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CLARENCE SOFTBALL
OUSTS KENMORE WEST

The giant-killers from Clarence did it again Thursday.

Freshman Stephanie Wydra pitched a no-hitter as the 11th-seeded Red Devils used a two-out, five-run rally in the third to knock off defending state champion Kenmore West, 6-1, in Thursday's Section VI Class A semifinals.

Clarence upended the second-seeded Blue Devils after beating third-seeded Niagara Falls in the quarterfinals and will take on No. 1 Lancaster in Saturday's 5:15 p.m. Class A championship. All four Section VI finals are Saturday at Wheatfield's Fairmont Park.

"The girls just looked at it as any other game," said Clarence coach Todd Banaszak. "They're playing a complete game right now -- hitting, defense and the pitching is there. They don't get too up or too down. They're an even-keeled bunch of kids."

Wydra had seven strikeouts and allowed just four baserunners on two walks, one hit batter and an error. West got its run in the second when Sue Hensler walked, was moved to second, stole third and scored on an error on the throw.

Clarence had just four hits, but two were two-run doubles in the third. With two outs, Rose Palano singled and Katie Pasda walked to allow Lauren Folger to come up and hit a two-run double. After an intentional walk to Lindsay Wratney, Lauren Helowitz doubled in two more. Pinch runner Karena Nuebauer scored on a passed ball to make it 5-1. Folger added a home run in the fifth.

Kenmore West had two runners on with one out in the bottom of the seventh after a hit batter and a walk before heavy rains caused the game to be called.

Lindsay Garbacz scattered six hits, struck out nine and drove in a run to lift Lancaster (14-1) over Orchard Park, 5-2. The Redskins led the whole game, getting two runs without a hit as Lauren Mruk scored on Garbacz's sacrifice fly and Emily Goldyn came in on Lisa Kajtoch's RBI ground out. Kajtoch scored on an error in the third for a 3-0 lead, while Kim Nosek scored Lacey Severins with an RBI single in the fifth and Goldyn knocked in Stephanie Jansma in the sixth. Orchard Park scored on a Brittany Bonetto RBI single and a Coleman RBI ground out.

Class B-1

Williamsville South won its 18th consecutive game with an 8-4 defeat of Olean for the Class B-1 title. Dana Webb broke open the game with a three-run home run in the fifth inning, while Jenna Schwartzmeyer earned her third win. The Billies are 21-2 and move on to the 1 p.m. Saturday Class B final against Fredonia.

Class B-2

Kate Piazza's baserunning made the difference in a pitchers' duel as Fredonia (14-5) dethroned defending Class B champion Dunkirk, 1-0, for the Class B-2 title. Piazza reached on an error in the second inning, stole second base, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Denise Sievert won the game with a one-hitter that included six strikeouts and one walk.

Class C

Michelle Peruzzini recorded her third shutout of the sectionals, hurling a one-hitter with eight strikeouts to lead JFK to a 7-0 victory over Wilson. Nikki Thompson had three hits and three RBIs for the Bears (15-3). . . . A one-hitter by Tab Stenstrom lifted fourth-seeded Falconer (16-1) to an 3-0 upset of top-seeded Barker, which entered the game 20-1.

Class D

Senior Heather Groves tossed a one-hitter, and Justina Troutman and Jamie Reynolds drove in a run each as Pine Valley (19-2) blanked Forestville, 5-0.

Thompson Trophy

Melissa Proulx's only hit of the game came at the perfect time for City Honors. Proulx's single in the bottom of the seventh scored Carlie Arnone to give the Centaurs a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over Hutch-Tech for the Thompson Trophy playoff championship and an undefeated season. Seventh-grader Emily Zuchlewski earned the win in relief, coming on in the fourth and allowing three hits and walking just one while striking out three the rest of the game.

City Honors (11-0) had trailed, 7-3, in the fourth and used a three-run rally in the sixth to tie the game at 8-8. Maria Tronolone scored on a passed ball, Alyssa Garnett scored on a bases-loaded walk and Bridget Sheehan scored on a passed ball in the sixth. Chandra Roberson had two singles, three RBIs and four stolen bases. Hutch-Tech pitcher Jessica McKinnon had a two-run home run in the third inning.

Monsignor Martin Association

Ashley Bognar pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and Danielle Butticci scored the winning run on an error in the ninth inning as Cardinal O'Hara ousted Sacred Heart, 2-1. Ashley Emminger went 2 for 3 and scored the first run for the Hawks (5-5). . . . Anna Nagro had two hits, including the game-winning RBI on a line-drive single in the 10th inning, as Holy Angels edged Niagara Catholic, 2-1. . . . Jenna Smolen pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts, while Susan Wittek and Tara Rogowski each had two hits and two RBIs as Mount Mercy (7-3) scored an 8-1 win over St. Mary's. . . . Laura Paul blasted a two-run home run and Mary Lynn Arlotta struck out nine as Mount St. Mary moved to 10-0 by blanking Villa Maria, 10-0.

Boys lacrosse

Nichols routs Timon

Sophomore Matt Felser had three goals and sophomore goalie Ben Dugan had 19 saves as the Nichols boys lacrosse team's season culminated with a 12-2 rout of Timon/St. Jude in the Western New York Private School Championship.

Junior Rob Budziszewski added two goals, while junior Sam Dugan -- Ben's older brother -- had a goal and two assists for Nichols (11-9), which had just three seniors among 27 players. Nichols had lost to the Tigers, 12-11, in the regular season. Nichols -- which also got great midfield play from Joe Walter -- jumped to a 6-0 halftime lead and had a 10-0 lead in the third quarter. Timon was without injured top scorer Sean Murphy.

Boys tennis

Two wins for Section VI

Two of Section VI's six representatives at the state championships at the National Tennis Center in Queens moved on to today's second round.

Section VI singles champion Johnathan Luce of Maple Grove beat Nate Slattery of Section VII, 6-3, 6-1, and will play second-seeded Michael Accordino of Section I today. Also moving on were Rob Kalson and Rob Holesko of North Tonawanda, who finished third in the sectional doubles tournament.

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