PLEASANTVILLE -- The relentless women of Western didn't let an ugly beginning stop them from climbing the softball medal podium.
After starting the weekend 0-3, Western pulled out three wins Saturday to clinch the bronze at the Empire State Games.
Anna Nagro (Buffalo) went 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI as Western beat Hudson Valley, 4-1, Saturday morning to bring the women to a tiebreaker game against New York City. The team won that one, 2-1, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. North Tonawanda's Marylynn Arlotta hurled a four-hitter as Alden's Jordan Rutkowski went 3 for 3 with an RBI.
The early games proved to be the hard part as the women routed Central, 13-2, in the bronze-medal game. Arlotta pitched a complete game.
Western leads the medal count by three over Hudson Valley, 198-195.
BASEBALL: The scholastic team scored five runs in the seventh but lost to Long Island, 8-7. Joseph Polichetti of Dunkirk had two hits, while Jonathan Van Remmen had a hit and scored two runs.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: The scholastic team trailed, 63-62, with 43 seconds left but got a three-pointer with 22 seconds left and then a free throw by Buffalo's Justin Young for a 66-63 win over Central and a spot in today's bronze-medal game against Long Island. The open team also edged Central, 69-67, to advance to today's gold-medal game against Hudson Valley. Greg Gamble (Amherst) had 22 points.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Buffalo's Brittane Russell scored 18 points and Amherst's Rachelle Matthys added 14 in the open team's 87-82 win over Long Island. Western will play for bronze today against New York City. The undefeated scholastic team beat Long Island, 87-40, to enter today's gold medal game.
MEN'S BOXING: Guillermo Sanchez (Buffalo) won gold in a 4-1 decision in the lightweight division. Mark White (Buffalo) took the silver in the light welterweight match stopped by the referee in the second round. John Beard (Buffalo) lost, 3-2, in the light heavyweight final.
MEN'S CYCLING: After winning the time trial Thursday, Jay Joslin (Grand Island) made his way back to the podium, taking silver in the 31-mile criterium. Wayne Luther of Blasdell finished fourth.
FIELD HOCKEY: The women will meet Hudson Valley in today's gold-medal match after beating Central, 2-1. Western gave Hudson Valley its first loss in three years Friday, 1-0.
MEN'S GYMNASTICS: The scholastic men made several podium marches. Aaron Bensonof Cheektowaga took the gold in the rings, silver in the horizontal bar, horse and parallel bars and bronze in the floor event. Jimmy Pezzino of Grand Island took the gold in the vault, silver in the horse and bronze in the horizontal bar and parallel bars. Cody Stumpf of Williamsville took bronze in the vault.
WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS: Kaitlyn Lopez of Buffalo took gold on the vault and silver on the uneven bars. Mary Hamilton of Lancaster took gold in the floor and Erin Hamister of Orchard Park took bronze.
MEN'S ICE HOCKEY: With an 11-0 win domination of New York City and a 6-4 win over Long Island, the scholastic team enters the last of its round-robin games undefeated. It can clinch the gold if it beats Hudson Valley. In the team's first game, Brandon Komm (Williamsville) posted the shutout, while Kevin English (West Seneca) and Peter Creighton (Kenmore) scored twice.
WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY: The scholastic team moved to 3-1 with a 6-0 victory over Central and a 7-1 win over New York City. In the first game, East Amherst's Kelsey Welch contributed a goal and an assist. In the second, the women scored short-handed four times. Erica Owczarczak (West Seneca) had two goals and an assist.
MEN'S JUDO: Buffalo's Max Grundy clinched the gold in the 90-kilogram final while Eden's Steven Indalecio won the 100-kilogram final. Buffalo's Joao Moreira earned bronze in the 81-kilogram final.
MEN'S LACROSSE: Joseph Resetarits (Hamburg), Casey Rich (Amherst) and Jeffrey Tundo (Orchard Park) each had a goal in the scholastic team's 6-4 victory over Hudson Valley. A win today over New York City would likely net the men (2-2) a bronze medal.
MEN'S SHOOTING: Thomas Hahn of Lockport won team gold in the rapid fire pistol and an indidual silver in the rapid fire pistol. Barry Maloney of Williamsville and James O'Brien of Buffalo took gold in the trap team event. Stephen Lopacki of Lewiston contributed to Western's bronze-medal finish in the free pistol team event.
WOMEN'S SHOOTING: Denise Volker of East Amherst took silver in the trap Second 100 targets.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The scholastic team beat Long Island, 3-1, to advance to today's bronze-medal game against Central, which it beat 5-1 on Thursday. The undefeated open women's team beat Long Island, 1-0, to advance to today's gold-medal game versus New York City.
MEN'S SWIMMING: The men's open 400-meter freestyle relay team earned gold in a time of 3:48.32. Daniel Carver of Kenmore, James Losi of East Amherst and Aaron Wagner of Middleport contributed. Carver also nabbed silver in the open 100-meter freestyle in a time of 56.54 seconds, while Wagner earned silver in the open 200-meter backstroke final in a time of 2:23.18.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: Janelle Munroe (Williamsville) kicked off a gold-medal performance for the 400-meter freestyle relay team, which won in 4:08.51. Munroe also earned bronze in the 200-meter backstroke final in 2:31.48.
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: For the third straight day, Western's synchronized swimmers have swept the podium. Laurie Wakelam (Tonawanda), Trisha Melber (Tonawanda), Jessica Grogan (Orchard Park) took the trio gold. Lauren Spatzer (Tonawanda), Rina Hanna-Gregoretti (Tonawanda) and Jessica Bagley (Kenmore) clinched silver. And, Katie Giles (East Aurora), Meaghan O'Shei (West Seneca) and Alyssa Baumgartner (Tonawanda) won bronze.
MEN'S TENNIS: The scholastic team fell to the silver medal after a 3-2 loss to Hudson Valley. While Boris Borovcanin of Williamsville lost his singles match, Anthony Mazariegos of Orchard Park and Matt Kane of Hamburg won the doubles duel to stay undefeated.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: With a 4-1 victory over Adirondack, the scholastic team took bronze. Monica Vieth of East Amherst and Miranda Podlas of Williamsville both won their singles matches.
MEN'S WEIGHTLIFTING: Tony Kalisz of Hamburg took gold in the 207-pound division and Jacob Brant of Lockport took silver in the 231.25-pound competition.
WRESTLING: In the scholastic freestyle, Angelo Malvestuto of Niagara Falls (178-pound division) and Nicholas Czapala of East Aurora (165-pound) won silver. Joshua Feiler of Clarence took bronze in the 132-pound event.