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Homeroom Announcements: Wednesday'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 Wednesday

1. Softball - Lancaster at Orchard Park, 5 p.m.

There'll be no shortage of talent on the field when the top two large schools in Western New York square off at a yet to be determined location due to the field conditions at Orchard Park.

No. 1 Lancaster (10-0, 5-0) is an explosive offensive team that averages 10.7 runs per game. Reigning Prep Talk Softball Player of the Year Kara Paradowski, a Canisius commit, stars at shortstop. Junior pitcher Jenna Patterson has verbally committed to Niagara.

Orchard Park (10-0, 8-0), the defending Class AA champ, picked up an 8-2 league win against No. 9 Williamsville North yesterday. A trio of players have committed to local Division I programs: Madison Stewart to St. Bonaventure, Lilly Wosniak verbally to Canisius and Kayla Raymond to Niagara.

The teams split in the regular season last year. The rematch is scheduled for Friday at Lancaster.

ECIC softball outlook: Unbeaten rivals collide when Lancaster faces defending champion OP

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

No. 1 large school Lancaster (6-2, 4-1) looks to get the best of No. 7 large school Orchard Park (6-3, 4-3) for the second time in a week.

The Legends last Thursday won a 4-0 game at Orchard Park in 6 innings due to lightning. Max Giordano held OP to three hits through those six innings, while LG Castillo went 1-3 with three RBIs.

Orchard Park's three losses have come to top-tier competition: No. 1 Lancaster, No. 2 Clarence and No. 5 Williamsville North. All four of those teams are in ECIC I and Class AA, which should make for a very entertaining postseason.

3. Girls lacrosse - Mount Mercy at Sacred Heart, 4:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart (5-0, 3-0) aims to remain unbeaten when it hosts Monsignor Martin Association rival Mount Mercy (4-2, 4-1). Mercy swept last year's matchups, 8-7 and 9-7.

The Magic dropped their first league game of the season yesterday in an 11-4 loss to Mount St. Mary. Seniors Arielle Brown and Brigid Lempko and junior Mary Barnes are the team's top three offensive players.

The Sharks have league wins over Nardin, Mount St. Mary and St. Mary's of Lancaster so far. Junior Gina Perna leads the team with 17 goals and 24 points, while Sarah Krieger, Kayla Blas, Alexa Perna and Shaye Fermoile each have between 11 and 16 points.

4. Boys lacrosse - Williamsville South at Grand Island, 5 p.m.

Class C foes Grand Island (7-1, 4-0) and Williamsville South (3-2, 3-1) face off in the top boys lacrosse game on Wednesday's schedule.

The Vikings are looking to keep pace with West Seneca East, which also sits at 4-0 in the division. Their lone meeting of the season was scheduled for Monday under the lights at East, but had to be postponed to May 17 at Grand Island due to weather.

The Billies are 3-1 in the division with wins over Amherst, Iroquois and Lew-Port, and a close 8-6 loss at West Seneca East. South beat Grand Island twice last year, 11-8 in the regular season and 10-9 in the sectional quarterfinals.

Honor Roll
- Baseball: Fredonia at Southwestern, 4:30 p.m.
- Baseball: Albion at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Fredonia at Southwestern, 4:30 p.m.
- Softball: Lew-Port at Kenmore West, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Williamsville North at Frontier, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Williamsville South at Amherst, 4:45 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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Tuesday's roundup

Softball Scholastic Spotlight

Defending champion, top-ranked small school Depew is keeping it real

Quick hits: Defending champs, returning All-WNYers & much more
Outlook:
 Unbeaten ECIC rivals collide when Lancaster faces Orchard Park
Outlook:
 Softball talents aplenty in northern leagues
Outlook: Wet weather a concern for City Honors, Nardin looks to build on last year
Outlook: Franklinville among CCAA teams geared up for success

High School Extra (May 3): Lancaster lacrosse wins on the 'road'

Boys lacrosse photo gallery: Frontier 15, Sweet Home 7

High school scores & schedules (May 3)

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