Lancaster off to 3-0 start
Chelsea Davis’ three-run double keyed a four-run third inning for Lancaster, which turned a 2-1 deficit into the lead for good in a 9-3 win over Hamburg in ECIC I softball.
Lancaster, a Class AA-size school, led the defending state Class A champion Bulldogs 5-3 in the sixth when it pulled away with a four-run inning on four hits. Winning pitcher Kaitlin Surdej had a two-run single during the burst.
Lancaster, which has no seniors, is off to a 3-0 start.
Elsewhere in ECIC I, Jessica Mucci’s booming drive to right field drove in Katelyn Battaglia with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Williamsville North beat West Seneca West, 1-0.
North had just two hits through the first six innings, but its first three batters of the seventh collected hits. Battaglia doubled to lead off the seventh. Lauren Schreiner followed with a single before Mucci plated the run. Emily Nicosia, a freshman, limited West to three hits and struck out seven in her varsity debut.
Sara Crandall threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk as Cattaraugus/Little Valley blanked West Valley 22-0 in CCAA East I.
North edges Clarence
Williamsville North improved to 3-0 by winning an 11-10 sluggest against last year’s state Class AA runner-up Clarence in ECIC I baseball.
After leading off the game with a walk, Matt Noe drilled a three-run, two-out double in his second at-bat to highlight the Spartans’ seven-run first inning. Noe finished 3 for 3.
Dom Cecere belted a three-run homer in the win, which wasn’t secure until Dean Pennman induced a pop up to second baseman Buddy Dimitroff with two outs and the bases loaded during the Clarence seventh.
CH trio combine on no-no
Caleb Lee, Jack Sullivan and Joe Alessi combined on a no-hitter as City Honors beat Lafayette, 8-0, in Cornell Cup baseball. John Liberti went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Centaurs.
In Niagara Frontier League baseball, Charlie Sobieraski’s two-run double broke a scoreless duel in the sixth inning and fueled the big inning host Lockport needed to earn a 5-0 win over Kenmore West.
Brad Wroblewski tossed a complete-game two-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Niagara Falls put up seven runs during the second inning and coasted to a 14-5 win over host Kenmore East. Justin Beyer had two hits, three RBIs and went five innings to earn the pitching win – recording six strikeouts. David Yarger also drove in three runs for the Wolverines (6-1, 5-0).
Denis Vanini struck out 10, while Dylan Haak went 2 for 4 with an RBI as Depew blanked Amherst 5-0 in ECIC II. ... Andrew Schaefer drove in five runs to highlight a four-hit game, while Kyle Osborne scattered four hits in five innings of work to pick up the win as Iroquois beat West Seneca East, 15-3. ... Austin Battaglia hit a home run and Justin Collins earned the win as Williamsville East beat Williamsville South, 12-5.
Timon wins in rout
Connor Fields had eight goals and two assists, while Adam Dimillo added three goals as Bishop Timon-St. Jude crushed Canisius, 22-6, in Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse.
Walton signs with Lowell
Buffalo News Player of the Year Jontay Walton made it official Wednesday. The 5-foot-6 guard for Cardinal O’Hara signed her letter of intent to continue her basketball career at the Division I level with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Walton helped O’Hara win its first Monsignor Martin Association playoff title and helped the Hawks become the first Buffalo-area Catholic girls program to win a Class A Federation state championship this past season. She averaged 17.4 points per game.
Walton set the Monsignor Martin Association career points record and ranks ninth all-time in Western New York with 2,043 points.
Walton joins a River Hawks program that’s in its infancy, having just completed its inaugural season with a 5-23 record. UMass-Lowell is a member of the America East Conference.