Tonawanda News — NORTH TONAWANDA — Tyler Clare threw a complete game, allowing only five hits over seven innings to help the North Tonawanda Senior Division team defeat Mel Ott, 10-1.
Clare struck out four, commanding his pitches to force easy outs.
“We played very well defensively. We only had a couple of mistakes out there,” said NT head coach Dan Shantler. “Our pitcher did what he had to do. He threw strikes and didn’t allow many free bases.”
NT got on the board in the second when Hudson Earl and Zach Archibald both scored.
Nick Shantler finished with three RBIs for North Tonawanda, going 3-for-3 and striking with a two RBI single in the third inning.
NT scored four times in the third on hits from Shantler, Archibald and Jeffery Kish.
Archibald finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Mel Ott scored their only run of the game in the fourth when Kevin Liska, who led off the inning with a double, was batted in on a Joseph Lovering RBI single.
NT struck again in the fifth on RBI singles from Archibald and Shantler.
North Tonawanda finished off their 10-run total in the sixth after Earl hit a bases-clearing triple off the left field fence right on the foul line.
Mel Ott threatned to score in the seventh after getting their first two batters aboard. However, Clare settled down, striking out two and getting a bases-loaded groundout to first to finish the game.
North Tonawanda’s win was their second of the tourney. NT defeated Lockport in a stunning come-from-behind, 4-3 win.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, NT scored two runs to take the win. The back-to-back wins puts them atop the standings along with River Rock. NT has an advantage by leading the runs for category with 14 total team runs so far.
North Tonawanda returns to the diamond at 6 p.m. Thursday to play River Rock at Veterans Park.
9-10 Div. Championship
Orchard Park 11, North Tonawanda 4
In the 9-10 year old division, Orchard Park defeated North Tonawanda, 11-4.
Orchard Park took an early 6-0 lead. North Tonawanda scored four in the fourth, bring the lead down to two.
However, Orchard Park scored five more over the next two innings to clinch the division title.