Find us on Facebook


Barre remains Midget Diamond Kings

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 July 2018 at 9:32 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Barre players and coaches celebrate capturing a fourth straight Albion Midget League playoff championship on Saturday with a 12-4 win over Rotary/Lions. In the front row are Cami London, Makenzie Snook, Zach Vancott, Oliver Beach, Jason Conn and Jacob Neal. In the second row are Jett Conn, Owen Bentley, Josh Bovenzi, Nathan Gibson, Lucas Martin and Nick Harling. In back are coaches Sean Snook, Jason Foote and Mike Beach.

In highlights from the championship game, Barre’s Nathan Gibson, at left, had a big day at the plate banging out a single, double and triple and driving in a total of 5 runs. Rotary/Lions shortstop Wesley Olles, at right, has tagged out Barre’s Makenzie Snook on this play and is attempting to tag out Zach Vancott before he reaches second base.

Albion U18 team celebrates soccer title

Contributed Story Posted 22 July 2018 at 9:27 am

Contributed Photo – Albion U18 players and coaches celebrate after locking up a Rochester Youth Soccer League division championship this past week with a 5-4 win over visiting Fairport. Albion finishes the title season with an 8-1-1 record. In front are Chantel VanDeGenachte, Sarah Gregori, Brylie Hapeman and Lexi Wolck In the second row are Mariah Plain, Paige Derisley, Kendall Derisley and Abbie Pappalardo. In the back row are Coach Shelby Sargent, Abigail Scanlan, Brittany Spies-Hunt, Coach Paul Zeppatella, Samantha Howes, Kenzi Hapeman, Alyson Knaak and Coach Jenna  Mrzywka. Misisng from the photo are Alexis Bentley, Mayra Rosario-Reyes and Quinn McCue. 

Barre tops Rotary/Lions for fourth straight Albion Midget League playoff championship

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 July 2018 at 5:00 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Barre’s Nathan Gibson slides into home during this afternoon’s Albion Midget League playoff championship win over Rotary/Lions. Lucas Powley is the Rotary/Lions catcher.

Making it four title years in a row, Barre bested Rotary/Lions 12-4 in the Albion Midget League playoff championship game this afternoon at the Midget League field.

Nathan Gibson led the way at the plate for Barre with 3 hits, including a double and triple, and 5 runs batted in.

Josh Bovenzi went the distance on the mound for Barre.

Josh Bovenzi went the distance on the mound for Barre allowing 3 hits with 14 strikeouts. He also banged out a double at the plate.

Bovenzi registered a clutch inning strikeout in both the first and fourth innings as Rotary/Lions left two runners stranded.

Then in the fifth frame Bovenzi notched another big strikeout to get out of a bases loaded jam.

Barre took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning on a triple by Gibson.

The lead quickly jumped to 4-0 as Gibson had a two-run double in the second inning and a bases loaded walk plated the third run. Two walks and a single by Lucas Martin loaded the bases to set up the threat.

Noah Harrison bangs hits for Rotary/Lions.

Rotary/Lions did cut the deficit to 4-2 with a pair of runs off an error in the top of the third inning but would get no closer as Barre got those right back with interest in the home half of the frame.

A two-run single by Gibson highlighted the big 5 run uprising in the home half of the third which extended the Barre lead to 9-2.

Two bases loaded walks and a fielders choice play plated the frame’s 3 runs. A leadoff single by Owen Bentley followed by a pair of walks loaded the bases to set up the opportunity.

Barre capped off the win by scoring  3 runs in the fifth frame on a two-run double by Jason Conn and a fielders choice play upping the advantage to 12-3.

Lucas Martin raps out a hit for Barre.

Rotary/Lions scored once in the fifth on a bases loaded walk and once in the sixth on a fielders choice play. Singles by Kaiden Froman and Noah Harrison set up that threat.

Froman had 2 hits on the day.

Jacob Edwards and Xavier Byrd shared the pitching duties for Rotary/Lions combing to give up 7 hits and 9 strikeouts.

Barre advanced to the title contest by defeating Vets 18-7 in the quarterfinals and Carlton 8-4 in the semis.

Rotary/Lions advanced by downing St. Mary’s 4-2 in the quarterfinals and Sandstone 20-16 in the semifinals.

Barre players congratulate pitcher Josh Bovenzi after the game as catcher Owen Bentley hands him the game ball.

2 Albion girls softball teams play for championship on Saturday

Staff Reports Posted 20 July 2018 at 7:11 pm

Provided photos

ALBION – The Orleans Girls Softball League will conclude its season on Saturday with the championship game at the Albion school field. The game starts at 11 a.m. and features Waters Auto Body versus ECG. The six-team league is open to girls ages 7 to 13.

The team sponsored by Waters Auto Body is pictured at top and is led by coaches Tiffany Burgio, Jessica Burgio, Andrew Viza and Amanda Shoemaker. Players include Lilly Eggleston, Katelynn Viza, Brianna Hill, Mackenzie Robinson, Loralei Gailie, Melia Prince, Ashlynn Hill, Paige Newton, Kenadi Howerton, Cadence Hill, Sophia Albanese, Alissa Farnsworth, Anna Gillette and Emma Foote.

The team sponsored by ECG is coached by Ashlee Salisbury and Jennifer Viza. Players include Kiera Sidari, Jillian LeBaron, Semaj Miller, Reagan Flor, Isabella Dhondt, McKinley Knight, Adeline Conley, Taylor LeFrois, Julia Knight, Anna Zaczek, Madison LeBaron, Cassie Brown, Reese Conley, Maia Pate and Adysyn Stirk.

The final standings before playoffs included Dollingers, 8-1; Waters, 7-2; St. Mary’s, 5-4; RS Automation, 3-6; ECG, 3-5-1; and Holley, 0-8-1.

After the championship game, the league will have its All-Star game.

Return to top

Barre and Rotary win Midget playoff semis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 July 2018 at 8:31 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Owen Bentley gets set to take a healthy cut at the ball for Barre during Thursday evening’s Albion Midget League semifinal playoff win over host Carlton.

Barre downed host Carlton 8-4 and Rotary-Lions outlasted host Sandstone 20-16 in the semifinals of the Albion Midget League playoffs Thursday evening.

Barre and Rotary-Lions will now meet in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Albion Midget League field.

Finn McCue delivers a pitch for Carlton

Barre 8, Carlton 4
The Barre Cubs earned a fourth straight appearance in the title game by downing the Carlton Clippers on a strong pitching performance from Nathan Gibson.

Gibson struck out 13 batters and scattered just 5 hits over 6 innings.

Carlton also had strong pitching from Finn McCue and Dylan Narburgh as they combined for 12 strikeouts.

Carlton scored first on home runs in the 2nd inning by Andrew Boyce and Noah Kowalski.  Boyce ended the night with 2 hits, as did Narburgh and Caiyden Wilson.

At the plate for Barre, Gibson and Lucas Martin had 3 hits each and Josh Bovenzi added 2 more hits.

The title game will also see Albion class of 1994 friends and classmates Mike Beach (Barre) and Greg Bennett (Rotary/Lions) facing each other as coaches for the first time in the Championship.

Nick Martino in action on the mound for Sandstone.

Beach actually played for Rotary as a boy and Bennett played for Elks.  Both have been involved as coaches in the league for a number of years, most recently with their sons, but also right after graduating as well when they coached younger siblings with their father and friends.

Rotary-Lions 20, Sandstone 16
A big 9 run sixth inning, highlighted by doubles by Garrett Miller and Noah Harrison, keyed  the win for Rotary-Lions.

Trailing 20-8 after that scoring burst, Sandstone did rally for 8 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning sparked by a two-run double by Drew Pritchard and a two-run single by Cencere Lowe.

However, Rotary-Lions got out of the jam as second baseman Leah Pawlak made a clutch play to get the final out with the bases loaded and preserve the win.

Earlier, Rotary-Lions had scored 3 times in the first inning as Xavier Byrd had a double, 4 times in the third as Harrison had a triple and 3 times in the fourth as Pawlak had a two-run double. Harrison had 4 hits on the day

Sandstone also had a big 7 run third inning featuring a three-run home run by Nick Martino and a homer by Nolan Sullivan.

Kaiden Froman bangs out a hit for Rotary-Lions during Thursday’s semifinal win over host Sandstone.

Kendall tips LeRoy in U17 girls soccer

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 July 2018 at 9:35 pm

All of the scoring came in the first half as Kendall nipped visiting LeRoy 2-1 this evening in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U17 Division game.

Grace Levett scored Kendall’s first game off an assist from Lizzie Sutphen.

Sutphen then netted what proved to be the game winner off an assist from Lizzie Woodams.

Improving to 6-3-2, Kendall was rebounding from a 3-0 loss to Brockport on Wednesday.

Albion, Lyndonville win Tri County semis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 July 2018 at 9:31 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – First baseman Bailey Blanchard puts the tag on an Alexander runner during Albion’s home field semifinal playoff win this evening.

Albion defeated visiting Alexander 13-4 and Lyndonville downed host Akron Black 10-2 this evening in the semifinal round of the Tri County Babe Ruth League playoffs.

Top seeded Albon will now host No. 3 Lyndonville in the championship game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Albion 13 Alexander 4
Albion took the lead for good at the outset by scoring 5 quick runs in the bottom of the first inning on 5 walks, a double by Patrick Ricker and singles by winning pitcher Thomas Furmanski and Austin Aman.

Thomas Furmanski registered 14 strikeouts on the mound and also hit a two-run homer for Albion.

Albion also had a 4 run fourth inning to up the lead to 11-4 on 3 walks, 2 wild pitches and a two-run single by Zach Colacecchi.

Furmanski tacked on a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

On the mound, Furmanski struck out 14 and allowed 3 hits over 5 innings.  Ricker hurled the final two frames striking out 4.

Lyndonville 10, Akron Black 2
Lyndonville likewise took the lead for good in the first inning by scoring 3 times on singles by  Trenton Muck and Oskar Heinsler and a pair of walks.

Up 4-1, Lyndonville pulled away for good by scoring 6 times in the fifth inning on a two-run triple by Oskar Heinsler, an RBI double by Alex Barry and singles by winning pitcher Rolland Balcerzak, Roman Heinsler and Jack Whipple.  Oskar Heinsler had 3 hits on the evening.

On the mound, Balcerzak scattered 8 hits and struck out 8.

Nationals tie in Georgia tourney finale

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 July 2018 at 8:16 pm

The Niagara Nationals closed out pool play competition at the PG WWBA National championships in Georgia the same way they started, with a tie, this time a 2-2 deadlock with the Dig In Baseball team.

The Nationals scored 2 quick runs in the first inning without the benefit of a hit but could not cross home plate again.

Dave Belsito and Joe Dell’oso had the only hits for the Nationals which stranded runners at second and third in the seventh inning.

The Nationals finish the tourney competition with a 3-2-2 record.

Tri County semi pairings set
It will be Alexander at Albion and Lyndonville at Akron Black in the semifinals of the Tri County Babe Ruth League playoffs at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The winners advance to next Tuesday’s championship game.

In Tuesday’s quarterfinals, Lyndonville defeated Alden Curves 18-7, Akron Black nipped Oakfield 8-7, Alexander downed Akron Orange 6-3 and Albion won by forfeit over Alden Gold.

Dynamites go 2-2 at Orchard Park tourney

Contributed Story Posted 18 July 2018 at 8:13 pm

The 10u Roy-Hart Dynamites baseball team went 2-2 this past weekend in the Orchard Park Little League Tournament.

The Dynamites started off with a 12-7 loss to EMW Tribe then won the next two pool play games with a 14-2 win against Cayuga Heat and a 9-3 win against WNY Prospects.  They lost a close quarter final game to the number one seeded team, the Hamburg Dawgs 6-7.

The Dynamites were lead by pitchers  Brody Fry, Jax Brinley and Sean Mettler.

The Dynamites started strong with a 3-0 lead over the Dawgs.  In the bottom of the first, Hamburg scored to make it a 3-1 lead by the Dynamites only to relinquish it to being down 6-3 entering the top of the 6th.

Battling back in the sixth, Sean Mettler beat out an infield hit followed by Nate Gibson reaching on an error,  Brody Fry then hit a triple to plate the two runs to make it a one run ball game and Riley Culver hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score the tying run.  Nick Bucholtz had a single with two outs, John Peracciny cracked a double but the go ahead run was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

The Dawgs had last ups and managed to score to win the game.

Barre, Rotary win Midget playoff openers

Contributed Story Posted 18 July 2018 at 8:45 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barre’s Jacob Neal slides into third base during Tuesday’s playoff win over Vets. Defending for Vets are Payton Robinson and Logan Stoick.

The Barre Cubs defeated the visiting Vets 18 to 7 and Rotary trimmed St. Mary’s 4-2 Tuesday to open the first round of the playoffs in 12u Albion Midget League action.

Barre 18 Vets 7
A big 11 run first inning proved to be key for Barre.  A grand slam home run by Jason Conn and a three- run homer by Josh Bovenzi highlighted the inning that also included doubles by Nathan Gibson and Nick Harling and singles by Owen Bentley, Lucas Martin and Conn.

Bentley, Harling and Martin added singles in the second inning and Jacob Neal cleared the bases with a triple.

Conn, Bovenzi and Bentley finished the night with 3 hits each, as Gibson, Harling and Martin finished with 2 each.

Photo by Tom Rivers – Jacob Edwards was the winning pitcher on Tuesday, striking out 11 for the Rotary-Lions.

John Bianchi lead the way for Vets with 2 hits.  Bryer Dysard, Hunter Lonnen, Brandon Nashburn, Brody Vercruysse and Peyton Robinson also all had hits.

Barre will visit Carlton in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Rotary-Lions 4 St. Mary’s 2
The low-scoring game featured strong pitching from starters Jacob Edwards for Rotary-Lions and Nick Radder for St. Mary’s. Edwards struck out 11 in working into the fifth inning. Xavier Byrd came on to get the final outs for Rotary-Lions.

Radder, Blake Preston and Jack Kinter combined to strike out 16 batters for St. Mary’s.

Kaiden Froman had 3 hits for Rotary-Lions, including a triple. Leah Pawlak singled and scored and Edwards also had two hits, including a double.

Xavier Penafiel had the lone hit for St. Mary’s, with Aaron Sugar and Isaac Sugar scoring the team’s runs.

Rotary next visits Sandstone in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday.