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High School Baseball: St. Francis getting back on target

Mike Prentice and the St. Francis bats got going over the weekend against Aquinas after a pair of shutout wins over Canisius. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)
Hamburg sweeps Iroquois; Lake Shore, N. Collins and Eden keep on rolling

The start of the regular season wasnít exactly kind for a St. Francis team with high expectations.

But the Raiders seem on the right track after a two-game sweep of Canisius in a pair of shutouts on Thursday and Friday (April 25-26) and then an offensive explosion in beating Section Vís Aquinas 14-0 the next day.

Junior pitcher Matt Minnick struck out eight and only allowed three hits to pick up the complete game victory over Canisius 2-0 in Game One. Senior Matt Michalskiís bases-loaded single in the fifth drove in the only runs of the contest. Senior Adam Gora also picked up two hits to help the cause.

The Red Raiders followed that with another shutout, this time from Ryan Stefaniak on the mound, in a 4-0 win over Canisius. Along with throwing a three-hitter, the junior also helped himself at the plate going 4 for 4.

In a third consecutive shutout for St. Francis on Saturday (April 27), senior starter Drew Bassini picked up the win on the mound, while Adam Gora led a solid offensive effort throughout the order with three hits and three RBI.

The wins were St. Francisí first three of the season. Now 2-3 in league play, St. Francis plays another big Monsignor Martin game Tuesday (May 7) at home against St. Maryís, which won the first meeting between the two, 8-5.

Itís not very often that a team from ECIC Division II can stake claim to beating Iroquois twice in one season. While this may not be the same quality of Iroquois team thatís won the last five division titles, itís still a big accomplishment for Hamburg.

The Bulldogs pulled off the season sweep over Iroquois, holding on for a 7-5 win to improve to 5-1 in ECIC Division II play. Hamburg built a 7-2 lead behind five solid innings from starting pitcher Cam Ringo and Chris Tuttle leading the offense with a 2 for 3 with three RBI performance. Hamburg, which is now ranked eighth among Western New York large schools, has lost only to Williamsville South in a nine-inning game in division play.

In the same week that North Collins suffered its first division loss, the Eagles avenged that loss beating Brocton 10-8 on Friday (April 26).

Brandon Zielinski, who picked up the win in relief, closed the last three innings, allowing only one unearned run and surrendered only one hit as North Collins regained sole possession of first place in CCAA IV after having lost to Brocton 10-2. Jared Keppel and Chris Pulinski collected two hits apiece. Austin Winter added a RBI single and Jordan Keough scored three runs in the win. The Eagles also stole 13 bases, constantly pressuring Brocton.

On April 29, North Collins defeated visiting Forestville 19-4 in non-league action. Keppel led the offense with three hits, including a grand slam homer. Jaden Keough added two hits and three RBI, while Pulinski notched a three-RBI triple. Zielinski earned the win on the mound pitching three scoreless innings without yielding a hit. North Collins is now 6-4 overall and 5-1 in CCAA IV play.

It may not always be pretty but Lake Shore has kept up its winning ways, escaping a 3-2 game with Springville on Monday (April 29) after a pair of 8-3 wins over Amherst on Thursday and Friday of last week. The Eagles are now 8-0 since returning from a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, including seven wins in ECIC III.

Against Springville, Lake Shore scored the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the sixth without hitting the ball in play. The Eagles walked four straight times to force in one run and a hit batsman plated the teamís go-ahead run. Jim Barry threw two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and Tyler Mascio closed the game in the seventh.

Lake Shore also played solid defense, turning three double plays, with second baseman Billy Pinter in on all of them. The senior notched five put outs and six assists while Mascio, at shortstop, added five assists. Billy Pinter singled and scored to account for Lake Shoreís other run.

The Eagles got a pair of complete-game pitching performances in beating Amherst, first from Ryan Joslyn, who threw a three-hitter with seven strikeouts, and then Christ Conley, who scattered seven hits and struck out eight. On April 25, Conley finished with three hits, including a two-run homer; Mascio was 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBI; and Barry added two hits and two RBI. Leading Lake Shore the next day were Dane Cala with three hits, including a double and triple, and Matt Kardach, who was 2 for 2.

Eden is also one of the hottest teams around, going unbeaten last week at 5-0, which included a pair of one-run wins over Cleveland Hill. Those wins were sandwiched in between beating Lackawanna 13-0 on April 23 and North Collins 13-5 four days later.

In a 2-1 win on Thursday, Brian Losel worked a two-out, full-count walk scoring Brad Palmerton in the bottom of the seventh for the game-winner. Palmerton singled, moved to second on a bunt single from Matt Bialy and then to third when David Baskerville walked. Baskervilleís RBI-single in the first scored Bialy, who had also singled. Cleveland Hill tied it in the sixth.

Eden earned a 5-4 win the next day on the strength of a seventh-inning three-run homer from freshman Declan Pierce. Brian Loselís RBI-double, scoring Jake Schlegel, cut the Cleveland Hill lead to 3-2 before Eden went out in front by two runs. After Cleveland Hill cut the Eden lead to one run in the seventh, Baskerville closed the game on the mound. Palmerton evened the game 1-1 in the sixth scoring on a passed ball after singling. Cleveland Hill answered with two in the bottom of the inning.
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