Ellington Hopkins came within two outs of a no-hitter on Thursday as the Lansing baseball team extended its two-year win streak to 33 games with a 16-2 defeat of visiting Trumansburg in Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large North Division action.
Hopkins struck out 12 Blue Raider batters and walked one in 61/3 innings before yielding a clean single to Colin Fellows in the seventh. Coach Stu Dean promptly called on junior Alex Schutz, who got the final two outs to secure the win for the Bobcats (7-0).
“Ellington was outstanding,” Dean said of his starting pitcher and leadoff hitter, who opened the game with line-drive triple to left-center field. “He had great command, and showed great composure. A couple of times, he thought he had strikeouts but didn’t get the call, but he didn’t let it bother him. He was great.”
Senior shortstop Troy Osterman collected hits in his first four at-bats on Thursday, extending his own personal streak to seven, including a 3-for-3 performance Wednesday in a 4-3 defeat of Moravia. Osterman drove in three runs.
Other top hitters included Schutz (3-for-4, 4 RBIs), senior first baseman Sam Currie (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) and senior centerfielder Greg Lehr (3-for-4, 2 RBIs).
Colin Fellows had the lone hit for the Blue Raiders (3-2), who entered this week’s state Class C rankings at No. 14 but lost for the second time in as many days. T-burg fell to Dryden on Wednesday, 11-7.
Lansing scored twice in the first and three times in the second before erupting for five runs in both the third and fourth innings.
The Bobcats travel to Marathon on Monday; Trumansburg travels to Ovid on Saturday for a non-league game with South Seneca/Romulus, then returns to IAC play on Monday at Union Springs.
* Ithaca 10, Binghamton 9: Penn State-bound senior Eli Lasda scored five goals to lead the nationally-ranked Little Red past the Patriots Wednesday night at Bredbenner Field.
Doug Biondi added four goals and an assist for the Little Red (7-0), ranked fifth in the state but fourth in the latest Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 poll. Charlie Estill had the other goal for Ithaca, while goalie Eh Tha Dah made 12 saves.
Ithaca scored three goals in each of the first three quarters and led, 9-7, heading into the final period. Lasda scored Ithaca’s final goal early in the quarter, but the Patriots (6-3) cut the deficit to one with about three minutes left. Ithaca gained possession with around two minutes to play, but turned the ball over with one minute left.
Binghamton failed to capitalize, however, and Ithaca was able to retake possession in the final seconds and hold on for the win.
Shots were even at 35.
The Little Red plays host to Fairport — which Ithaca beat, 11-9, in last year’s state semifinals — at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bredbenner.
* Seton Catholic Central 11, Dryden 7: The Saints outscored the Purple Lions, 5-2, in the final quarter to pull away for the win on Wednesday in Binghamton.
Cade Kelleher scored five times and assisted on another for the winners, while Sam Crowley added three goals and an assist.
Jordan Zehr had a hat trick and Joe Delucia added two goals and an assist for Dryden, which travels to Notre Dame Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.
Penn Yan 11, Ithaca 10: At Penn Yan, senior Lindsay Biondi finished with five goals and one assist for Ithaca (4-3).
Biondi was driving to the goal with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter for the tying goal when she was whistled for a charge for the Little Red (4-3).
Junior Allie Cornell-Roberts and senior Grace Boyce each added two goals and junior Molly Long also scored for Ithaca.
Senior Lauren Herrick, freshman Kylie Sposito, and sophomore Paige Johnson each added an assist for the Little Red.
Heather Conklin had four goals and one assist for the Mustangs.
* Maine-Endwell 4, Ithaca 1: Carter Austin had an RBI single and Zach Kollar added an RBI single in the third to give host M-E the runs it needed. Alex Zimmerman threw a three-hitter for the Spartans.
Coach Ian Valentine’s Little Red (0-3) takes on visiting Elmira at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Tatascore Field.
IAC track and field
* Newfield double-dual: The Trojan girls defeated both Tioga (74-58) and Spencer-Van Etten (99-32), led by senior Erica Carney, who won the 100 meters (13.2 seconds), the 200 (27.5), the long jump (16 feet, 111/4 inches) and the triple jump (35-4). Tioga defeated S-VE in their dual, 103-26.
On the boys’ side, S-VE edged Tioga, 67-66, and defeated the host Trojans, 88-26, while Tioga routed S-VE, 103-26. The Panthers’ David Perry won both hurdles events, the 110 (18.6) and 400 (1:05.1), as well as the long jump (18-43/4) and triple jump (34-71/2).