Will North edges Clarence
Kyle Zurak pitched no-hit ball through seven innings Thursday as Williamsville North pulled out a 2-1 victory over No. 4 large school Clarence in which all of the runs were scored in the eighth inning.
With two outs in the top of the eighth, Tyler Greene singled and T.J. Mistretta doubled to score Greene. Zach Thomas singled to score Mistretta to give the Spartans (7-6, 4-6 ECIC I) a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Zurak (seven strikeouts) allowed one run on two hits but stranded two runners to finish the win for North, which is unranked in this week's large school poll. Clarence starter Mark Materise had a two-hitter after seven.
In other ECIC I play, Lancaster suffered a tough ECIC I baseball loss Wednesday to Frontier but bounced back against Jamestown.
Ryan Stekl went 3 for 3 with an RBI while James Krolikowski took a no-hitter into the the sixth inning and finished with a two-hit shutout in the Redskins', 7-0, victory Thursday over Jamestown. Lancaster coach Mark Dalfonso was pleased with his club's effort on defense.
"We didn't play well in the loss to Frontier but righted the ship defensively against Jamestown," Dalfonso said. "We didn't have any errors.
"In our division it's hard to get wins so this was a big victory for us," Dalfonso said.
McCuen valuable both ways
Winning pitcher Matt McCuen fired a five-hitter and added two RBIs while Nick Padley went 3 for 3 in Sweet Home's, 6-4, victory over Frontier.
Jeff Baron fired a complete-game shutout to lead Maryvale (4-6, ECIC III) past Cheektowaga, 5-0.
Matt Wolcott went 4 for 4 with four RBIs, and Carl Karate threw a three-hitter in Springville's 17-1 triumph over Pioneer. The Griffins evened their overall record to 7-7.
Jake McNamara tossed a complete-game two-hitter while Matt Shields pounded out three hits in Alden's 11-0 shutout over Holland in ECIC IV play.
Iroquois moved to 10-5 overall and 7-1 in ECIC II after its 10-2 win over Lake Shore. Pitcher Zach Trumpler tossed a complete game, one-hitter with eight strikeouts for the Chiefs.
Zach Fisher produced two RBIs and earned the save in Ellicottville's 10-6 win over Forestville in nonleague play.
Tom Maxwell and Marc Dileo each had three hits and two RBIs and Colin Tenney pitched a complete-game, five-hitter in Canisius' 8-3 victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
Close one to North Collins
Kayla Kron's game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled North Collins to a 5-4 victory over Clymer in CCAA IV softball.
Jessica Lawton tossed a complete-game five-hitter for the Eagles, who moved to 8-3 overall.
Winning pitcher Molly Hennessy's five strikeouts and Julia Lalka's four RBIs lifted Immaculata (4-6, 3-3) past Christian Central in Monsignor Martin play.
Olivia Jankowski went 2 for 2 with a triple and four RBIs in Lancaster's 8-3 victory over Orchard Park. The Redskins are 8-1 overall and 7-1 in ECIC I
Williamsville North moved to 7-5 overall and 5-3 in ECIC I play as Stephi Verhage pounded out three hits and scored three runs in the Spartans, 6-5, win over Frontier.
Ford propels Hamburg win
In girls lacrosse, Hamburg pulled away early, leading 8-1 at halftime and eventually cruising to a 15-5 triumph over Williamsville South behind Jill Ford's four goals and an assist. Amanda Obenshain finished with three goals and four assists for the Bulldogs (9-1, 4-0 Class B).
Emily Picone scored four goals and Katie Prosvirninia added three as West Seneca East (4-7, 2-1 Class B) held off Iroquois, 10-9.
Goalie shines in victory
Brian Thielman was outstanding at goalie with 14 saves while Ed Doherty scored a goal and added three assists in Amherst's 9-3 win over Williamsville North.