Niagara Gazette

June 18, 2013

AREA ROUNDUP: Jr. Thunderwolves explode at Darien Lake tourney

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The 12-and-under Jr. Thunderwolves, sponsored by Mark Cerrone, Inc., rode their hot offense to a 2-1 showing at the Darien Lake Tournament over the weekend in local youth travel baseball action.

In the first game, the Jr. Thunderwolves beat the Ontario Prospects 7-1 behind triples from Aiden O'Lay and Cam Sloma. Matt Carden and Ian Evans combined to toss a three-hitter in the victory.

The team dropped the second game, 11-8, to the Elma-Marilla-Wales Tribe. Cam Dabill and Nick Clouden each had two hits and combined for four RBIs in the loss.

In the finale, O'Lay, Evans and Carden each hit a home run as the Thunderwolves beat Bradford (Pa.), 16-7. O'Lay finished with five RBIs, while Carden knocked in three and Evans drove in two. James Filippelli struck out three on the hill, while Kevin Wojocinski sat down four.

Senior Travel

• Connor Brown struck out nine in an  -3 victory over the Tonawanda Red Sox as the Whirlpool Park Rangers returned to their winning ways after a brief two-game losing streak. Brandon Benjamin was perfect in striking out the side in the final inning inning. Peter Fiorica led all hitters with three hits, including a double, with two RBIs. Devonta Braithwaite also hit a double and drove in a run, while Michael Gibas and Nick Zaker chipped in with two hits and an RBI apiece.

Whirlpool Minors

• Anthony Greig and Tommy Tower each had two hits, while Chelsea Kuhns, Aidan Robins and Matthew Ceccato each crossed the plate twice as the J.A. Brundage Drain Doctor Pirates beat the Main Street B.P.A. Blue Jays, 15-5. Cameron Gardner ripped a double and Malachi Williams and Jacob Janese each had a hit in the loss.

• Mitchell Brundidge went 4 for 4 with a grand slam, while Jay Granto went 4 for 4 and tossed three innings with seven strikeouts as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 20-6. Williams made his pitching debut and Jack Havens went 3 for 3 for the Jays.



• The Empire Revs finished off a strong weekend of play with a 3-1 victory over Yankee Lady FC (Connecticut). After falling behind in the first minute to a goal by Shawnique Samuels, who will be attending Niagara University in the fall, the Revs dominated play for the remainder of the half. The payoff came late on a goal from Bri Smith (Canisius) to tie the game at the half. The second half saw more of the same with the Revs having much of the possession. Goals from Alexandra Rohloff (St. John Fisher) and Molly Curry (St. Bonaventure) secured the victory. The Revs are now 4-1 in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League and travel to Yankee Lady and Westchester FC for a pair of road matches next weekend.