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By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 August 2015
Snapping a 1-1 deadlock, the Niagara Nationals scored 4 runs in the fifth inning to defeat the WNY Elite 5-1 Saturday to improve to 3-0 in the Lancer Classic Tournament at Lewiston.
The fourth seed, the Nationals face Nickel City in the semifinals this morning.
A bases loaded walk to Hunter Briggs followed by RBI singles by Joe Dell'oso, Matt Lyskawa and Brian Fry plated the runs in the decisive fifth frame for the Nationals. A hit batter, an error and a bunt single by Mitchell Holtz loaded the bases to set up the threat.
On the mound, Sam Murphy pitched the first 2 innings giving up 1 hit, Dell'oso the next 3 also allowing only 1 hit and Chris Goyette the final frame.
Contributed Story, Posted 1 August 2015
Quarterback Jason Hellwig, a June Medina High graduate, helped the North squad score a 26-10 victory over the South on Wedneday in the 40th annual Kenningston Lions All-Star Football Game at Depew.
Hellwig, who will be playing at Pace University this fall, completed 4 of 7passes for 50 yards and led the North to a touchdown.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 August 2015
Scoring early and often the Niagara Nationals romped to a 13-1 victory over the Pittsford Panthers Friday in the second round of the Lancer Classic Tournament at Lewiston.
The Nationals took the lead for good in the first inning on RBI singles by Matt Lyskawa and Liam Ward.
Sam Murphy quickly upped the lead to 5-0 by belting a three-run home run in the second inning following a single by Trevor Luthart and a walk to Chris Goyette.
The Nationals made it 8-0 in the third on a two-run single by Luthart and an RBI single by Goyette.
The Nationals capped off the win by scoring five times in the fifth frame highlighted by a grand slam home run by Murphy. A double by Brian Fry and a single by Nate Sherman ignited the uprising.
Mitchell Holtz pitched the first 3 innings allowing 2 hits and Murphy hurled the final 2 frames of the mercy rule contest giving up just 1 hit.
The Nationals next face the Pletcher Blue this afternoon.
The championship round is Sunday.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 July 2015
The Niagara Nationals romped to a 16-1 victory over the Rochester Cougars Thursday evening in the opening round of the Lancer Classic Tournament at Lewiston.
Trailing 1-0 after leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, the Nationals took the lead for good by scoring five times in the second on a two-run double by Sam Murphy, an RBI single by Joe Dell'oso and a two-run single by Brian Fry. A walk and a double by Chris Goyette ignited that uprising which also included a double by Matt Lyskawa.
The Nationals then put a lock on the victory by exploding for 11 runs in the third inning as 14 batters came to the plate. Goyette, Murphy, Hunter Briggs, Dell'oso, Fry and Nate Sherman all banged out singles and Mitchell Holtz and Dominic Cassata both doubled in the marathon frame.
Lyskawa pitched the three innings of the mercy rule contest giving up 3 hits and striking out 2 on only 33 pitches.
The Nationals next face the Pittsford Panthers at noon today in the tourney which will conclude on Sunday.
Contributed Story, Posted 30 July 2015
Forced inside due to the weather, 8 teams took part in the second annual Barker/Roy-Hart Wrestling Duals this past Saturday at Middleport.
The Cobra Wrestling Academy 'A' team took first place honors with the Niagara Wrestling Club second, Lyndonville (consisting of wrestlers from Section V) third and the Niagara Orleans League Wrestling squad fourth.
The tournament field also included the Southern Tier Wrestling Club, Lancaster, a second team from the Cobra Wrestling Acdemy and a team consisting of wrestlers from the other clubs.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 July 2015
Rallying for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Lyndonville nipped visiting Lockport 8-7 this evening to clinch at least a tie for the title by finishing the regular Lockport Midget 'A' League season at 9-3.
Roy-Hart stayed in the title chase just a half game back by downing Medina 6-1 at Vets Park to improve to 8-3. Roy-Hart still has a game against Wheatfield/Cambria to make-up.
Lyndonville 8, Lockport 7
Lyndonville pulled even at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double by Jacob Hoffee following a double by Trevor Bentley and a walk.
Keeping the momentum, Lyndonville then loaded the bases on singles by Evan Milleville, Michael Wells and Eric Neace and Cody Bentley capitalized on the opportunity by banging out the game winning RBI single.
Lyndonville also had a big 4 run fourth inning on RBI singles by Neace and Trevor Bentley and a pair of bases loaded walks to rally back to within one at 6-5.
Trevor Bentley, AJ Buckland, Milleville, Wells and Neace each finished with 2 hits.
Wells also went the distance on the mound striking out 10.
Roy-Hart 6, Medina 1
Leading by a narrow 2-0 margin, Roy-Hart used a big 4 run fifth inning uprising on a two-run double by Austin Heschke and RBI singles by Brad Wilson and Aaron Metz to key the win over Medina.
Heschke also had an RBI single in the third inning as did Eric Fitch in the second to give Roy-Hart an early 2-0 lead.
Heschke had a total of 3 hits and Fitch 2.
Joe Nolan went the distance on the mound for Roy-Hart scattering 7 hits and striking out 7.
Kyle Herman and Devonte Howard both had 2 hits for Medina which finishes the regular season at 3-7.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 July 2015
Tuning up for a busy tournament weekend, the Niagara Nationals defeated the Anjo Bombers from Lockport 11-2 at Vets Park Wedneday evening.
The teams exchanged solo home runs in the second inning as Liam Ward went deep for the Nationals as did Frank Pellicano for the Bombers.
The Nationals then took the lead for good by scoring twice in the third inning on singles by Mitchell Holtz, Joe Dell'oso and Matt Lyskawa.
The lead increased to 5-1 in the sixth on a fielders choice play off the bat of Nate Sherman and a passed ball as two walks set up the threat.
The Nationals finally broke the contest open with 6 runs in the seventh capped off by a two-run homer by Brian Fry. The uprising was started by an infield single by Trevor Luthart and also included 2 walks, a double by Holtz and a single by Lyskawa.
Luthart pitched the first 5 innings giving up 3 hits and striking out 8. Dell'oso hurled the final two frames giving up 2 hits and striking out 4.
The Nationals next compete in the Lancer Classic Tournament at Lewiston with games today, Friday and Saturday with the championship round on Sunday.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 July 2015
In a high scoring, sea-saw contest, Medina dropped a 12-10 decision at Akron this evening in a Lockport Midget 'A' League make-up game.
Setting the tone for the evening, Medina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Matt Riemer only to see Akron answer right back with 5 runs in the home half of the frame highlighted by two doubles and a triple.
Down 8-3, Medina came battling back with 4 runs in the top of the fourth. Three walks loaded the bases to set up the rally and Doug Bachman followed up with a three-run triple as Medina sliced the deficit to 8-7.
Medina finally regained the lead for what proved to be the last time at 10-9 by scoring three times in the top of the fifth inning on a fielders choice play off the bat of Jared Zinkievich and a two-run double by Justin Morgan, Singles by Riemer and Devonte Howard and a walk set up the threat.
However, Akron again answered right back with two runs in the home half of the fifth to regain the lead for good at 11-10.
Medina went down 1-2-3 in the sixth but then got the first two batters aboard in the top of the seventh on a single by Riemer and a fielders choice play off the bat of Howard. However, Medina could not capitalize as Akron quickly got out of the jam on a strikeout and two infield popups to lock up the victory.
Riemer had 4 hits on the night and Bachman 2.
The loss drops Medina to 3-6 as Akron goes to 3-6-1.
Medina next hosts Roy-Hart at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Vets Park in the regular season finale.
Roy-Hart at 7-3 is battling with Lyndonville (8-3) for the regular season title. Lyndonville hosts Lockport at 6 p.m. Thursday.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 July 2015
The Medina 12U Fillies outscored the host Clarence Black 10-0 over the final three innings Tuesday to earn a 13-3 victory in the semifinal round of the Metro Girls Softball League playoffs.
Breaking away from a 3-3 deadlock, the Fillies moved on top to stay in the fifth inning on a three-run homer by Lacey Kenward. Hannah Kenward reached on a walk and Camri King followed up with a line drive single to set up that scoring opportunity.
The Fillies then broke the contest open by erupting for five runs in the sixth inning as Michaela Erway, Brooklyn Brown, King, Lacey Kenward and Elli Gross all crossed home plate.
Medina tacked on 2 more insurance runs in the seventh as Erway and FaithAnn Vanderwalker scored.
Medina, which never trailed, scored a quick run in the first inning on a bunt by Erway and an RBI single by Brown.
The Fillies added a pair of runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Erway which followed a double by Tessa Boyce and a single by Lexi Hare.
Also contributing to the Fillies victory were Grace Cook, Chloe Stinson and Carina Kingsbury.
The Medina defense also came up big retiring 9 of the last 10 Clarence batters.
In the circle, Lacey Kenward scattered 6 hits and struck out 10.
The Fillies now advance to the championship game against an opponent and on a date to be announced.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 July 2015
Highlighted by a barrage of home runs, the Niagara Nationals swept to a doubleheader victory over the Rochester Cougars Saturday by scores of 17-3 and 22-7.
Keeping the momentum, the Nationals then bested the WNY Elite 11-7 on Monday.
Nationals 17, Cougars 3
The Nationals pounded out 9 home runs in the victory ignited by a three-run blast by Liam Ward in the first inning and a solo shot by Sam Murphy in the second.
Leading 4-3, the Nationals broke the contest open in the third inning as Dom Cassata and Chris Goyette both hit two-run homers and Brian Fry ignited the six run uprising with a solo shot.
Ward hit another two-run homer in the fourth inning and Cassata, Trevor Luthart and Goyette followed up with back-to-back-to-back homers.
Ward, Luthart and Murphy each had 3 hits and Goyette and Cassata 2.
Nationals 22, Cougars 7
Trailing 3-1, the Nationals took charge by erupting for 10 runs in the second inning sending 13 batters to the plate. A solo homer by Cassata ignited that uprising which also featured a two-run homer by Luthart.
The Cougars did rally to within 11-7 but the Nationals answered with another six run uprising to pull away for good. A two-run homer by Ward and a double by Fry highlighted the rally.
A triple by Nate Sherman then highlighted a five-run fifth inning.
Fry had a total of 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, as Sherman added 3 and Cassata, Luthart and Goyette 2 each.
Nationals 11, WNY Elite 7
Down 5-2, the Nationals rallied for 5 runs in the third inning as Ward had a two-run double and Cassata a two-run homer.
The Elite pulled even at 7-7 but the Nationals regained the lead for good at 10-7 by scoring 3 times in the fifth on a solo homer by Ward and a two-run bases loaded single by Hunter Briggs.
Ward and Cassata both had 3 hits in the contest.
The Nationals next host the Anjo Bombers from Lockport at 8 this evening at Vets Park.
Muck grabs off a rebound for Lyndonville against Powell.
Contributed Story, Posted 29 July 2015
Banes rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge past Froman Ink 7-6 Monday in a Medina Women's Softball League 'A' Division game.
A walk and an error ignited Banes decisive rally. Sue Seefeldt and Jen Masse followed up with singles to knot the contest. Kathy Allen then had a sacrifice fly to drive in the winning run.
Froman Ink had scored twice in the top of the seventh to take what proved to be a brief 6-4 lead.
Banes also had a four-run third inning on singles by Jessica Carpenter, Alisha Foss, Seefeldt, Masse and Allen.
Seefeldt had a total of 3 hits as Masse and Jenny Odessa both had 2.
The win boosts Banes' record to 6-4.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 July 2015
Medina upended Lyndonville 11-4 at Vets Park and Roy-Hart downed Albion 15-5 at Barre Town Park this evening to throw the Lockport Midget 'A' League title race into a virtual deadlock heading into the final night of the regular season.
Roy-Hart improves to 7-3 to pull even in the loss column with Lyndonville which slips to 8-3. Lyndonville hosts Lockport and Roy-Hart visits Medina at 6 p.m. Thursday in the regular season finales. Roy-Hart also has a make-up game against Wheatfield/Cambria left which may have to be played depending on the outcome of Thursday's games.
Medina 11, Lyndonville 4
Medina erupted for 4 quick runs in the first inning to take the lead for good against Lyndonville.
Singles by Justin Morgan and Kyle Herman ignited the opening frame uprising which was also aided by 3 errors.
Medina later upped the lead to 9-1 by erupting for 5 runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Devonte Howard, an RBI triple by Tyler Howard, a run producing double by Matt Riemer and a sacrifice by Doug Bachman.
Medina's other 2 runs came in the fifth inning on an error.
Lyndonville had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a home run by AJ Buckland but could not score again until the fifth frame. Back-to-back RBI triples by Trevor Bentley and Buckland highlighted a 3 run uprising in the fifth.
Quentin Adkins pitched the first 4 innings for Medina allowing 4 hits and striking out 5. Riemer came on to pitch the final 2 innings giving no hits and striking out 2.
Medina, which is now 3-5, next visits Akron in a make-up game at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Roy-Hart 15, Albion 5
Breaking away from a 3-3 deadlock, Roy-Hart exploded for 8 runs in the top of the sixth inning to key the victory over Albion.
Al Xapsos and Brad Wilson both had doubles for Roy-Hart during the decisive uprising which also included singles by Eric Fitch, CJ Fitch and Austin Heschke.
Roy-Hart then put a lock on the victory by scoring 4 times in the seventh highlighted by a two-run double by Austin Walker.
Xapsos, Eric Fitch and CJ Fitch each had a total of 3 hits as Wilson, Walker and Aaron Metz each chipped in with two.
Metz went the distance on the mound for Roy-Hart scattering 4 hits and striking out 11.
Albion, which slips to 5-4-1, did build up an early 3-1 lead but Roy-Hart pulled even at 3-3 in the fifth on an RBI single by Eric Fitch.
Randy Eblacker had a two-run single for Albion in the sixth inning.
Contributed Story, Posted 28 July 2015
The Shelridge Women's Golf Association held their Invitational Tournament this past week as the foursome of Melinda Whiting, April Serianni, Crystal Buchan and Kathy Allesandro took top gross score honors with a 71 in the four person scramble event.
Finishing second with a 72 was the quartet of Jeanne Whipple, Tina Dennis, Sharon Zacher and Elsa Steo.
The quartet of Dawn Fox, Melissa Newman, Tami Vekich and Delia Tee took top net score honors with a 37.
Finishing second was the quartet of Vickie Dorin, Kim McPherson, Moe Cotter and Lisa Miller with a net score of 41.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 July 2015
Roy-Hart sliced front-running Lyndonville's lead to just one game by posting a 3-1 victory at Gasport this evening in a key Lockport Midget 'A' League game.
The win improves Roy-Hart's record to 6-3 while Lyndonville slips to 8-2.
Brad Wilson hurled a 3 hitter for Roy-Hart with 6 strikeouts.
Wilson also got plenty of help from his defense including a big double play triggered by shortstop Andy Jacobs in the first inning and a couple of key stops by Al Xapsos at second base.
Roy-Hart scored all three of its runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Cameron Meadows and Eric Fitch and an error. A leadoff single by CJ Fitch ignited the uprising.
Lyndonville's lone run came in the seventh inning on a pair of errors and a fielders choice play. Wilson though quickly ended the inning and the game with a strikeout.
Ty Hrovat went the distance on the mound for Lyndonville giving up 5 hits and striking out 6.
Trevor Bentley had 2 hits for Lyndonville.
Roy-Hart next visits third place Albion (5-3-1) and Lyndonville visits Medina in two key games at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Standings: Lyndonville 8-2, Roy-Hart 6-3, Albion 5-3-1, Lockport 4-6, Wheatfield/Cambria 3-5, Medina 2-5, Akron 2-6-1,
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