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N-O diamond seasons set to begin

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 April 2019 at 4:23 pm

Weather permitting, the Niagara-Orleans League baseball and softball seasons are scheduled to begin on Monday.

Last spring Roy-Hart won its third straight N-O baseball championship and the Lady Rams completed the school’s sweep by claiming  the league title  for the fourth time in the last five years.

The openers will have Roy-Hart visiting Akron in baseball and hosting the Lady Tigers in softball.

The Rams are led by senior pitcher/first baseman Charlie Bruning and freshman outfielder Gavyn Boyle, who both earned second team N-O All-League honors last spring along with  second baseman Charlie Brigham and pitcher/infielder Walker Samanka, both seniors who received Honorable Mention.

The Lady Rams are paced by senior catcher Maddie Fry, who earned first team All-League honors, along with sophomore pitcher Mallory Steiner and senior outfielder Lexie Lovewell who were both second team honorees.

Albion and Medina, which finished in a three-way tie with Akron for second place in the final N-O baseball standings at 8-4 both return large veteran groups.

The Purple Eagles are led by the trio of senior catcher Liam Ward, senior first baseman Bryce Pritchard and junior pitcher Thomas Furmanski, who all earned first team All-League honors.

Medina is paced by junior pitchers Trevor Luthart and Chris Goyette along with shortstop Brian Fry and second baseball AJ Seefeldt, both freshmen, who all received second team All-League honors.

Albion will visit Barker and Medina travels to Newfane in Monday’s N-O openers. The Purple Eagles will then host the Mustangs on Wednesday.

The Albion and Medina girls both return a pair of second team All-League honorees. The Purple Eagles have outfielder Brylie Hapeman and first baseman Sierra Newton, both seniors, while the Mustangs have senior catcher Ashlee Howell and junior outfielder Camri King.

Albion hosts Barker Monday and visits Medina on Wednesday.

In Genesee Region League baseball action, Lyndonville is slated to open the season at home on Monday against Notre Dame

Weekly Schedule
Monday
Baseball: Medina at Newfane, Albion at Barker, Roy-Hart at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Notre Dame at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.; Barker at Albion, Akron at Roy-Hart, Wilson at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; Medina at Depew, 5 p.m.
Tennis: Albion at Akron, Barker at Wilson, Newfane at Medina, Byron-Bergen at Holley, Kendall at Elba, 4 p.m.
Lacrosse: Medina at Pal-Mac, 6 p.m.

Tuesday
Baseball: Notre Dame at Lyndonville, Byron-Bergen at Holley, Kendall at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
Softball: Oakfield-Alabama at Holley, Kendall at Notre Dame ,4:30 p.m.
Tennis: Albion at Barker, Akron at Wilson, Holley at Attica, 4 p.m.
Track: Akron at Barker, Roy-Hart at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday
Baseball: Medina at Albion, Akron at Barker, Roy-Hart at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Lyndonville at Elba, Monroe at Kendall, 4:30 p.m.; Albion at Medina, Barker at Akron, Newfane at Roy-hart, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis: Medina at Roy-Hart, Wilson at Albion, Akron at Newfane, Kendall at Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Track: Wilson at Albion, Lyndonville at Holley, Kendall at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
Lacrosse: Gowanda at Medina, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday
Baseball: Barker at Kendall, Lyndonville at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
Softball: Kendall at Lyndonville, Attica at Holley, 4:30 p.m.
Tennis: Oakfield-Alabama at Kendall, 4 p.m.
Track: Roy-Hart at Medina, Akron at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.

Friday
Baseball: Lyndonville at Kendall, Holley at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; Newfane at Medina, Albion at Akron, Barker at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
Softball: Medina at Newfane, Akron at Albion, Wilson at Barker, Mt. Mercy at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
Tennis: Roy-Hart at Akron, Newfane at Wilson, Holley at Oakfield-Alabama, 4 p.m.
Lacrosse: Medina at Salamanca, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday
Softball: Barker at Lyndonville, 10 a.m.