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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The AnJo Bombers 14U baseball team defeated Clarence Red Raiders 7-5 in a back-and-forth affair on Wednesday.
The game was tied 5-5 with the Bombers batting in the bottom of the sixth when Carson Tatro singled driving in one run.
Clarence grabbed a quick the lead in the first inning as a wild pitch scored two runs.
Reed Albee, Juan Lebron, Colin Fragale, and Tatro each drove in one run to lead the Bombers.
Tatro also led the Bombers with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with eight stolen bases.
AJ Seefeldt, Tatro and Albee combined for the win on the mound.
The Bombers are back in action Friday night at Brockport High School against New Era in the NY Gold Prospects Tourney.