Tonawanda, Will East rally for wins
The last time Tonawanda and Cleveland Hill met on the softball diamond, Cleve Hill rallied for a walk-off win. On Friday, Tonawanda returned the favor against its ECIC IV rival as the Warriors scored four times during the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a 6-5 victory.
Sydney Myers’ bases-loaded single plated Rachel Allen with the winning run for Tonawanda (7-5, 5-4). After the first Warrior struck out to lead the inning, Tonawanda batters strung together a rally that included six straight singles. Allen drove in a run with a hit and Haley Slater’s two-run single tied the game at 5-5.
“It was pretty exciting,” Warriors coach Kim Fox said. “I just told my girls going into the bottom of the seventh we weren’t out of it. They did it to us and now it was our turn to do it to them.”
Myers and Slater each went 2 for 4 and drove in a combined five runs, with Myers finishing with three RBIs. Allen struck out 12 to earn the pitching win and went 3 for 4 at the plate.
Veronica Zimmerman’s single brought home Natalie Berrafato with the winning run as Williamsville East walked off with a 2-1 win over ECIC II rival Williamsville South. All the scoring in this one took place over the final two innings, with the Flames pushing two across during the bottom of the seventh. Liz Kline’s run-scoring single plated Bri Bucello, who led off the inning with a single, with the tying run.
OP clinches share of ECIC I title
Orchard Park, The News’ and state’s top-ranked large school in baseball, clinched at least a share of the ECIC I championship by trouncing defending Section VI champion Lancaster, 10-1, on Friday.
Andy Sipowicz tossed a complete-game four-hitter with six strikeouts. Austin Bristol and Jake Woodrich each had three hits to lead the offense for the unbeaten Quakers (14-0, 10-0).
Lancaster fell to 8-2 in league play, both of its losses coming against Orchard Park.
Medina baseball ends drought
Medina clinched at least a share of the Niagara-Orleans League title for the first time in 20 years as the Mustangs edged Akron, 3-2, at Vets Park. Jason Hellwig struck out seven and went the distance to earn the win for Medina (12-4, 10-2), while Justin Morgan had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run for the Mustangs. Hellwig improved to 6-0 in league games this season.
All Medina has to do is win one of its final two games to clinch the league title outright.
Moses tosses no-no to lead Olean
Monica Moses tossed a no-hitter to lead Olean to a 6-0 win over Chautauqua Lake in CCAA West I softball.
Moses also chipped in on offense with two hits and two walks, while Chantel Singleton drove in two runs and finished with two hits. Gabby Carpenter also had two RBIs and a double for the Huskies (13-2, 8-1), who visit Frontier at noon Saturday in a nonleaguer between Class A and AA contenders.
Quakers tennis up to old tricks
Orchard Park’s boys tennis team extended its ECIC I championship streak to seven in a row by blanking Frontier, 5-0. The win clinched at least a share of the league title for OP, which has now won 31 division titles in coach Terry McMahon’s 40 seasons. Zander Korach won in straight sets to improve to 6-2 at first singles.
Akron lacrosse still perfect
A milestone for Larson Sundown and a big win for Akron as the unbeaten Tigers (14-0) hung on to defeat host Clarence, 19-14. Sundown finished with three goals and now has 301 career goals. He’s the only Akron lacrosse player to score at least 300 career goal. Chaunce Hill had seven goals and Owen Hill four and won 17 of 32 draws.