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High School Extra (May 13): OP baseball clinches ECIC I title

Quakers clinch in 10

This is why it’s bad luck to start putting the bats away before the last out is official:

Orchard Park led Lancaster, 6-4, with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the seventh in their ECIC I baseball game Monday at Lancaster. The next thing the Quakers knew they were in extra innings. A walk and a two-run homer by L.J. Castillo knotted the game and OP needed 10 innings to pull out a 7-6 victory.

The victory clinched the third division title in the last four years for the Quakers (10-0 ECIC).

“I think it’s our first outright league title since 2004. We’ve shared a bunch,” said Quakers coach Jim Gibson.

Jeff Palczewski singled to lead off the 10th and came home with the winning run on a double by Brandon Nicholson.The last of six pitchers used by Gibson, Nicholson gave up the home run to Castillo but picked up the win in relief.

Kenmore East pulls upset

Kenmore East handed Niagara Falls its first Niagara Frontier League baseball loss, 6-0, on the Wolverines’ home diamond behind the one-hit pitching of senior right-hander Jeff White. The Bulldogs scored all their runs in the fifth inning when it strung together five singles. Preston Smith had three hits for the winners.

Chris Cardona’s single in the fourth was the only hit off White, who struck out two and walked three.

Niagara Falls had defeated the Bulldogs, 14-5, in their first meeting this season.

“Niagara Falls probably will win our league and be a very worthy champion but today my guys played great,” said Kenmore East coach Leslie Simon, whose team is 5-6 after starting 0-4 in the NFL.

Jeff Torborg once caught three no-hit games in his major league career. Maryvale catcher Zach Nelson was on the receiving end of his second no-hitter in a week when Anthony Hernandez shut down Depew, 5-0, Monday. The freshman right-hander struck out 10 and walked three. Last week Nelson was behind the plate for a no-hit game by Joel Crywcum against Amherst. Hernandez also had a pair of singles and drove home a run.

Lancaster softball rallies

Lancaster (9-3, 7-3 ECIC I) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to knock Orchard Park out of a share of first place in the division, 7-6.

Sarah Kubik’s one-out home run in the top of the seventh had given the visiting Quakers the lead, 6-5. Stacy Peterson led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Julia Sortisio came through with a two-out triple that tied it, then scored on an infield single by Kara Paradowski for the walk-off win.

“I didn’t see any panic in my team after the home run. They really believed they could come back,” said Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose.

Amherst girls lacrosse clinches

Grace Lawson’s third goal of the game with 1:29 left gave Amherst (11-3, 7-0 Class C) a 9-8 victory over Lake Shore and enabled the Tigers to wrap up the Class C League girls lacrosse championship. Lawson had an assist to go with her hat trick, and Angelina Simon had three goals and an assist as well. Senior goalkeeper Emily Bitka made 12 saves and midfielder Kathryn Yoder had an assist and turned in a strong defensive game for the Tigers of coach Andrew Karpinko.

Larson Sundown scored seven goals and six assists, Zack Hayes had six goals and seven assists and Gates Abrams scored five with two assists in Akron’s 24-7 triumph at Silver Creek, avenging losses to the Black Knights in the last two Class C sectional championship games. The Tigers (10-2 overall, 8-1 in Class C League) led, 17-6, at the half.

“It’s a big win for us, a monkey off our back,” said Akron coach Bryan Bellis.

St. Mary’s names Ard

St. Mary’s named Matt Ard its new head football coach. He is the school’s dean of student affairs. Ard was defensive coordinator at St. Mary’s in 2011 and ’12 following a decade as an assistant at Maryvale.

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