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What to watch for Thursday
1. Baseball - St. Joe's at Canisius, 4:30 p.m.
Catholic arch-rivals St. Joe's (8-5, 3-3) and Canisius (7-5, 4-1) square off for the first time on the baseball diamond this season at Delaware Park.
The No. 8 large school Crusaders swept a doubleheader against Bishop Timon-St. Jude yesterday by 12-2 and 11-2 scores. Will Lawrence had a combined five hits and seven RBIs in the wins. St. Mary's of Lancaster handed Canisius its lone league loss of the season.
The No. 3 large school Marauders were off yesterday but lost to St. Mary's on Tuesday, 2-1. They've also lost one-run games to Timon and St. Francis, while their league wins have come against Nichols twice and Timon. Luke Pierce, Andrew Short, Nicholas Falbo and Will Carlone are a few of the offensive leaders for St. Joe's.
The rematch is scheduled for next Monday at St. Joe's.
2. Softball - Williamsville East at Amherst, 4:45 p.m.
No. 3 Williamsville East (11-2, 9-2) heads to No. 6 Amherst (8-5, 7-4) for an ECIC II showdown between top large schools. East won the first matchup, 9-8, on April 28.
The Flames routed Sweet Home yesterday, 24-1, to retain their lead in the division. Christy Mack and Sam Crane both went 4-4 at the plate. Mack had two homers and seven RBIs, while Crane added a home run of her own. Cara Leone scattered three hits in a complete game of work.
The Tigers were off on Wednesday after splitting a doubleheader at No. 4 West Seneca East on Tuesday. They won the first game, 3-0, and fell, 13-9, in game two. Hannah Bardeen had a combined five RBIs and homered in the second contest. Caroline Seaner pitched a complete game four-hitter in the shutout triumph.
3. Softball - Clarence at Orchard Park, 5 p.m.
Only two schools have won Class AA titles since 2012: Clarence from 2012-2014 and Orchard Park the past two years. Those ECIC I powerhouses battle it out in one of the top softball games on Thursday.
No. 2 Orchard Park (13-1, 11-1) squeaked out a 5-4 win against Frontier yesterday. Megan Giese had the game-winning double, while Alex Sheehy went 3-4 with three RBIs. Mia Evans earned the win in the circle.
No. 7 Clarence (7-6, 5-6) dropped its third straight game Wednesday against undefeated Lancaster, 9-1. It's been a season of streaks for the Red Devils. They opened the league schedule with three wins against Frontier, Hamburg and Williamsville North. Then they lost three in a row to Lancaster, Frontier and Orchard Park. Clarence rebounded with two wins in consecutive days against West Seneca West, and then lost to Hamburg and North before Lancaster yesterday.
4. Baseball - Clarence at Orchard Park, 5 p.m.
The rankings are flipped in baseball when No. 2 Clarence (11-5, 9-3) visits No. 7 Orchard Park (9-4, 7-4).
The Red Devils dropped a tough 10-1 game at No. 1 Lancaster yesterday, its fifth loss in the last eight contests. One of those wins in that span was a 10-0 outcome against the Quakers. Andrew Lorenz threw a complete game one-hitter, and Tyler White and Niko Arroyave-Mullen led the offense with a pair of RBIs each.
The Quakers have won three games in the past three days against West Seneca West, Williamsville North and Frontier. Cole Hollins hit a three-run home run and Hunter Filsinger drove in two on a double in the 13-1 win over the Falcons yesterday. Every team in ECIC I has at least three losses except for Lancaster (10-1, 8-1).
5. Boys lacrosse - Hamburg at Niagara Wheatfield, 5:30 p.m.
The last two unbeaten teams in Class B meet on Thursday when Hamburg (10-3, 5-0) and Niagara Wheatfield (7-4, 4-0) face off for the only time in the regular season.
The Bulldogs are led in scoring by seniors Jason Chiodo (27 goals, 21 assists) and Gage Schneider (28 goals). Their top wins came on an April trip to Virigina, where they knocked off Chantilly and Westfield. Hamburg's local losses were to Class A Orchard Park and Lancaster by a combined four goals.
The Falcons, much like Hamburg, have breezed through their Class B schedule to this point. They've outscored their league foes by a combined score of 52-16. Wheatfield also lost to OP and Lancaster, as well as St. Joe's and Clarence this season.
- Baseball: St. Francis at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 4:30 p.m.
- Baseball: Kenmore East at Grand Island, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Frewsburg at Franklinville, 4:30 p.m.
- Softball: Akron at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: West Seneca East at Williamsville South, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Kenmore West at Niagara Wheatfield, 4:45 p.m.
- Girls lacrosse: Amherst at Grand Island, 7 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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Baseball photo gallery: Lancaster 10, Clarence 1
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