Hamburg needs 3 OTs

The Southtowns Showdown in girls lacrosse lived up to the billing – right to the third overtime.

Jill Ford scored four times, including one on Hamburg’s first possession of the third overtime period – to give the Bulldogs a 9-8 victory over visiting neighbor Frontier in a matchup of two of the top programs in Western New York.

“It’s crosstown rivals, they’re not even 2 or 3 miles up the road, and it was what we expected, a really great game,” said Hamburg coach Katy Ryan. “Right from the get-go it was a great game. Hustle on both sides and both teams played their hearts out. Just the mentality that each team had, it’s the kind of game you want to play in, especially if you want to face the Rochester team come playoffs.”

The defending Section VI Class B champion had a two-goal cushion for most of the second half, but Frontier, which won the Class A title in 2011 and lost in last year’s final, surged to tie it on Jackie Dufresne’s goal with 3:12 left.

The teams played two mandatory overtimes in which there were several great saves from Hamburg’s Lauryn Courteau and Frontier’s Emily Pasternak.

Hamburg’s Haley Fiore won the draw to start the sudden-death third overtime. Hamburg moved the ball around before Taylor Wolf got the ball up top; Wolf hit a cutting Ford, whose low shot ended the game.

At Lake Shore, Lancaster junior captains Rachel Heidenreich and Allie Stewart each had seven goals as the Class A power recorded a 21-13 win. Lancaster moved to 13-1 despite playing without sophomore standout Grace Gabriel due to illness.

Big win for Ken West

Junior Tommy Lunghino pitched a one-hitter while senior Tommy Ryan homered and had three RBIs as Kenmore West scored a big Niagara Frontier League baseball win by knocking off No. 5 large school Lockport, 5-0.

Ryan was 2 for 4 while Ryan Hussar was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Blue Devils (7-6, 5-5 NFL). West scored three runs on three hits in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead and the Lions would not threaten thanks to Lunghino and West’s errorless defense.

Only one runner for Lockport (10-2 NFL) reached second base. Lunghino had two strikeouts and two walks but induced mostly ground ball outs.

“It was a great win, we got great pitching, we hit the ball when we needed to and the defense played very, very well,” said John Haynes, a 1987 Kenmore West grad who is in his third year as coach.

“We’ve been trying to turn this program around. It’s a big win for the program.”

KW softball rolling

Kenmore West had another fine diamond display, this one in softball, as the school heads into a big baseball-softball doubleheader tonight with some major momentum.

Charlotte Miller’s two-run home run in the fifth inning helped the No. 5 large school Blue Devils end a two-game losing streak with an 8-5 Niagara Frontier League victory over Lockport.

Miller went 4 for 4 with four RBIs while pitching the win, and her home run put Ken West up, 6-4, after Lockport tied the game with four runs in the top of the inning. The Blue Devils added two more runs in the sixth.

Kenmore West (8-3 in NFL play) will face rival Kenmore East tonight at 7 at Sheridan Park; the schools’ baseball teams start at 6:30.

“It’s huge, there are tons of people there every year,” said Ken West coach Matt Chimera. “This is good to get some confidence back, and you always want to go into that Kenmore East game with a little momentum. This was big for us.”

Barker sprints to title

Barker made it three straight undefeated seasons and three straight Niagara-Orleans track and field championships with a 76-65 victory at Albion.

Junior Jake Haight (long jump, triple jump), junior Bryce Moeller (400 meters, high jump) and senior Jordan Bender (800; 1,600) were double-winners for Barker, as they have been for much of the 6-0 league campaign.

Brett Cole, a first-year track athlete as a senior, has been a mainstay in the sprints as well.

“We had a lot of top sectional performers graduate, so this was unexpected in that I wasn’t sure they’d be able to overcome that,” said sixth-year coach James Jurewicz, referring to a class that included current UB athlete Tyler Scheving.