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High School Extra (May 4): Hoak’s two-hit shutout leads Amherst past Depew; another Haskell no-hitter

Amherst gets key softball win

Junior Lindsay Hoak pitched a two-hitter to help Amherst to a 3-0 victory over Depew in a key ECIC III softball game on Tuesday. The outcome left the teams tied at 7-1 in first place in the division. Depew had edged the Tigers, 3-2, last week.

“She has improved over last year when she split time with another pitcher,” Amherst coach Mike Chatelle said. “Her earned-run average going into the game was 1.64.”

Junior shortstop Abby DiCicco tripled home a run in the third inning to put Amherst in front. The Tigers added two more in the sixth inning when sophomore catcher Mia Ciccarella doubled home a run, then scored on a single by sophomore Hannah Bardeen.

Many of the Amherst players picked up valuable experience last season when the Tigers advanced as far as the Class A-2 sectional semifinals.

Chatelle’s team has home-and-home games this week against Maryvale, which also has lost only one game in ECIC III. They will meet Wednesday at Amherst and Friday at Maryvale.

Haskell just misses perfect game

No-hit games are not new for Ally Haskell. The Franklinville sophomore pitcher already has eight to her credit but she never has pitched a perfect game.

Haskell came close Tuesday, setting down 18 North Collins batters in order before walking the leadoff batter in the top of the seventh inning. Haskell then struck out the side to complete a 3-0 victory, handing North Collins its first loss after seven wins in CCAA East 2. She finished with 19 strikeouts.

Also, Haskell accounted for all the Panthers’ runs by driving a 3-2 pitch over the center-field fence with two on and two out in the bottom of the third inning.

Franklinville is 4-2 in league play with the losses coming at the hands of North Collins and Pine Valley. Franklinville and Pine Valley will play their return game on Thursday in Franklinville.

No. 1-ranked small school Alden went to 7-0 in ECIC IV with a 8-1 victory at Holland behind the pitching of Brooke Strausbaugh, who threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Brittany Jordan had a home run and three RBIs while Morgan Rutan also drove in three runs for the Bulldogs.

Hamburg’s Hoffmann one-hits Frontier

Hamburg’s Justus Hoffmann pitched one-hit ball in his four-inning stint in the Bulldogs’ 6-0 ECIC I victory over Frontier. Austin O’Shei went 2 for 2 and scored a run for Hamburg (7-4, 5-3 ECIC I).

East Aurora’s Noah Thompson struck out 12 batters in pitching the Blue Devils to an 8-2 triumph over Pioneer in ECIC III. Nick Izydorczak drove in three runs with a pair of hits for the winners.

Alden’s Nate Reger pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and drove in the winning run Tuesday in a 2-1 ECIC IV victory at Holland.

Akron lax rebounds big

Akron rebounded from last week’s loss to Gowanda/Silver Creek, its first in two years in Section VI Class C boys lacrosse, to roll past Salamanca, 18-5. Gates Abrams scored once and assisted on five other scores and Nelson Logan had three goals for the Tigers (10-1).

Canisius stayed undefeated against Western New York opposition in lacrosse with a 12-2 victory over Nichols in Monsignor Martin Association play. Joe Gooley had three goals and two assists while Henry Popko and Alex Gioia scored two goals each in the win.

Candace Cobb stood out with 27 saves for Williamsville North in a 16-9 girls lacrosse triumph over crosstown rival Williamsville South.