Once again, someone may have lost the battle, but both teams certainly won the war on Monday, raising money at the Lockport Lady Lions annual Strike Out Against Cancer softball game at LHS.
The visiting Grand Island Lady Vikings defeated the blue and gold, 3-0, behind a no-hitter from winning pitcher Alley Cutting (14 strikeouts). All the money raised will be donated to cancer research.
Playing their final Strikeout Out Cancer contest were Lockport seniors Jordyn Kwoka, Abbey Chenez, Alyssa Wagner, Delaney Fragale, Emily Steen, Morgan, Brader, Angela Sammarco, Chavella Leiser and Jenn Krieger Grand Island seniors who played in the game were Alley Cutting, Jenna Neff, Scarlett Whitman, Leah Geis and Lauren Rogoza.
Cutting helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-4.
Also for Grand Island, Kelsey Harrigan was 3-for-4 with 2 triples, Lauren Rogoza batted 3-for-3 and Taylor Cecere played a strong game defensively.
Starpoint 21, S. Home 0
Starpoint 2, Iroquois 0
Starpoint 4, Iroquois 2
AMHERST — Head coach Joe Hill's highly-touted Lady Spartans won three games in two days, improving to 9-1 in the ECIC Div. 2 and 13-2 overall.
Kelsi Palistrant led the Starpoint hit parade Monday going 5-for-5 in a big win against the visiting Lady Panthers.
Winning pitcher Amy Seegar hurled a complete-game shutout, scattering three hits with four strikeouts.
Also for Starpoint, Erica Bradley had three hits with four RBIs, Allyson Block cracked three hits and drove in five runs and Tori Purucker chipped in with three hits and four RBIs.
On Tuesday, the Lady Spartans swept visiting Iroquois, first beating them 2-0 in the completion of a game that began last month and was suspended after eight innings, tied 0-0, because of the cold.
PIcking up that contest in the top of the ninth on Tuesday, the Lady Spartans started the inning with bunt singles by Aren Schwab and Maddie Bufalino. Eventually, Bradley laid down a well-executed squeeze bunt to plate Bufalino with the winning run and the Lady Spartans scored another run and held on to win, 2-0.
The winning pitcher Block finished in the books with a complete-game, one-hitter with 14 Ks. The junior first baseman Bufalino led the way offensively with three hits.
Right after that game ended, Starpoint and Iroquois met in a complete game that had been originally scheduled.
Block threw the complete game with 11 Ks over seven innings in a 4-2 victory.
Bufalino and Ashlynn Kaczmarek each had two hits with Kaczmarek's effort including and two “huge” RBIs, coach Hill said.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Spartans plated three runs on four hits. With the game tied at 2-2, Kaczmarek drilled a shot into the left centerfield gap to plate two of those three runs.
Defensively, Erica Bradley made some clutch running catches and big throws.
“She had two inning-changing catches for us today,” Hill said. “In the sixth inning, she caught a ball with the bases loaded that she got a good jump on, grabbed it and threw it to to second and doubled off the runner. Then in the seventh she caught a line drive that would have been a gapper. She's a gazelle out there.”
Next up, the Lady Spartans host Hamburg at 4:45 p.m. today.
Akron 7, Barker 0
AKRON — Akron's winning pitcher Brooke Peters fanned nine Barker batters in five innings of work.
At the plate, Megan Kidder led the Lady Tigers, going 3-for-4
Newfane 24, Albion 9
ALBION — Gabby Sinnott paced head coach Katie Stedman's Lady Panthers with 3 hits, driving in 3 runs.
Also for Newfane, Alexa Littman and Caitlyn Chunco each had 2 hits, with Littman blasting a home run with 3 RBIs and Chunco driving in a pair of runs.
Gr. Island 9, Lockport 8
GRAND ISLAND — Mark Montes of the Vikings was 3-for-3 at the plate with 2 RBIs.
Also for the Vikings, Brendan Sheehan was 2-for-3 with 4 RBIs.
Akron 6, Barker 1
BARKER — Winning hurler Steve Brorowiczyk tossed a 3-hitter with 3 strikeouts for the Tigers.
Also for the home team, Jake Clark smacked a 2-run 3B and finished with 2 hits.
Roy-Hart 6, Wilson 2
WILSON — The rib crusher senior C.J. Fitch belted 2 hits, including a three-bagger for the Rams.
Also for the visiting winners, Al Xapsos and Andy Xapsos smacked 2 hits apiece.