.
Akron, which has lost only a nonleague game to Canisius, won its fourth straight Section VI Class D league game Saturday, with a 12-6 victory at Medina. Nelson Logan scored four times and assisted on another tally while Owen Hill had two goals and five assists for the Tigers.
Cenname blanks Amherst
Vinnie Cenname of West Seneca East shut out Amherst on two hits in ECIC II, striking out nine.
Matt Kellner pitched four-hit ball over six innings and drove in two runs as Frontier broke into the win column in ECIC I with a 6-2 triumph over cross-town rival Hamburg.
Shawn Whitehead's third hit of the game drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh before Kevin Liska sent home the winning run with a hit in a 5-4 triumph over Lake Shore in ECIC II. Winning pitcher Josh Bystrak allowed only one run in his five innings.
Mackenzie Quider (4 for 5) , Madison Kwitchoff (4 for 5) and Mackenzie Franks (3 for 5) had 11 hits and 12 RBIs among them in Niagara Wheatfield's 19-7 Niagara Frontier League softball victory over Kenmore East. Quider had five RBIs including a two-run homer. Kwitchoff had a pair of doubles and four RBIs and Franks drove in three runs.
Brooke Strausbaugh pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts, Sara Pasternack had a pair of home runs among her four hits and Maddy Gadd drove in six runs with her four hits which included a homer as Alden triumphed over Barker, 27-4, in nonleague softball.
Warriors win Maroon meet
Cheektowaga boys took 11 first places and the girls won seven events as the Warriors dominated the annual Maroon Classic track and field meet held Saturday at Eden. Cheektowaga amassed 182.7 points in the boys meet, almost double the points put up by second-place Orchard Park. The Warriors girls had 180 p oints, to outdistance second-place Dunkirk's 119.
Double winners in individual events were Erik Bartnik (200 and 100 hurdles), Art Jordan (shot put, discus), Seth Conner (100, 400 intermediate hurdles), Ayana Bursie (100, 200). Mai Le (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles) and Melanie Hornung (shot put, discus) all from Cheektowaga.