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Homeroom Announcements: Thursday's big games & more

Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports.

What to watch for Thursday

1. Softball - Lancaster at West Seneca East, 5 p.m.

No. 2 Lancaster (7-0), fresh off a win over another top five large school yesterday, heads to No. 4 West Seneca East (5-2) for a nonleague battle between sectional contenders.

The Legends needed eight innings to pull off a 4-3 ECIC I win over No. 3 Clarence on Wednesday. Kara Paradowski led the way going 2-3 with two runs scored, while Madisyn Pepke went 2-4 with a double.

The Trojans edged Lake Shore, 3-2, yesterday in ECIC II. Starting pitcher Hannah Fuerst only gave up one hit over the first four innings, and Anilese Kelly earned the save with three innings of two-hit work. Julia Slowik drove in two of East's three runs.

2. Baseball - Lancaster at Orchard Park, 5 p.m.

No. 4 large school Lancaster (4-1, 2-1) and No. 6 large school Orchard Park (4-1, 3-1) is yet another game in the gauntlet of an ECIC I division this season.

The baseball Legends, much like their softball conterparts, beat No. 2 Clarence yesterday in eight innings, 5-1. LG Castillo went 2-2 at the plate with a solo home run. Kevin Walter went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Orchard Park left Frontier with an 11-2 league win on Wednesday. Josh McTigue pitched five innings of two-hit ball. Patrick Gavigan (four RBIs) and Matt Bruno (two RBIs) each had three hits offensively.

3. Boys lacrosse - Lancaster at Niagara Wheatfield, 5 p.m.

Class B Niagara Wheatfield (5-1) hosts Class A Lancaster (5-1) in the top boys lacrosse game on Thursday's schedule.

The Legends have won four games in a row, including an 8-7 win against Class B power Hamburg on Tuesday. Juniors CJ DiRienzo (18 goals, eight assists) and Brett Beetow (17 goals, four assists) lead a young team whose top five point scorers are all underclassmen. Lancaster lost a narrow 10-8 game to Orchard Park in late March.

The Falcons are 3-0 in the division and have also won four in a row overall since a loss to St. Joe's in late March. They average just under 14 goals per game.

4. Softball - Orchard Park at Williamsville North, 5 p.m.

No. 1 large school Orchard Park (5-0, 3-0) visits No. 8 large school Williamsville North (2-3-1, 1-3) in another ECIC I showdown.

Sam Frappa threw a no-hitter for the Quakers yesterday in a 5-0 shutout at Frontier. Alex Sheehy powered the offense with three RBIs, including a two-run home run.

The Spartans were one of the few teams off yesterday, but they did pick up their first league win of the season Tuesday with a 15-3 triumph at Jamestown. Abby Vincent had four hits, while Jordan Cooper, Miranda Fish and Anna Brand each had three.

5. Girls lacrosse - Grand Island at West Seneca East, 7 p.m.

The top girls lacrosse game today features a pair of one-loss Class C teams in Grand Island (4-1, 2-0) and West Seneca East (5-1, 2-0).

The Vikings most recently shut out Lew-Port, 17-0, in league play on Tuesday. Alyssa Maxwell had three goals and Jenna VeRost added two. Their other league win came against Williamsville South, 9-4.

Laura Skrzypczyk scored four times and Aaryonah Vaughn three times to help lead the Trojans to a 13-10 Class C win over Amherst on Tuesday. Skrzypczyk and fellow senior Grace Vogel both have 23 goals on the season.

Honor Roll
- Baseball: St. Francis at St. Joe's, 4 p.m.
- Baseball: Kenmore West at Lockport, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Niagara Wheatfield at Grand Island, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Kenmore West at Lockport, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Clarence at Frontier, 5 p.m.
- Boys lacrosse: V-Aquinas at St. Joe's, 5 p.m.

Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.

#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.

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Wednesday's roundup

Baseball Scholastic Spotlight: State counts on new rule to help pitchers' arms
Quick hits: What you need to know
Outlook: Monsignor Martin, up north, and down south
Outlook: Clarence, Williamsville East among those at top of ECIC order

Prep Talk Athletes of the Week
Male: Nick Ciraolo of Clarence baseball
Female: Olivia Gervan of Lancaster track and field

High School Extra (April 27): Big day for Lancaster teams, plus much more

Photo gallery: Lancaster vs. Clarence baseball and softball

High school scores & schedules (April 27)

Spring signing season continues with Canisius set to host ceremony

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