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NW wins on squeeze bunt
Niagara Wheatfield’s softball squad quite literally squeezed by previously-undefeated Lew-Port Friday for a 5-4 win in nine innings.
McKenzie Franks scored Maddie Ebarts on a squeeze bunt play in the bottom of the ninth for the Falcons’ win.
“It was definitely a nice win, we had a lot of girls step up and contribute,” said coach Jim Proefrock. Niagara Wheatfield avenged last season’s two losses to the Lancers.
The game had gone back-and-forth for most of the afternoon. The game was tied at two runs apiece in the fourth inning, before the Falcons went up 4-3 late.
Lew-Port tied the game at four and forced extra innings before Niagara Wheatfield could put the game away.
Ebarts got in position for the score after stealing second base, then reached third on a passed ball.
Niagara Wheatfield will play CSAT today to continue Niagara Frontier League play. Kanick allowed four hits and rang up three in five innings of work for Depew.
She was relieved in the last two innings by Kennedy Cotton, a starter last year that Seelig said is recovering from a quad injury.
Cotton gave up two hits and rang up one Pioneer batter.
Now 3-1 overall and 2-1 in ECIC III play, the Wildcats will play Williamsville South at 9 a.m. today at Williamsville East as part of the Williamsville South Tournament.
Mellerski throws no-hitter
Ryan Mellerski threw his first varsity no-hitter Friday as Niagara Wheatfield baseball topped Lew-Port 11-0. The junior struck out 10 lancers.
Mellerski was on the junior varsity squad last year, said coach Jim Hagerty, and has become “the number two or three” pitcher in the Falcons’ rotation.
Niagara Wheatfield was powered offensively by Chris Cacciatore, who hit four doubles and drove in two runs.
Hagerty’s squad has a date with Niagara Frontier rival Kenmore
today at noon.
Seven goals from Garret Walker and three more from Shaun Dolac powered West Seneca East lacrosse past Class C rival Lake Shore, 23-11, Friday.
Dolac also was credited with seven assists in the Trojans’ victory.