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Key N-O diamond contests to open busy week

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 April 2017 at 8:46 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Liam Ward, shown here taking a throw at second base, and his Purple Eagle teammates will host Wilson Monday in a key clash for the Niagara–Orleans League lead.

An already busy week, made even busier with the addition of a number of make-up contests, will get off to a fast start Monday with key games for first place in both the Niagara-Orleans League baseball and softball title races.

On the baseball diamond, Albion (4-1) will host Wilson (4-0). Defending champion Roy-Hart, which is also unbeaten at 2-0, will host Akron (1-2).

On the softball field a key clash of unbeatens will have defending champion Akron (2-0) hosting Roy-Hart (3-0). Newfane, which is also unbeaten at 2-0 will visit Barker (0-3).

The Lyndonville baseball and softball squads both face a busy four game week.  The Tigers diamond squad will visit Attia Monday and then host Pembroke Tuesday, Northstar Thursday and Alexander Friday.  The Lady Tigers will visit Elba Monday, Oakfield-Alabama Tuesday and Byron-Bergen Friday and also host Alexander on Wednesday.

Week Schedule
Baseball – Lyndonville at  Attica, 4:30 p.m.; Wilson at Albion, Barker at Newfane, Akron at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
Softball – Lyndonville at Elba, Holley at Northstar, 4:30 p.m.; Newfane at Barker, Wilson at Medina, Roy-Hart at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis – Newfane at Medina, Albion at Wilson, 4 p.m.
Lacrosse – North Tonawanda at Medina, 7 p.m.
Golf – Kendall at Pembroke, Holley at Wheatland-Chili, 4 p.m.

Baseball – Pembroke at Lyndonville, Holley at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.; Alden at Albion, Barker at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
Softball – Lyndonville at Oakfield-Alabama, Byron-Bergen at Kendall, Elba at Holley, 4:30 p.m.; Medina at Newfane, Wilson at Akron, CCA at Barker, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis – Newfane at Barker, Holley at Kendall, 4 p.m.; Medina at Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Track – Barker at Wilson, Newfane at Albion, Roy-Hart at Akron, 4:15 p.m.; Notre Dame at Holley, 4:30 p.m.
Golf – Churchville Chili at Kendall

Baseball – Newfane at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
Softball – Alexander at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.; Roy-Hart at Barker, Albion at Akron, Wilson at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis – Barker at Roy-Hart, Akron at Medina, Newfane at Wilson, Byron-Bergen at Kendall, Elba at Holley, 4 p.m.
Lacrosse – Salamanca at Medina ,5 p.m.
Golf – Kendall at Attica, 4 p.m.
Track – Lyndonville at Attica, Oakfield at Kendall, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball – Northstar at Lyndonville, Notre Dame at Holley, Barker at Alexander, 4:30 p.m.; Roy-Hart at Medina, Akron at Albion, 4:45 p.m.
Softball – Kendall at Holley, 4:30 p.m.; Barker at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis – Holley at Pembroke, 4 p.m.
Golf – Holley at Kendall, 4 p.m.
Track – Barker at Roy-Hart, Wilson at Newfane, 4:15 p.m.; Medina at Albion, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball – Alexander at Lyndonville, Wheatland-Chili at Holley, 4:30 p.m.; Albion at Barker, Roy-Hart at Newfane, Medina at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Softball – Lyndonville at Byron-Bergen, Pembroke at Kendall, Holley at Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.; Barker at Albion, Newfane at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; Akron at Medina ,5 p.m.
Tennis – Albion at Medina, Akron at Wilson, Newfane at Roy-Hart, Attica at Kendall, 4 p.m.
Lacrosse- Medina at Gowanda, 7 p.m.

Softball – Wilson Magnet at Kendall, Attica at Holley, 11 a.m.; Medina at Depew Tournament

N-O Standings
Baseball – Wilson 4-0, Albion 4-1, Roy-Hart 2-0, Akron 1-2, Medina 1-3, Barker 1-4, Newfane 0-3
Softball – Roy-Hart 3-0, Akron 2-0, Newfane 2-0, Medina 2-2, Wilson 1-2, Albion 1-4, Barker 0-3
Tennis – Akron 2-0, Medina 2-0, Albion 2-1, Roy-Hart 1-1, Wilson 1-1,  Barker 0-2, Newfane 0-3

Wilson tops Medina in Evoy Scholarship game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 April 2017 at 10:06 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Owen Frasier slides into second as Wilson shortstop Jackson Rotella gets set to apply the tag. The action took place during the Lakemen’s win over the Mustangs this evening at Vets Park in the inaugural Jeff Evoy Memorial Scholarship game.

A big six run fourth inning scoring burst keyed Wilson to an 11-5 victory over Medina in the inaugural Jeff Evoy Memorial Scholarship baseball game at Vets Park this evening.

Trailing 4-3, Wilson moved on top to stay in the decisive frame as a three-run homer by John Bender capped off the six run uprising.

Singles by Steve Frerichs and Tanner Seeley, along with a sacrifice fly by Jonah Miller, plated the first three runs as a double by Justin Daul and a single by Matt Daul set up the threat.

Medina’s Brett Riemer gets congratulations from Coach Don Baker as he rounds third base after hitting a two-run homer.

The Lakemen later tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on a double by Jackson Rotella and a triple by Connor Seeley.

Medina had grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on a double by Brett Riemer and a fielders choice play off the bat of Nate Sherman.  A double by Alex Allis also helped key that scoring burst.

Wilson rallied into a 3-2 lead in the third on a two-run triple by Jackson Rotella and an error.

Medina moved back on top for what proved to be the last time at 4-3 in the home half of the third on a two-run homer by Riemer.

The Mustangs then got runners to second and third after a hit batter, a single by Sherman and a sacrifice bunt by Trevor Luthart but Wilson hurler Nate Fox got out the jam with a clutch inning ending strikeout stranding Medina runners at second and third.

Fox allowed 7 hits and struck out 7 in six innings of work. Bender came on to hurl the seventh inning and gave up 1 hit and 1 walk and struck out 3.

Rotella and Tanner Seeley both had a pair of hits on the evening as did Riemer, Sherman and Allis for the Mustangs.

Wilson is now 4-0 and Medina 1-3 in N-O competition.

Special game honors former superintendent

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 April 2017 at 9:58 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Mrs. Maureen Evoy and her children Kelsey and Sean threw out the ceremonial first pitches this evening at the inaugural Jeff Evoy Memorial Baseball game between Medina and Wilson at Vets Park. The contest honored  the former Medina superintendent who passed away last year and raised funds for a scholarship in his memory. Prior to coming to Medina Evoy taught and coached at Albion and served as a principal at Pembroke.

The Evoy family is surrounded here by former colleagues and friends of Jeff Evoy from Medina, Albion and Pembroke and the Medina and Wilson teams prior to the start of this evening’s Evoy Memorial Scholarship game from Medina. The contest was also a special one for Wilson as Lakemen Coach Mark Kurtz was a life long friend of Evoy’s.

Akron stickmen post key win over Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 April 2017 at 5:48 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Mason Lewis tries to go around Akron defender Michael Miller during the Mustangs loss to the Tigers this afternoon at Vets Park.

Medina’s Jake Cotter works to get by Akron’s Owen Hill.

A quick three goal scoring burst late in the first quarter ignited undefeated (4-0) Akron to a 12-6 victory over Medina this afternoon in a key Class D Division lacrosse game at Vets Park.

Breaking away from an early 1-1 deadlock, Akron erupted for three lightning quick goals in a span of just 1:09 on tallies by Owen Hill, Weylon Abrams and Ethan Schleef to take the lead for good.

The Tigers, which also posted a key 14-8 win over Eden (3-1) on Friday, went on to hold leads of 5-1 after one period, 7-2 at the half and 7-3 at the three-quarter mark.

Nelson Logan led the Tigers with 4 goals.

Jake Cotter scored 3 goals for Medina as Mike Carson, Mason Lewis and Brendan Luthart each added 1.

The loss  drops Medina into third place in D Division action at 4-2.

Medina’s Martha Gardner won the 800 and 1500 at the Buffalo Invitational today.

The Mustangs also got second place finishes from Jalin Cooper in the 100 and 200, Dan Heil in the 800 and 1600, Jack Hill in the 3200 and by the 400 relay quartet of Je’ne Brown, Trinity Fleck, Kharise Johnson and Katie Bilicki.

Lady Rams nip Mustangs with run in final at bat;Purple Eagles earn first N-O win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 April 2017 at 4:11 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Lexi Lovewll (1) is mobbed by her teammates after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning this afternoon for a 3-2 victory over visiting Medina.

Pushing across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Roy-Hart nipped visiting Medina 3-2 this afternoon to stay unbeaten at 3-0 in Niagara-Orleans League softball competition.

Roy-Hart earned the win in the final frame as Maddie Fry singled, stole second and came home on a double by Lexi Lovewell.

Roy-Hart’s Maddie Fry bunts for a hit.

Medina had knotted the contest at 2-2 by scoring once in the top of the seventh on a triple by Alisha Scroger.

The late innings sea-saw battle saw Roy-Hart grab a 2-1 lead with a run in the last of the sixth inning as Kayla Brown singled and scored on a double by Maddy Glena.

Brown, who also drove in the Lady Rams first run in the opening inning, had a total of 3 hits and Lovewell 2 while Scroger had 3 for Medina.

Sam Choate pitched the first 6 innings for Roy-Hart allowing 2 hits and striking out 6.

Lovewell came on in the seventh and allowed 1 hit with 1 strieout.

Emily Kams, who plated Medina’s other run with a third inning sacrifice,  went the distance in the circle for the Mustangs striking out 10.

Medina is now 2-2 in N-O action.

Albion 6, Wilson 5

Snapping a season opening 4 league game losing streak, Albion nipped host Wilson 6-5 this morning as Natalie DiCureia, Janae Doty and Catherine Wolck each had 2 hits.

Anna Frerichs had 2 hits, including a double and 3 RBIs for Wilson (1-2) as Jen Darlak and Madeline Mocarski also each had a pair of hits.

Medina’s Ashlee Howell slides in under Roy-Hart catcher Maddie Fry to score the tying run in the top of the seventh inning

Mustang stickmen down Lakemen

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2017 at 9:10 pm

Getting goal production from seven different players, Medina rolled to a 17-2 victory over Wilson in a Class D Division lacrosse game this evening at Vets Park.

Jake Cotter scored 5 goals, Coby Albone 4, Brendan Luthart 3, Mason Lewis 2 and Ethan Leonard, Christian Silversmith and Ian Joseph 1 each to lead the attack for Medina which improves to 4-1 in the division and 5-1 overall.

Up 5-0 after one quarter, the Mustangs increased their advantage to 13-1 at the half.  Albone netted 4 goals, Luthart 3 and Cotter and Lewis 2 each in the opening half.

Medina, which maintained a 16-1 lead at the three-quarter mark, next hosts Akron at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The loss drops Wilson to 0-4.

Purple Eagle netters down Raiders

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2017 at 8:04 pm

A sweep of the three singles matches keyed Albion to a 5-1/2 victory over host Barker this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League tennis match.

In the singles matches, Matt Kovaleski defeated Nick Fazzolari 6-3, 7-6; Connor McQuillan downed Jake Meister 6-2, 6-2 and Victor Benjovsky bested Zander Israel 6-2, 6-0.

The Purple Eagles also took the first two doubles matches as Owen Foos and Emilie Barleben defeated Nick Sutch and Chris Young 6-0, 6-0 and Kastriot Bella and Freeman Lattin downed Mia Gooding and Natalie Bruning 6-0, 6-1.

Barker, which is now 0-2, took the third doubles and Jake Harris and Grace Harris downed Leonel Rosario and Angel Rosario 6-4, 7-6.

In other N-O action, Medina (2-0) blanked host Newfane (0-3) 5 1/2-0. The Akron vs. Roy-Hart match was rained out.

Mike Cardone, Nick Bogan and Kyla Leno all scored straight set victories in the singles matches for Medina.

The Mustangs also got straight set wins from the doubles teams of Ray Paull-Toby Kiebala, Able Zavitz-Andrew Fuller and Brandon Harris–Aedden Cayea.


Mustangs top Purple Eagles in softball

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2017 at 7:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Destiny Satkowski bangs out a hit during the Mustangs win at Albion this afternoon.

Brylie Hapeman bunts for a base hit for Albion in the opening frame.

Improving to 2-1 in league action, Medina downed host Albion 18-4 this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans softball contest.

Medina took a quick lead on a two-run triple by Cora Payne in the first inning.

The Mustangs then broke the game open by tallying 7 times in the second inning highlighted by a triple by Alisha Scroger.

Destiny Satkowski and Ashlee Howell both had a total of 4 hits for Medina as Scroger and Payne both had 3.  Satkowski’s hits included a pair of doubles and a fourth inning home run.

Emily Kams picked up the win in the circle for Medina allowing 1 hits with 12 strikeouts. She registered a clutch inning ending strikeout in the first as Albion stranded runners at second and third after a walk and a bunt single by Brylie Hapeman.

Albion is now 0-4 in N-O action.

Both teams will be in action agains Saturday as Albion visits Wilson at 10 a.m. and Medina travels to Roy-Hart at 1 p.m.

Wilson (1-1) blanked Barker (0-3) 10-0 as Kira Zappy registered 10 strikeouts.

Roy-Hart 17, Attica 1

Roy-Hart romped to a 17-1 non league win over Attica as Levi Lovelwell and Sam Choate combined to hurl a 3 hitter with 5 strikeouts.

Delaney Draper had 4 hits for the Lady Rams as Lovewell and Kayla Brown both added 3.  Lovewell’s hits included a a double and two triples.

Tigers score narrow victory over Bees

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2017 at 7:17 pm

A late run without the benefit of a hit earned Lyndonville a narrow 2-1 victory over host Byron-Bergen this afternoon in a Genesee Region League baseball game.

Breaking away from a 1-1 deadlock, Lyndonville scored the game winner in the sixth inning on a walk, a stolen base and a fielders choice play off the bat of Corey Hydock.

The Tigers only other run came in the third inning as Eric Neace doubled and came home on a single by Mike Wells. That tally tied the game as the Bees had scored in the first inning.

Zach Johnson pitched the first five innings for the Tigers allowing 3 hits and striking out 7.  Wells hurled the final two frames giving up 1 hit and striking out 3.

Lyndonville is now 2-1 in the league and 5-1 overall.

Albion posts diamond win over Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2017 at 7:11 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina first baseman Zach Fike stretches as Albion’s Bryce Pritchard beats out an RBI single during the Purple Eagles win over the Mustangs this afternoon at Vets Park.

Jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, Albion went on to defeat Medina 5-1 this afternoon in a rainy Niagara-Orleans League baseball game at Vets Park.

Austin Dugan bangs out a hit for Albion.

Bryce Pritchard sparked Albion both on the mound and at the plate.  On the mound he hurled a 2 hitter with 8 strikeouts. At the plate he banged out 3 hits, including a solo home run in the second inning and an RBI single which capped a two run third inning.

Austin Dugan also had a pair of hits on the day for Albion.

The Purple Eagles later added insurance runs in the sixth inning, on a single by Harrison Brown, and in the seventh on a double by Liam Ward.

Medina’s lone run and only two hits came in the third inning on an RBI single by Brett Riemer which followed a single by Chris Goyette.

Albion improves to 4-1 in the league while Medina slips to 1-2.

Medina next hosts Wilson at 7 p.m. Saturday in the first annual Jeff Evoy Memorial Game.

Wilson 4, Barker 2

Jackson Rotella hurled a 3 hitter with 3 strikeouts and also had a key RBI single during a two-run fifth inning rally which snapped a 2-2 deadlock earning Wilson a 4-2 win over visiting Barker.

John Bender had 2 hits, including a solo home run, for the Lakemen.

Wilson is now 3-0 and Barker 1-3 in N-O action.