Kenmore West has ridden a nine-game win streak right into a tie for first place in Niagara Frontier League baseball. The Blue Devils (12-1 NFL) triumphed over visiting Lockport, 9-3, on Tuesday, handing the Lions (12-1-1 NFL) their first loss.
"We’re getting good defense, good pitching and having good at-bats," said Kenmore West coach John Haynes.
Sophomore Rafael Smith was the winning pitcher for West, allowing just three hits and striking out six over 6.2 innings. Besides a 3-0 record on the mound, Smith is batting .436. He had a triple and scored twice on Tuesday.
Dominic Schmidt drove in four runs with a double and triple and Zach LaPlante scored three runs and had a double.
Kenmore West and Lockport have a suspended game that will resume in the fourth inning on Thursday in Lockport with the score 0-0.
Nate Lockwood drove in three runs with three hits, Spencer Kwillis had two RBIs and scored twice and Zach Evans scored twice, had two hits and drove in two runs for Lake Shore in a 10-5 ECIC III win at Cheektowaga.
Flames softball get close call, clinch division
Williamsville East, the No. 1-ranked Class A softball team in the state, got its closest scare of the season a 1-0 victory over Hamburg in nine innings.
Kayla Terwilliger scored the winning run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by eighth-grader Ella Wesolowski. Terwilliger had reached on a walk with one out. After Brianna Willick was safe on a bunt single, Rachel Steffan was hit by a pitch to fill the bases.
East sophomore Summer Clark completed the one-hit shutout, the ninth of the season for the Flames, five against ECIC II teams. Clark struck out eight. Even though the game was played at East, Hamburg was the home team.
Hamburg’s Beth Everhardt struck out 12 in a three-hitter.
With only two division games left to play, coach Chris Durr’s Flames (16-0, 10-0 ECIC II) have clinched a third straight division title because it was the second win over the Bulldogs, whose only league losses were shutouts by East.
Until Tuesday, East’s closest game was over defending state Class AA champion Victor, 4-0, in the Mudville Tournament last Saturday in Herkimer.
"It was one of the best games I’ve been a part of," Durr said of Tuesday’s contest. "There were no errors in the game and both teams made great plays. In the seventh, their leadoff batter hit a ball that Clark deflected to Chrissy Mack, our shortstop, who bare-handed it and threw the girl out at first."
HRs lead Clarence
Theresa Bienko hit two home runs and Kate Scioli hammered another for Clarence in a 16-1 ECIC I softball victory over West Seneca West.
Anna Johnson doubled home the winning run for Frontier in a 4-3 ECIC I win at Williamsville North. Fiona Higgins had two hits and drove in two runs for the winning Falcons (7-4, 6-3 ECIC I).
76-year record broken by Gowanda shot-putter
Senior Andrew Musacchio broke the Gowanda boys shot-put record that had held for 76 years in a dual meet on Monday night against Dunkirk at Hillis Field in Gowanda.
Musacchio’s heave of 48 feet, 10 1/2 inches shattered the Gowanda record of 46-8 by Dick Utley in 1963.
"Andrew just began throwing the shot put and discus last year as a first-year member of our track team" Gowanda coach Mark Benton said. "His dedication to the event in the off season has made the difference."
Guarnieri honor goes to EA swim team
The East Aurora boys swim team will receive the Al Guarnieri Memorial Cup for academic excellence at noon on June 9 at Salvatore’s Italian Garden. The Guarnieri Cup is presented by the Butler Mitchell Alumni.
East Aurora has won 50 straight ECIC division titles in the sport.
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