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High School Extra (May 3): Lew-Port softball on upswing

Lew-Port on upswing

Lew-Port softball coach Chris D’Anna can’t recall the last time the Lancers were a factor in the Niagara Frontier League race but they are right in the thick of things now.

Lew-Port improved to 7-2 in the NFL with a 6-3 victory over Niagara Falls on Monday in a game that was moved to the Wolverines’ artificial turf.

Sophomore Jenna Rhue homered and Ally Baio drove in a pair of runs with a double to get Lew-Port in front. After Niagara Falls closed to 3-2, Sophomore Emma Waechter hit a two-run homer in the fourth to give the Lancers’ some breathing room.

Freshman Riley Crum pitched the complete game for Lew-Port, allowing six hits and striking out three.

“We have a good group of girls, who all play travel ball and work real hard“ D’Anna said. “I have only three seniors on the team. ”

Both of Lew-Port’s NFL losses were to Kenmore West, including a 10-9 game the Lancers led, 9-0, last Thursday.

Aquinas lax tops Canisius

Canisius (6-5) is unbeaten against local opposition, but the Crusaders lost their second game to Aquinas (9-1), 5-3. Jack Baldwin scored twice for Canisius. Will Smith had the other goal for the Cruaders and won nine of 13 faceoffs.

Besides a double-overtime loss to Aquinas last month, the other Canisius losses were on the spring trip to Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

No-hitter for St. Joe’s

Three St. Joe’s pitchers combined on a no-hit game, striking out nine in an 11-0 Monsignor Martin baseball victory over Cardinal O’Hara. Senior Will Frank started for the Marauders and pitched the first three innings before giving way to junior Bob Principe and senior Jordan Jenneve.

Frank had a three-run homer and a single to lead the attack.

“We’ve just finished a stretch when he played 14 games in 18 days,” St. Joe’s coach Paul Nasca said of the combined pitching effort. “With games coming up Wednesday and Saturday we tried to get them work and keep every one fresh.”’

Timon players commit

Seven Bishop Timon-St. Jude players will continue their football careers in college next fall. Coach Charlie Comerford announced the following commitments: WR Tyler Ringwood to the University at Buffalo, WR/DB Danny Price to Bethel (Tenn.), Cade Lawrence and offensive lineman Andrew Stoltman to St. Lawrence, WR/DB P.J. Lancaster and DE/TE Hunter Lancaster to John Carroll and defensive lineman Desmond Stephens to Erie Community College.