Bruce Axelson, Williamsville East's sophomore pitching ace, hurled three innings of no-hit relief Saturday to improve to 9-2 this season and 15-2 over two years as the Flames posted a 3-1 upset victory over Williamsville South in a Section VI Class B-1 quarterfinal playoff game.
Williamsville South was ranked No. 3 among large schools in the Western New York Coaches Poll.
The victory advances Williamsville East to Tuesday's semifinal round against Dunkirk, a 7-3 winner over Tonawanda.
Axelson, who was brought in by coach Jerry Gasz to replace starter Mark Notaro after four innings, doubled in the game-tying run in the fifth.
The Flames then scored the go-ahead run when Marc Batterson walked with the bases loaded.
They became jammed after consecutive singles by Bill Inneo, Brandon Braxton and Chuck Fell, the latter on a bunt.
Steve Delisanti's solo homer in the seventh iced the win for the Flames (14-6). Todd Selvaggio allowed seven hits for the Billies, who closed at 15-2.
Dunkirk (19-1, 11-0) and No. 2 among small schools in the coaches poll, was led by John Elias, who was 2 for 3, including a three-run homer in the second that gave the Marauders a 6-0 lead.
Dunkirk then coasted behind the pitching of Bob Krzyzanowicz.
The only Tonawanda batter to solve him was Dan Sommer, who was 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
Class A: In a prequarterfinal game, West Seneca East defeated Lake Shore, 6-3, as Sean O'Shei hurled a six-hitter and struck out seven.
Brian Padden had three RBIs and Kevin Wisniewski two for West Seneca East.
Class B-2: Senior right-hander Ryan Hurley (3-2) went the distance, allowed four hits and struck out 12 as Fredonia routed Alden, 8-1, in a quarterfinal.
Alan Doino had two hits, including a two-run homer, and four RBIs, while Scott VanDette hit a double and triple for Fredonia (15-7).
Alden, No. 4 among small schools, closed at 11-6.
Another scheduled quarterfinal between Eden and City Honors was postponed and rescheduled for 2:30 today at Buffalo's Schiller Park.
Class D: No. 8-ranked Hinsdale (9-5) defeated Mayville, 5-3, as four Mayville runners were thrown out at the plate trying to score.
Hinsdale will play at No. 1 Westfield (13-0) Tuesday.
Msgr. Martin: O'Hara (8-0 in League A) swept two games, as Mike Panzarella and Paul Cartone were the stars.
Panzarella pitched a four-hitter and Cartone tripled and scored the game-winning run on Brian Ross' single in the Hawks' 2-1 opening win over Canisius.
In the second game, Panzarella had three hits and four RBIs, Cartone added a triple and homer for three RBIs, and Chris Sidot had four RBIs in O'Hara's 11-7 rout of Turner/Carroll. . . . St. Mary's of Lancaster (5-5) upset St. Joe's, 5-4, as Dan Russo's two-out, two-strike single in the seventh drove in Ray Bova with the winning run. Bova had three hits and Rick Baginski pitched the win.
Class A: Kenmore West routed Lake Shore, 9-4, in a Section VI prequarterfinal.
Class C: Silver Creek edged Frewsburg, 4-3. After Lisa Griewisch's two-run single in the sixth tied it, Wendy Domst's RBI single with two out in the seventh was the game-winner.
Gail Tallchief pitched a two-hitter, striking out five, for Silver Creek (18-8, 6-5.) Frewsburg closed at 8-7, 5-6.
Class B-2: Eden was awarded a 7-0 forfeit win over City Honors in a scheduled quarterfinal.