Senior right-hander Chris Swiatek struck out 18 Cleveland Hill batters to tie the Lackawanna single-game record in a 1-0 win over the Golden Eagles. Swiatek won a duel over a pair of Cleve Hill hurlers when the Steelers scored in the bottom of the eighth inning. The run came home on a passed ball after a walk to Zack Pellinger and Swiatek’s double.
Paul Cierowicz also struck out 18 batters in a game for Lackawanna in the 1990s. Swiatek allowed two hits in the victory, the same number allowed by Brett Kochanski and David Grant of Cleve Hill. They combined for 14 strikeouts, 10 by Kochanski.
The win evened Lackawanna’a record at 1-1 in ECIC IV. Coach Jeff Otremba’s Steelers, who won two games in Florida, stand 4-1 overall. It was the season opener for Cleveland Hill.
Storey’s escape act
Jake Storey pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the top of the seventh to preserve a 6-5 victory for Hamburg over Amherst in ECIC II baseball.
Storey replaced Jack Migliore and induced three flyball outs, one to left and two to center, but none deep enough to score the runner from third.
Migliore had a double and an RBI for the Bulldogs. Louis Reczek had two hits and the game-winning RBI.
Garlow has 11-point game
Lois Garlow had an 11-point game, seven goals and four assists, in leading Mount St. Mary to a 13-8 victory over Iroquois in nonleague girls lacrosse. Garlow, a transfer student who stood out for the Mount basketball team last season, is considered one of the leading girls lacrosse players in Western New York. She is a junior.
Keane’s goal wins for Canisius
Liam Keane scored with 2:35 left to cap Canisius’ fourth quarter comeback for a 9-8 victory over St. Francis in Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse play at the Crusaders’ Stransky Complex in West Seneca.
Canisius trailed 7-4 going into the fourth quarter but outscored the Raiders, 5-1, in the period to win its third league game in four starts.
OP girls track tops Lancaster
Gene Tundo had made many a mark as football and boys lacrosse coach at Orchard Park. Tuesday, the Quakers’ girls track team which he directs scored a major victory. The Quakers defeated ECIC I rival Lancaster, 85-53, in a dual meet for the first time in "eight to 10 years" according to Tundo, who is in his third season as the coach.
OP clinched the victory when anchor runner Beatrice Choroser, a sophomore, came from behind to win the 4x400 relay.
Sophomore Rachel Major won the 800 meters, 1,500 and 2-mile. Leah Pasqualetti won the 200 and was second in both the 400 and pole vault. Kate Doherty won the pole vault for OP.
College NLI signings
Nine Canisius seniors will formally make their college commitments at a signing ceremony to be held at the school on Thursday.
They are: Christian Balkin (swimming, Canisius College); Jarrett Benton (football, Morrisville State); Brad Currell (football, John Carroll); Troy Gooch (volleyball, IUPU-Fort Wayne), Christian "Mac" Granto (Swimming, Cabrini); Will McGennis (football, John Carroll); Keenan Ollison (football, Brockport), Allen Tompkins (squash, Franklin & Marshall) and Brendan Trapper (basketball, St. John Fisher).
Christian Szablewski of St. Mary’s of Lancaster signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at St. Bonaventure.