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Lancaster takes advantage of Clarence errors

Mark Armstrong was on the hill for Clarence on Tuesday which meant runs were going to be hard to come by for Lancaster.

While it was business as usual for the hard-throwing Armstrong (10 strikeouts), Lancaster took advantage of costly errors by the Red Devils to win its Class AA semifinal baseball matchup, 4-1.

The Redskins manufactured just three hits but scored all four of their runs off Clarence errors.

"Getting three hits off Mark Armstrong is pretty good," Lancaster coach Mark Dalfonso said. "We ran the bases aggressively and were able to score some runs."

Pitcher Joe Preziuso went six innings and allowed four hits.

Lancaster will play red-hot Niagara Falls for the Class AA after the Wolverines defeated Orchard Park, 3-1.

Niagara Falls' Joey Colosi allowed just six hits with eight strikeouts, while Andrew Dewitt had the game's biggest hit with a two-run double.

Albion captured the Class A-2 championship as Connor Barleben fanned 10 to pick up the 17-5 victory over Maryvale. The Purple Eagles' Pete Nesbitt went 4 for 4 with two RBI, and Ryan Golden was 1 for 3 and drove in three runs.

Grand Island captured the Class A-1 championship as John McGinty went 4-for-6 including the winning RBI in the ninth to beat Williamsville East, 14-13.

> Albion takes its first title

Albion won its first sectional softball championship in school history after rebounding from a 3-0 deficit to down Lew-Port, 10-7, for the Class A-2 crown.

The Purple Eagles trailed, 3-0, going into the fourth inning when they broke the game open by scoring seven runs.

Pitcher Jenn Knaak tossed a complete-game five hitter with 10 strikeouts while Erica Edwards went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Purple Eagles.

Clarence is a step away from the Class AA title after dismissing Niagara-Wheatfield, 18-5. The Red Devils moved up to 19-1 as Katie Miloney went 4 for 5 with six RBIs while Alyssa Dewes, Mo Rogers and Tori Nappo all homered.

The Red Devils will face Niagara Falls for the Class AA championship, as Kelsi Leo tossed a six-hitter while Nicole Terrana went 1 for 3 with a triple in the Wolverines' 5-1 win over Williamsville North.