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Joey Mack's 5-RBI game leads to series sweep by Flames

Williamsville East didn’t need another monster game from sophomore Joey Mack in rolling over Amherst, 14-1, for a sweep of their two-game ECIC II series.

Mack had two hits in Tuesday’s victory after driving in five runs with two home runs and a double in three at-bats in 9-4 win on Monday. Mack also had a sacrifice fly, giving him five RBIs on the day.

Senior John Moran and senior Dylan Moorhouse combined for a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in Tuesday’s win. Junior Colin Fryling had three hits including a double and drove in three runs for the Flames.

Mack is the younger brother of Charlie Mack, who was the 2018 New York Gatorade Player of the Year. He was drafted in the sixth round and signed with the Minnesota Twins.

"The Mack brothers are players that come around once in a lifetime," said veteran East coach Jerry Gasz.

Legends gain a split

Lancaster came away with an even split of its two-game ECIC I series with Clarence, edging the Red Devils, 6-5, on Tuesday at Clarence.

After the Red Devils had taken a 5-3 lead with two runs in the fourth, the Legends came back with three in the fifth. After a walk and double by Nick Castellana, Vinny Stutz and John Syracuse came through with run-producing base hits.

Jakob Jerebko pitched the first five innings for the Legends to get the win. Nick Barberio came on inthe sixth and pitched two shutout innings, strikeout the last batter with a runner on second base.

"Barberio is a middle-reliever type," said Lancaster coach Mark Dalfonso. "He’s a game. He’s a wrestler. We love him in that situation."

Lancaster is 1-1 in ECIC I. The Legends had a bye in division play last week after returning from their spring trip to Vero Beach, Fla. where they went 1-1.

It was the first loss for Clarence in five games. The Red Devils are 3-1 in ECIC I.

Orchard Park, which lost two to Clarence last week, squared its ECIC I record at 2-2 by slugging its way at Williamsville North, 13-4, for a sweep of the Quakers’ two game series with North.

Nate Wereski and Tom Evans each hit two-run homers for the Quakers. Wereski had two hits and drove in four runs, altogether. Evans had a pair of hits and Zach Mecca drove in two runs with his three hits. Kyle Kuczewski earned the win by pitching two-hit ball for 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight.

Hamburg lax wins on late goal

Brock Schneider scored the winning goal with just 3 seconds left in regulation Tuesday to give Hamburg, a 15-14 win at Niagara Wheatfield in a Class B League boys lacrosse game.

It was the third goal of the game for Schneider, who also had five assists. Spencer Nyhart led the Bulldogs with five goals. Brett Chiodo had two goals and two assists and Brian Colmerauer had two goals and an assist.

Hamburg led 7-6 at the half but built its lead to 12-7 after three quarters. The Falcons rallied however and tied the game with about three minutes left.

The winning goal came after Bo Johnson won a faceoff for Hamburg.

The Bulldogs, the defending Section VI Class B champions, are 5-1 overall, 5-0 in the Class B League. The lone loss was to Canandaigua of Section V, 12-7, after Hamburg led 6-5 at the half.

Eden softball rolls

Eden went undefeated in ECIC IV softball last season, handing Cleveland Hill its only two league losses on the way.

Tuesday the Raiders triumphed over Cleve Hill again, 16-2, for its second straight win in the division season.

Senior Mattie Woodard, one of three pitchers coach Marisa Fallacaro can call on, pitched the complete game for the Raiders, striking out 15.

"We’re lucky enough to have three pitchers this year, so we pitch them evenly, Fallacaro said. Sophomore Kaitlin Schmitz and sophomore Marissa Calloway are the others.

Courtney Schmitt had three hits and drove in two runs in the victory while Katie Zimmerman had a three-run double.

Eden will face Springville in a division game Wednesday and then get ready for the Gerry Gentner "Just Show Up" Memorial Tournament at Williamsville East on Saturday.

Grace Van Buren and Caroline Yoder scored five goals each for Amherst in a 13-10 triumph over visiting Gowanda. The victory ran the Tigers record to 4-1 with the lone loss to Class A Lancaster on Monday.

 

 

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