Hoot fans 18 for Mustangs
Senior Adam Hoot tied the school record for strikeouts in a game as Medina beat Wilson, 18-0, in the Niagara-Orleans League. Hoot’s 18 Ks ties him with the Mustangs’ current pitching coach Brian Fry from the mid-1980s. Hoot fanned the first nine batters he faced. Hoot helped himself at the plate as he was 4 of 5 with six RBIs and a home run.
Senior Tom James picked up his 20th career win in Akron’s a 6-2 victory visiting CSAT in the Niagara-Orleans League. James scattered three hits and fanned nine. Zach Pfentner drove in two runs with three hits for the Tigers (5-0).
Ryan MacCarrick, a returning All-WNY first teamer, and Brandon Nicholson had two hits each as Orchard Park moved to 4-0 in ECIC I with a 7-4 win over visiting Lancaster.
OP reliever Ben Wereski got his first varsity save when he entered the game in the seventh with runners on first and second, no outs and struck out two and picked a runner off first.
Ken West wins on walk-off walk
Senior Charlotte Miller pitched a four-hitter with 10 Ks as Kenmore West (2-0) beat rival Kenmore East, 1-0, in the Niagara Frontier League. Bulldogs pitcher Courtney Creasey was solid as well giving up only three hits.
The only run of the game was scored with one out in the bottom of the seventh when Blue Devils’ 8th grader Abby Borkowski drew a bases-loaded walk.
Laura Kratzke threw a two-hitter with 16 Ks as Alden beat Lackawanna, 5-0, in ECIC IV. Megan Hassenbohler had a two-out bases-loaded double in the sixth to provide the final margin for the Bulldogs (4-0).
Vic Castricone singled in Lauren Pixley with the game-winning run as Frontier edged West Seneca West, 4-3, in ECIC I.
Depew tournament Sunday
The 17th Wildcat Softball Tournament has been moved from today to Sunday. Depew coach Dan Seelig announced the change on Friday after consulting the weather forecast.
The one-day event, which features two separate brackets of eight teams each at Walden Pond Park, will now begin with games at 10:30 a.m.
Games are also scheduled for 12:15, 2 (loser’s bracket games) and 3:45 p.m., with the championship games set for 5:30.
Last year’s champions were Clarence and Hamburg, both of which went on to win sectional championships, with Hamburg winning the Class A state title.
O’Hara coach steps down
Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball coach Dan McDermott surprised nearly everyone at the team’s season-ending banquet on Thursday when he announced he was stepping down as head coach.
He said he would still be involved with the team in a coaching capacity, but that assistant Nick O’Neil would take over as head coach. McDermott has lauded O’Neil in recent years as the Hawks won three straight Catholic state championships, the first two in Class B and the latest in Class A this season, which the team followed up with a rare state Federation championship.
Orchard Park 5-0 in tennis
The Orchard Park boys tennis team recorded its third shutout in four matches with a 5-0 victory over host West Seneca West. Senior captains Tommy Baldinger and Kevin Zablonski, who play first and second singles, are both 4-0. The Quakers play at Clarence on Monday at 4:30 … Eighth-grader Jonah Murphy won his match 6-4, 6-3 to give Sweet Home its third point in a 3-2 win over Starpoint in ECIC II.
W. S. East nets lacrosse win
West Seneca East upset Niagara Wheatfield 6-4, in boys lacrosse. Quinn Miller had four goals. The goaltending of Parker Phillips (nine saves) and the Trojans’ effort on ground balls made the difference.
In girls lacrosse, Allie Stewart had three goals and Anna Orlando added two with two assists as Lancaster beat Orchard Park, 12-5. The Redskins (7-0, 4-0) were coming off Thursday’s win over Hamburg in what was a meeting of last year’s Class A and B champions.