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High School Extra (May 9): Overtime win for Legends girls lax

Lancaster needed a goal by Alyssa Markowski with a minute left in overtime to win a nonleague girls lacrosse game at Amherst, 11-10. Coach Julie Buccieri’s Legends were leading 10-7 with 2:15 to play and seemed in good shape.

However, the Tigers scored three times in a minute tying the game on Grave VanBuren’s goal with 1:15 left.

“Too close for comfort,” Buccieri said. It was a typical Lancaster-Amherst duel. “Definitely,” Buccieri said. “It’s always backl and forth and nice and close when we play Amherst.”

Markowski, who will go to Edinboro University, had four goals and three assists. She has 26 goals for the season. Kayla Rose had three tallies for the Legends.

Lake Shore’s powerhouse girls lacrosse team put its potent offensive on display in a 20-1 rout of Mount St. Mary. Jalyn Jimerson had an eight-point game (five goals, three assists) for the Eagles (8-1) while Shayla Scanlan and Sophia Koening had four goals and three assists each.

Mount Mercy (5-1, 5-1 Monsignor Martin) moved into sole possession of second place in Monsignor Martin Association girls lacrosse Monday with a 9-6 victory at Sacred Heart, which fell to 4-2 in league play. Arielle Brown and Brigid Lempko scored three goals each for the Magic. Lempko added an assist while Tierney Ashe had two assists for the winners.

Marissa Markott scored three times while Arriana Smith and Tiffany Cristofanelli had a pair of goals each for Niagara Wheatfield in a 9-6 victory over Grand Island.

Big inning for Legends

Lancaster (8-1, 6-1 ECIC I), ranked No. 1 among Western New York large schools, began a busy week with a 10-4 victory at Hamburg, to cement its hold on first place in ECIC I baseball.

“Hamburg was ready for us,” said Lancaster coach Mark Dalfonso. The Bulldogs led 2-0 until the fourth when Lancaster up five runs. A two-run double by Ben Damiani (3 for 3) tied the game. Leugim Castillo hit a solo home run in the sixth for the winners. Starter Joe Dombrowski pitched through the sixth inning for Lancaster, striking out eight.

Lancaster has seven games on its schedule this week including two on Saturday, at Frontier (noon) and West Seneca West (4 p.m.). In between the Legends will face Frontier, Clarence and Jamestown twice.

Big rally saves Starpoint

Starpoint scored all its runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 victory over visiting Maryvale. Donnie Voss of the Spartans scored the winning run on a passed ball. Austin Meenaghan had two hits including a double for the winners. Voss had a double and an RBI. Starpoint is 8-1 in ECIC III.

Alden also had only one loss in the division but owns the tie-breaker over the Spartans with a 6-0 win in their first meeting. Alden and Starpoint will play their return game on Friday in Pendleton.

Alden (9-2, 7-1 ECIC III), ranked No. 1 among small schools, squeaked past East Aurora on the road, 2-1, behind the two-hit pitching of Tom Bednarski, who struck out 17. Josh Chester and J.J. Foster had three hits each for the winning Bulldogs.

Kenmore East gets 2 slams

Nothing’s better than a grand-slam home run, unless it’s two grand slams.
Ryan Williams and Dom Germano each connected for homers with the bases full Tuesday to lead Kenmore East to a 15-4 rout of North Tonawanda in Niagara Frontier League baseball.

Ben Shotwell, Dan Scors and Isaiah Reyes each had a two-run double for the Bulldogs (6-2), who stand in second place in the NFL standings behind idle Kenmore West.

Carlos Torres and William Ortiz pitched McKinley to a doubleheader shutout of Riverside in Cornell Cup baseball. Torres struck out seven in the Macks’ 11-0 victory in the first game. Ortiz fanned 11 in the 7-0 victory in the other game.

Mercy takes first place

Laura Gregory pitched Mount Mercy into sole possession of first place in Monsignor Martin softball with an 8-1 victory over Sacred Heart. Gregory allowed three hits infive inninigs, striking out seven. Mary Bala drove in three runs for the Magic with a double and a triple. Mount Mercy is 4-0 in league play. It was the first league loss for Sacred Heart (3-1).

No. 3 ranked large school Williamsville East overcame a 4-0 deficit and went on to a 7-5 softball victory at Williamsville South. Rachel Steffan and eight-grader Abbie Stellrecht each drove in a pair of runs for the Flames, who lead ECIC II with a 7-2 record in the division.

Steffan doubled home sophomore Christy Mack with the go-ahead run in the sixth and scored on a fly ball herself. In the seventh, East added an insurance run when Brianna Bucello scored on Mack's double off the fence.

Section VI golf next Monday

The Section VI boys qualifier for the State Golf championship will be held Monday at the Gowanda Country Club. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The field will be reduced to the top 20 and ties after 18 holes. Those who make the cut will play an additional nine holes with the top nine advancing to the state tournament. The state tournament will be June 2-5 on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University in Ithaca.

The sectional field is expected to include four of the qualifiers from the 2016 Section VI team. They are Mitchell Smith (Orchard Park), Connor Sealey (Wilson), Cary Ignaczak (Lake Shore) and Matt Pawlak (Niagara Wheatfield). All are seniors.

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