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High School Extra (April 23): Ciraolo's homer wins it for Clarence

It was a big week for Clarence baseball player Nick Ciraolo. On Tuesday, he was 4 for 4 with two home runs and pitched a four-hitter in the Red Devils’ 6-2 ECIC I victory over Frontier. Saturday, Ciraolo hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth to give unbeaten Clarence (7-0) a 4-3 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse. Cicero is the two-time defending Section III (Syracuse) Class AA champion, although it had been no-hit by West Genesee in its previous game.

Ciraolo, a 6-foot-1 right-hand hitter, plays in the outfield when he’s not pitching. A volleyball player in the fall, Ciraolo is headed for Fredonia State.

Cicero-North Syracuse took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning before Clarence rallied for three runs to tie the game.

Junior left-hander Mike O’Brien pitched 4.2 innings for Clarence. Reliever Niko Arroyave-Mullen got the win.

“O’Brien pitched solid. He kept us in the ballgame. Niko came in in the fifth with two men on and got a double play ball on his second pitch and shut them out the rest of the way,” said Clarence coach Dave Smith.

Cicero-North Syracuse had been scheduled to play St. Joe’s and Clarence in the middle of its spring break week, but the games were rained out. A single game Saturday at Clarence was scheduled instead.

Mercy wins third in lax

Mount Mercy boosted its Monsignor Martin Association girls lacrosse record to 3-0 with a 10-6 triumph over Nardin. Brigid Lempko and Mary Barnes each had three goals and an assist in the victory while Annie Bamrick had a pair of tallies and an assist.

Akron, which has lost only a nonleague game to Canisius, won its fourth straight in the new Section VI boys lacrosse Class D league with a 12-6 victory at Medina on Saturday. Nelson Logan scored four times and assisted on another tally while Owen Hill had two goals and five assists for the Tigers.

Cenname blanks Amherst

Junior Vinnie Cenname of West Seneca East shut out Amherst, 5-0, on two hits in ECIC II baseball, striking out nine.

Matt Kellner pitched four-hit ball over six innings and drove in two runs as Frontier broke into the win column in ECIC I with a 6-2 triumph over cross-town rival Hamburg.

Shawn Whitehead’s third hit of the game drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh before Kevin Liska sent home the winning run with a hit in Sweet Home’s 5-4 triumph over Lake Shore in ECIC II. Josh Bystrak allowed only one run in pitching five innings.

Mackenzie Quider (4 for 5), Madison Kwitchoff (4 for 5) and Mackenzie Franks (3 for 5) had 11 hits and 12 RBIs among them in Niagara Wheatfield’s 19-7 Niagara Frontier League softball victory over Kenmore East. Quider had five RBIs, including a two-run homer. Kwitchoff had a pair of doubles and four RBIs and Franks drove in three.

Brooke Strausbaugh pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts, while Sara Pasternack had a pair of home runs among her four hits and Maddy Gadd drove in six runs with four hits including a homer as Alden triumphed over Barker in a nonleague game, 19-4.

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