Lancaster beats Clarence
Lancaster pushed the defending state Class AA champions to the limit earlier this week without a full softball lineup. With all hands on deck Friday, the Redskins showed just how good they could be as they handed Clarence its first loss, 8-4, in ECIC I play.
Host Lancaster (7-3, 5-1) pulled away from the Red Devils during a four-run fifth inning in which it strung together five hits. Winning pitcher Bre Opera, who missed Sunday’s 6-4 loss in eight innings to Clarence on Sunday at the Gerry Gentner Tournament, broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single. Emily Bagley also had an RBI single, while Emily Ast capped the rally with a two-run single.
“It was a great team win for us but it made a difference having all the pieces,” Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose said. “I think the girls were motivated by Sunday’s loss.”
Opera, Ast, Olivia Jankowski and Morgan Ziemba each had two hits for the Redskins.
Moriah Harris had two hits for Clarence (8-1, 5-1), which completed a gauntlet of a week with a 3-1 mark against the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in Western New York. The Red Devils beat No. 3 Hamburg twice, including Thursday, and split with No. 2 Lancaster.
Laura Finley went 2 for 3, drove in two runs and made two diving catches to help Williamsville East win its fourth in a row, 4-2 over Lake Shore in ECIC II.
St. Mary’s rallies past Nichols
Chris Kwitzer’s three-run triple with no outs in the top of the sixth inning gave St. Mary’s the lead for good as the Lancers remained unbeaten in Monsignor Martin Association baseball by beating Nichols, 8-6.
Kwitzer’s three-bagger enabled St. Mary’s (10-1, 5-0) to overcome a 6-4 deficit as the Vikings rallied from an early 4-0 deficit of their own. He scored later in the inning on Mark Gonzalez’s single. Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. J.D. Andresseen went 2 for 4 with three runs scored for the Lancers, who completed a 3-0 week that included wins over perennial Georgetown Cup contenders St. Francis, last year’s runner-up, and Canisius.
Ryan Stefaniak tossed a complete-game three-hitter with four strikeouts and also went 4 for 4 as St. Francis beat Canisius for the second straight day, 4-0. Frannies won Thursday, 2-0, behind Matt Minnick’s three-hitter.
Timon lax beats Hamburg
The nonleague boys lacrosse game between Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Hamburg was more than just a heavyweight battle between Western New York powers. The game served as a chance to remember the late Ed Van Tine.
The coach credited with helping lacrosse grow as a sports in WNY passed away last year after a bout with cancer. Funds raised during Friday’s game, which Timon won 17-10, will be donated to cancer research.
Tyler Fields had seven goals and an assist for Timon (5-2), while Adam Dimillo and JD Recor each had two goals and three assists.
Lucas Schaffer recorded three goals and two assists for Hamburg.