Two Western New York teams were atop the state softball rankings announced Tuesday by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Clarence (8-0) is on top in Class AA and Williamsville East (5-0) was ranked first in Class A. No. 5 team in Class AA was Victor of Section V, the defending state champion. Williamsville East’s Kara Leone and Summer Clark combined to pitch a no-hit game in a 6-0 win over Victor in Williamsville last week.
Other WNY teams were included in the state ranking including Eden (4-1), eighth in Class B; Roy-Hart, ninth in Class B; St. Mary’s of Lancaster, second in Class C, and Chautauqua Lake, third in Class C.
Lancers softball finishes 7-0 with Disney play in Florida
On Tuesday, Anna Dovey of St. Mary’s pitched a perfect game in a 16-0 triumph over Milennium High School of New York City in the Disney Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Dovey, a freshman right-hander who plays third base when she’s not in the pitching circle, struck out two in her three innings. The game was curtailed by the mercy rule.
The Lancers also triumphed over Roy-Hart, 10-2, on Tuesday. They finished with a 7-0 record in their spring training trip to the Orlando area.
Vasi hits for cycle in Kenmore East softball victory
Winning pitcher Gabi Vasi hit for the cycle and drove in four runs as Kenmore East outslugged host Cheektowaga, 18-15, in a nonleague game.
Vasi went 5 for 5. In her 5.1 innings on the mound, she struck out eight.
Two Quakers pitchers combine for a shutout
Orchard Park’s Josh McTigue and Blake Harlock combined on a four-hitter, allowing no earned runs in a 6-2 triumph over visiting Roy-Hart. Between them they struck out 10 Rams.
Zach Mecca had three hits and Jake Hollins had two RBIs for the Quakers. OP’s Tom Evans hit a solo home run.
Kenmore East won a nonleaguer at Sweet Home, 6-3. Alex Murdey pitched shutout ball for three innings for the Blue Devils while Will Markott had two hits and an RBI.
After an 0-4 start, Kenmore East has climbed to .500 at 4-4.
St. Joe’s closed out its play in the Cal Ripken Tournament at Myrtle Beach, S.C. with a 1-0 loss to Wildwood Catholic of New Jersey. The Marauders finished 2-4 at Myrtle Beach. They fell to East Lincoln (N.C.), 4-1, on Monday night.
Clarence shooter finishes 51st in national meet
Matthew Kirk, who was captain of the Clarence rifle team last winter, was New York State’s top men’s pistol competitor at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Champions last weekend at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Kirk’s two-game total after 120 shots was 1006 with nine bullseyes. That place him 51st among 81 competitors but the highest score from shooters from New York.