Niagara Gazette — Brianna Clark stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and gave Starpoint softball something it hasn't had in years: a win over Williamsville South.
With the Spartans trailing by a run, down to their final out, Clark belted a three-run homerun over the left field fence and Starpoint held on, 17-15, for its first win over the ECIC II foe Billies since coach Joe Hill took over varsity four years ago.
Clark's homerun also helped the Spartans remain undefeated (10-0, 3-0 ECIC II) this season. It was her second hit of the day following a two-RBI single earlier in the game.
Allison Block chipped in four hits with three runs scored and Madison Clark crossed the plate four times, going 3 for 5. Emily Whitman also went 3 for 4 with three RBI in the win.
Niagara Falls 11, N. Tonawanda 0
The Wolverines (4-1 Niagara Frontier League) piled on 11 runs off 14 hits, led by Amanda Boyle's three RBI, and Marlee Hilliard went the distance in the circle, allowing just two hits to earn the league win. Jerri Ann Orfano added a two-run homerun and Carli Leo had a pair of RBI on two hits. The Lady Jacks fell to 0-5 in NFL play.
Grand Island 2, Ken East 1
Rosie Russell pitched a four-hit complete game with six strikeouts for the Vikings (3-2 NFL). Courtney Collignon was 2 for 4 at the plate, including the game-winning RBI triple while providing a solid defensive presence at third base. Christina Statalo pitched also pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs (2-3), giving up six hits while striking out three.
Nia.-Wheatfield 8, Lockport 3
Katie Mazierski went 3 for 3 and crossed the plate three times and Lexy Gibson added a triple, RBI and a stolen base while batting 3 for 4 to help the Falcons move to 4-2 in NFL play (5-2 overall). The Lions fell to 2-3 in the league.
Medina 9, Wilson 7
Sisters Ana and Lindsay Bryer each hit a home run for the Lakewomen (2-3 Niagara-Orleans). Lindsay Bryer had 10 strikeouts on the mound and Rachael Cobo added a triple.
Ken West 13, Lew-Port 1
Charlotte Miller went the distance for the Blue Devils (5-1 NFL), striking out 13 batters in the win. The Lancers fell to 1-3 in NFL play.
• Madison Clidonas and Jamie Martin each had two hits and a pair of RBI and Claaista Zayatz won her second game from the circle as Niagara-Wehatfield defeated Lockport, 10-3, to improve to 5-1.
Niagara Falls 10, North Tonawanda 7 (5 inn.)
Mike Colosi had a triple, a double and scored three times for the Wolverines (3-2 NFL). David Yarger bolstered the Falls' offense with two doubles and two runs while Taylor Huntsman finished 3 for 4 at the plate. Taylor Mellott had two doubles for the Lumberjacks (1-5). Chris Jurczak went 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI and Josh Brosius finished 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Grand Island 10, Ken East 7
With the Bulldogs (1-4 NFL) hanging on to a 7-3 lead, the Vikings (6-3, 5-1 NFL) batted around and put up seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to storm past their league foe. Mark McKenna led the comeback, going 3 for 4 with a double, triple and two RBI. John Holoday went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI and Chris Foote was 2 for 4 with an RBI double. Jake Lawley tossed the final four innings to earn the win while Mitchell Racz led the Bulldogs, going 2 for 4 with a homerun.
Lockport 9, Nia.-Wheatfield 8
Charlie Sobieraski had three hits, including two doubles, and scored the game-winning run for the Lions (4-1). Sobieraski also got the win on the mound. Tyler Goodridge went 2 for 4 at the plate. The Falcons fell to 2-3.
Wilson 4, CSAT 3
Hunter Howland had a pair of hits and an RBI with two runs scored and Jarret Johnson allowed three hits over six innings as the Lakemen (6-3, 4-1 N-O) held off a late rally in the final inning to earn the league win. Derek Martin also chipped in two hits and an RBI.
Ken West 8, Lew-Port 2
James Faso tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and Tommy Ryan went 3 for 4 with a double and a pair of runs scored to lead the Blue Devils (5-2, 3-2 NFL) in the league win. Ricky Deiboldt also helped pace the West offense with three runs scored while Tim Stoerr went 1 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Josh Garrison went 2 for 3 with an RBI triple to lead the Lancers (2-3 NFL).
• Dalton Wentz and Robert Newbury each had two hits for Niagara Falls in a 4-3 win over North Tonawanda. Anthony Kahley got the win on the mound for the Wolverines.
• Zach Glaser had two doubles and Angelo Vilardo had a pair of singles to help lift North Tonawanda over Lockport, 7-5.
Niagara Falls 8, Riverside 3
The Wolverines (1-4) erupted offensively and Nico Cirrito led the way with four goals. Jake Eschborn and Cody Bielec (five assists) also had a pair of goals, while Anthony Scibilia made 12 saves for NF.
Niagara Wheatfield 18, Will. South 3
Zach Dubuc had four goals and Ryan Koch scored three to lead the Falcons (4-3). Anthony Trintup, Joe Kelly and Zak Connery each had two goals to bolster the Wheatfield attack.
Lake Shore 22, Wilson 8
Justin Westmorland had four goals for the Lakemen (0-6). Zach Mariani and Zach Russel had two goals apiece to round out the Wilson offense.
Eden 17, Lew-Port 4
Jack Tewsley had three goals and Joey Gambino had one for the for the Lancers (3-5).
Lew-Port 5, Niagara Falls 0
Yash Maheshwari improved to a perfect 6-0 this season in third singles and the Lancers (4-2 NFL) swept the league matchup, taking all five singles and doubles matches. The Wolverines fell to 0-6.
North Tonawanda 5, Nia.-Wheatfield 0
The Lumberjacks (5-0) won all five of their matches over the Falcons (3-3). Brothers Andrew and John LeMar, first and second singles, respectively, each picked up a victory to remain undefeated on the season.
Grand Island 5, Ken East 0
The Vikings (4-2 NFL) took all five matches in singles and doubles play over the Bulldogs (2-4 NFL). GI's Collin McMahon and Tommy Corrao dominated in first doubles, beating KE's Justin Haeick and Nick Jurwiecz, 6-0, 6-3.
Ken West 3, Lockport 2
The Blue Devils (3-3 NFL) took all three singles matches, as Nick Atallah, Niko Mancuso and Radomir Pupozac all defeated their opponents in straight sets. Lockport (3-3 NFL) took both doubles matches.
Nichols 5, Niagara Catholic 0; Niagara Catholic 4, Park 1
The Patriots split their league double header, falling to undefeated Nichols before picking up a win against a winless Park team to improve to 2-3 this season. In the match against Park, Mike Grenga and Jake Socha took second doubles after Park forfeited. Due to state regulations, the doubles were played as pro sets.