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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half marathons.


Bisons and Baseball

The 2018 baseball season in Buffalo begins Thursday as the Bisons host the Indianapolis Indians in their home opener at Coca-Cola Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m., although morning rain in the forecast could play games with the Herd's schedule. Again. Recall that the Bisons had their first three games of the season in Rochester postponed after snow and cold…

Bisons and Baseball

A grand slam from Dwight Smith Jr. in the sixth inning helped the Buffalo Bisons to a 14-8 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in McCoy Stadium Wednesday afternoon. The Bisons scored nine of their 11 runs on home runs. It started with a solo shot by Darnell Sweeney in the third followed by a two-run shot from Teoscar Hernandez which gave the Bisons a 3-0 lead. Pawtucket r…

Bisons and Baseball

ROCHESTER – Last season was the worst of his young professional baseball career. For the first time, Rowdy Tellez had to deal with failure on a consistent basis. He struggled at the plate, unable to find his groove as a Triple A rookie. But the 23-year-old first baseman is grateful for the experience, and for the Toronto Blue Jays allowing him to work it out the entire …

Bisons and Baseball

ROCHESTER – Opening Day will have to wait, again, for the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings. Cold conditions and wet (well frozen) grounds at Frontier Field caused Saturday's game to be postponed. The scheduled opener on Friday night was also postponed with snow and cold. "It's almost like you feel you come to the ballpark expecting not to do anything," Bisons m…

Bisons and Baseball

There wasn't a lot of glam to the Buffalo Bisons offense last year. The Herd ranked last in the International League with just 78 home runs and was second-last on the circuit with 544 runs scored. But manager Bobby Meacham isn’t concerned about home runs or power hitting. He says his team is going to outwork the other team, and that means taking advantage of every oppor…

Bisons and Baseball

Snow in Rochester has delayed the start of the baseball season for the Buffalo Bisons. Friday's Opening Day between the Herd and the Red Wings at Frontier Field was postponed as winter reappeared in Western New York. In addition, the game time for Saturday has been changed to a 3:05 p.m. first pitch. (It was originally scheduled for 1:05 p.m.) The teams will play one ga…

Bisons and Baseball

Joe Biagini stood at the edge of the media scrum, his 6-foot-4 frame towering over the small gathering of reporters in the Coca-Cola Field hallway asking Buffalo Bisons manger Bobby Meacham about the opening of the 2018 season. Biagini took advantage of a pause to launch his question: "Coach how do you feel about the attractiveness of the Opening Day starter for your…

Bisons and Baseball

The smiles are big, even if the air is cold on baseball fields in April. The new season always brings freshness and possibility, and if you play in Western New York, a bit of snow. But there's something that feels more promising about the Buffalo Bisons as they begin 2018 with a scheduled 6:05 p.m. first pitch Friday in Rochester against the Red Wings at Frontier Field.…

Bisons and Baseball

Joe Biagini will be the Opening Day starter for the Buffalo Bisons, the team announced late Wednesday afternoon. Biaigini will pitch when the Herd plays against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. The announced starting rotation has Biagini followed by lefty Ryan Borucki, righty Deck McGuire, righty Taylor Guerr…

Bisons and Baseball

Opening Day for Minor League Baseball is this week with the Buffalo Bisons scheduled to open the 2018 season at 6:05 p.m. Friday at Rochester's Frontier Field against the Red Wings. The Herd's home opener at Coca-Cola Field is slated for 2:05 p.m. April 12. That's all, of course, dependent on the weather conditions. Here's what you need to know as the season gets starte…

Latest Sabres

With just three games left in the Buffalo Sabres regular season, Alexander Nylander and Kevin Porter got the call from the big club. The Sabres recalled the two forwards from the Rochester Americans on Tuesday afternoon. It's the first call-up for both players this season. After an injury sidelined Nylander for training camp and the first month of the season, the for…

Latest Sabres

ROCHESTER – Nathan Paetsch was a 20-year-old rookie, getting his first taste of life as professional hockey player. And what an entrance it was. In 2004, Paetsch was part of a Rochester Americans team that earned a first-round playoff bye, won two series, and advanced to the semifinals of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs. The next season, the Amerks w…

Latest Sabres

The Rochester Americans scored four goals in the third period, rallying to beat the Binghamton Devils, 5-3, in Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Saturday night. Trailing, 3-1, after two periods, the Amerks rally began 3:55 into the third when Eric Cornel scored his second of the game. Colin Blackwell tied the game, 3-3, netting a short-handed goal at 7:29. It w…

Colleges

There won't be any Big 4 players competing for the $50,000 championship prize at the 3X3U Tournament in San Antonio, Texas. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Atlantic 10, and Mid-American all failed to make it past pool play in the inaugural event, featuring all-star teams of seniors from 32 Division I colleges. The MAAC, with Jermaine Crumpton from Canisius, w…

Colleges

In the opening day of the 3X3U Tournament in San Antonio, the players from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference went 1-1. So they get a pay day. Jermaine Crumpton from Canisius hit the winning free throw for the MAAC in their 21-17 win over the Summit League. They lost in their second pool-play game, 21-18, to Northeast. The inaugural event features 32 teams of …