Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

May 7, 2014

Sobieraski hurls Lions '9' past Vikings

Mo knows N-O softball; Lady Spartans continueto roll in ECIC.

By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

LOCKPORT —

The difference in Monday’s Niagara Frontier League baseball contest at Outwater Park was a UB-bound Lockport senior and several unsung performances.
Lions’ senior right-hander Charlie Sobieraski tossed a complete-game four-hitter and Steve DiCarlo and Kyle Waple stepped into starting roles without a hitch as Lockport edged visiting Grand Island, 3-2, at Outwater Park.
The Bulls-bound Sobieraski fanned eight en route to the victory, then helped his own cause at the plate with not one, but two home runs over the Outwater fence.
The blue and gold jumped out to a 1-0 when senior Brad Wroblewski — a starting player on the 2013-14 Section VI-champion LHS boys volleyball team — walked and stole second. The athletic Wroblewski promptly stole third, then headed home on an overthrow to third.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Sobieraski led off with a line-drive homer over the left field fence to make it 2-1 Lockport. Chuck’s one-out solo blast over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth gave LHS a 3-1 lead.
The Vikings managed to make it close in the seventh, but with one out and the tying run on second, Sobieraski lowered the boom with two straight strikeouts to end the game.
“I was extremely proud of the way we rallied behind each other today,” said Lions assistant coach Mike Sobieraski.
“We were down two starters. Steve and Kyle stepped in and did a great job for us. Tyler Fraass and Dave DiTullio also shined defensively.”
Next up, the Lions (5-2 NFL) play at North Tonawanda at 4:45 p.m. today.
N-O BASEBALL
Roy-Hart 10, Medina 3
GASPORT — The Royalton-Hartland Rams put a definitive end to the Medina Mustangs’ five-game winning streak on Monday, snapping a brief, two-game losing streak of their own.
Head coach Dan Budziszewski’s Rams, now 7-3 in the N-O, hold the tiebreaker over the Mustangs, also 7-3, as both head-to-head match-ups ended in Roy-Hart wins. Akron leap-frogged Medina in the standings following a dominating 17-4 win against Barker on Monday.
The Tigers are now 6-2 with both losses coming to Medina. Albion retains the top spot in the N-O after an 18-8 win over Wilson to improve to 6-1.
Medina opened up a 3-0 lead on a RBI single by junior first baseman Matt Riemer in the first inning and a two-RBI double by Riemer in the top of the third. Junior Josh Scroger scored two runs and junior Jason Hellwig scored one.
But it was all Roy-Hart after that. The bats came alive in a five-run third inning and junior pitcher Andy Jacobs gave up only one hit the rest of the way.
Sophomore shortstop Andy Xapsos drove in the first run for the Rams on a RBI single. That was followed up by a RBI single by senior Austin Heschke, a RBI sacrifice fly by junior Craig Fitch, a RBI double by sophomore Justin Heschke and a RBI single by junior Josh Baptiste.
After a scoreless bottom of the fourth, the Rams added three more in the fifth on a RBI single by Justin Heschke and a two-RBI double by senior John O’Brien. A two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth by Austin Heschke rounded out the game’s scoring.
Jacobs pitched a complete game four-hitter while striking out six Mustangs.
Hellwig pitched the first five innings for Medina. His stat line included eight strikeouts, one walk, two hit batters, seven hits and five earned runs. Scroger gave up two hits and two earned runs while striking out three in his inning of relief.
Both teams return to action today with Medina traveling to Newfane and Roy-Hart hosting Akron in a pivotal matchup for both teams.
Wilson 7, CSAT 2
WILSON — The Lakemen (1-10) picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday as Jarret Johnston pitched a complete game, striking out four and allowing just three hits and one run.
At the plate, Caden Sidote went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Jonah Miller and Justin Daul added two hits apiece.
Newfane 5, CSAT 0
NEWFANE — Panthers senior ace Josh Kneeland hurled a complete-game, two-hitter with 14 strikeouts on Tuesday.
At the plate, Kneeland helped his own cause going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Tyler Jurek added an RBI single for Newfane.
N-O SOFTBALL
Wilson 15, CSAT 2
TONAWANDA — Head coach Mo Mahar’s Lakewomen improved to 6-1 in the Niagara-Orleans League with back-to-back wins on Monday and Tuesday.
In Tuesday’s win at CSAT, Wilson’s Ana Bryer was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts, allowing just three hits.
Senior standout Emily Lasher smacked two doubles and drove in five runs for the winners (6-3 overall). Also for Wilson, Jen Darlak drove in four runs.
CSAT dropped to 2-6 in the N-O.
Wilson 6 Albion 5
ALBION — On Monday, Emily Lasher went 2-for-2 and Alissa DiCesare hit 3-for-3 as the Lakewomen edged winless Albion.
Lasher and Tayler Devole both added offense for Wilson, hitting an RBI apiece.
Devole got the win in the circle. Kelsey Soule shined for the Purple Eagles, hitting four doubles.
Newfane 17, Medina 5
MEDINA — At Vets Park on Tuesday, head coach Katie Stedman’s Lady Panthers exploded for a nine-run top of the first.
Olivia Littman and Gabby Sinnott led the winners with a home run each. Katie Kneeland was 4-for-5 at the plate, driving home six runs.
The winning pitcher was Newfane’s Jerica Dietrich.
The Lady Panthers improved to 4-2 in the N-O.
ECIC SOFTBALL
Starpoint 2, WSE 1
PENDLETON — Head coach Joe Hill’s Lady Spartans posted back-to-back ECIC Div. 2 wins on Monday and Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Lady Spartans improved to 6-0 in the league and 9-1 overall as winning pitcher Allison Block tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no earned runs allowed.
Ashley Owens had two hits for Starpoint, including a clutch RBI single in the sixth.
Starpoint 4, Will East 0
On Monday, Allison Block threw a complete-game shutout, striking out 9 as Starpoint blanked the Lady Billies, 4-0.
Block, who only allowed three hits, had two hits and two RBI. Ashley Owens added two hits and 2 RBI for head coach Joe Hill’s Lady Spartans. Anna Reinart and Tori Turucker each had two hits.