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Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Canisius pitchers team up for two no-hitters

   Leading off today: Faithful (masochistic?) readers of this blog know that run-of-the-mill no-hitters in baseball and softball don't rate a mention here simply because there are too many of them. With more than 700 schools across the state playing baseball and a like number fielding softball teams, there are typically at least one or two no-nos a day once the season gets into full swing.

   With that as the context, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Connor Ryan, Jack Herrman, Andrew Skomra and Ben Sendziak.

   Those four pitchers combined for 12 no-hit innings spanning two full games Monday as Canisius defeated Cardinal O'Hara 9-0 (in five innings) and 4-0 in Monsignor Martin Association baseball.

   Ryan struck out seven in three innings in the opener before giving way to Herrman, who walked one and hit a batter in two innings of work. In the second game, Skomra struck out 12 over six innings and Sendziak struck out the side in the seventh. The two allowed a combined five walks.

   Milestone: Fort Plain baseball coach Craig Phillips notched career win 700 (against just 203 losses in 39 seasons) in dramatic fashion vs. Schoharie.

   Junior shortstop Kiernan Briggs stroked a 3-2 pitch into right-center to drive in Cody Logan in the bottom of the ninth as the Hilltoppers earned a 6-5 victory at Phillips Field.

   "I would have left in the second inning," Phillips joked with reporters. The Hilltoppers (4-0 on the season) entered the ninth inning with only one hit and fell behind 5-3 after Fort Plain pitcher Eric Ogolgio hit a pair of batters with the bases loaded.

   Speed demon: Matt Personius set two Chenango Valley records in the Warriors' 9-2 baseball victory. Personius finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, three runs scored, two triples and a stolen base. In doing so, the senior catcher set career records in stolen bases (30) and triples (7).

   Boys lacrosse: Three-time Section 1 Class C champion Bronxville dominated two-time Class A champ Mamaroneck 15-3 -- a drastically different outcome from the teams' overtime battle to open the season.

   Henry Grass scored seven goals for the Broncos to snap Mamaroneck's six-game win streak. Bronxville scored the day's final 12 goals.

   "We're not used to falling apart," Mamaroneck coach Jeff Barnard told The Journal News. "We're a young group, so it was a learning experience. It was the first game we've done that. It was a good game for a half, but after that, I think we showed we have some growing up to do."

   Policing the police: George Bermudez was trying to keep Vandegrift High students from rushing the field after their girls soccer team won a Texas state championship. But video evidence suggests Bermudez, a police officer assigned to a high school, needs to work on his technique.

   Bermudez, a school resource officer at Georgetown High, has been placed on paid administrative leave after videotape captured him tripping and shoving students -- be thankful this jerk wasn't carrying a Taser device -- as they ran toward the celebration Saturday.

   The incident is being investigated by the Georgetown police internal affairs unit, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

  
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   "I'm sure he was just trying to keep the players safe; it was just his method in which he chose to do it that's questionable," Pam Waggoner, president of the Leander school board in Vandegrift's home district, told the newspaper.

   Coach sidelined: Grand Street Campus baseball coach and assistant principal Melvin Martinez is out for the PSAL season following a frustrating string of mishaps, The Daily News reported.

   Martinez lost hearing in his right ear in October due to a virus in his eardrum. In November, he suffered a seizure that remains mysterious despite extensive testing. In December, the coach's mother died after a long bout with cancer, and then Martinez suffered a tear in his right forearm in a January incident he can't recall because his short-term memory has been "out of whack" since the seizure.

   He was finally forced to take a leave of absence in March and hand the team over to his brother Steve.

   "I'm somewhat devastated," he told the paper. "I feel that God put me in this world to use sports to educate our children, and I feel like I haven't been able to do that."

   Football commitments: Friends Academy running back Tyrone Perkins is Syracuse University's first New York recruit from the Class of 2015. Perkins, who checks in at 6-feet and 190 pounds, didn't have any other offers before making his non-binding commitment to the Orange, though Boston College and Connecticut were showing interest.

   Rutgers received a commitment from Grand Street Campus defensive lineman Kamaal Seymour, a 6-6, 260-pound junior, following an unofficial visit to the New Jersey school.

   Extra points: Senior Dominic Castiglia tied a school record with 10 goals as Liverpool broke into the win column in boys lacrosse with a 22-10 triumph vs. Essex Junction from Vermont.


  
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