St. Joe’s near lax title
St. Joe’s took a major step towards clinching the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association regular season lacrosse championship Wednesday, holding off rival Canisius, 13-10, at the Robert T. Scott Athletic Complex. The Marauders (9-6, 6-0 Monsignor Martin) own a two-game lead over defending champion Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
Dom Perna and Peter Masters each scored three goals and assisted on two for coach Peter Hudecki’s Marauders. St. Joe’s led at the half, 5-3, then built a seemingly commanding 12-7 lead. Canisius closed to 12-10, but St. Joe’s put it away with an empty-net goal.
Brad Pullman had three goals and an assist for Canisius (10-6, 4-3 Monsignor Martin). The loss eliminated the Crusaders from league championship consideration.
Lancaster girls clinch
Grace Gabriel scored with 53 seconds left in the second overtime to give Lancaster a 16-15 win over Hamburg, clinching the Section VI Division 1 (Class A) girls lacrosse title.
Lancaster set up a one-on-one opportunity for Gabriel on the left side and she scored with a high shot. Gabriel had six goals and two assists, including a tally in the first three-minute overtime period when each side scored once.
17-run inning for Iroquois
Iroquois sent 22 batters to the plate and scored 17 runs in a wild sixth inning and defeated Williamsville South, 20-8, to stay alive in the ECIC II baseball race with a 6-4 division record. Four Chiefs batted three times in the inning. Matthew Sokolski went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and Andrew Schaefer was 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Joe Kwasniewski was the big producer with five RBIs.
First-place Hamburg improved its ECIC II baseball record to 8-1 with a 3-1 victory over Starpoint. Austin O’Shei went 2 for 3 with a double and triple for the Bulldogs. Hamburg owns a two-game lead over Iroquois with five games left to play.
No. 1 ranked large school Orchard Park (13-0, 9-0 ECIC I) continued on its merry way, with a 14-5 victory over Frontier. Jake Dogal drove in five of the Quakers’ runs with three hits. Andy Sipowicz and Cole Hollins each contributed three hits and a double to the victory.
Keystone pair lead Alden
Defense up the middle helped Alden defeat Cleveland Hill, 3-1, Wednesday and take sole possession of first place in ECIC IV softball. The Bulldogs are 8-1 in the division, Cleve Hill 7-2.
Winning pitcher Laura Kratzke pitched out of a sixth inning jam by striking out two batters with a run in, one out and runners at second and third.
Kratzke was helped by the middle-infield combo of senior shortstop Alyssa Gadd and freshman second baseman Jenna Wlostowski.
“I have to say the defense of my shortstop and second baseman are the best I’ve ever coached,” said Alden coach Jeff Kryszczuk. “They made some unbelievable plays.” Gadd had five assists at short while Wlostowski had two assists and four putouts at second.