Williamsville North rides the wind
No amount of practice in the gym can prepare a team for a day like Thursday. With strong gusts, the softball was not only soaring out of the park, but taking unpredictable flight patterns. Williamsville North was able to ride the wind just a bit better, taking a 19-14 win over Lancaster in ECIC I softball.
"It was a blustery day," Williamsville North coach Rick Bubar said. "The jet stream was blowing out. We ran the bases well because we were able to be aggressive but we struggled a bit in the field because we had a tough time reading where the ball was going.
"You tell the kids it's the same for both teams. Certainly you can't mimic these kinds of conditions in a gymnasium and we've been inside the gym for a long time."
Robin Kennery drove in three runs on four hits for Williamsville North (4-1) while Nicole Atkins added three hits. Michelle DelPrince had three hits, including a home run, for Lancaster (2-1).
Green powers Williamsville North
A hot-hitting Williamsville North team handed Orchard Park its first league loss of the season as the Spartans scored a 16-9 win in ECIC I baseball.
The Quakers (5-2, 2-1) were the top-ranked large school in this week's coaches' poll.
"This is a really big win for us," Williamsville North coach Jerry Scarcella said. "We really hit the ball today. We've been hitting the ball all year and today we had the long ball going. We had five home runs in the game and I have to say they weren't wind-blown. They were hit pretty hard."
The Spartans had 23 hits as a team, with sophomore Tyler Green going 5 for 6 with three home runs, two doubles and five RBIs.
"He has four home runs in his last nine at-bats," Scarcella said. "He has a really good technical swing so he's never that far off. Even his outs are being hit hard and he's been like that all year. He's in a groove right now."
Parker Gahagen hit for the cycle, driving in three runs for the Spartans (4-1).
Sweet Home nabs win
Sweet Home improved to 4-1 with an 11-7 win over Grand Island in Class B girls lacrosse. Kelsey Covel, Katie Harding and Kali Baird scored three goals apiece for the Panthers in windy conditions.
"It made for a little sloppy play but the players powered through it," Sweet Home coach Jennifer Victor said. "I would say the wind made the ball carry difficult, created a lot of turnovers and a lot of ground balls. It made the clears go very awry."
Noonan pitches no-hitter
Junior Tom Noonan tossed a no-hitter as Nichols blanked Cardinal O'Hara, 7-0, for its first win of the season in Monsignor Martin baseball. Noonan struck out 10 batters, giving up one walk with one error for the Vikings (1-4 overall). Center fielder Chris Walter went 3 for 4 with four stolen bases and three runs scored.
Iroquois and Williamsville East combined for five home runs as the Chiefs earned the win, 12-11, in ECIC I. Zach Lindberg, Mike Orlowski (four hits) and Pat Quinn (three hits) all homered for Iroquois. Williamsville East got homers from Jim Elliott and Eric Stolzenburg.
Panek paces Alden
With two runs in the fifth inning, Alden picked up a key 2-1 win over Cleveland Hill in ECIC IV softball. Hillary Panek led off with a triple, Lauren Kocher reached on an error and Alicia Odrobina singled to load the bases. A passed ball then allowed both Panek and Kocher to score for Alden (4-2).
Cleveland Hill (2-1) had taken a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring on an Alden error. Panek picked up the win, tossing a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Jennifer Mikolajek and Yasmin Harrell combined for nine strikeouts and a one-hitter as Cheektowaga (3-1) blanked Maryvale, 2-0, in ECIC III. Anniella Cswaykus went 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run scored while Allison Nestico went 2 for 3.
Zittle notches game-winner
Gowanda's comeback fell short as Eden scored three goals late in the fourth quarter to earn a 14-11 win in Class C boys lacrosse. Eden built a 10-2 lead, but Gowanda came back and tied the game, 11-11, in the final quarter. With 6:21 left in regulation, Kyle Zittle scored to give Eden the lead for good. Zittle finished with four goals and two assists while Brady Berminghan had four goals for the Raiders (5-2).
Depew tournament postponed
The Wildcat Tournament, scheduled for Saturday at Walden Pond in Lancaster, has been postponed due to field conditions. The 14th annual tournament features a 16-team field. A makeup date will be determined.