Mike Kelly pitched a five-hitter and walked just one and Chris Fedele drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as sixth-seeded Williamsville North needed only four hits to eliminate third-seeded Niagara-Wheatfield, 5-2, Tuesday in the Section VI Class AA baseball quarterfinals.
James Piazza, who had walked, scored on Fedele's single to make it 2-1. Chris Gronkowski added a two-run double in the top of the seventh and older brother Dan Gronkowski scored from third on a double steal. Josh Perkins pitched the four-hitter for the Falcons.
In other AA games, Phil Ruska and Rick Brooks of North Tonawanda double-teamed Orchard Park as they pushed NT (13-3) to a 2-0 win over the Quakers. Ruska got the win by going six innings and hit a solo home run in the second inning. Brooks, who drove in Ruska with the other run in the fourth, finished the game in relief.
Sweet Home at Lancaster and Jamestown at Clarence will be played today after being postponed due to thunderstorms.
Eric Kelly is 2 for 2 in playoff starts after allowing three hits while striking out five over six innings as last year's Class A champion, West Seneca East (17-3), eliminated last year's Class B champion, Williamsville East, by a 10-2 score. Dan Kasprzak added two hits and two RBIs while Josh Szeluga had a two-run double. Richard Urbanczyk reached base four times, scored four runs and had two hits.
Corey Miller had a grand slam to give Cheektowaga the lead for good as the Warriors rolled to 17-0 with a 9-4 victory over Pioneer. Ryan Jablonski (4 for 4, two RBIs) and Mike Slawek kept their 16-game hit streaks alive by sparking a six-run fourth inning after Pioneer had taken a 2-0 lead. Bryan Haxton pitched the win to move to 9-0.
Derek Kinder pitched a six-hitter with no walks while he tripled and knocked in two runs as Albion (16-0) remained unbeaten with a 5-3 defeat of Depew. Morgan Stirk wes 2 for 3 with an RBI that came in Albion's five-run second inning.
Tom Rajczak scored on a fielder's choice by Ryan Jankowski in the third inning for the game's only run and also made a sliding catch in left field in the sixth to keep it that way as Grand Island survived Tonawanda, 1-0. Nick Adreon pitched a two-hitter and was 2 for 2 at plate for the Vikings (15-5).
Dan Hill blasted a solo homer and Todd Buchanan got the win as Allegany-Limestone improved to 21-1 with a 5-3 victory over Fredonia. The game was called in the top of the sixth due to rain and unplayable conditions. The Hillbillies appeared to be building a comeback by starting the sixth on Dan Bartowiak's solo homer and Carson Carey's single when the game was stopped. After a 45-minute delay, the game was called. "You hate to see it end like that," said A-L coach Mark Stavish. "If the shoe was on the other foot, they'd have to carry me off the field."
Brian Hutchinson pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts while Jeff Pierce had three hits as Newfane beat Alden, 8-2. . . . Joe Klein struck out seven and Charlie Karstedt had three RBIs, including one on a two-run double, as Eden beat Wilson, 6-1. . . . Brothers Joe, a senior, and Jacob Rosenbeck, a sophomore, each had four hits and combined for eight RBIs as Medina routed second-seeded City Honors, 19-2.
Frank Wahl's triple scored Tom Binga in the bottom of the seventh to drive JFK to an 8-7 win over Maple Grove in a game the Bears (11-7) led, 7-2, after four innings. . . . Alex Miller pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and had a two-run double in a six-run fifth inning as top-seeded Frewsburg topped Cleveland Hill, 9-2. . . . Josh Agette tossed a two-hitter while Josh Wilcox went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs as Franklinville foiled Falconer with seven runs in the first four innings for a 7-2 win.
Sophomore Matt Duliba scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to earn himself the pitching win and give Forestville a 3-2 victory over Clymer. . . . Dave Erlandson struck out 11 over five innings as Ellicottville (16-5-1) pounded Panama, 16-1. . . . Peter Nelligan had three hits and got the win as North Collins (12-6) ousted West Valley, 11-2.
Sophomore E.J. Ciezlikowski was a hit on offense and the mound as Riverside finished atop the Cornell Cup standings for the third straight year with a 12-2 victory over South Park. The Frontiers -- at 10-1 tied for first with City Honors and Hutch-Tech -- are 32-3 over the last three Cornell Cup seasons. Ciezlikowski struck out 14 to earn his sixth victory of the season while also collecting three hits and three RBIs. McKinley is also part of the Cornell Cup semifinals; the seedings have yet to be determined for Friday's scheduled games at Delaware Park.
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Ryan McNulty pitched a five-hit shutout with five strikeouts and one walk and also had two hits as Canisius moved to 13-5 by beating St. Joe's, 2-0. . . . Jim Nygrych had a two-run triple while Eric Krycia got the win as St. Francis (15-2) beat Niagara Catholic, 5-0.