Hamburg secured the No. 1 seed for the Class B boys lacrosse playoffs with a 12-11 win over Niagara Wheatfield.
Niagara Wheatfield jumped out to a 5-2 lead before Hamburg rallied to go up, 6-5, at halftime. The Bulldogs took a 12-8 lead with the Falcons scoring three goals in the last two minutes.
John Collins won 16 faceoffs and had 11 ground balls while Jared Milley had two goals and three assists and Jason Chiodo three goals. Long stick midfielder Nick Ranger had six ground balls.
Newfane wins in 12th inning
It took 12 innings but Newfane finally was able to come up with the win, defeating Akron, 7-6, in Niagara-Orleans softball.
With the score tied, 4-4, the teams went to the 10th inning where tiebreaker rules put a runner automatically on second base. They traded runs in the 10th and 11th. Newfane held Akron off the board in the 12th then came up to bat. With
Leeann Schermerhorn on second, the Panthers drew a hit batter and a walk. With the bases loaded and one out, Caitlin Chunco was hit by a pitch, sending Schermerhorn home for the winning run.
Sixth inning lifts Clarence
Clarence needed to put together a big inning. And the Red Devils did just that in the sixth. Clarence scored seven runs that inning to pull out a 10-8 win over Orchard Park in ECIC I baseball.
Orchard Park had an 8-3 lead going into that inning when Clarence strung together hits, drew two walks and a hit batter to take the lead. It was Andrew Lorenz who had the go-ahead hit for the Red Devils (12-5, 10-3).
“They got on us early, going up 6-1 after two innings,” Clarence coach Dave Smith said. “Our team kept a level head. We scrapped back a couple in the fourth and gave them right back in the fifth. The kids stayed focused and had good at-bats the whole game through and it paid off for us in the sixth inning.”
Canisius rallies for win
Canisius rallied from an early 6-3 deficit and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to earn an 8-7 win over St. Joe’s in Monsignor Martin Athletic Association baseball.
The Crusaders scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-6 lead and added another run in the sixth.
Canisius starting pitcher Mitch Rosati gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs in the final inning.
Rosati came up with a key strikeout and left the game having hit his pitch limit. Jake Podlas got the save, giving up two ground outs to surrender a run but preserve the win.