Roy-Hart soft­ball wins

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John Grzy­mala says he’s a base­ball man. The di­rec­tor of ath­let­ics at

Grzy­mala is a soft­ball man, too. A suc­cess­ful one.

Grzy­mala’s Roy-Hart Rams went 12-0 in the Ni­a­gara-Or­leans League last sea­son and lost only once in 17 games, to Eden in the Sec­tion VI Class cross­over game last spring. They are 2-0 so far this sea­son.

The Rams opened their N-O sched­ule on Mon­day with a 14-5 vic­tory over vis­it­ing

Se­nior catcher Mad­die Fry had four hits in the vic­tory, in­clud­ing a grand slam, and ju­nior Sam Choate was the win­ning pitcher and had three hits and two RBIs.

Fry, who has been play­ing var­sity for five sea­sons, is a three-time All-N-O se­lec­tion who has com­mit­ted to Mer­cy­hurst.

“She’s our lead­off hit­ter, a true gamer and a true leader,” Grzy­mala said. “Mer­cy­hurst is get­ting a great re­cruit.”

The Rams are loaded with tal­ented ath­letes. Se­nior out­fielder Lexi Lovewell was a sec­ond-team all-league pick last year. She also is headed for Mer­cy­hurst, but to play field hockey.

Sopho­more pitcher Mal­lory Steiner was a sec­ond-team all-league choice last year as well.

Se­nior out­fielder Jay­den Townsend, se­nior third base­man Jamie Bower and fresh­man sec­ond base­man Reanna Perkins were on the all-league third team last year.

“Our goal is to get back to the sec­tional cham­pi­onship game again,” Grzy­mala said, “with a dif­fer­ent out­come.”

Clarence base­ball is 4-0

Clarence, which fin­ished just onegame be­hind sec­tional Class A cham­pion in ECIC I last sea­son, is off to a flying start in the divi­sion.

Coach Dave Smith’s Red Dev­ils (4-0, 3-0

Wil­liamsville South and Sweet Home played score­less base­ball un­til the 12th in­ning when each side scored.

Then the Bil­lies pushed across a run in the top of the 16th for a 2-1 vic­tory at Sweet Home in an ECIC II base­ball opener.

Win­ning pitcher Mitchell Jack­son drove in Jame­son Mo­gen­son with the win­ning run with a fielder’s choice grounder af­ter two hit bats­men and a walk filled the bases.

John Rapp put South on the board first with a solo homer in the top of the 12th. Sweet Home an­swered with Keith Mur­phy’s two-out RBI sin­gle in the bot­tom half. Coach Julie Buccieri and her

girls lacrosse team paid ex­tra at­ten­tion to Mon­day’s op­po­nent,

“We lost to them last year for the first time in a lot of years so we were ready,” Buccieri said of her Le­gends, who de­feated the vis­it­ing Tigers, 21-11.

“We played our game, took care of the ball and had a good out­come,” said Buccieri, whose team is 5-1, with the lone loss to Palmyra-Mace­don of Sec­tion V.

Kate­lyn Rok­itka scored five goals and Maddy Mazur had four for the Le­gend. Jor­dan Rok­itka and Stephanie Her­rn­re­iter contributed three goals each for Lan­caster. Lan­caster built a 14-5 lead at the half. The Le­gends will play two more lo­cal games this week against on Wed­nes­day, then a big game at

on Fri­day night be­fore head­ing to the Or­lando area for Easter break.

12-point game for Gar­low

Lois Gar­low scored seven goals and as­sisted on five oth­ers in

22-3 lacrosse win over

Lau­ren Mu­cica and Macken­zie Bad­g­ley each scored three times for the Thun­der. … Jo­ce­lyn Fike of scored 10 goals and added an as­sist and Alonna Swan­son had four goals and six as­sists in a 20-9 win at

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