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EA sets two meet records

Some bad weather didn’t spoil some fine performances at the Joe Paternitti Memorial Track and Field Classic, held at Strider Field in Jamestown. Sophomore Sophia Tasselmyer of East Aurora smashed the meet record in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 44.24 seconds. She won by almost 28 seconds.

Then in the girls 4x800 relay, East Aurora set a meet record of 9:55:08. Marta McLaughlin, Fiona Danieu, Bekah Zee and Hannah Hitchcock were on the Blue Devils’ team.

In the boys 1,600-meter run, Ryan Hetrick of Southwestern won in 4:41.31. Some events were cancelled due to rain, which caused two delays.

Looking down

Riverside High School is enjoying the view from the top of the Cornell Cup baseball standings.

The Frontiers knocked off Middle College, 4-2, for their eighth win without a loss on Friday.

“We had our closest game in a while. We were down, 2-1, but got a big double by John Oakley to push in two runs,” Riverside coach Roland Davis said. “He finished the game with three strikeouts to have 11 for the game. John is leading the way. He’s pitching very well.”

Davis is in his first year on the job as baseball coach, and his team has turned things around.

“It’s been a rough couple of years,” he said. “We escaped with about three victories last year, and it was a rough season for the boys. They’ve turned it around this year.”

Last team standing

In ECIC II baseball, Iroquois and Williamsville East played one of those games in which the last team to bat figured to win. In the end, Iroquois came away with a 17-16 win.

When asked the last time one of his teams had been involved in such a high-scoring contest, Chiefs coach Marv Matteson said, “It’s been years, and I don’t want any more, either.

“It was our fifth game in five days. By the end of the game we’re were taking volunteers to pitch. We went through five guys.”

The game went back and forth until Noah Fuer hit a game-winning single to end a long, long afternoon. Third baseman Matthew Sokolski had a triple with two homers and drove in eight runs.

Fredonia takes title

You can never take winning for granted, and Fredonia doesn’t. The Hillbillies defeated Southwestern, 9-1, to wrap up their fourth straight CCAA West title.

“We’re a very young team, so this is a nice little accomplishment,” Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. “We are the defending state B champions, but we only had three returning starters. We assumed we’d win the league, but when you start seven underclassmen you’re never sure.

The elements came into play in Friday’s game. Cam Voss was the winning pitcher, tossing a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts. He was tough once he got through the early innings.

“He pitched in the rain at the start. It was fierce, and the wind was blowing, but we hung tough,” Gullo said.

Voss improved his career record to 18-0.

On offense, Weston Lee added three hits for Fredonia; he is hitting an amazing .697 (23 for 33) in nine games so far this season.

Big day for Herrora

In Thompson Trophy softball action, Milagro Herrora was a one-person wrecking crew for McKinley. She threw a no-hitter on the mound,and went 3 for 3 with a grand slam and five RBIs in a 10-0 win over MST Seneca.

It was all Amherst in a 12-0 victory over visiting East Aurora in ECIC III play. Taylor Balser had five hits in a memorable day for the Tigers.

Pitchers’ duel

Goals were few and far between in the girls’ lacrosse game between East Aurora and Iroquois. The Blue Devils came away with a 5-3 win. Maddy Kelchlin had two goals as EA moved to within a game of .500 at 6-7.