Zaepfel on scoring binge
Junior co-captain Remmi Zaepfel has been on a torrid scoring pace for the Sacred Heart lacrosse team in Monsignor Martin play. Tuesday she even outdid herself with 10 goals in a 19-7 victory over Mount Mercy at Cazenovia Park.
Zaepfel, a first team all-league selection last year, has 35 goals for the Sharks (5-2, 5-1 MMA) in six league games this season.
Katie O’Donnell added three goals and a pair of assists.
Sacred Heart’s lone league defeat was to defending champion Mount St. Mary. The Thunder (7-0) got seven goals from Shannon Pelitera in a 16-3 win over Nardin.
Clarence wins pitching duel
Mark Armstrong struck out 16 batters and allowed just two hits and no walks over the nine frames in pitching Clarence to a 2-0 extra-inning victory at Lancaster. The first-place Red Devils (6-0 in ECIC I) created a little breathing room between them and Orchard Park and Lancaster, who have two division losses each.
Lancaster’s Ryan Stekl had limited Clarence to just one hit, a fly ball single by Evan Harop in the second inning before leaving the game after eight innings. Stekl struck out 11 and walked four.
“Both pitchers were fantastic. It was just a great baseball game,” said Clarence coach Dave Smith.
Mark Matarise started the winning rally with a lead-off single in the ninth. He was sacrificed to second and scored on a double by Harop. Alex McGlue’s single drove in Harop.
Meanwhile at Orchard Park, Jordan Iannarelli doubled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to snap a tie and give the Quakers (6-2, 5-2 ECIC I) a 9-7 victory over Williamsville North.
The visiting Spartans had scored five times in the top of the inning to tie the game at 7-all. The equalizer came on a grand slam homer by sophomore Duke Hwang.
Iannarelli also had a triple in the game for four RBIs. Jeff Palczewski also tripled for OP.
Weston Ley hit a two-run homer and Nick Hart had three hits, one a double, and scored three times as Fredonia won in its neighborhood rivalry with Dunkirk, defeating the Marauders, 11-4, in their CCAA I game in Dunkirk. Trent Thompson also had a pair of hits including a double for the Hillbillies.
No. 1 Red Devils roll on
Katie Maloney went 4-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs as Clarence (13-1, 7-1 ECIC I), the area’s top-ranked large school team, defeated West Seneca West, 14-6, in ECIC I softball.
In Thompson Trophy play for Buffalo Public Schools, Hutch-Tech improved to 6-0 in league play with a 20-1 rout of da Vinci. Jessica Andula drove in five of the runs for the Engineers with a pair of doubles and a triple.
In the Niagara Frontier League, Shelby Donhauser of Kenmore West struck out 10 Lockport batters in the Blue Devils’ 6-0 win. West is 7-1 in NFL play.
Eden lacrosse wins
Brady Bermingham scored three goals and George Plarr had a goal and an assist for Eden in an impressive 9-1 win at Amherst. The Raiders improved to 4-3 in WNY Class C league play. Two of Eden’s losses have been by one goal.
Elsewhere, Hamburg upped its record in 8-0 in Class B play with a 16-1 romp over Sweet Home. Lucas Shafer had three goals and three assists, Austin Bishop scored three with pair of assists for the Bulldogs.
Akron (10-0, 8-0) remained unbeaten in Class C with a 23-2 rout of Wilson. Sturgis Sundowner led the Tigers with five goals and a pair of assists while A.J. Lauricella had two goals and two assists.
John Lunney scored five goals and added four assists for Williamsville North in a 15-6 Class A win over Grand Island. Jake Zaleski had four goals and an assist for the Spartans.