East Aurora senior Jack McClaren won the singles ECIC title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Sweet Home sophomore Jonah Murphy. It’s McClaren’s second straight ECIC title in his third straight finals appearance. Both McClaren and Murphy entered the final undefeated.
Mike Romanowski threw a complete-game five-hitter for Sweet Home, striking out three in a 2-1 victory over West Seneca East in a Section VI Class A-1 pre-quarterfinal game Thursday.
“He was in complete control,” Panthers coach Jon Campolo said. “His curveball was working and his fastball had some pop to it.”
Sweet Home struck for both of its runs in the fourth inning, with Kevin Liska and Josh Bystrack producing RBI singles. From there, it was Romanowski’s show.
“He’s our No. 1 pitcher,” Campolo said, “and we played some great defense behind him. We didn’t make any errors.”
Austin Wilson went 2 for 4 with a run scored for Sweet Home.
Elsewhere, Aaron Freeman’s three-run double highlighted a five-run third inning for Lake Shore, which came away with a 9-2 victory over Cheektowaga in a Class A-2 pre-quarterfinal game. The Eagles, who advance to face Maryvale, got two hits each from Ryan Utley, Alex Whipple and Davis Glashauser. Eric Senior threw a three-hitter on the mound, striking out five.
Lake Shore coach Bob Kowal, who is in his ninth season with the Eagles, will lead them against a Maryvale team that he coached for 20 years. One of his former players, Ryan Mohr, is the Flyers’ coach.
In Class B-1, Jake Smith went 2 for 2, Austin Coon had a pair of RBIs and Dan Robertson doubled twice and drove in two runs as Springville knocked off Medina, 6-3. Also in B-1, Kale Nowicki tripled and drove in three runs to lead Eden to a 9-5 win over Depew. Colton Stetz (three hits) and Drew Palmerton each drove in two runs in the win.
Nick Batchev threw a three-hitter with six strikeouts as St. Francis coasted to an 11-1 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a Georgetown Cup quarterfinal game Thursday. Andrew Milchalski had three hits and four RBIs for the Red Raiders, while Brian Zurowski had three hits and three RBIs. St. Francis advances to a best-of-three semifinals against St. Joe’s, beginning Saturday.
• Taylor Betz did it all for the Cleveland Hill softball team in a Class C prequarterfinal against Salamanca, pitching a two-hitter with seven strikeouts while driving in the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory.
• Elizabeth Sikorski scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Williamsville South’s 7-6 victory over cross-town rival Williamsville North in a Class B girls lacrosse game. Bella Celeste had a hat trick and Regina Cooper netted the other two goals for the Billies.