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.