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Birthday bash continues for Iroquois; Golf champ helps baseball reach semis

A day after winning the Section VI golf tournament and celebrating his 18th birthday -- catcher Ryan Kaufmann went 3 for 4 and knocked in a run to lead Iroquois (15-6) to an 8-3 victory over Sweet Home (6-12) in a Class A-1 quarterfinal baseball game.

"It's been a good 24 hours for Ryan," Iroquois coach Marv Matteson said. "I don't remember my 18th birthday but I'm sure it wasn't as good as his."

Jonah Heim and Matt Connolly each went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI and Matt Wilhelm tossed a complete-game four-hitter as Amherst (19-2) defeated Cheektowaga (2-13), 3-1, in a Class A-2 quarterfinal game. Mike Kaelin mowed down 15 and allowed just two hits and Jon DiPasquale finished with two RBIs as Maryvale (7-12) beat Pioneer (9-8), 2-1.

In Class AA, Tyler Wasieczko drove in Keith Haseley with the winning run in bottom of the seventh to complete Niagara-Wheatfield's 5-4 come-from-behind win over North Tonawanda (1-14). The Falcons trailed, 4-1, after two innings and scored three in the fifth to tie the game.

In Class B-2, Tayler Thilk drove in the winning run in the 12th inning in Wilson's 9-8 win over JFK. Tyler Strassburg had four hits and five RBIs for the Lakemen.

Southwestern defeated City Honors, 6-3, in a Class B-2 quarterfinal as Shane Marucci struck out 12 while Matt Martin went 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

In the Monsignor Martin Association, top-seeded St. Francis (16-4) won its 12th straight game as Drew Bassini tossed a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the Red Raiders' 5-1 win over Cardinal O'Hara (4-8) in a Georgetown Cup quarterfinal game.

>Softball

Top-seeded and unbeaten Hamburg, trying for its first sectional title, received quite a scare from Kenmore East.

The game wasn't decided until the eighth inning when Allison Salerno scored the winning run on base hit by Heather Tighe to push Hamburg (19-0) to a 1-0 victory in a Class A-1 quarterfinal.

Gowanda's C.J. Sawatis struck out six and homered as the No. 7 Panthers upset second-seeded City Honors, 15-3, in Class B-2. Jessica Sowa had three hits and homered. Hunter White had four hits and four RBIs.

Dunkirk (17-4) rallied in the bottom of sixth to take the lead, then held off an Alden (7-10) threat in the top of the seventh to win, 9-8, in a Class B-1 quarterfinal. The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the seventh before winning pitcher Aldyn Carlson, who struck out 10, retired the side. Eden's Alexis Nasca tossed a complete game with nine strikeouts and also went 4 for 4 with an RBI in a 3-2 victory over Lackawanna (10-4). The Raiders (15-5) lost twice in the regular season to Lackawanna.

Sacred Heart (11-0) advances to the Monsignor Martin final today against Nichols after defeating Nardin (5-6), 7-4. The Sharks were led by Julia Blujus, who went 3 for 4 with a double, triple and four RBIs.

>Lacrosse

Hamburg moved up to 16-1 on the season after its 15-2 Class B boys quarterfinal victory over Williamsville East. Maximus Maxwell scored four goals with three assists, while Pat Nowak and Austin Bishop each added three goals and an assist.

Also in Class B, West Seneca East's Kyle Kapanek scored six goals and had four assists in the Trojans' 15-13 triumph over Iroquois.

In girls lacrosse playoff action, Orchard Park advanced to the semifinals in Class A as Maddie Nowakowski scored three goals with two assists, while Caroline Perfetto and Maggie Holly added two goals and two assists each in the Quakers' 13-5 win over Lockport.

No. 1 seed Mount St. Mary, shooting for its eighth consecutive Monsignor Martin Association crown, received three goals form Shannon Pelitera in its 9-7 semifinal win over St. Mary's/Lancaster. The Thunder will face Nardin for the title Thursday. Jane Truesdell had five goals for the Gators in a 10-9 win over Sacred Heart.