Tonawanda News — Zach Lobochiaro allowed six hits over seven innings as Kenmore East went on to beat North Tonawanda, 4-2, at Ramsay Field on Thursday.
Lobochiaro sat down nine of the first ten batters he faced, striking out one as the Bulldogs advanced to 4-5 in the Niagara Frontier League (6-8 overall).
"Credit goes to Nick Lobochiaro," said Kenmore East coach Les Simon. "His pitch count was high, but his heart is so big. I said to him in the seventh inning, 'how are you doing?' he said, 'it's my game coach,' and he pointed at his heart."
Taylor Mellott threw hard all game for NT, striking out six over five innings pitched.
"He's a great player, a lefty and in my estimation the best pitcher we faced all year," said Simon.
The Bulldogs struck early in the first. Right fielder Richard Brinkman got on base with a one-out double. Designated hitter Lucas Simmons drove home Brinkman with a RBI single in the next at bat.
Simmons finished 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.
The Lumberjacks kept getting contact throughout the game but just could not find the gaps as North Tonawanda (0-11) struggled getting runners on base.
The Bulldogs added two more in the third when left fielder Preston Smith hit the right-center gap to bring home Connor McMahon, who reached on a fielder's choice and Simmons, who walked.
NT's bats awoke in the fourth, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Tom O'Connor hit a lead-off single followed by Mellott. Victor Willison advanced the runners with the teams third-straight hit of the inning. Max McCabe brought home O'Connor on a ground-out to third base. Nick Baron singled home Mellott, bring the Lumberjacks within two.
The hot bats sparked a surge of energy from the Lumberjacks in the fifth.