Clarence tops OP

Clarence and Orchard Park, the top two large school baseball teams, both proved worthy of their ranking on Wednesday but the Red Devils pulled out the victory.

Evan Harof produced the game-winning hit with a two-run triple in the seventh inning to lift Clarence by OP, 8-5.

“It’s always big when you beat Orchard Park,” Clarence coach Dave Smith said. “But quite frankly, Orchard Park is just as good as we are.”

With the game tied at 5 in the seventh, Mark Armstrong of Clarence singled and Mark Materise was hit by a pitch before Harof settled matters with a triple. Materise tossed a complete game and allowed just one earned run.

East Aurora, ranked third in The News’ small school poll, received a huge lift from Ryan Thompson in the Blue Devils’ 7-6 victory over Pioneer. Thompson stole four bases to go with two hits and two RBIs, while Ian Allen picked up the save and struck out five.

In the Niagara Frontier League, Joe D’Angelo went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI, while Jake Martineau was 3 for 4 with three RBIs as Niagara Falls romped over Grand Island, 21-4.

Mt. St. Mary’s still unbeaten

Mount St. Mary’s last game against Sacred Heart was a little too close for comfort but Wednesday’s rematch was never in doubt.

The Thunder remained unbeaten at 9-0 as Mary Kate Ginnane scored two goals while Cassie Davin finished with 13 saves in Mount St. Mary’s 10-4 victory over the Sharks in Monsignor Martin Association girls lacrosse.

Since defeating Sacred Heart, 10-9, on April 17, Mount St. Mary’s has outscored its last seven opponents, 114-24. The Thunder beat Mount Mercy, 22-6, on the road last Thursday.

“We played better the last time we played against Sacred Heart,” said Mount St. Mary’s coach Marissa Dauria, a 2005 graduate of the school. “But this time, we played much better defensively.”

In Msgr. Martin Association boys lacrosse, St. Joe’s – coming off a loss Monday to St.Francis – rebounded in a big way by beating rival Canisius in overtime.

Mark Nasca smacked in the game-winner with 0.9 seconds remaining in overtime as the Marauders stunned the Crusaders, 9-8.

Nasca finished with two goals and a pair of assists.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude controlled its matchup against St. Francis throughout and defeated the Red Raiders, 20-6.

The Tigers were led by Connor Fields with 10 goals.

Olmsted reaches goal

When Mark Orlando and Rich Skibucha started the Olmsted girls track and field program four years ago, their primary objective was to catch Hutch-Tech. They finally reached that goal on Wednesday.

Olmsted finished either first or second in every event and won, 66-49, to hand the Engineers their first meet loss in eight years.

“We just wanted to match their success because they’ve been so good over the years,” Orlando said.

Freshman Brittany Higgs was the star in winning individual events in the 1,500 and 3,000 while anchoring the winning 4x800 and 4x400 teams.

Hamburg wins in shutout

Hamburg’s short game played a huge role in the Bulldogs 6-0 softball shutout over Williamsville North.

“Our bunting was phenomenal,” Hamburg coach Lisa Palma said. “We’ve been struggling with it lately but we put some nice ones together, gained some confidence and pushed across some runs.”

Bridget Hogan went 3 for 3 with an RBI while Sarah Mertowski was 2 for 4 for the Bulldogs.