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What to watch for Saturday
1. Baseball - St. Francis at Orchard Park, 10 a.m.
No. 4 St. Francis visits No. 7 Orchard Park in a nonleague showdown between large school powers.
The Red Raiders have yet to lose to a Western New York opponent this season. They're 4-0 so far this week with Monsignor Martin Association wins against St. Mary's of Lancaster, Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Nichols twice. St. Francis plays Canisius two times in the span of three days next week, which could decide the league title.
Orchard Park (10-6, 8-6) split a doubleheader with Hamburg yesterday, winning the first game, 15-5, and dropping the second, 8-6. Senior Cole Hollins went a combined 4-7 with a double, a triple, three RBIs and four runs scored.
The Quakers will then pack up their things and head to No. 3 large school St. Joe's (8-6) for a 2:15 p.m. contest.
The Marauders have struggled as of late, losing three of their last four games to Timon, St. Mary's and Canisius. They host the Crusaders in a rematch on Monday.
2. Softball - Williamsville North at Lancaster, noon
No. 1 large school Lancaster (18-0, 13-0) and No. 8 large school Williamsville North (11-5-1, 8-5) wrap up their busy weeks with this ECIC I contest on Saturday.
The Legends clinched their second straight league title with a 7-2 win over No. 2 Orchard Park yesterday. Lancaster was down 2-0 in the middle of the second inning before scoring two in the second, two in the third and three in the sixth, which was highlighted by a two-run home run by Olivia Kincanon. Jenna Patterson went 3-3 at the plate and also earned the win by striking out five and scattering six hits in a complete game.
The Spartans played Lancaster to one of its closest games of the season in a 6-4 loss on April 5. North lost its first three league games and four of its first five, but has bounced back nicely by winning seven of its last eight. The lone loss in that span was to Orchard Park.
3. Boys lacrosse - Grand Island at West Seneca East, 11 a.m.
Class C unbeatens Grand Island (11-1, 7-0) and West Seneca East (10-1, 7-0) meet for the first time this season. East will visit Grand Island for another big game on Wednesday.
The Vikings have won five in a row since their lone loss to Class D Eden on April 25. Four of those have been in the division against Iroquois, East Aurora and Williamsville South twice.
The Trojans also lost their only game of the season to Eden on April 5, and they've won nine straight since. That includes a 9-8 win against East Aurora yesterday. East was up 9-6 before the Blue Devils pulled within one with 2:37 left to play, but the Trojans were able to run out the rest of the clock to preserve the lead. Drew Werner, Tyler Arndt and Danny Flynn each had two goals.
4. Girls lacrosse - West Seneca West at West Seneca East, 1:15 p.m.
West Seneca East's girls team follows the boys when they host crosstown rival West Seneca West. East got the best of West twice last season, 15-4 and 12-11, when both teams were in Class B.
The Trojans (10-2) picked up a 15-6 win over Class C foe Grand Island yesterday. Seniors Laura Skrzypczyk and Grace Vogel lead the team in scoring.
The Indians (8-1) have been off since an 11-6 Class B win at Williamsville North on Wednesday. Senior Claire Purdy and Samantha Keane lead the team in points.
- Baseball: Grand Island vs. Kenmore West, 9 a.m. at Niagara Falls
- Baseball: Albion at Wilson, 11 a.m.
- Baseball: Grand Island vs. Kenmore East, 11:30 a.m. at Niagara Falls
- Softball: Chautauqua Lake at Fredonia, 11 a.m.
- Softball: Lew-Port at Kenmore West, 11 a.m.
- Softball: Orchard Park vs. Olean, noon at St. Bonaventure
- Boys lacrosse: Niagara Wheatfield at Akron, noon
- Boys lacrosse: V-Webster Thomas at Hamburg, 1 p.m.
- Boys lacrosse: III-Christian Brothers at St. Joe's, 3 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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