High School Extra: Kenmore East breaks through
Published: April 29, 2010, 12:56 am
Kenmore East ended a long dry spell against Grand Island in Niagara Frontier League baseball, defeating the Vikings, 16-8.
The Bulldogs' last victory in the rivalry was a 10-9 decision April 18, 2005. GI had won the last nine in the series, including a 1-0 victory on a no-hit gem by Joel Klock a year ago (April 29, 2009).
"We beat one of the premier programs in Western New York, a well-coached team," said Kenmore East coach Leslie Simon. "Our kids did a marvelous job. I don't remember the last time we had 19 hits."
The Bulldogs (3-4, 2-1 NFL) had three triples among the 19 hits — by Jonah Heim with the bases full in the second, a two-run shot by Zach Smith (4 RBIs) in the fifth and a two-run drive by Tony Marra (three RBI) in the first. Sam Cumbo and Jeff Spors had two hits each.
Junior right-hander Matt Dunn went the distance for the victory.
Klock and Nick Kellner had three hits each for Grand Island (7-3, 2-1 NFL).
Orchard Park nips Frontier
First-place Orchard Park (6-2, 5-0 ECIC I) which had been putting up big numbers against division opponents, got only five hits but that was enough to edge Frontier, 2-1, and overcome the outstanding pitching of the Falcons' Garrett Cortright.
Cortright, a 6-foot-4 senior, struck out 11 and allowed only five hits in taking the loss.
"[Cortright] probably throws in the mid-80s — that's pretty good in high school — and has good command. He has a good slider and a fantastic changeup," said Orchard Park coach Jim Gibson. "And, he's a pitcher, not just a chucker."
Orchard Park scored in the first when Charles Mosey singled, stole second and took third on a sacrifice. He came home on an infield out. In the second No. 9 hitter Kyle Witkowski walked, moved up on a single by Mosey and scored on a hit by Ryan Lindquist.
Frontier's only run against the Quakers' Rich Kowalski was a homer by Joel Pike.
Hamburg (6-2, 4-0 ECIC I) kept pace with the Quakers, defeating visiting Jamestown, 3-2, in a game that ended when Matt Tobias was tagged out in a rundown between third and home. Tobias tried to score from third on a wild pitch, but the Hamburg catcher blocked the ball and Tobias was trapped and eventually tagged out by first baseman Tyler Herr.
Mike Davidson and winning pitcher Jordan Pytlak combined to pitch a two-hitter for Hamburg. Davidson, the starter, struck out nine in his four innings.
A loser to Hamburg on Tuesday, No. 1 ranked large school Clarence (5-3, 4-2 ECIC I) came back with a 9-1 win over visiting Lancaster.
"We got beat in every phase of the game at Hamburg," said Clarence coach David Smith.
Wednesday, it was a different story. The Red Devils wiped out an early 1-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the first as Zach Lauricella and Andrew Lawrence contributed RBI singles to the rally.
Lauricella, who gave up two hits in the first, allowed the Redskins only one hit the rest of the way. He struck out seven and walked none.
Clarence scored in every inning except the second. Adam Urschel and Matt Darlak had two hits each as the Red Devils pounded out 11.
Quakers shut down Clarence
Orchard Park (5-1, 4-0 Class A League) held Clarence to one goal in the second half on the way to a 10-4 boys lacrosse victory over the visiting Red Devils. Sean Rimmer had five goals and an assist to lead the Quakers who led, 4-3, at the half.|
"Our defense played very well. We're holding teams to four goals a game average," said OP coach Gene Tundo.
Another gem from Sansano
Clarence and senior pitcher Jennifer Sansano kept on their merry way in ECIC I softball. The Red Devils made the trek to Jamestown and defeated the Red Raiders, 9-0, behind the one-hit pitching of Sansano, who struck out 12 and walked one.
Kelly Goller had three hits, two of them doubles, and drove in two runs for Clarence. Valerie Nappo had three hits, including a double, drove in a run and scored twice to also spark the attack.
It was the sixth straight win for Clarence and Sansano, who are undefeated. The only Jamestown hit was a second-inning single by Melissa Warner. Sansano's strikeout total for the season is 86.
Meanwhile, Lancaster (3-1 in ECIC I) handed No. 1-ranked Williamsville North (3-2) its second division loss in two days, 7-5. Elise Porreca contributed the big hit of the game, a two-run triple. Kelly Leonard was the winning pitcher.
Canisius remains undefeated
Canisius (5-2, 3-0 Monsignor Martin) stayed unbeaten in the association with a 13-2 win over Niagara Catholic at Sal Maglie Stadium in the Falls. Pat Dearing went six innings for the win, allowing just three hits and striking out out nine. He walked one. Ace Vetrano pitched the seventh.
Nine Crusaders contributed to the team's 14 hits. Dan Bender and Nick Russo had two hits and two RBIs each while catcher Gordon Lyons had three hits, scored three times and drove in two runs.