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Sidelines (May 9): Latest baseball and softball polls

2016 coaches polls

State classification in parentheses; First-place votes in brackets; Asterisks indicate a tie in points.

BASEBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [10] 15-1 100

2. Lancaster (AA) 10-1 84

3. St. Francis 13-1 83

4. St. Joe’s 14-6 61

5. Niagara Falls (AA) 11-1 58

6. Orchard Park (AA) 11-4 51

7. Hamburg (A-1) 10-4 30

8. Grand Island (A-1) 9-2 29

9. Williamsville South (A-1) 8-5 20

10. Williamsville East (A-1) 10-5 9

Others receiving votes: Amherst (A-2), West Seneca West (AA), Starpoint (A-2), Maryvale (A-2), Williamsville North (AA), City Honors (B-1).

BASEBALL small SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Olean [7] B-1 11-1 70

2. Gowanda (B-2) 13-3 59

3. Eden (B-1) 9-2 52

4. Roy-Hart (B-2) 12-5 49

5. Alden (B-1) 9-2 34

6. Fredonia (B-2) 9-5 29

7. St. Mary’s 5-4 22

8. Westfield (D) 9-2 17

9. Albion (B-1) 10-4 16

10. North Collins (D) 9-4 11

Others receiving votes: Springville (B-1), East Aurora (B-1), Maple Grove (C), Brocton (D).

SOFTBALL LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Lancaster (AA) [4] 11-5 95

2. Frontier (AA) [3] 12-5 82

3. West Seneca East (A-1) [2] 13-2 68

4. Orchard Park (AA) 9-7 61

5. Clarence (AA) [1] 8-7 58

6. Niagara Wheatfield (AA) 9-3 53

7. Williamsville East (A-1) 12-3 51

8. Kenmore West (AA) 10-4 30

9. Amherst (A-2) 10-4 27

*10. Wmsv. North (A-2) [1] 8-8 23

*10. Hamburg (A-2) [1] 8-8 23

Others receiving votes: Lew-Port (A-2) 10, Sacred Heart 6, Nardin 5, Maryvale (A-2) 3, Lake Shore (A-2), Williamsville South (A-1) 1.

SOFTBALL small schools

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Alden (B-1) [6] 14-1 69

2. Depew (B-1) [1] 12-3 60

3. Fredonia (B-2) 11-1 53

4. Eden (B-2) 11-3 47

5. Olean (B-1) 13-3 42

6. Akron (B-2) 14-1 39

7. Southwestern (B-2) 9-2 20

8. Gowanda (B-2) 11-3 16

9. Franklinville (D) 12-2 9

10. Pine Valley (D) 7-4 8

Others receiving votes: Cassadaga Valley (C), Chautauqua Lake (C), City Honors (B-1), Newfane (B-1), Cleveland Hill (C), Roy-Hart (B-2), Sacred Heart.

Hall of a visit

Kenmore East’s baseball team played a doubleheader against two different opponents on Sunday. That’s a little unusual, but the games took a back seat to the location.

The Bulldogs were playing in Doubleday Field in Cooperstown – right down the street from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“We always want to take a spring trip, but this year because Easter came so early, it wasn’t feasible,” Kenmore East coach Leslie Simon said. “This was the year to do it. The kids got an appreciation of where baseball started.”

Even Simon was caught a little by surprise by who has played on Doubleday Field, which hosted a Hall of Fame game between two major league teams for 70 years. Therefore, the Bulldogs walked on the same field that has featured games with such players as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Ken Griffey Jr.

As for the games, Sidney defeated Kenmore East, 4-1. The Bulldogs then rebounded to outscore Ticonderoga, 10-8. Both Dominic Germano and Dylan Leith went 3 for 4 in the nightcap, while Mario Ruggerio was the winning pitcher.

Simon said he scheduled the trip to Cooperstown back in January.

Coming up

Canisius is still on top of the large school baseball rankings, and the Crusaders have two games to start the week. They will play Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Monday and St. Francis on Tuesday. Olean has taken over the lead in the voting among small schools. The Huskies will host Silver Creek on Monday and Pioneer on Wednesday to start a busy week.

In softball, what’s better than No. 1 vs. No. 2? That’s the matchup on Monday when the top-ranked Legends play at Frontier. Lancaster hosts Hamburg on Wednesday and wraps up the regular season on Saturday in Rochester against Our Lady of Mercy.

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