Tonawanda News

May 7, 2014

Kenmore West wins big over Tonawanda, 19-1

By Levi Trimble
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Tommy Lunghino pitched all seven innings, striking out seven, as Kenmore West went on to defeat Tonawanda, 19-1, at Veterans Park.

Lunghino had command over his pitches all game, allowing only four hits and sitting down the first 10 batters he faced. 

"When he has been on the mound, he has been one of our best pitchers," said Kenmore West Coach John Haynes. "He's a senior, captain and does a great job on and off the field. He's a great baseball player."

The Blue Devils (3-5 overall, 0-4 NFL) started off with a first-pitch, lead-off double from Kyle LaPlante who was then knocked in by Tim Stoerr with a double of his own. LaPlante finished 2-for-4, batting in one. Stoerr finished 4-for-5.

Kenmore West scored two runs apiece over the next two innings with hits from LaPlante, Stoerr, Ricky Dieboldt, and a rip into the left field gap from Ryan Hussar.

The Blue Devils blew the game open in the fifth, scoring five run on six hits. Anthony Catania batted in two with a deep base hit to the outfield.  

"We finally put together a complete game," said Haynes. "Today was a complete effort, we played well defensively, we pitched well on the mound and we hit the ball."

The Warriors got on the board in the fourth off a Tim Barnard RBI double, scoring Cody McGregor from second base. 

Lunghino added offense to his stellar pitching outing, hitting an RBI double in the fifth for the Blue Devils second run of the inning. Lunghino finished 4-for-4 with three runs, two stolen bases and an RBI. 

Two runners reached base for the Warriors in the sixth, including shortstop Ben Stitch with a single. But, Lunghino seemed untouchable, striking out the final batter of the inning. 

The hits continued for Kenmore in the sixth, Hussar blasted a deep ball to the left field gap, sprinting to beat the throw to second. Center fielder Richard Fries brought him home with a base hit. Will Quinlan brought lined a base hit to bring around Fried. 

Hussar finished 2-for-4, batting in two. Both Fries and Quinlan went 2-for-2.  

Kenmore didn't let up in the seventh, Lunghino and Paul Christopher had back-to-back doubles. Hussar hit a sacrifice fly to score Lughino. Fries singled to score Christopher. Quinlan followed with an RBI base knock of his own. 

The Blue Devils finished with 25 hits. Dieboldt went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. 

"I tell these guys it's contagious," said Haynes. "You keep getting at the plate and getting wins, there is no looking back."

Kenmore West travels to face Niagara Wheatfield at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Tonawanda will face Eden on the road today.