OP, Hamburg, Falls clinch
No. 1 ranked large school Orchard Park (16-0, 11-0 ECIC I) clinched its fourth division baseball championship in the last five years and second in a row Monday with a 5-0 triumph over West Seneca West behind the two-hit pitching of Brandon Weber, who struck out seven. Mark Lauria, Jake Woodrich and Andy Sipowicz had two hits each for the Quakers.
Hamburg captured its second straight outright championship in ECIC II with a 12-6 triumph over Iroquois. Cam Ringo, who was 3 for 4 with a home run in his previous game, continued his torrid hitting by going 5 for 5 with three stolen bases in Monday’s victory. Grif DeMay had three hits and three RBIs as well. Junior pitcher Justice Hoffman came on in the second inning after Iroquois struck for six runs in the frame and settled things down. Hoffman shut out the Chiefs the rest of the way, allowing three hits, and two walks and striking out five. “Justice has been a very pleasant surprise for us,” said Hamburg coach Steve Chaffee. “He’s been outstanding in relief. We kind of trust him more every day.”
Niagara Falls (11-5, 10-3 NFL) clinched the Niagara Frontier League title, defeating Grand Island, 4-2, behind the complete game pitching of Justin Beyer, who allowed four hits and struck out 11. Matt Grace had an RBI double and Paul Baker drove in two runs with a double for the Wolverines. Losing pitcher Jake Barrett allowed only three hits over six innings.
While Springville (11-4, 9-1) rolled over Cheektowaga, 17-1 in ECIC III, Joe Krywcum put a crimp in East Aurora’s title plans, throwing a one-hitter against the Blue Devils. Krycum struck out nine in a 6-0 win.
Close call for Lancaster
Senior night was more special than usual for the Lancaster girls lacrosse team. Extra special because the team was allowed to play the game for the first time on the football field at the Lancaster athletic complex. Special because coach Julie Buccieri’s team completed its Division I league schedule with an 8-0 mark on the way to Lancaster’s ninth league title in 10 years.
Lancaster (14-1 overall) barely avoided its first loss of the season to a Western New York opponent. Grace Gabriel scored her seventh goal of the game, a sudden-death tally in the third overtime for a 15-14 victory over Frontier. Anna Orlando had four goals and two assists and Reese Addeo had three goals for Lancaster. Jackie Dufresne scored four goals and Lexi Rockey had three with three assists for the losing Falcons.
A St. Joe’s crew was the first scholastic finisher in the Junior Fours Grand Final on Sunday at the State Scholastic Rowing Championships in Saratoga. Charlie Ivancic, Eric Szafranski, Charles Pratt, August Cudeck and Charlie Kwitchoff comprised the St. Joe’s crew. … Elise Kreuz scored five goals as Mount St. Mary (13-1, 9-0) remained undefeated in Monsignor Martin girls lacrosse, defeating Sacred Heart, 15-7. … Emily Trotman of Mount St. Mary no-hit Christian Central, 4-3, striking out 15. … Gianna Zarcone of Hutch-Tech pitched a perfect game in a 19-0 win over Emerson. … Anthony Mendrysa of Olmsted hit for the cycle and drove in five runs in a 17-4 win over South Park.