Ortiz leads Lafayette to championship
Lafayette defeated Burgard, 13-0, on Thursday at McCarthy Park to win its first Cornell Cup II baseball title since 2015.
Led by an immaculate pitching performance by freshman Edgardo Ortiz, who threw a no-hitter Thursday, fourth-seeded Lafayette beat two undefeated teams, da Vinci and Burgard, on the way to the championship.
Ortiz, who came from Puerto Rico this year, threw back-to-back complete games.
On Thursday he struck out 15 batters in five innings, when the game ended. He walked one batter, barely missing a perfect game.
Ortiz’s coaches estimate the 6-foot, 170-pound pitcher throws around 85 miles per hour and has excellent control.
He’s also an asset at the plate. Ortiz bats No. 3 in the lineup and had four RBI in the win.
Lafayette loses just one senior from this year’s team.
Prep Talk AOW
Frontier baseball player Brian Norsen and Orchard Park softball player Megan Giese have been named the Prep Talk Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Sgroi Financial, in voting by visitors to BuffaloNews.com.
Norsen scored two runs, including a solo homer, as the Falcons won their first Section VI Class AA title since 1993. Had three hits with two home runs and four RBI in the semifinal victory. He received 49% of the vote.
Giese batted 6 for 9 with six RBI in two playoff victories and pitched four shutout innings of the semifinal win to help the Quakers advance to Section Class AA championship. She received 46% of the vote.
The voting concludes Thursdays at noon. To nominate an athlete for consideration, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Character lacrosse AOW
Character Athletes of the Week for the Section VI lacrosse finals sponsored by Cross Training Athletics, Intense Milk, Anthony Baldi and Associates are: Leah Shutts (Amherst), Erin Faso (Clarence), Alli Jacobs (Eden), Kacey Stack (Frontier), Scotia Snyder (Gowanda), Caitlin Gonter (Hamburg), Fantasy Jimerson-Kenjockety (Lake Shore), Bella Tranquilli (Lancaster), Sam Stoddard (Amherst), Conner Boss (East Aurora), Zach Smalling (Eden), Zachary Nyhart (Hamburg), David Gaca (Lancaster), Jake Shul (Orchard Park), Keelan Seneca (Salamanca) and Joe Amico (Will East). They were selected for setting positive examples in speech, conduct, love, faith and integrity of the game.