Extra-inning drama x 2
Late inning drama proved to be quite satisfying for both Clarence and Kenmore West softball on Friday.
Clarence scored the game’s only runs in the top of the eighth inning during a 3-0 victory over West Seneca West in ECIC I. Ashley Ruzsala blasted a two-out, three-run homer to left center to break a scoreless tie and make a winner out of senior Christina Victor. Victor yielded just one hit and struck out seven as Clarence (4-2) heads into Saturday’s 16-team Depew Tournament on a two-game winning streak. The Red Devils open the tournament at 11 a.m. against Nichols.
“With the temp, the wind and the conditions, it was a character builder for everybody,” Clarence coach Todd Banaszak said of the victory.
Ashley Carney went 4 for 4 for the Red Devils, who return six starters from last year’s state final four team.
Elsewhere, Kenmore West scored four runs in the seventh inning to force extra innings and then came up with a five spot in the top of the ninth during a 14-10 win over host Niagara-Wheatfield in the Niagara Frontier League.
Emily King’s 4-for-4 day with 5 RBIs included King knocking in the go-ahead run in the ninth with a single. Abby Borkowski went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and drove in two runs with a single during the decisive inning. Allie Chimera also had a two-run double in the inning for the Blue Devils.
Borkowski earned the pitching win, striking out eight.
Kenmore West tied the game, 9-9, in the seventh as King drove in two runs with a single, while Chimera and Borkowski also plated runs with singles.
Quagliana has big day
Freshman Katie Quagliana provided a boost for the defending state Class A champions as she not only earned the win but had a perfect day at the plate during Williamsville South’s 9-0 win over Sweet Home in ECIC II.
Quagliana drove in seven runs to highlight a 5-for-5 day on offense. Eighth-grader Gabby Presutti went 3 for 3 for the Billies (3-5, 1-4), while senior Aimee Lavere went 3 for 5.
Iroquois hangs on for win
The bus ride home from Hamburg was quite enjoyable for Iroquois as the Chiefs held on for a 10-9 win in ECIC II baseball.
On the strength of a three-run fourth and four-run fifth innings, Iroquois led, 10-5, entering the bottom of the sixth. The hosts put up four runs but Noah Fuer settled down and closed the door to earn the save with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Tyler Napirala had a big game for the Chiefs. He earned the win, yielding just six hits in five innings and sparked the offense with three hits and three RBIs. He drove in runs with singles in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Andrew Schaefer went 3 for 5 and drove in runs with singles in the fourth and fifth innings as did Matthew Sokolski.
In ECIC I, Mike Hughes tossed a complete-game seven-hitter with four strikeouts to lead Frontier to a 5-3 win over host Williamsville North.
Dan Hiam finished with two hits for the Falcons (2-6, 1-2) as his two-run single highlighted a five-run first inning by the winners.
Kruger delivers for EA
• Nate Kruger drove in Bobby Jones, who reached via single, with the winning run during East Aurora’s 2-1 win at Maryvale in ECIC III.
Jones moved to third after a Noah Thompson double and scored on Kruger’s base knock. Thompson earned the complete-game win, striking out seven and went 3 for 4 on offense.
• In boys lacrosse, No. 1 Akron beat St. Francis, 25-11, as Larson Sundown and Gates Abram each had eight goals.