More drama for WSW
West Seneca West, which won the Class AA softball title last year from the No. 10 seed, isn't done writing dramatic finishes. Brittany Baron's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Indians a 2-1 win over Lancaster. Baron was 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Jessica Cristiano went 3 for 4. Baron's hit made a winner of Brittany Pawlowski, who pitched a three-hitter. Lancaster fell to 0-2.
In other ECIC I action, Amanda Norman struck out 12 on the mound and her hit drove in Shelly Seeger with the game's only run as Frontier moved to 2-0 with a 1-0 win over Williamsville North.
Kenmore West started its Niagara Frontier League season in style as Michelle Krier struck out 14 in a one-hitter to beat rival Kenmore East, 7-0. Carly Taylor had three hits and two RBIs for West, which returns most of its Class AA runner-up squad.
Kyrstin Lekki hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh as Niagara-Wheatfield came from behind to beat Lockport, 8-6, in the NFL opener for both teams. Twin sister Kaylee Lekki had eight strikeouts to earn her second win for the Falcons.
In ECIC III, Abbey Krier hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth while Toni Caruso had two RBIs and Breanna Fenski had three hits as Maryvale moved to 2-0 with a 5-1 win over Starpoint.
Jordan Rutkowski provided the offense with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth while Carlissa Cole did the job on the mound with a three-hitter and six strikeouts as defending ECIC IV champion Alden won an early league battle with JFK, 2-0. . . . Cleveland Hill is off to a 3-0 start after Kristen Rohe's 11-strikeout one-hitter helped the Golden Eagles over East Aurora, 13-1.
Comeback for Cheektowaga
Cheektowaga's Justin Hejna battled and battled until his two-run single won the game. With two outs, Hejna fouled off several pitches while facing an 0-2 count before his two RBIs gave the Warriors a 4-3 win over Pioneer in ECIC III baseball. Freshman starter John Klein (five innings) had two doubles and an RBI. Matt Schwab struck out nine for Pioneer.
Lancaster scored twice in the top of the seventh to help Kenny Murphy's three-hitter stand up in a 2-1 win over Orchard Park in ECIC I. The Redskins (2-0) got solid defense from second baseman Kenny Wojnowski (six putouts) and shortstop Matt Urbanski (five putouts). OP's Tim Klein struck out seven in his two-hitter.
Frank Pieri and Williamsville South are both 2-0 after the senior had seven strikeouts during a four-hitter and drove in three runs during South's 9-0 ECIC II win over Hamburg. Shane Hurley had two hits and three RBIs while Scott Steimer had three hits for the Billies, who advanced to the state Class A final four last year.
Grand Island had to move its home game to Niagara Falls' Sal Maglie Stadium to get its first game of the season in, but the trip was worth it as the Vikings beat the host Wolverines, 11-3. Senior Justin McInerney earned the win with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Matt McKenna drove in four runs while Chris Rajczak, Neil DeMartin and Chris Podlucky each had two hits and two RBIs.
Nice start for Sacred Heart
The Sacred Heart lacrosse team is off to as good a start as you could ask for. After not winning a game in the Monsignor Martin Association last year (0-8), the Sharks opened with a 15-8 win over Buffalo Seminary.
Freshman Mary Canty scored six goals to help her older sister, Emily, win her coaching debut. Emily Canty was a senior on Sacred Heart's first lacrosse team in 2004.
"The girls just came together and played with a lot of heart," Emily Canty said.
Senior goalie Anna Monaghan, in her first season of lacrosse, made 15 saves. Sam Arena had four goals while Liz Briody and Jenny Harb had two.
Amherst lacrosse beats GI
Will Africano had two goals and helped Amherst win 14 of 19 faceoffs as the Tigers bounced back from Tuesday's 8-4 loss to Orchard Park with a 9-6 win at Grand Island. Dan Lawson added two goals for Amherst while Phil Wendt had three goals for GI.
"We played a little smarter with the ball today," Amherst coach Stefan Henn said.
Orchard Park's defense kept rolling with an 8-3 win at Frontier; last year, OP beat Frontier, 11-10, and 15-3.
Pat Blizniak (five goals, six assists) had his stick in on most of East Aurora's goals as the Blue Devils improved to 3-1 with a 15-9 win over Akron.
The 24th North Tonawanda softball tournament begins with three games today, including Class AA power Kenmore West taking on Williamsville North at 4:30 p.m. at Humphrey Field. Saturday's 18-game session starts at 8:30 a.m.