2022 in Review – Sandstone, Raptors and Banes title wins highlight summer season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2022 at 6:10 pm

Sandstone rallies to clam Midget League playoff crownPhoto by Cheryl Wertman – Sandstone used a big late inning scoring burst to down Carlton 7-2 in the Albion Midget League playoff championship game. Breaking away from a 2-2 deadlock, Sandstone erupted for 5 runs in the bottom of the decisive fifth inning on a two-run single by Eli Johnson, an RBI double by Rocco Sidari, an RBI single by Brayden LaMartina and an error. Winning pitcher Omer Fugate hurled a 1 hitter with 16 strikeouts. Here Sandstone shortstop Garrett Smith gets set to put the tag on Carlton’s Jack Conn during the title contest.

Raptors capture U19 Division soccer championship- Photo by Cheryl Wertman –  Compiling a 9-1 record, the Albion Raptors captured a Rochester Youth Soccer League girls U19 Division championship. Here Abby Scanlan drives the ball up field for the Raptors. The Raptors locked up the title by downing Lakeland 3-2 as Alezya Brown had 2 goals, Olivia Krenning 1 goal and Scanlan 1 assist. The Raptors then capped off the season with a 3-2 win over runner-up Gananda as Scanlan had 2 goals and Nikki Creasey a goal and an assist. Orleans FC has big soccer year The Orleans FC soccer team also had a big year winning the Greece and Akron tournaments and qualifying for next year’s Atlantic U16 Regional Tournament by placing second in the Rochester League.

Late scoring surge earns Banes ‘A’ League titlePhoto by Cheryl Wertman – Banes scored a come-from-behind 13-9 win over Jr. Wilson 1 to capture the Medina Women’s ‘A’ League softball playoff championship. Here Connie Heschke of Banes  slides into third base as Jodi Zacher of Jr. Wilson 1 waits for the ball. Trailing 9-6, Banes rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run triple by Jen Masse, a two-run single by Robin Blaun and RBI singles by Rileigh McCabe, Grace Capstick and Sue Seefeldt to claim the win. Banes and Jr. Wilson 1 had shared the regular season ‘A’ League title with identical 10-2 records.