City Honors won its 22nd Cornell Cup baseball game in a row and moved a step closer to winning a seventh straight League I championship in the competition among Buffalo Public Schools with an 8-3 victory over Olmsted on Saturday.
Sophomore right-hander Connor Keifer pitched four innings to gain the win. He struck out five.
Honors broke open a 3-2 game with six runs in the top of the sixth. Quinn Mahoney’s two-run triple was the key hit.
The Centaurs have three Cup games left to play, including a makeup on Monday against Olmsted.
Quakers baseball closes in
Orchard Park closed in on its first ECIC I baseball championship since 2016 by sweeping a doubleheader from West Seneca West, 3-1 and 5-4. Friday’s game between the two was rescheduled to Saturday because it was Prom Night at West Seneca West.
The Quakers (8-3 ECIC I) can wrap up things by winning the completion of their suspended game at Frontier. The game will be resumed in the top of the fourth inning with OP leading, 6-1.
Blake Harlock pitched a four-hitter for Orchard Park in the opener. Zach Mecca had a two-run double and Ryan Licursi had two hits.
Josh Higgins had three hits and three RBIs and came on in relief to get the final out for the Quakers in the second game.
Tom Evans also had three hits and Griffin Dietrich went 6∏ innings for the win.
Tonawanda, which trails Springville in the ECIC IV baseball standings, improved its division record to 11-2 with a 9-1 victory over Cleveland Hill. Senior right-hander Jake Witkopf pitched a three-hitter for the Warriors, striking out 13. Dylan Herb drove in four runs with two hits and Caden Herman went 3 for 4 and scored three runs.
Mitchell Jackson pitched 6∏ innings and Joe Battaglia drove in two runs for Williamsville South in a 3-2 win over rival Williamsville East in their ECIC II baseball game. Senior Dylan Moorehouse went the distance for the Flames, who have wrapped up the division.
Key win for Timon baseball
Bishop Timon-St. Jude scored a key victory in the close Monsignor Martin Association baseball race with a 6-2 triumph at St. Joe’s behind the pitching of sophomore left-hander Matt Whelan.
Whelan struck out only two, "but we played error-free baseball behind him," said Timon coach Jeff Ralibate.
Senior Sean Hayes delivered a two-run homer in the third inning to put the Tigers in front, 4-2.
Jeremy Glinski had two doubles for Timon, which has a game today against St. Mary’s. The Tigers still have two games remaining against Canisius before the playoffs.
Gwyneth Goldowski, a sophomore from Frontier, won three events and Kiara McDowell of Starpoint won the shot put and discus in Saturday’s Western New York Girls Track & Field Classic at Lancaster.
Goldowski won the 100 meters in 12.72 seconds, the 400 in 56.88 seconds and the long jump at 16 feet, 3.5 inches.
McDowell threw the shot 39 feet, 6 inches and spun the discus 124-4.
Lancaster won three of the four relays. Olmsted won the fourth, the 400.
Morgan Halt of Amherst was a triple winner (100 and 400 hurdles and high jump in the Kenmore Track Invitational.
Kahniya James of Lockport won the 100 and 200 meters and ran on the winning 400 relay, and sophomore Sydney Nowicki of the Lions won the 3,000 meters in 10:36.75. Another double winner was Jayden DuBard of Cheektowaga in the shot put and discus.
Junior Derek Nieves of the host school won the 100 meters and 400 hurdles and ran the lead leg on the 400 relay in the Pioneer Invitational Meet. Tyler Ely, Derek Stahley and Mike Rigerman, who also won the long jump, were the others on the Pioneer relay.
Pioneer led the overall team and the boys scoring while Williamsville North topped the girls scoring.
Sophomore Emma Roland won the 400 and ran on Williamsville North’s victorious 1,600 relay with Maddie Blake, Sarah Nyaanga and Kayla Bailey.
Gators, Sharks advance
Nardin advanced to face Mount St. Mary and Sacred Heart moved on to take on St. Mary’s of Lancaster in today’s Monsignor Martin softball semifinals at D’Youville College’s Dobson Field.
No. 3 Nardin defeated No. 6 Cardinal O’Hara, 16-0, and junior Martha Balthasar pitched No. 4 Sacred Heart to a 5-0 victory over Nichols, Balthasar struck and added a two-run triple.
Sophomore Grace Meyers had two hits including a triple for the winners.