Pitching key for Clarence
Manufacturing runs has been a challenge for Clarence of late, but the Red Devils have been able to keep pace with their ECIC I competition with strong pitching.
Ryan Lawrence tossed a complete-game four-hitter with five strikeouts as the Red Devils defeated Orchard Park, the top ranked Large Schools team in The News poll, 2-1, on Friday afternoon at OP.
"He's pitched some really good ball games for us but this one was the best of the bunch so far," Clarence coach Dave Smith said. "He really went at them a little bit and he pitched a really nice ball game. He made some big pitches when he needed to."
Playing its third game in as many days, Clarence defeated West Seneca West, 1-0, on Wednesday and lost to Williamsville North, 2-1, on Thursday in a game that was scoreless after seven innings. The Spartans scored two runs in the top of the eighth and the Red Devils came within a run before leaving a man stranded on third.
The Red Devils (9-6, 8-3) were in for another low-scoring affair facing pitcher Jim Fitzgerald, who limited Clarence to three hits and five strikeouts. The Red Devils scored in the first inning and again in the fifth on a RBI single by Bobby Florio for a 2-0 lead.
"There haven't been that many runs to come by the past week but our pitching has really come through and we were about to win a few ball games," Smith said.
Scirto ends 12th inning tie
Joe Scirto's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th scored Ben Carella and gave Lew-Port an 8-7 victory over Kenmore East. The game was tied at 5 when play halted on Wednesday because of rain.
Kenmore East scored two runs in the top of the 12th before Pat Knapp's two-run single tied the game at 7.
Cardinal O'Hara pitcher Zack Glowacki struck out eight and Pete Bognar had two hits to lead the Hawks (3-5, 2-5 Monsignor Martin) to a 5-4 victory over Nichols.
St. Mary's Brian Dudek tossed a complete-game three-hitter as the Lancers (12-6, 6-4 Monsignor Martin) tucked away St. Joe's, 7-1.
Ryan Metz dominated CSAT with a brilliant 16-strikeout performance while Zach Yates went 4 for 4 with three RBIs in Roy-Hart's 9-0 victory. The Rams are now 9-3 overall and 6-2 in Niagara-Orleans play.
Emerson had a difficult time dealing with Emmanuel Nunez who struck out 15 and cranked out a home run as Lafayette (5-3, 4-3 Cornell Cup) rolled to an 18-3 win.
Nichols cruises to victory
Morgan McDermott went 5 for 5 with two RBIs, while winning pitcher Elizabeth Bourne struck out nine in Nichols' 16-3 victory over North Tonawanda in non-league play.
Maddy Hillery tossed a complete-game three-hitter with seven strikeouts in West Seneca East's 8-0 shutout over Lake Shore. The Trojans improved their record to 8-2 and 8-1 in ECIC II.
Lancaster comes back
Lancaster's girls lacrosse team bounced back from an two-goal halftime deficit to knock off No. 1 ranked Hamburg, 12-11, with Allie Stewart scoring the winning goal with 1:49 left in the game. Stewart finished with four goals.
Recruiting combine today
The American Rugby Management Group is sponsoring a Collegiate Recruitment and Combine Program from 10-1 p.m. today at UB Stadium in Amherst. The combine is free and is open to high school boys and girls and registration begins at 9 a.m.
For more information, go to www.rugbyrecruiting.com.