Vince Gullo, who has coached Fredonia to two state championships and two runners-up in the state playoffs, 10 Section VI titles and nine league championships, reached a personal milestone Tuesday in an 11-0 win over Silver Creek.
Gullo won his 300th game at Fredonia and thanks to senior right-hander Derek Walters, the Hillbillies did it in style.
Walters, who is headed for Niagara County Community College, pitched his first high school no-hitter, striking out eight in a game that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule. It was the seventh time this season a Fredonia game has been curtailed because of the 10-run rule.
Seth Schrader led Fredonia by going 3 for 3 with a home run and scoring four times. Nolan Mages had a double and a triple while Reid Tarnowski had two hits, including a double, while first baseman Anthony Gullo contributed a double and an RBI to his dad’s big day.
"Don't forget. I've had a lot of good players," said Gullo, who said he is taking his plans for the future "year by year."
Cam Voss in 2014 was the last Fredonia pitcher to throw a no-hitter.
Fredonia already has clinched the CCAA West I division championship with a 10-0 record and two league games left to play.
Iroquois breaks through
Frustrated most of the game, Iroquois finally broke through for both its runs in the sixth inning and gained a 2-1 nonleague victory over Williamsville South on Tuesday.
"We had runners in scoring position in the second, third, fourth and fifth but we never pushed anybody across the plate," said the Chiefs’ first-year coach Aaron Vanderlip, who once played fullback for coach Jerry Boyes at Buffalo State.
Alaina Wyckoff started the winning rally with a single, moved up on a sacrifice and scored on Jennifer Stawicki’s single. Stawicki went all the way to third on a throwing error on her hit and scored the winner when Madison Hoeflich singled to center.
Brooke Plonka pitched a three hitter for Iroquois with 11 strikeouts. Second baseman Olivia Simon went into short right-field to snare a short fly ball for the game’s final out in the seventh.
Iroquois, 9-1 with the lone loss to Maryvale, leads ECIC III with two division games remaining against Cheektowaga and Lake Shore.
Price had 13 RBIs in sweep
Hutch-Tech senior Nia Price, who hit five home runs in a doubleheader against Emerson last week, was at it again on Tuesday.
The Engineers’ shortstop drove in 13 runs overall and went 5 for 5 with a home run in each game in a 20-1, 14-0 doubleheader sweep of Middle Early College in Thompson Trophy softball play among Buffalo Public Schools teams.
Price moved to shortstop from left field because "she’s the best fielder we have," according to coach Shawn Edinger. "She also bats cleanup."
Maya Mulhern pitched the second game shutout for Hutch. which is 6-1 in league play.
"We’re coming along," Edinger said. "We have a bunch of young kids doing well."
Buffalo Arts (5-0) leads the Thompson Trophy race after sweeping a doubleheader from Riverside, 11-2 and 19-18. Taliah Bush hit two home runs in the second game for Arts.
Akron clinches Class D lax
Owen Hill’s third goal of the game gave Akron a 20-19 win over Medina and clinched the Section VI Class D league title for the Tigers. Akron went 8-0 in Class D league games.
Hill, the PrepTalk boys lacrosse player of the year as a junior in 2017, assisted on four other goals while teammate Nelson Logan had three goals and seven assists.
It was the second close win over the Mustangs this season for Akron. The Tigers triumphed at Medina, 15-14, in overtime.
St. Joe’s lax 6-0 in league
St. Joe’s won its sixth without a loss in Monsignor Martin Association lacrosse with a 12-6 triumph at St. Francis.
Trevor Galante had a goal and three assists, Sam Latoree had a goal and two assists and Christian Daboll scored twice for the Marauders (11-2, 6-0 Monsignor Martin). Senior Gabe Rabini celebrated his first varsity goal for coach Peter Hudecki’s Marauders.