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Nationals advance to Cap Classic title round

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 June 2017 at 7:12 pm

A big seven run second inning scoring burst powered the Niagara Nationals to a 9-1 victory over Team All American from Trafford, Pa. today and into Sunday’s championship round at the Cap Classic in Pittsburgh.

Hits by Nate Sherman, Joe Dell’oso and Aiden Johnston, along with 4 walks, keyed the big uprising as the Nationals improve to 2-1 in the tournament. Dell’oso had 2 hits on the day.

Carson Harper went the distance on the mound for the Nationals allowing only 2 hits and striking out 1.

The Nationals are seeded 10th for the 12 team championship round.

Ride For Roswell passes through Orleans

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 June 2017 at 5:13 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Thousands of bikers took part in the 22nd annual Ride For Roswell today across Western New York. Here two of the riders are shown crossing the Marshall Road canal bridge during the 102 miles ride which included parts of Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In all some 7,380 riders took part in the event which raised a whopping $4.6 million to support Roswell Park and the fight against cancer.

Bees sting Nationals at Pitt Tourney

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 June 2017 at 8:53 pm

Limited to just 3 hits, the Niagara Nationals dropped narrow 5-3 decision to the Ohio Athletics Bees this afternoon in the second round of the Cap Classic Tournament at Pittsburgh.

The Nationals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead by scoring twice in the first inning and once in the second aided by hits from Aiden Johnston and Carson Harper.

However, the Nationals were blanked on just 1 more hit, a single by David Belsito, the rest of the way as the Bees rallied for 2 runs in the fourth inning and 3 more in the fifth to claim the win in the contest which was halted by rain after six innings.

Now at 1-1 in the tourney, the Nationals had their second scheduled game rained out and will now likely play twice on Saturday.

Dewart to play field hockey at Nazareth

Contributed Story Posted 23 June 2017 at 4:48 pm

Contributed Photo – Barker High senior Lydia Dewart signs to play field hockey at Nazareth College. Standing, from left, are her parents Jon and Amy Dewart, Nazareth Coach Tarah Christenson and Barker varsity field hockey Coach Jeff Costello.

Barker Central School is pleased to announce that Lydia Dewart will continue her field hockey career at Nazareth College this fall and major in Occupational Therapy.

As a senior Dewart was selected All-State, first team All Western New York, and first team Niagara-Orleans All-League for field hockey. She also helped guide her team to the Class C Sectional championship.

Throughout her field hockey career, she played on two Niagara Orleans League champion teams, three Class C Section VI champion teams, and one Far West Regional champion team.

Dewart also played basketball where she earned Honorable Mention Niagara-Orleans honors and she is a school record holder in the 800M run for track & field.

She was the recipient of multiple scholar athlete awards including recently earning All WNY Scholar Athlete honors for the sport of track & field.

Nazareth College coach, Tarah Christenson said of Dewart, “We’re so very excited to welcome Lydia to Nazareth this August and I’m thrilled to continue coaching her through the collegiate years, where the Barker coaching staff has left off. She’s fantastic and her family, school and the Barker Field Hockey program has much to be proud of, with Lydia as a student-athlete.”

Blue Jays post shutout in playoff opener

Contributed Story Posted 23 June 2017 at 12:43 pm

The Woodroe Realty Blue Jays Blanked the Medina Athletics 5-0 in the first round of the playoffs Thursday.

Blue Jay pitching and defense only allowed one hit through 6 innings.  Brody Fry pitched the first 3 innings recording 8 strikeouts, Jimmy Dieter pitched 2 innings recorder 3 strikeouts, and Carter Woodworth pitched one inning recording 2 strikeouts.

For the A’s Lukas Grimes hit a nice bomb to right field for the A’s only hit, but William Tagg tracked down the ball and relayed to Preston Woodworth to keep the hit from becoming a home run.  The Blue Jay’s defense recorded all the other outs at first base on 4 batters that hit the ball.

The Blue Jays offense got off to slow start due to strong pitching by the A’s pitcher Grimes.

Dieter hit a nice single to start off the second inning followed by an RBI hit by Aidan Papaj.

William Tagg opened the third inning with a single, then Preston Woodworth hit a two-run home run.

In the fourth inning Carter Woodworth and Fry opened up scoring with 2 solo home run shots.  Aiden Wisniewski and Brady Christaansen each added a hit.

Next round of playoffs is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Butts Park against the Medina VFW Cubs.

Somerset trims Roy-Hart in Midget ‘A’

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 June 2017 at 9:46 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Somerset’s Chauncy McKee dives into third base as Roy-Hart’s Brice Seddon tries to take the throw during this evening’s Midget ‘A’ League game at Gasport.

Improving to 2-1, Somerset edged past Roy-Hart (1-2) 4-2 in a Lockport Midget ‘A’ League game this evening at Gasport.

Eddie Wasnock went the distance on the mound for Somerset allowing only 2 hits and striking out 15.

Three Roy-Hart pitchers, Walker Samanka, Brice Seddon and Cam Meadows, combined on a 2 hitter with 10 strikeouts.

Somerset grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning without the benefit of a hit on a pair of errors after a hit batter and 2 walks loaded the bases.

Roy-Hart cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second on a wild pitch after three walks loaded the bases. Wasnock though got out of further trouble with a clutch inning ending strikeout.

Somerset got that run back with interest by scoring twice in the third on a wild pitch and a fielders choice play off the bat of Logan Harris. A single by Kyle MacDonald helped set up that threat.

Roy-Hart pulled to with 4-2 with a run in the third on a fielders choice play and later got a runner to third in the seventh after a triple by Seddon but Wasnock again notched a clutch strikeout to end the threat and the game.

Roy-Hart first baseman Wyatt Redburn stretches to take  the throw for an out on Somerset’s Logan Harris.

Nationals best top Pa. team in tourney opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 June 2017 at 8:34 pm

The Niagara Nationals U14 team knocked off Pennsylvania’s top entrant, Flood City, 11-8 today in the opening round of the Cap Classic at Pittsburgh.

Trailing 8-2, the Nationals rallied for 6 runs in the sixth inning and 3 more in the seventh to claim the win.

Trevor Luthart, the Nationals third pitcher of the day, shut Flood City out over the last two innings retiring 6 of the 7 batters he faced.

David Belsilo had 4 hits and Aiden Johnston 2 to lead the Nationals offense as Nate Sherman, Joe Dell’oso, Liam Ward, Chris Goyette, Sam Murphy and Mitchell Holtz each chopped in with 1.  Johnston and Dell’oso also shared in the pitching duties.

The Nationals continue tourney play with two games on Friday.

Medina tennis coach receives top state honor

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 June 2017 at 5:22 pm

Photo by Mike Wertman – Medina Coach Chris Horgan, left,  is congratulated by Assistant Medina High Principal Kevin Laskey for receiving the state boys tennis Coach of the Year award.

Medina Coach Chris Horgan has been named state boys tennis Coach of the Year by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Horgan, who marked his 30th year as a coach this spring, guided the Mustangs to a second straight Niagara-Orleans League title and the fifth in the last six years.

“It’s a great honor and I’m very appreciative of it personally but really it is an award for our school’s tennis program and for all of the accomplishments of our players over the years,” he said.

Horgan has coached the Mustang netters for the past 17 years. His teams have compiled a 160-52 N-O record including a total of seven championships.

Prior to that he coached for 13 years (1981-1993) at Roy-Hart where his Rams teams compiled an N-O record of 124-46 and won five league titles.  Ironically three of those titles (1990, 1991 and 1992) were co-championships with Medina.

For many years he has also conducted the annual free summer tennis program for the Medina School District.

Tri Town surges past Medina/Lyndonville U17

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 June 2017 at 1:37 pm

A late three goal scoring burst earned Tri Town a 6-3 win over Medina/Lyndonville in a Buffalo and Western New York Soccer League U17 Division game Wednesday evening at Lyndonville.

Breaking away from a 3-3 deadlock, Tri Town erupted for 3 goals in the final 8 minutes on an own goal, a rebound off a missed penalty shot and a breakaway to claim the win.

Medina/Lyndonville had grabbed a 2-1 lead midway through the first half as Cory Bricourt scored at the 20 minute mark off an assist from Evan Silversmith and Trenton Jones tallied 5 minutes later on a header off a throw-in from Evan Horn.

Tri Town pulled even with a goal just before half-time and then regained a 3-2 advantage with a tally 15 minutes into the second half.

Medina/Lyndonville did rally back into a 3-3 tie when DaRon Bellan scored with 10 minutes remaining off an assist from Devin Rounds but Tri Town answered with the decisive 3 goal burst to claim the win.

Narrow loss snaps Dynamites win streak

Contributed Story Posted 22 June 2017 at 1:34 pm

The Dynamites had a 4 game winning streak snapped by a narrow 1-0 margin under the lights at Orchard Park Wednesday.

The Dynamites out hit Orchard Park 3-1 but left runners stranded at third base three times in the matchup of two usually high scoring teams.

Xander Payne and Ryan Mettler combined to hurl the 1 hitter for the Dynamites. Mettler, Iverson Poole and Javon Jones had the team’s only hits.

The Dynamites travel to Elma on Saturday for a league game against the EMW Tribe. Sunday, the Clarence Sunday league playoffs start with opponents yet to be decided.