Lancaster got contributions from three pitchers in holding off visiting Clarence, 6-5, and chalking up its third straight ECIC I victory.
"We had a win, a hold and a save," said Legends coach Mark Dalfonso. Senior right-hander Tom Bednarski went five innings before reaching his pitch count and leaving with a 6-3 lead. Jacob Calo pitched out of a bases-full after Clarence had scored twice in the sixth.
Junior Vinny Stutz pitched a scoreless seventh for the save, despite giving up a hit.
Nick Sykas hit a two-run homer to put Clarence in front in the top of the first. Lancaster scored twice in the second and built its lead to 6-3.
Lancaster was threatening to score more in the sixth, but, Dalfonso said, "Clarence made some very nice plays in the infield. Their shortstop was outstanding."
Bednarski had two hits, one a double, for two RBIs. Ben Damiani had three hits and Nick Castellana drove in three runs for the Legends.
Legends’ streak ends
Lancaster rolled through the ECIC I softball schedule with an 14-0 league mark on the way to a 20-0 regular season and the No. 1 seed in the sectional Class AA tournament, then was upended by eventual champion Williamsville North.
The Legends won’t have a lengthy unbeaten string to start this season.
Leah Victor of Clarence took care of that Monday, hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to upset the Legends, 3-1.
Victor’s homer followed a two-out single by Mariah Bly, who had driven in the first run of the game with a bases-loaded single the fourth. Lancaster tied it in the bottom half of the fourth when Samantha Moll led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jenna Patterson.
Freshman Julianne Boltman, who shut out West Seneca East in the Williamsville South tournament, pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts for Clarence.
Patterson of the Legends pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts.
Coach Todd Banaszak’s Clarence team won two games before losing to Horseheads, 4-2, in one of the bracket championship games of the "Just Show Up" Jerry Gentner Williamsville South tournament.
"Playing three games on Saturday really helped us," Banaszak said.
Two shutouts for Betz
Taylor Betz, an All-Western New York Small Schools selection and the Pitcher of the Year in
ECIC IV for Cleveland Hill, turned in a dominating performance Monday for the Golden Eagles at Lackawanna.
etz pitched a one-hitter in the first game and a no-hitter in the second as Cleve Hill swept the doublehader, 27-0 and 16-0. Each game was called after five innings because of the "mercy" rule, meaning Betz got 26 of the 30 outs via strikeout.
Newfane's Srock fans 29
Sophomore pitcher Garrett Srock of Newfane got 19 of 20 outs via strikeouts before he left a 13-3 Niagara-Orleans League victory at Baker with two outs in the seventh inning. He had reached the mandatory pitch limit. Srock tied the Newfane record set by Josh Kneeland in 2013 but missed his chance to top it.
Kyle Jurek drove in three runs for the Panthers with a home run and a triple. Matt DiTullio contributed a double to the attack.