EA lax beats Silver Creek
One of East Aurora’s goals entering this boys lacrosse season was to beat Silver Creek. The Blue Devils can cross that one off their to-do list as they dealt the defending Section VI Class C champions their first league loss, 20-17, on Thursday.
Parker Healy recorded five goals and an assist, while Josh Clancy and Mike Franz each had four goals and two assists for EA, which improved to 7-1 in league play by beating the Black Knights for the first time since 2009. Jeremy Swartwout made 18 saves in the win.
“It’s huge, it’s a huge win,” EA coach Scott More said. “We dropped a tough one to Eden this year we felt we could have won. Our team has completely rebounded.”
Silver Creek pulled within 16-15 with 5:13 left on a goal by Zed Williams. It’s the closest the Black Knights got as Healy scored the next two goals.
Elsewhere, Connor Fields had four goals and three assists as Bishop Timon-St. Jude lost, 13-10, to nonleague visitor Hill Academy (Ont.).
Pelitera nets milestone
In girls lacrosse, Shannon Pelitera’s sixth goal of the game was the 100th of the senior’s career as she helped Mount St. Mary rout Mount Mercy, 22-6, in Monsignor Martin play.
She joins Sara Sloeik (161) and Jordan Gerst (102) in the school’s 100-goal club.
St. Joe’s goes deep in win
For the second time this week, the top two baseball teams in the Monsignor Martin Association played a fine game. The only thing different Thursday was the result as St. Joe’s belted four home runs to earn a 6-4 victory over visiting St. Mary’s of Lancaster. Phil Wells, Jake Jopacz, Matt Ruggiero and Matt Matre all homered for the Marauders (6-1 in league), who avenged Monday’s 1-0 loss at St. Mary’s by being more patient and selective at the plate.
Ruggiero and Matre clobbered the ball on their home runs, according to coach Paul Nasca, as both travelled at least 380 feet, with Matre’s becoming the first to hit the scoreboard at the new field at St. Joe’s Robert T. Scott Complex. Matre’s shot made it 6-0 in the sixth. Wells’ two-run homer in the first gave St. Joe’s the lead for good.
Chris Falk pitched 6∑ innings to earn the win, yielding six hits with six strikeouts. Matre earned the save.
St. Joe’s hosts rival Canisius today.
Lockport tops Grand Island
In a showdown between the top two baseball teams in the Niagara Frontier League, first-place Lockport got the better of Grand Island, 3-1.
Tyler Frass drove in two runs for the Lions (8-1 in the league), while winning pitcher Brad Wroblewski struck out six and yielded four hits in six innings. Charlie Sobieraski, who walked and scored Lockport’s third run during a two-run third inning, earned the save. Noah Vandenbosch’s single plated Casey Domski (two runs) to break a 1-1 tie.
Williamsville South (11-0) remained perfect but barely as it held on for a 15-14 nonleague win over Williamsville North.
Freshman Steve Zaprowski who went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, including a three-run triple in the fourth to make it 10-2. He pitched the final two-thirds of an inning to earn the save.
Chris Vitale struck out five and scattered eight hits during a complete-game win, while Mike Crissy went 3 for 4 with his two-run single in the top of the fourth, helping Cheektowaga overcome a 1-0 deficit en route to a 4-2 ECIC III triumph over Amherst.
N-W’s Hayes tosses no-no
Freshman Marissa Hayes threw her first no-hitter to lead Niagara-Wheatfield (9-4) past North Tonawanda, 4-0, in Niagara Frontier League softball. She struck out 13 and walked none as her pitches were clocked as fast as 60 mph. The only NT base runner reached on a dropped pop-up.
Mariah Scheer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.