N-W rallies to beat GI
It was very cold and Niagara-Wheatfield hadn’t shown signs of life, but the Falcons heated up at the right time – scoring four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off with a 7-6 victory over Grand Island in Niagara Frontier League baseball on Thursday.
Tyler Siegmann’s bases-loaded triple with one out not only completed Niagara-Wheatfield’s comeback but also enabled the Falcons to gain a measure of revenge for dropping a 7-2 decision earlier this season to the Vikings.
“It’s very exciting,” Niagara-Wheatfield coach Jim Hagerty said. “I think everyone was adjustuing to the cold. Grand Island is a nice team. We went into the bottom of the seventh down 6-3, hadn’t shown much life and put it together at the right time.”
Nick Peters singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the Falcons (5-3). He moved to third on Ryan Howard’s single. Austin McKinstray followed with a sacrifice fly. Infield singles by Tom Watroba and winning pitcher Casey Gruarin set the stage for Siegmann.
Honors makes winning call
With two outs and a runner at first, City Honors put the hit-and-run play on and it proved to be a good move as the Centaurs improved to 8-1 with a 4-3 walk-off victory over Olmsted in Cornell Cup Buffalo Public Schools baseball.
Ray Waslewski’s single scored Joe Alessi from first for the winning run. Alessi also threw innings of relief to earn the pitching decision.
Elsewhere, Declan Pierce’s two-run double and Colton Stetz’s two-run single highlighted a 13-run first inning for Eden during its 14-3 win at Lackawanna. Pierce finished 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs, while Joe LoTempio went 4 for 4 with two RBIs for last year’s sectional runner-up.
After losing a two-game series to rival Canisius earlier this week, St. Joe’s bounced back into the win column, earning a 7-6 victory over Nichols in the Monsignor Martin Association.
Jared Welnowski drove in two runs, while Will Carlone struck out nine in five innings to earn the win.
Sharks win; Ciezki nets 100th
Maura Tomm scored six goals and had two assists, while Martha Saltarelli scored four times for Sacred Heart in a 17-3 win over St. Mary’s in Monsignor Martin girls lacrosse. Kendra Ciezki of St. Mary’s scored her 100th career goal.
Legends rally in final minute
Lancaster turned potential defeat into certain victory, scoring three times in the final minute to defeat host Frontier, 8-7, in Class A boys lacrosse action.
Alex Reimer scored the game-winner with 37 seconds left to lead the Legends. Jared Gorenfol scored three times, while Hunter Parucki had two goals and two assists in the win.