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Albion U15 rallies late for diamond win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 August 2020 at 8:14 pm

The Albion U15 baseball team rallied in the sixth inning to nip Batavia Legion 7-6 this evening in a GLOW League contest at Williams Park in Batavia.

Trailing 6-5, Albion regained the lead for good by scoring twice in the sixth as Javon Jones and Caleb Fox had key hits. Jones also turned in a strong relief job on the mound registering 7 strikeouts.

Earlier, Albion rallied into a 4-4 tie by scoring four ties in the third inning as Cade Wolcott, Caden Uderitz, Mason Bennett, Bryce Wilson and Chris Sacco all had hits.

Albion improves to 2-1.

Medina FC soccer club plays to tie

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 August 2020 at 3:40 pm

Dropping out of first place Medina Mustang FC played to a 2-2 tie with Bangarang in a Sahlen’s Cup 2nd/3rd Division soccer game Sunday at Sahlen’s Sportspark.

Medina is now 3-1-1 on the season and tied for second place with the Sahara Gunners a game behind the front-running 4-1 Westside Blitz.

Trent Jones and Steven Anderson each scored a goal for Medina. Anderson and Greg Husung had the assists.

Medina FC next faces Rust Belt United on Thursday at Sahlen’s Sportspark.

Medina U12 Travel squad’s bats get hot

Contributed Story Posted 10 August 2020 at 8:42 am

Contributed Photo- Colton Smith bangs out a hit in the first inning for the Medina Mustang U12 Travel Team.

The Medina Mustang U12 Travel Team’s bats came alive Friday night with a game against the host West Seneca Warriors under the lights scoring 14 runs over seven innings.

Vinny Gray hit a rocket down the right field line for a 3 run homer in the fifth inning and Brady Christaansen had a single and 2 run home run to lead the Mustang attack.

Tyler Kroening added a single, double, 2 RBI’s and scored 2 runs, Brody Fry 2 singles, 2 RBI’s and scored a run, Luke Duffina a single and a double and scored a run, Nate Gibson a double 1 run scored and Carter Woodworth had 2 singles and 1 run scored.

Colton Smith also had a single and had 2 runs scored, Jimmy Dieter a single and scored a run, Preston Woodworth a single and 1 run scored, Aidan Papaj a single, and Lukas Grimes scored a run.

On the mound, Preston Woodworth hurled 3 strikeouts over the first 2 innings and Grimes had 4 strikeouts over next 2 innings, Carter Woodworth finished off the game coming in for relief throwing 3 strikeouts and making a strong defensive play when the ball was hit right back to him.

Medina opens County League with two wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 9 August 2020 at 6:34 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Carlos Doval delivers a pitch for Medina in the win over Rotary.

Medina opened the Orleans County Short Season Baseball League’s 12U Division this past week with a pair of wins 11-5 over Elba and 12-4 over Rotary.

Medina scored five times in both the fourth and fifth innings to key the win over Elba. Joe Reese, Ryan Pegelow, Carlos Doval and Tom Vasquez each scored in both innings. Doval also registered 7 strikeouts on the mount.

A triple play from Pegelow to Lex Gray to Lathan Miller highlighted Medina’s win over Rotary. Offensively, Aleks Seefeldt had a big bases loaded double.

Elba gained a split on the week by downing Sandstone 11-5 as Mike Caparco had a grand slam home run and a two-run double and Rogan Fuller 2 hits with 3 RBI.

For Sandstone, Brayden Ryder had a two-run single and Omer Fugate notched 5 strikeouts.

Carlton also edged past Sandstone 6-4 by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Jo Joe Allport and a two-run single by Drew Boyce who had a total of three hits. Gavin Boyce also had two hits including a home run.

Josh Showberlein had a two-run single and Ryder two hits for Sandstone as Elliott Trapiss registered 10 strikeouts on the mound.

U12 Division action resumes on Tuesday with Carlton vs. Rotary at the Midget League Field, St. Mary’s/Barre at Elba and Medina at Sandstone all at 6 p.m.

The division will also play on Thursday with St. Mary’s/Barre at Medina, Carlton at Elba and Sandstone vs. Rotary at the Midget League Field.

The league’s 10U Division will play at 6 p.m. Monday with Medina Blue vs. Rotary/St. Mary’s at Midget League Field, Sandstone at Carlton and Elba at Medina Red.  Then on Wednesday it will be Rotary/St. Mary’s at Elba, Medina Blue at Sandstone and Carlton at Barre.

Hickory Ridge leagues have a busy week

Contributed Story Posted 9 August 2020 at 6:29 pm

It was another busy week on the links at Hickory Ridge with five leagues in action.

The Monday Night Men’s League reported Todd Cappotelli and Ryan Keller in first place with 147.5 points.  Frank Heinlein and Jim Carlson are in second with 135.5.  Third place is held down by Sal Deluca and Wayne Schiavone with 123.5 points, just half a point ahead of fourth place Gerald Furness and Ron Hering with 123.  Butch Barber and Scott Brooks hold fifth with 117.5 points.  Deluca was low gross with a 39 while Brooks took low net with 27.  Brooks had two birdies and Cappotelli one.

The Tuesday Ladies Night Out League had Deb Wood with low gross of 38.  Diane Hennekey had low gross with a 32 just one stroke ahead of Sue Gay’s and Linda Chrzan’s 33. Hennekey and Wood recorded the only birdies on the night.  First place in the standings is held by Vicki Brawn and Cheryl Ferguson with 57 points.  Close behind is the team of Brenda Powers and Marcia Zambito with 56.  Judy Schuth and Diane Hennekey hold third with 54.  Deb Birkins and Patty Pfister are in fourth with 50.5 points.

The Wednesday Night Men has the team of Brooks and Snyder leading with 70.5 points.  Pfister and Bessell are in second with 68.5 and Taylor and Tyler are in third with 63 points.  Berlew and Hazen hold the fourth spot with 57 points and Beattie and Zambito are in fifth with 57.  Low gross on the night was shared by Tim Hendrickson and Jim Zambito, both shooting 39 on the difficult back nine.  Zambito shared low net with Loyd Denniston 34.  Zambito recorded the only two birdies on the night.

Only six points separate the top three times on Thursday Night.  Dresser and Flansberg lead with 156 points just two points ahead of Bedford and Burgess who have 154.   Bennett and Budde take third with 150 points  Dibley and Flansberg with 144 pints and Drury and Nagy with 138 round out the top five teams.Gene Ashe had low gross with a 37 and tied low net with Dave Fisher at 29.  Birdies were recorded by Ashe, Jim Stedman, Wes Bedford, Loyd Denniston and Don Draper.

Although no scores were reported the Friday Night Mixed Couples did submit standings for the week.  Jim and Marcia Zambito continue to lead with 431 points.  Dave and Melissa Cotter are in second with 437 points.  Bill Fitzgerald and Faye McNeil hold third place with 447 points.  John and Diane Colsanti are in fourth with 450 points and Randy and Paula Knaak holding fifth with 453 points.

Medina’s first golf title was a G-O crown

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 August 2020 at 8:37 am

Contributed Photo – Tom Morien, putting, and Tom Moriarty helped Medina capture its first league golf championship in 1967.

Medina High has enjoyed plenty of success over the years in Niagara-Orleans League golf competition having captured the title 14 times since 1976 including the last three in a row.

However, Medina’s first links title came as a member of the newly formed Genesee-Orleans Golf League in 1967.

Coach Chuck Mancuso’s Mustangs compiled a perfect 10-0 record to take top honors in the six team league which included fellow N-O members Albion and Roy-Hart along with Kendall, Batavia and LeRoy.

Seniors Greg Lewis and Roy Powell, along with junior Tom Morien and sophomore Tom Moriarty took turns earning medalist honors during the season for the Mustangs whose other point-getters included juniors Gary Hill, Rick Fox and Larry Pratt.

The Mustangs closest call of the season was a narrow 5 1/2-4 1/2 win over Roy-Hart. Powell took medalist honors with a 43 as 45’s by Morien and Moriarty to lead the way off setting rounds of 45 by the Roy-Hart duo of Ted Broom and Jim Slattery.

Medina locked up the title with back-to-back late season wins over rival Albion.

First, Medina clinched at least a tie for the title by downing Albion 8-2 at Shelridge as Morien and Powell led the way with rounds of 42. John Root led Albion with a 43.

The Mustangs then locked up the title by besting Albion 8 1/2-1 1/2 at Oak Orchard as Lewis and Moriarty fired their best rounds of the season with 39’s to set the pace. Pratt, Powell and Morien each chipped in with a 46. Root and John Mack also both cared rounds of 39 to lead Albion.

Medina capped off its 10-0 season with an 8-2 win over Roy-Hart. Moriarty led the way with a 40 while Powell had a 43 and Lewis and Pratt 44’s. Broom shared medalist honors for the Rams with a 40.

The Mustangs went on to repeat as league champions in 1968 with a 10-2 record.

Two local players make college diamond picks

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 August 2020 at 7:31 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Gavyn Boyle, left, and Brian Fry

Two local high school players, Roy-Hart’s Gavyn Boyle and Medina’s Brian Fry, have made decisions on where to continue their baseball careers at Division 1 colleges.

Boyle, who will be a junior at Roy-Hart this fall, has made a verbal commitment to continue his education and his baseball career at Virginia Commonwealth University a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Fry, who will be a senior at Medina this fall, has made a verbal commitment to continue his education and baseball career at Toledo University, a member of the Mid America Conference.

Boyle, who has been a three year varsity starter for the Rams, and Fry, who has been a four year starter for the Mustangs, both earned first team Niagara-Orleans League honors in 2019.

U12 County League diamond action

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 August 2020 at 8:09 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – The newly formed Orleans County Short Season Baseball League wrapped up its first week of 12U Divison competition Wednesday evening. The action here is from the Medina vs. Albion Rotary contest at Albion’s Midget League Field. At left, Kaden Froman bangs out a hit for Rotary. At right, Medina catcher Steven Gobeli and Rotary runner Lucas Powley meet at home plate.

Fast start sparks Legion past Albion 15U

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 August 2020 at 9:28 pm

A big seven run first inning scoring burst powered Warsaw Legion to a 12-3 win over the Albion 15U team in a GLOW League baseball game this evening at Williams Park in Batavia.

The first inning was an exact reversal for Albion which had used a six run first inning of its own to key a 16-6 win over Elba in Wednesday’s season opener.

Javon Jones had two hits for Albion as Caleb Fox, Cade Wolcott and Chris Sacco each added one and one RBI.

Now at 1-1, Albino next faces GLOW at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Williams Park.

Medina 10U teams meet in diamond opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 August 2020 at 8:21 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Rained out on Monday evening, the 10U Division of the new Orleans County Short Season Baseball League got underway Wednesday evening. The match ups included the Medina Blue vs. the Medina Red at Butts Park. Shown here on the mound are Anthony Reese for the Blue team and Mason Berry for the Red squad.

Albion 15U tops Elba in diamond opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 August 2020 at 8:08 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Adrian Kingdollar hurled a one hitter for Albion in this evening’s season opening win over Elba.

Jacob Hughson bangs out a hit to ignite Albion’s big six run first inning uprising.

Taking charge at the outset with a big six run first inning, the Albion 15U baseball team went on to defeat Elba 16-6 this evening in the season opening GLOW League game at Williams Park in Batavia.

A leadoff single by Jacob Hughson ignited Albion’s big first inning which was highlighted by a two-run double by Mason Bennett who had a total of 4 RBI on the evening.

Cade Wolcott also banged out a two-run double for Albion in the second inning.

Bennett, Wolcott and Javon Jones each finished with two hits and Caleb Fox one. Jones and Fox each drove in a run.

Adrian Kingdollar went the distance on the mound for Albion hurling a one hitter with 5 strikeouts.

Albion next faces Legion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Williams Park.

County U12 diamond season gets underway

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 August 2020 at 9:11 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Some three months after the planned start of local youth baseball action due to Covid 19 Pandemic restrictions, play began in the U12 Division of the new Orleans County Short Season League Tuesday evening. The action here is from the opener at Carlton which hosted Sandstone. Here Gavin Boyce drives in Carlton’s initial run of the season in the first inning. At right Colin McMullin delivers an opening inning pitch for Carlton.

In action here for Sandstone are Drew Pritchard who takes a healthy cut at the ball and Elliott Trapiss who delivers a pitch.

Section VI football schedule has new dates

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 August 2020 at 7:20 pm

The opponents are the same only the dates have changed.

That is the situation for the Section VI football schedule, a revised edition of which was released today.

Th revisions were made necessary after the recent decision by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) to push back the starting date for fall practice by a full month from August 24 to September 21.

That change in turn has pushed back the first week of games by a full month from the weekend of September 4 and 5 to the weekend of October 2 and 3. The final games of the eight week regular season will now be played on the weekend of November 20-21 which is the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The match ups will all  be the same and in the same order as on the original schedule as Albion will open at Batavia on Friday October 2 and Medina will open at home against East Aurora on Saturday October 3.

The Albion vs. Medina rivalry contest will be played at Medina on Friday November 6.

The sectional semifinals are now scheduled for the weekend of November 27 and 28 and the finals for the weekend of December 4 and 5.

Albion’s schedule is as follows with all games at 7 p.m.

Oct: 2 – at Batavia; 9 – Depew, 16 – at Maryvale, 23 – at Olean, 30 – Lake Shore

Nov.: 6 – at Medina, 13 – Dunkirk, 20 – Maritime

Medina’s schedule is as follows:

Oct. 3 – East Aurora, 1 p.m.; 9 – Williamsville East, 7 p.m.;  16 – Newfane, 7 p.m.; 23 – at Tonawanda, 7 p.m.; 31 – at Cleveland Hill, 2 p.m.

Nov.:6 – Albion, 7 p.m.; 13 – at Wilson, 7 p.m.; 19 – Akron, 7 p.m.

Medina 12U plays in Canandaigua tourney

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 August 2020 at 7:43 am

Continuing to get in plenty of work on the diamond, the Medina Mustangs 12U Travel team competed in the Canandaigua Tournament this past weekend.

Colton Smith and Vinny Gray led batting with 7 hits each over the weekend’s four games.  Brady Christaansen and Nate Gibson each had 6 hits; while Tyler Kroening, Preston Woodworth, and Luke Duffina each had 5 hits. Carter Woodworth added 4 hits, and Brody Fry 3 hits.

Good pitching efforts were turned in by Fry, Kroening, Preston Woodworth, Lukas Grimes, Gray, and Carter Woodworth.

“The team was very competitive over the course of four games and it was a very good learning experience,” said Coach John Dieter.

Medina went 0-4 in the tourney.

U10 openers washed out

Rain washed out Monday evening’s scheduled season opening games in the U10 Division of the new Orleans County Short Season Baseball League.

Those games included Medina Red vs. Carlton, Barre/Rotary vs. St. Mary’s and Elba vs. Medina Blue.

The U10 Division is also scheduled to play at 6 p.m Wednesday with Rotary/St. Mary’s at Carlton, Medina Red vs. Medina Blue at Butts Park and Barre at Sandstone.

The league’s U12 Division is scheduled to begin play at 6 this evening with Rotary vs. St. Mary’s/Barre at the Midget League Field, Sandstone at Carlton and Elba at Medina.