Cole gets 500th strikeout
Senior Carlissa Cole struck out 12 on Monday, giving her 501 career strikeouts as the Alden softball team shut out East Aurora, 12-0, in ECIC IV.
"I just did the numbers now. She doesn't even know," coach Jeff Kryszczuk said. "I'll let her know tomorrow and put it in the morning announcements."
This is Cole's fifth year on the varsity. She got plenty of support from her offense, which pounded out 12 hits. Jordan Rutkowski was 3 of 5 with two RBIs. Jessica Zellner drove in three runs and Maria Blum was 2-3 and scored twice. The Bulldogs are 7-1 and have played six games in the last five days.
City Honors opened defense of its Thompson Trophy title with a 12-1 win in five innings over daVinci. The Centaurs have been undefeated in their league for five years, equaling a winning streak of 71 games. Junior pitcher Emily Zuchlewski, a starter since seventh grade, had 13 strikeouts and drove in four runs with four hits, including a home run. Chelsea Petrucci added three hits and scored three runs.
Williamsville South crushed Williamsville East, 8-0, as Chelsea Plimpton fanned 19 in a one-hit gem. Lisa Fronczak and Carolyn Schaus drove in three runs each for the Billies (5-0).
Senior lifts Lake Shore
Josh Senior provided some welcome relief for the Lake Shore baseball team. Usually a shortstop, Senior moved to the mound and got the win in 6 1/3 innings of relief as the Eagles beat Hamburg, 7-6. He struck out eight and gave up just two earned runs.
Lake Shore won the game in the top of the seventh when Bill Peterson hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Kurby Driscoll.
The Eagles got off to a rough start as Hamburg scored three runs in the first inning on three walks and a hit.
Close games rule the day
Mary Ellen Elie had three goals but none was bigger than her game-winner in overtime as Orchard Park beat Frontier, 9-8, in Division I girls lacrosse. The game was tied, 7-7, after regulation. Both teams scored once in six minutes of overtime, forcing sudden victory. Elie scored 15 seconds into sudden victory. Junior Nikki Karek had four goals for the Falcons.
"Their goalie [Kristilynn Reed] was exceptional. She had 31 saves. She was very impressive," OP coach Bridget Callahan said. "We're always close with Frontier."
Grand Island stayed undefeated, but with only a few seconds to spare. Lauren McGowan scored the game-winner with three ticks left as the Vikings edged Niagara-Wheatfield, 15-14, in Division II. Lianna Connors netted four goals and Cassie Ungaro three for Grand Island (5-0, 2-0).
East Aurora needed every goal it could get, including the first of the season by junior defender Kelsey Maciejewski, in an 11-10 win over Williamsville North. Sam Stanley, who played on the Blue Devils' state championship basketball team, connected for four goals. Freshman Katie Richter added three goals for the Blue Devils (5-1).
Lindsey Morgan scored on a free position shot with 1:30 left as Lancaster (3-0) edged Clarence, 8-7.
W.S. East scores lax upset
The West Seneca East boys lacrosse team surprised Amherst, 7-6, in overtime. Josh Smith tied the game, 6-6, with 3:41 left and Miles DiMillo scored the winner with 2:55 left in the extra session.