Leading off today:
Livonia senior Reid VanScoter
pitched a no-hitter, striking out 21 batters to lead the Bulldogs beat Hornell 12-0 for the Section 5 Class B baseball championship Sunday.
The win secured Livonia's fourth straight title and advanced the squad into next weekend's NYSPHSAA quarterfinals vs. Fredonia.
Reid VanScoter did not allow a walk. He was perfect through five innings, with one runner in each of the final two innings reaching base on third-strike passed balls. He struck out four batters in each of those innings.
At the plate, John Smith was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Brody Metcalf went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
According to the NYSPHSAA, Jim Cheneval of Levittown struck out 25 batters in a seven-inning contest in 1983.
More baseball: Jeff DeStefano struck out 10 during six innings of four-hit baseball as Liverpool defeated Rome Free Academy 1-0 in the Section 3 Class A championship game.
Nick Antonello worked a 1-2-3 seventh for the Warriors, who advance to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association quarterfinals on Saturday vs. Niskayuna.
A single to right through a drawn-in infield by Jake Evans in the bottom of the fourth inning scored DeStefano with the game's only run. DeStefano had reached on a single, advanced on a wild pitch and took third on a sacrifice.
"I went up, it was like 0-2, I didn't know what I was doing," Evans told Syracuse.com. "It was probably the most nervous at-bat I've had. I was able to come through."
Marlboro, again: Marlboro third baseman Shannon Camuso delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth as the Dukes won their fifth straight Section 9 crown with a 3-1 victory vs. Rondout Valley in Class B.
Camuso was wearing new contact lenses after having her eyes checked at the suggestion of assistant coach Mark Berardi, who noticed that she had been squinting recently.
Alysia Kelley gave the Dukes a 1-0 lead with a single in the top of the fifth and pitcher Mel Papuli was perfect through the first six innings. But the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout faded into history as Ganders center fielder Mackenzie Fischer led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run. Tori Decker barely missed a two-run, walk-off homer three batters later.
'Megatron' comes through: Meg Doyle, moved to the top of the pitching staff following a late-season injury to Emily Iozzino, worked her way out of repeated jams as Goshen downed New Paltz 4-2 in the Section 9 Class A softball final.
Doyle gave up two second-inning runs to the defending champions but averted disaster the rest of the way. New Paltz stranded two runners in scoring position in the second, third and sixth innings.
"She doesn't get flustered," coach Mike Kelly told The Times Herald-Record. "Her composure is amazing. You never know if she's winning big, losing big or in a tight ballgame. I love that about her."
Goshen pulled ahead 3-2 in the third. Vic Fini singled to right and Jayna Celano beat out an infield hit. Two outs later, clean-up hitter Jess Pehush ripped a triple to left-center.
The Gladiators will play Section 1 champion Lakeland on Thursday in the first round of the state tournament.
• In the Class C final, Cat Simmons capped a seven-run second inning with a grand slam and Haley Strang chipped in with a three-run blast in the sixth as Pine Plains pounded Sullivan West 16-1.
Walk-off win in CNY: Carley Stoker drove the only run home with her fourth hit of the game, a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh, as Sandy Creek edged Little Falls 1-0 in the Section 3 Class C semifinals.
Stoker also pitched a one-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts.
Fresh options for hoops star: Don't pencil in Nahziah Carter for prep school just yet. The Section 5 star from Bishop Kearney, an eighth-team all-state pick in Class AA, as a senior guard has new suitors showing a lot of interest according to recruiting observer Adam Zagoria.
Carter had indicated he would prep for a year after receiving his letter of intent release from Dayton in the aftermath of coach Archie Miller's departure.
Now at Indiana, Miller has resumed pursuit of Carter. And Georgetown, with legendary Division I and NBA player Patrick Ewing now in charge (and Louis Orr as an assistant), has entered the picture.
"We've been talking about 2017 because they just opened up a scholarship when someone entered the draft," Carter said of the Hoyas. "They told me I definitely have a scholarship for 2018. So, we're gonna talk about 2017 soon. I guess everything plays a big part in my decision to go 2017 or 2018."