Wmsv. South survives scare
The Williamsville South softball team nearly saw its string of 50 consecutive league wins come to end as it scratched out a 1-0 victory over host Iroquois on Thursday. The game was for first place in ECIC III as both teams came in 3-0. K.K. Schaus walked in the fourth and scored when Sam Strapason doubled over the head of the center fielder. It was one of only three hits for the Billies.
Chelsea Plimpton pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the Billies (6-0, 4-0). She had a 1-2-3 innings in every inning except the fourth.
"We hit the ball OK. We only had three strikeouts," said South coach Gerry Gentner. "We actually hit some balls right at them. Their second baseman [Andrea Sauers] had four or five nice plays. They played a real steady game against us."
The matchup for the finals of the Immaculata Tournament are set. Alden and Immaculata will meet for the title on May 14 at Hilbert College at 4:30 p.m.
A win would add to the success Alden has enjoyed this season. The Bulldogs shut out Eden, 14-0, in ECIC IV on Thursday, behind the three-hit pitching of Carlissa Cole. Cole and Jordan Rutkowski had four hits each as Alden moved to 8-1.
Immaculata picked up a "W" as well as Megan Smith pitched a three-hitter in a 4-0 win over Holy Angels in the Monsignor Martin Association.
JFK's first ECIC IV win came in style as Caitlin Szymanski threw a no-hitter to beat Lackawanna, 14-0. Jen Jankowski pounded out five hits and scored three runs.
Kendra Linn had two home runs, including a two-run shot in the top of the seventh, as Olean edged Falconer, 8-7, in CCIAC I. The Huskies are 6-1, 3-0.
Lady Jacks down to lucky 7
Seven softball teams are left to compete for the title of the 25th Lady Jacks Tournament. The tournament concludes on Saturday at the Edward Belbas Fields in North Tonawanda.
In quarterfinal final games at 11:30 a.m., Williamsville South plays Hamburg, North Tonawanda plays Sweet Home and Frontier meets Orchard Park.
Kenmore West, which received a bye into the semis, will play the South/Hamburg winner at 4:15 p.m., while the winners from the other two games meet. The finals are at 7.
Etcetera . . .
Iroquois had no answer for Brittni Hargis as she scored six goals and had three assists in Williamsville East's 12-9 win in Division III girls lacrosse. . . . Canisius, Clarence, Grand Island, Iroquois, JFK, Starpoint and St. Joe's will compete today in the 4x100 meters at the 113th Penn Relays.