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Sparkling finishes for Hutch-Tech, Tonawanda
Engineers win Cup; Warriors perfect

Eddie Schantler went 4 for 4 on Friday.

He didn't do it at the plate, but the senior's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning made him part of four championships in his four years playing at Hutch-Tech as the Engineers beat daVinci, 5-2, in the Cornell Cup I final at Delaware Park.

With the score tied at 2, Schantler's single up the middle with runners on first and second gave the Engineers a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Antaney Brinkley followed with a two-run double to make it 5-2.

After senior starter Matt Truitt struck out nine in six innings, sophomore Zach Dressler finished for Hutch-Tech's fifth title in seven years.

"We have more hitters, and our good hitters eventually hit," said eighth-year coach Tom Jost. "I just think we had more depth. Maybe that's because we're a bigger school."

Brinkley also tripled and scored in the fifth -- scoring on an RBI single by freshman Jon Cybulski -- to tie the game at 2-2.

Hutch-Tech will play in the Section VI tournament on Tuesday. The seedings will be announced on Sunday.


Tonawanda goes 18-0

Tonawanda baseball finished off one of the best regular seasons in school history as it went undefeated for the first time in 35 years.

The Warriors, ranked first among small schools in Western New York and No. 1 in the state Class B poll, completed their ECIC IV championship season with an 8-2 victory over visiting Eden at Veterans Park. Tonawanda went 18-0 overall and 12-0 in divisional play.

"It's certainly an outstanding accomplishment to be able to do this," said Tonawanda coach John Frank. "We talked about it going in -- the game didn't really mean a lot seeding-wise, but we wanted to do something that hadn't been done in 35 years. They certainly came through."

After Eden posted a run on three hits in the top of the first, Tonawanda responded just about as well as it could have. The Warriors' first six men up scored, a parade that started with David Battel's bases-clearing double. Jared Zellner added an RBI double and Pat Ball later squeezed home a run for a 6-1 lead. Zellner also did the work on the mound, striking out nine and allowing five hits over six innings.


St. Francis rolling

It's been a good week -- and then some -- for St. Francis baseball.

The Red Raiders won their eighth straight league game -- including winning five games in five days this week -- to earn at least a share of the Monsignor Martin regular season title as it came from behind to win at St. Joe's, 5-3.

St. Francis (13-4, 11-2) scored all five of its runs in the sixth inning. Of the Red Raiders' 11 hits, seven of them came in the sixth.

Canisius, which plays St. Joe's at Delaware Park today and at St. Francis on Monday, needs to win both games to forge a tie for the league title.


Around the fields

On the first day of the Section VI softball tournament, senior Sara Touriello pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and had a big day at the plate (3-3, HR, two RBIs) as Iroquois (12-7) routed winless Sweet Home, 7-0, in the Class A-1 prequarterfinals. Touriello had just one walk, in the top of the fourth. Kirsten Audette added a double and two RBIs.

Brothers John and Andrew LeMar of North Tonawanda did not drop a set in winning the Niagara Frontier League boys doubles championship. The LeMars, who play for their father, coach John Sr., defeated Lockport's Connor Dry and Brendan Williams, 6-4, 6-1 in the final.