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High School Extra for May 15: East Aurora splits title

East Aurora splits title

East Aurora claimed a share of the ECIC III baseball championship with its 6-4 win over the other co-champion, Springville, on Thursday afternoon. Both teams finished 10-2.

“It was an excellent game,” East Aurora coach Steve Sokolski said. “The boys took it like another game, like it wasn’t a big deal. I think I was more excited about sharing the title than they were.”

The matchup went down to the final batter, as Springville had the tying run at the plate but couldn’t get a key hit in that spot. Nate Kruger had two hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Devils (ranked No. 5 among small schools).

It’s been an interesting season weather-wise for East Aurora. At one point this season, the Blue Devils faced Pioneer in 35-degree temperatures. In the rematch, it was 86 degrees.

“We’ve played in snow, rain, cold, but for this game it was perfect,” Sokolski said.

McClaren takes tennis crown

Jack McClaren of East Aurora captured the 2015 ECIC boys singles championship. He defeated Mike Kessler of Williamsville North, 6-1, 6-4, in the finals at the University at Buffalo. Zach Hynd of Clarence finished third; he topped Tom Greco of Amherst, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles play, Zander Korach and Dan Freilicher of Orchard Park won the title. They beat Cole Wilkinson and Kyle Schmitt of Orchard Park in the final, 6-4, 6-3. James Schaab and Michal Muzyk of Williamsville North finished third after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Prithvi Prasanna and Jason Berkun of Williamsville East.

Ace boosts West Seneca West

In softball, West Seneca West coach Lauri Potter has a problem. Which of her two top pitchers should go on a given day?

“They’ve been kind of a mix – Val Caballeo and Bree Chambers,” she said. “One threw a no-hitter one day, and the other threw a perfect game the next.”

Caballeo took her turn on Thursday, and she beat cross-town rival West Seneca East, 5-0. Caballeo allowed only two hits. Amanda Doster added two doubles and drove in three runs.

“We’ve been starting to play well,” Potter said. “The games we have lost were close, and we beat Clarence and Orchard Park. Hopefully we’re headed into the playoffs in good shape.”

Marzo hits century mark

When it came to scoring goals, Williamsville East let two players do most of the work. Kara Marzo had nine goals and Erin Jozwiak had six as the Flames downed West Seneca West, 16-7.

Marzo’s total was a career high, and brought her total of career goals to 100. The senior has signed to play at Colgate University for the upcoming season.

Nardin runners stand out

Danielle Orie of Nardin won the 1,500 and 3,000 meters and ran on the victorious 4x800 relay, and her twin sister Gabrielle Orie won the 800 and the 4x800 relay for the Gators on Wednesday in the All-Catholic track and field championships at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca.