Niagara Gazette

May 13, 2014

MONDAY RECAP: Bulldogs hand NF baseball first league loss

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Niagara Gazette — Kenmore East scored six runs in the top of fifth, handing Niagara Falls its first loss of the season in Niagara Frontier League play.

Jeff White allowed one hit over seven innings, striking out two for the Bulldogs (8-9, 5-6 NFL).

"Niagara Falls is a terrific team, but today my guys played like champions," said Kenmore East coach Les Simon. "We played air-tight defense, showing you how much heart this team has."

The Wolverines came into Monday's game 10-0 in the league but could not get through the Bulldogs defense. 

Ken East scored all six runs in the fifth inning. Nick Lobochiaro led off with a single. Richard Brinkman followed, reaching on an error. The Bulldogs followed with four more hits from Luke Simmons, Preston Smith, White and Tom Vancuren. 

Smith finished with three hits. 

The Bulldogs next face Grand Island today. Niagara Falls also plays today against North Tonawanda.

Starpoint 11, Sweet Home 10

Austin Owens drew a bases loaded walk to score Jim Janeczko in the bottom of the seventh to give the Spartans (7-4 ECIC II) a walk-off win. Starpoint scored five in the sixth to cut Sweet Home's lead to one. Brett Guay and Mike Lane each had RBI singles. Ben Walters hit a one-out single for the Spartans in the bottom of the seventh. Janeczko scored Walters with a triple, tying the game at 10. Sweet Home (3-4 ECIC II) walked the next three batters, allowing Janeczko to score the winning run. Lane earned the win, pitching shutout sixth and seventh innings.     

Lew-Port 10, Nia Wheatfield 4

Josh Joepsell threw a complete game, striking out four for the Lancers (9-4, 8-4 NFL). Koepsell went 3 for 3, batting in two. Joe Scirto went 4 for 4, also batting in two. Andrew Connely had two hits for the Falcons (5-6 NFL). The Lancers return home today for Senior Night against Ken West.

Grand Island 3, North Tonawanda 2

Mark Montes was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored the winner on a walk-off hit by Bobby Carroll in the bottom of the seventh for the Vikings (8-4, 7-4 NFL). Qunn Corrao struck out eight over seven innings, going the distance for the Vikings (8-4, 7-4 NFL). Mark McKenna knocked in two early runs. Devin Donahue got the Lumberjacks on the board, batting in a run in the fourth. North Tonawanda (0-12 NFL) struck again in the fifth with an RBI from Connor Priester.

JV

• Halim Johnson and Michael Laurrie each had three hits in Niagara Falls' 10-4 win over Grand Island on Thursday. Bobby Newbury hit a three-run home run for the Wolverines.  

• Tom Orfano, Matt Grace and Vinny Colosi each had three hits for Niagara Falls in an 11-7 win over Kenmore East on Monday.

SOFTBALL

Will. South 5, Starpoint 3

Starpoint (12-2, 9-1 ECIC II) dropped its first league game of the season. Allison Block gave up five runs (three earned) in her first loss of the season. The game was tied in the sixth when the Flames (9-1 ECIC II) took a two-run lead. The Spartans threatened with two runners in the seventh but could not capitalize.

Wilson 6, CSAT 4

Ana Bryer allowed only three hits over seven innings, striking out five for the Lakewomen (8-4). Allie Bubar, Beckah Blasius and Alissa DeCesare all batted in runs for Wilson. Rachele Anello shined for CSAT (2-11), hitting a two-run home run in the fifth. 

BOYS LACROSSE

Wilson 9, V-Batavia 8 (OT)

Zach Russell scored four goals — including the game-winner 1:15 into overtime — and had two assists for the Lakemen (3-11). Senior Tim Walsh had three goals and one assist in his first day as a forward for Wilson (3-11). Walsh will go on to play defense for Division III Roger Williams University. Justin Westmoreland scored two goals and dished three assists, while fellow senior Dustin Sellows scored his first career goal. Wilson travels to face Eden today.  

GIRLS LACROSSE

Nia. Wheatfield 18, Grand Island 4

Christine Thomas, Marissa Smith, Alexis Becker and Emma Falter had three goals apiece for the Falcons (10-2). Goalie Jordan Robinson stopped 12 in net. Madz Wright scored twice for Grand Island (5-7).  

Niagara Falls 11, North Tonawanda 3

Maddi Chille scored four while Erika Fruscione, Malorie Garabedian and Angelica Porto all scored twice to lead the Wolverines (6-9, 4-3 NFL) to their third straight win. Marissa Stockings also scored, while Raven Dolson made seven saves.

BOYS TENNIS

Lockport 3, Ken West 2

Lockport (7-5 NFL) won the final three matches of the night for a come-from-behind victory. Nick Atallah and Niko Mancuso won first and second singles for the Blue Devils (1-10 NFL) before Lockport's Nick Guay won third singles in straight sets. Doubles pairings of Evan Williams-Brandon Reid and Evan Dick-Chris Pawlinski clinched the win for the Lions.

Lew-Port 5, Niagara Falls 0

Joe Laurendi, Jake Warren and Yash Maheshwari swept singles for the Lancers (11-1 NFL), while the second doubles pairing of Ryan Taylor-Tyler Richmond remained undefeated on the season.

Nia.-Wheatfield 3, North Tonawanda 2

Pairings of Jacob Collins-Crae Contangelo and Joe Corio-Preston Miller swept doubles for the Falcons (10-2 NFL). Andrew LeMar and Greg Hastings took first and second singles for the Lumberjacks (5-7 NFL).

COED TENNIS

Wilson 4, Akron 1

Isaiah Barrett and Dominic Curcione won singles matches for the Lakemen. Dave Curcione and Alex Keil added a win in first doubles.