Tonawanda baseball defends title
Bret Kelly drove in four runs on two hits as Tonawanda made it back-to-back ECIC IV titles with an 11-3 win over Alden. Nick Pullo scattered five hits and fanned 10 for the Warriors (10-1).
• Kyle Zurak turned in another solid pitching performance as he yielded just three hits over six innings and struck out six in Williamsville North’s 8-1 win over Frontier. Zurak has signed with Radford University (Va.) of the Big South Conference. Mike Szalazkiewicz had three hits and drove in two runs in support of Zurak.
• UB-bound Chris Kwitzer pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts as St. Mary’s beat Cardinal O’Hara, 1-0, to move within a game of clinching the Monsignor Martin Association regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the Georgetown Cup playoffs. The Lancers (9-2) need a win over visiting Canisius on Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. for the crown.
In their first meeting with O’Hara, St. Mary’s had to rally to win, 4-3. This one was decided by one run as well as Mark Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in J.D. Andressen in the top of the sixth.
Fredonia breaks wins record
Fredonia won its 17th straight baseball game Monday to break the school record for consecutive wins in an 18-0 victory over rival Dunkirk.
The previous record had been held by the 1985 team, coached by Pete Criscione. All-WNY pitcher Trent Thompson gave up three singles to lead the undefeated Hillbillies (17-0, 11-0). The victory also gave Fredonia its third staight CCAA I title. Nick Hart had four hits and drove in three runs.
“We’re getting contributions from everybody,” said coach Vince Gullo, a senior captain on that 1985 team. “To be honest, we have such high goals we’re glad we got it out of the way and we can focus on much larger goals, and that’s sectionals.”
• Josh Palisano scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI by Justin LeRosa as Hamburg beat Sweet Home, 4-3. Palisano also pitched five innings to get the win.
• Joey Colosi fashioned a two-hitter while Joe D’Angelo and Jake Martineau drove in two runs with two hits each in Niagara Falls’ 4-0 win over North Tonawanda.
• David Baskerville had three hits, including a double, as Eden downed North Collins, 11-4, in ECIC IV to improve to 10-6.
Will. East softball shares title
Williamsville East (9-3, 11-4) earned a three-way share of the ECIC II title with a 6-0 win over Sweet Home. The Flames, Starpoint and Iroquois finished division play at 9-3. Flames starter Sam Weaver (9-3, 1.49) pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts. Eighth grade second baseman Marissa Birzon had an RBI triple and Sarah Armstrong added an RBI double.
Hubert, Perna lead St. Joe’s lax
Mike Hubert had five goals and Dominic Perna had four assists and scored as the St. Joe’s lacrosse team beat Nichols, 10-5. The Marauders (11-4, 8-1) play Timon/St. Jude for the league title on Wednesday.
Odrobina remembered at JFK
In a memorable afternoon, Ian Allen drove in three runs with three hits and got the save on the mound as the East Aurora baseball team beat host JFK, 6-4, in five innings.
In a well-attended pregame ceremony, JFK named its baseball diamond for the late Peter Odrobina, who devoted 33 years of service to the Cheektowaga school. Odrobina died of a heart attack on Nov. 21, 2012. He taught PE at JFK and coached at least six varsity and JV sports.