Grand Island rallies
Grand Island scored six runs in the fifth and sixth innings to turn a deficit into a comeback playoff victory Saturday.
Manny Montes’ sacrifice fly in the fifth inning gave the Vikings the lead for good in a 7-4 win over Sweet Home in a Section VI Class A-1 baseball quarterfinal. Trailing 2-1, Grand Island scored twice in the fifth inning with one out. Pat Kramer drew a walk. Pinch runner Carson Suffoletta then stole second. He came around to score on Jake Niland’s single. Niland stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Montes’ sac fly to deep left.
The Vikings, the Niagara Frontier League champion, scored four in the sixth as winning pitcher Drew Callen drove in two runs with a double. Art Meney also drove in a run during the inning.
Callen went 6∑ innings, striking out nine for the Vikings, who host defending Class A champion Hamburg on Monday.
Canisius, Frannies start fast
The days of the one-and-done Georgetown Cup semifinals are history. That’s good news for St. Mary’s and St. Joe’s – two teams whose championship dreams are still live even though they had tough days Saturday.
Canisius opened its best-of-three semifinal series with St. Mary’s by drubbing the Lancers, 9-0, at Delaware Park. Defending champion St. Francis opened its set at St. Joe’s winning by the same score.
Game Two of each series is Sunday with St. Mary’s and St. Francis hosting.
The Crusaders (20-1), ranked first in the Western New York Coaches Poll, romped behind the pitching and hitting of Dan Dallas. He struck out 12 in 5∏ innings, yielding three hits. He also drove in two runs, while Jordan Kowalski had three hits, stole two bases and drove in two runs. Will Lawrence had two hits and two RBIs for Canisius.
At St. Joe’s Robert T. Scott Sports Complex, St. Francis scored two runs in each of the first three innings to seize control, and sophomore Luke Farinacci scattered five hits and struck out six in earning the complete-game win for the Red Raiders (16-6). Cole O’Connor, Jake Victor and Jake Kaempf each hit two-run home runs for Frannies.
Track stars shine at classics
A sign that league championship week is around the corner: Saturday was the day for the classic meets – the Western New York Girls Track and Field Classic at Lancaster and the Carl Roesch at Clarence.
Lancaster captured the team title at the Carl Roesch, with Orchard Park placing second.
Steve Neumaier won the 800 and 1,600 to lead the victorious Legends, with Neumaier winning the latter event in a meet-record time of 4:15.49. The Legends also captured the 4x100 and 4x400 relays with Connor Fuller aiding the efforts of the 4x400 and also winning the open 400.
Sam Wray of Starpoint flirted with a meet record in the discus with a winning throw of 191-03. The meet mark is 192-10 set back in 2001.
At the WNY Track Classic, Clarence’s Katrina Patterson and Lancaster’s Brianna McKenzie were the only individual double winners. Patterson, a junior, captured the 800 in 2:23.79 and the 1,500 in 4:49.66. McKenzie, also a junior, won the shot put (37-10.75) and discus (125-4.5).
Lancaster’s Ashey Grazen won the 200 and aided the winning efforts of the 4x100 along with Molly Scarpello, Jenna Grazen and Olivia Gervan. The four won in 49.91. Scarpello also won the 100.
• St. Mary’s reign as queen of the diamond is over.
Mount St. Mary defeated the Lancers 10-7 in the Monsignor Martin Association softball quarterfinals. Jillian Fittry hit a triple and drove in two runs, while Emily Trotman homered, doubled and drove in two runs in the win.
• The annual Ilio DiPaolo’s Scholarship Awards night is Monday at 7 p.m. at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell. The event annually honors the area’s top senior wrestlers.