Tonawanda News — All the little things added up to one big win.
Luke Simmons (3-for-3) reached base four times and Jeff White threw a complete game as Kenmore East beat North Tonawanda, 5-1, in Niagara Frontier League baseball action that was played at Parker Field on Friday afternoon.
While securing the first league win was a big step for the Bulldogs (1-4 NFL), the greater satisfaction came from knowing it was a well-played, complete team effort.
“It felt really good. To get all these guys out here and just play tough. Make all the routine plays,” said Luke Simmons, who scored twice. “That’s what you’ve got to do to win these games.”
Serving as the Bulldogs DH, Simmons tied the game up for Ken East when the first of his two doubles drove home Connor McMahon (two runs), making it 1-1.
Freshman Ryan Williams (two RBI) knocked home Simmons to put Ken East up, 2-1. Williams would factor into the scoring again when his sacrifice scored Simmons to make it 4-1 in the third inning.
Jeff White, a senior, came up big. Not only did he strike out eight Lumberjacks and scatter three hits, just the fact that he was able to eat up seven innings on the hill allowed the Bulldogs to save their arms for what will no doubt be a busy upcoming week.
White struck out the side in the fourth inning and needed just seven pitches in the final frame to put the wraps on the win.
Ken East extended its lead to 3-1 when Nick Lobocchairo (3-for-3) smoked a single up the middle to score Tom VanCuran. Bulldogs coach Les Simon said that his squad had a good week of practice where the guys were truly bought into the importance of executing the little things well, and it showed on the field.