Lake Shore lacrosse tops Amherst
Lake Shore, in its eighth year as a varsity boys lacrosse program, beat Amherst for the first time, 10-6, and did it on the Tigers’ home turf Thursday.
Junior Tommy Scanlan had five assists while freshman Darien Jimerson added two. The game was tied 2-2 before the Eagles took over in the second half.
“When we got off the bus we weren’t ready to play,” said coach Joe Migliaccio. “It was just an increase of effort. Our boys woke up a little bit in the second half and played the game.”
The Eagles moved to 3-0 in Class C, one game behind 4-0 East Aurora.
Ken West grinds out win over rival
Ryan Hussar’s one-out single in the bottom of the seventh allowed Kenmore West to walk off with a 3-2 triumph over rival Kenmore East in Niagara Frontier League baseball.
Hussar’s hit knocked in winning pitcher Jimmy Faso, who led off with a walk and then stole second. Ken East intentionally loaded the bases in hopes of getting a force at home or an inning-ending double play but couldn’t escape the jam.
Faso struck out seven and yielded 11 hits during his complete-game win. He blanked the Bulldogs from the second inning on, escaping a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the sixth by inducing a fielder’s choice grounder and an infield pop fly.
“He’s a true competitor,” Blue Devils coach John Haynes said. “He’s a captain. … He just had fire in his eyes.”
Tommy Lunghino went 2 for 4 with a run scored for Ken West. John Mirabella had a double and a stolen base during a 3-for-3 day for Kenmore East.
OP beats St. Francis in baseball
Orchard Park scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth and never trailed again as it beat last year’s Monsignor Martin Association Georgetown Cup runner-up St. Francis, 9-5, in a heavyweight nonleague baseball matchup.
Tom LaCongo had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs, while Dave Hollins added two hits and two RBIs for OP. Sophomore Jeff Biddle, one of five pitchers used by the Quakers, tossed one inning of hitless relief to earn the win.
Elsewhere, Noah Thompson’s four-hit day included belting a double to drive in Evan Norman with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as East Aurora beat Depew, 4-3, in ECIC III.
Antaney Brinkley 4 for 4 with four RBIs and Eladio Hernandez drove three runs with two hits as Hutch-Tech beat Riverside, 12-3, in Cornell Cup.
Defending champs go to 2-0
Defending state Class AA softball champion Clarence improved to 2-0 as it scored four times in the third inning to beat Williamsville North, 4-0, in ECIC I.
The Red Devils, who have six returnees from last year, strung four hits in the inning and also benefited from an error on a sacrifice bunt. Kaycee Fracasso’s fielder’s choice drove in Gabby Keller, who had singled, with the game’s first run. Mariah Harris followed with a run-scoring double, then Jill Horvath and Katie Maloney added RBI singles for Clarence.
Winning pitcher Katrina Buczkowski struck out 11 for the second straight game and yielded just four hits.
Haley Panek capped a big day for Alden by clubbing the game-winning two-run homer as the Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0) remained perfect on the season with an 11-10 win over Lackawanna in ECIC IV.
Panek’s blast came with one out in the bottom of the seventh. She went 3 for 4, while Alden teammate Laura Kratzke also had a big day, going 3 for 3 with a double, home run and three RBIs.
The softball version of the battle of Kenmore went West’s way as the Blue Devils cruised to a 9-2 win over Ken East in the Niagara Frontier League. Mary Louise Linder had three hits for unbeaten Ken West (3-0), while Ashley Campanella had two singles and three RBIs. Shelby Danhauser struck out 12 and gave up four hits to earn the win.
Maddy Geil knocked in the winning run as Iroquois (4-0) remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win over Williamsville East in ECIC II.
N-W boys lax learning on the fly
The goal is simple for Niagara-Wheatfield’s boys lacrosse team, which has had a tough start to the season but cruised to victory Thursday with a 13-1 rout of West Seneca West.
“The goal is to get these young guys up to speed for the playoffs,” said Falcons coach Vince Schiffert of his squad, which graduated 15 players from last year’s sectional Class B finalist team. “We had a tough schedule early.”
N-W improved to 2-3. Its losses came to defending Class B champion Hamburg, private school Nichols and Iroquois. Zach Dubuc scored four times in the victory for the Falcons.