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MANKOWSKI'S HIT CAPS CLARENCE RALLY;
OP, WEST SENECA WEST WIN IN LACROSSE

A double by Matt Mankowski scored the winning run, as No. 4 seed Clarence used a seventh-inning rally to overtake No. 5 Jamestown, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the Section VI Class AA baseball playoffs.

Trailing, 2-0, heading into bottom of the seventh, Dan Francis and Joe Lancellotti singled, putting runners on the corners. Francis scored on a throwing error at third base and Lancellotti moved to third on the misplay. Following a strikeout, Luke Dossert singled home Lancelotti with the tying run.

Mankowski's double to right scored Dossert from first and completed the rally.

Jamestown's Adam Donato allowed only one hit heading into the seventh, yet lost the game.

In other Class AA playoff action, Steve Huxley pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts while Mike Papilli drove in two runs as Lancaster defeated Sweet Home, 3-0.

Monsignor Martin Association

Canisius swept a doubleheader away from O'Hara, taking the first game, 9-1, and the second, 11-0. Will Laugeman and Rich Kajtoch combined on a three-hitter in the first game, while Matt Camp tossed a complete game in the second.

Boys lacrosse

Class A

Top seeded Orchard Park (17-0) overpowered Frontier, 21-1, as Andy Morrow scored four goals and Jon Corto and Matt Tundo added three goals each in the sectional semifinals.

Chris Courteau finished with 18 saves while Derrick Rose added three goals and an assist in West Seneca West's 8-4 triumph over Lancaster in the other semifinal.

Class B

Ryan Lesandro scored six goals to lead top-seeded Hamburg to a 17-4 win over No. 4 Grand Island in their semifinal. Frank Resetarits scored three goals and added two assists, leaving him seven points shy of the state scoring record with 285 points.

Eric Sherman scored two goals and handed out two assists as host Amherst slipped past Williamsville East, 7-5. Graham Townsend had 14 saves for Williamsville East.

Softball

Class AA

Lindsay Garbacz and Lacey Severins combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed just two hits to lead Lancaster to a 17-3 victory over North Tonawanda in the quarterfinals.

Garbacz and Severins were also productive at the plate, combining for six hits and five RBIs for Lancaster, which finished with 18 hits. Lancaster hosts Orchard Park today.

Class B-1

Williamsville South scored three runs in the second inning before Dana Carter blasted a two-run home run in the fifth to lead the No. 2 seed to a 5-1 victory over No. 3 seed Williamsville East in the semifinals. It marked the 17th consecutive win for Williamsville South (20-2).

Janae Kosciol scored the winning run on a passed ball in the 10th inning as Olean beat Amherst, 2-1. Olean's Teegan Forness tossed a five-hitter with nine strikeouts. Amherst's Katie Mahoney struck out 18 and took a no-hit game into the seventh inning.

Thompson Trophy

Hutch-Tech's Lindsay Higgins tossed a four-hitter and the Engineers' defense turned three double plays in a 12-2 triumph over Buffalo Arts in the semifinals.

Heather Nicastro and Jackie Jakubowski each homered for No. 2 seeded Hutch-Tech, which advanced to today's finals against No. 1 seed City Honors at JFK.

Bridget Sheehan threw a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts and Jasaline Perez went 2 for 4 with three RBIs to lead City Honors to an 11-0 triumph over McKinley. Alyssa Garnett also went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the winning Centaurs.

Monsignor Martin Association

Ashley Emmminger, Ashley Bognar, Katie Horan and Melissa Kannelly each went 3 or 3, produced three RBIs and scored three runs in O'Hara's 14-1 win over Immaculata in five innings.

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