Another save for Wereski
Sophomore left-hander Ben Wereski earned his third save in Orchard Park’s six ECIC victories on Monday, as the Quakers (7-3, 6-0) held off Frontier, 5-4.
Wereski came on after Frontier had scored twice in the sixth to close to 5-3, After giving up a sacrifice fly, Wereski got out of the inning and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
Brandon Nicholson led off the OP first with a solo home run and Ryan MacCarrick doubled home another run to get the Quakers in front. MacCarrick had two hits and two RBIs on the day.
It’s the start of a busy week for Orchard Park, even though the Quakers’ makeup game against Canisius today was canceled because an umpire crew was not available. OP will face St. Francis, Williamsville North, West Seneca East and finally Jamestown on Saturday when dedication ceremonies to honor the late former coach Bob Barrows will be held.
Orchard Park coach Jim Gibson believes he has the pitching to handle the heavy schedule.
“Back-to-back games don’t bother me,” Gibson said. “We have more pitching than most teams. We have a pretty decent staff.”
Clarence (7-3, 6-2 ECIC I) jumped on Jamestown for four runs in the first inning and went on to a 12-2 victory over the visiting Red Raiders. There were consecutive RBI singles by Drew Ailing, Alex McGlue, Jordan Hrynczak and Justin White. Ailing also had a double, the Red Devils’ only extra-base hit.
Junior right-hander Brian Pulli pitched four-hit ball for six innings to pick up the win. He struck out six and walked only one and allowed only one earned run.
Miller paces Kenmore West
Eighth-ranked Kenmore West stayed unbeaten in Niagara Frontier League softball with a surprisingly one-sided, 15-3 victory over No. 5 Niagara Falls.
The Blue Devils had 11 hits and benefitted from seven walks given up by Wolverines pitchers.
Winning pitcher Charlotte Miller drove in five runs for Kenmore West. She homered over the fence and tripled and walked twice as she went 2 for 2. Lina Mirabella had three hits and Hannah Post drove in four runs with a pair of hits for the winners.
“Miller had a solid game, pitching,” said Kenmore West coach Matt Chimera.
Kenmore West (6-1, 6-0 NFL) is tied for the league lead with Niagara-Wheatfield. The teams will meet today at Niagara-Wheatfield.
Lancaster bats alive
Lancaster (6-1, 4-1 ECIC I) had 12 hits in an 8-2 softball win over Hamburg. Kaitlin Surdej pitched a seven-hitter for the Redskins, striking out only two but walking none.
“We got production up and down our order,” said Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose. “Eight different girls got a hit.”
Lancaster broke open a 2-2 game with four runs in the fifth inning with Stacy Peterson’s two-run single the key hit.
Emily Ast, Julia Sortisio, Olivia Jankowski and Jenna Neumaier each had two hits for Lancaster.
West Seneca West is winless in ECIC I so far, but the Indians gave No. 1 ranked Clarence (6-1) a good test Monday before the Red Devils walked away with a 3-1 victory behind the three-hit pitching of Katrina Buczkowski, who struck out nine.
Moriah Harris got Clarence in front driving in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning. Morgan Altman singled home a run for West Seneca West in the fourth to make it 2-1. Buczkowski led off the Clarence sixth with a single. After Hannah Marlowe singled, pinch-hitter Corrie Colf came through with an RBI single for the insurance run.