Ken East baseball stuns Starpoint
Kenmore East is picking a good time to play its best baseball of the season.
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs surprised No. 3 seed Starpoint, 7-1, as they scored four first-inning runs to set the tone early in the teams’ Section VI Class A-2 quarterfinal Friday.
Dylan Creasy went the distance for Ken East (5-14), striking out seven while scattering four hits. Teammate Dylan Leith finished with two hits and two runs scored as the Bulldogs advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row. Cullen Smyth, Dom Germano and Jamel Cash also had two hits each for the winners.
“Not a whole lot has gone our way this season but today our kids made our own luck, displayed a great compete level and tremendous character, beat a very good team and we’re thrilled to be in the semifinals again,” Ken East coach Leslie Simon said.
The Bulldogs, who made a run to the Section VI Class A-1 final last season, scored in the first on RBI singles from Ken Ruggiero and Jamel Cash and a sacrifice fly by Tyler Horn. An error produced another run in that uprising.
“It’s a new season. We feel this is our time of year,” Simon said.
Kenmore East will face second-seeded Amherst next as the Tigers advanced with a 9-2 win over Pioneer. Brian Fulford hit a double and drove in two runs and Sean Andrews struck out seven for the win.
Maryvale’s quest for a second straight sectional title continues as the Flyers defeated Lake Shore, 9-3, behind the strong pitching of Anthony Hernandez, who struck out six. Mike Fleming homered for Maryvale, which faces Iroquois in the semifinals. Noah Feuer drove in the game-winning run for the Chiefs in their 4-3 win over Lew-Port, 4-3. Evan Kaul scattered six hits to earn the win.
Elsewhere, No. 11 Jamestown surprised sixth-seeded West Seneca West, 4-3, in Class AA as Noah Johnson struck out nine to earn the complete-game win with Matt Hill providing a two-run double for the Red Raiders.
In Class B-1, East Aurora defeated Albion, 9-2, behind Noah Thompson’s solid all-around game. He struck out nine during his three-hitter and chipped into the offense with two triples and three RBIs. Nate Krugers hit a triple with four RBIs.
Alden, GI pitching come up huge
Two-hitters proved to be all the rage during the early round of the Section VI softball playoffs Friday.
Alden’s Laura Kratzke tossed one, striking out 12 during the complete-game effort for the Bulldogs in a 7-0 rout of Albion in Class B-1. Victoria Atkins went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs She drove in two runs during Alden’s five-run fourth with a double, while Kratzke drove in a run with a double.
In Class A-1, Grand Island earned the right to play top-seeded Williamsville East by blanking fifth-seeded Hamburg, 4-0. Emma Richard went the distance for the Vikings, limiting the Bulldogs to two hits while striking out five. She also went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Cameron Colan had three hits, including a triple, and scored two runs.
Sweet Home lacrosse advances
Sweet Home missed some early chances but kept at it and found the back of the net often during its 16-9 Section VI Class B playoff win over Amherst.
Matt Gademski had five goals and two assists, while Nate Faller had three goals and three assists for the Panthers, who next visit Niagara Wheatfield in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Sweet Home defeated Niagara Wheatfield 10-8 during the regular season in Sanborn.