Big day for city baseball
Hutch-Tech baseball recorded its first sectional playoff win in the nine years that Tom Jost has been coaching, and it did so with a story line that you just couldn’t make up.
Tech, which had lost to Kenmore East twice in non-league games by scores of 11-1 and 10-0 – used a seven-run first inning to win at Ken East, 10-4, in Monday’s Section VI Class A prequarterfinals Monday.
“I don’t even think our kids knew what to do,” said Jost. “I’ve had better teams who lost ... but I guess we just found the right matchup. It was a perfect storm. I’m psyched as could be.”
Junior Eladio Hernandez, freshman George Arthur III and freshman Patrick Mulligan each had two-run doubles during the first inning while sophomore Jon Cybulski earned the win with two strikeouts, two walks, eight hits and three earned runs over 6∑ innings
Tech, the No. 5 seed out of a Cornell Cup league that struggles in large-school sectional play, will meet No. 4 Starpoint in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
It was also a big day for another city program in da Vinci, which recorded the first sectional victory in school history with a 6-3 win over Silver Creek in the Class C prequarterfinals.
Aric Hallet threw a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts while he added two hits and an RBI for second-seeded da Vinci, a seven-year-old program. Chris Ferrill added an RBI double while Conor McGrath and Patrick Coyle each had two hits.
Frontier wins runfest
Frontier coach Mike Morlock saw his team score nine in the first inning, but he didn’t exactly feel comfortable. He’s seen many runs scored in games with ECIC I rival Williamsville North.
“A lot of our games go this way, crazy back-and-forth. North puts up runs like this every time we play,” said Morlock, whose 10th-seeded Falcons saw No. 7 Will North come back to tie the game at 10-10 through five before scoring two for a 12-10 road win.
Jim Gleason earned the win with four innings of relief as Tom Stoklosa and Brandon Jewett drove in runs in the sixth for Frontier in Class AA.
“After the fifth, we just started fresh – brand new game,” said Morlock.
Stoklosa delivered an RBI single, stole second and scored on Jewett’s single.
In Class A, John Holody drove in Josh Ungaro (3 for 4) with the winning run as No. 2 seed Grand Island avoided a scare from No. 15 Williamsville East in a 6-5 victory. Nick Soos had two hits and two RBIs for GI.
Justin Bystrak was 3 for 5 with three runs as No. 10 seed Sweet Home won at No. 7 Amherst, 9-7.
Matt Shields’ walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh delivered a 4-3 victory for Alden over Dunkirk in the Class B-1 prequarterfinals. Shields was 2 for 4. Alden heads to second-seeded Albion for Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
Kyle Radack and Matt Martin each had two hits while Jake Pilling got the win as Southwestern, the No. 12 seed, scored a 6-5 victory at No. 5 Medina in the B-2 bracket. The Trojans take on another quality Niagara-Orleans team at No. 4 Akron today.
Nichols softball in final
Nico Tomani drove in four runs and scored three as Nichols rolled to the Monsignor Martin championship game with an 11-1 win over Mount St. Mary. The Vikings will play at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Sunshine Park against the winner of today’s game between Sacred Heart and Immaculata.
East lax edges North
Nick Skibitsky’s goal with 6:10 to play helped Williamsville East edge rival Williamsville North, 7-6, in the Section VI Class B quarterfinal.
Senior Ben Rein made 16 saves, one of which led to the game-winning goal. Senior defenseman Christian Baumler picked up the ground ball and fed Skibitsky, who fast-breaked and finished.
“He immediately looked up, because we always send a man, and sent a nice outlet to Skibitsky,” coach Ed Greenway said. “He just didn’t stop and put the shot down on the ground.”
East survived two North chances in the final 14 seconds, one a shot over the goal and one shot East disrupted with a stick check.