Canisius, the top-ranked baseball team in The Buffalo News large schools poll, played like a No. 1 squad on Friday. The Crusaders blanked St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 13-0, to stay unbeaten in the Monsignor Martin Association.
Zach Mitchell and Jordan Kowalski had four hits each, and they both drove in two runs for Canisius.
Fredonia, the top-ranked small school in The News’ poll, had an even easier time. The Hillbillies ripped Cassadaga Valley, 16-0. Jarrod Burmaster was in top form for Fredonia, throwing a one-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Elsewhere, a couple of outstanding pitching performances highlighted the day’s action. Will Newton’s no-hitter gave Newfane a 1-0 win over Akron. Newton struck out 10 and walked three. He also scored the game’s only run when he doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly.
It was a similar story for Springville, which nipped Maryvale, 1-0. Kyle Warner pitched a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts, and also drove in the winning run.
Good win for WSE
West Seneca West needed a little positive reinforcement after going through some tough times in boys lacrosse this season. Austin Mascio provided it.
Mascio scored in overtime to give WSW a 7-6 win over Frontier.
“He swept across the middle and beat the goaltender,” coach Jim Maisano said.
The Indians were led by Adam Tobias, who finished with three goals and three assists.
“It been pretty difficult this season. It’s only our second win of the season,” Maisano said. “But the kids have shown up every day, ready to work.”
In girls lacrosse, Grace Gabriel had three goals and four assists for Lancaster in a 12-7 win over Frontier.
Chiefs hang on
Iroquois held its breath a bit at the end, but still came away with a 5-4 softball victory over Lake Shore.
Leeann Gaglio drove in two runs with a triple in the bottom of the sixth to give Iroquois a 5-1 lead. The Chiefs needed the insurance runs, because Lake Shore had a big rally in the top of the seventh. The Eagles scored three runs, and put the tying run on third and the winning run on second with two outs.
The next Lake Shore batter hit a flare down the third base line. Shortstop Marissa Parker cut across the field to make the catch and save the game.
Amanda Metz added a 4-for-4 day for Lake Shore.
Elsewhere, Clarence’s Christina Victor threw a three-hitter with five strikeouts in a 4-0 blanking of Frontier. The Red Devils pitcher also had two hits in the game.
Victor changed speeds in order to keep opposing hitters off balance. Gabby Keller added two hits for Clarence.