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Sidelines (May 11): Polls, big games and more

2015 coaches baseball and softball polls

State classification in parentheses, first-place votes in brackets; LW-last week, NR-not ranked.

*-tie in points.

BASEBALL

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Orchard Park (AA) [9] 15-0 99 1

2. St. Joe’s (MMA) [1] 14-4 84 3

3. Canisius (MMA) 13-4 83 2

4. Lancaster (AA) 11-4 69 4

5. Hamburg (A-1) 10-2 58 5

6. Niagara Falls (AA) 11-5 39 6

7. Iroquois (A-2)* 7-4 21 NR

7. Olean (A-2)* 13-2 21 8

9. Williamsville East (A-1) 9-4 18 7

10. Williamsville South (A-1) 9-8 16 10

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Fredonia (B-2) [6] 13-3 78 1

2. Gowanda (C) [2] 9-3 67 2

3. Medina (B-1) 12-4 59 3

4. Springville (B-1) 10-4 58 4

5. East Aurora (B-1) 13-1 56 5

6. Tonawanda (B-1) 9-3 34 6

7. Westfield (D) 13-2 26 7

8. JFK (B-2) 9-4 18 10

9. Newfane (B-1) 8-4 16 9

10. Alden (B-1) 7-4 15 NR

SOFTBALL

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Lancaster (AA) [4] 13-3 106 1

2. Niagara Falls (AA) [5] 12-0 102 3

3. Starpoint (A-2) [2] 14-2 91 2

4. Orchard Park (AA) [1] 9-4 90 5

5. Clarence (AA) 9-6 53 4

6. West Seneca East (A-2) 11-5 44 6

7. Frontier (AA) 7-5 30 7

8. West Seneca West (AA) 9-6 24 9

9. Iroquois (A-2) 8-5 23 7

10. Sacred Heart (MMA) 13-5 19 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Olean (A-2) 18, Williamsville North (AA) 18, Williamsville East (A-1) 13, Williamsville South (A-1) 10, Amherst (A-2) 7, Grand Island (A-1) 6, Niagara-Wheatfield (AA) 4, Kenmore West (AA) 2.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Depew (B-1) [5] 13-2 70 2

2. Alden (B-1) [1] 13-3 65 3

3. Eden (B-1) [2] 8-3 57 1

4. Cleveland Hill (B-2) 8-2 56 4

5. Roy-Hart (B-2) 14-0 47 5

6. Fredonia (B-2) 11-3 42 6

7. Gowanda (C) 9-2 26 9

8. Falconer (B-2) 7-3 19 NR

9. Maple Grove (D) 10-2 11 NR

10. Maryvale (B-1) 6-5 9 7

Others receiving votes (with points): Akron (B-2) 7, Westfield (D) 4, Tonawanda (B-1) 3, Pine Valley (D) 2, Chautauqua Lake (C) 2, Franklinville (D) 2, Immaculata (MMA) 1.

Upcoming

• In track and field, the All-Catholic boys and girls championship meet begins at 4 p.m. Monday at the Canisius High School Stransky Complex. The two-day event concludes Wednesday. There will be a handful of event finals on Monday with St. Joe’s entering the meet as the defending boys champion and Immaculata the reigning girls champion.

• It’s a big week for tennis as the two-day ECIC Championships begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. and conclude Thursday with semifinals and finals at 3 p.m. at University at Buffalo. The top five singles and doubles placers will earn a spot in the Section VI Tournament, which begins May 18 at Lancaster High School. The Niagara Frontier League meet also is at 9 a.m. Friday at Lewiston-Porter.

• Believe it or not, the Section VI boys’ lacrosse tournament begins with preliminary round games in Class B on Friday with the higher seeds serving as hosts. St. Joe’s, which has clinched its first Monsignor Martin Association regular-season title, visits Nichols on Monday and hosts Timon on Wednesday. If the Marauders win both, then they’ll enter the postseason, which begins May 18, unbeaten against league foes.

• In baseball, Williamsville North hosts Lancaster, while Clarence welcomes Orchard Park on Wednesday in a pair of intriguing ECIC I battles. On Thursday, East Aurora hosts Springville, while Cleveland Hill visits Maryvale in a clash between Cheektowaga rivals. On Friday under the lights at Clarence Town Hall Field, the Clarence Red Devils face St. Francis in a nonleaguer. At noon Saturday, St. Joe’s visits St. Mary’s in a makeup game in the Monsignor Martin Association.

• In softball, Eden has a busy week that starts with Monday’s doubleheader at Holland and concludes with Friday’s home game against Tonawanda at 4:30 p.m. Eden and Alden each begin the week with two losses in ECIC IV, with Eden beating Alden twice during the regular season but Alden has played three more games than the defending state Class B champions. Eden’s two league losses have come to Cleveland Hill. Eden has four league games this week, five overall.

In other games, Frontier hosts City Honors in a nonleaguer at 4:30 p.m. Monday. City Honors is playing an independent schedule. Tuesday, Williamsville North hosts Lancaster for a 4:45 p.m. tilt. On Thursday the battle of West Seneca takes place with West hosting East at 4 p.m. Lancaster visits Depew at 5 p.m.

Night games for good cause

Cancer awareness was the theme for this year’s annual Kenmore East versus Kenmore West baseball doubleheader night at Sheridan Park last Friday with the schools splitting the two Niagara Frontier League games.

With the American Cancer Society on hand for the games, the teams worked in the colors pink and purple (caps, socks, etc.) to do their part to spread the word on the disease.

As far as the games went that night, Kenmore East baseball thrashed Kenmore West, 15-3, as Luke Simmons drove in six runs to back the pitching of Ryan Williams, who struck out eight. Dylan Leaf had three hits and Tom Vancuran two for the Bulldogs. East swept the season series.

Kenmore West beat Kenmore East, 8-2, to sweep the season softball series between the rivals, as Emily King belted a long home run and drove in two runs.

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