Lancaster and Medina scored dramatic wins in extra innings in Section VI baseball semifinals Thursday that ended the head coaching tenures of two of Western New York's most familiar faces on the diamonds.
Lancaster beat Clarence and coach Jack Yanno, 4-3, in the 12th inning of their Class AA game, while Medina ousted Eden and Bob Burnside, 4-3, in nine innings in the Class B semifinals.
Lancaster (14-6) scored twice in the bottom of the 12th inning to beat Clarence in a game in which there were five runs scored in extra innings. It marked the final game for Yanno, who spent 20 years at Clarence after 18 years at Maryvale. The Redskins moved to Saturday's Class AA final at noon in Niagara Falls' Sal Maglie Stadium, where they will face the winner of today's semifinal between North Tonawanda and Williamsville North that was postponed Thursday.
With Lancaster trailing by two in the 12th, Derek Steimer and Matt Payne walked with one out. Steimer stole third and scored on a throwing error. With Payne on second, Mike Papilli singled him home for the winner.
Lancaster's Bill Hauser (9 1/3 innings) and Clarence's Adam LaFleur (eight innings) provided great starting pitching efforts. The score was 1-1 after seven innings and the teams traded runs in the ninth. Clarence took a 3-2 lead in the 12th on a two-out single by Mike Jarrett.
In Class B, Tom Schoenle's fielder's choice brought in Bobby Brown with the winning run in the top of ninth and Medina got out of a two-on, no-out jam in the bottom of the inning to eliminate Eden. Brown had walked, moved to second on a Paul Osborne sacrifice bunt and went to third on a passed ball. Burnside has been the head coach at Eden -- which won last year's Class B-2 title -- for 35 years. The Raiders had a line-out double play and a ground out end their rally in the ninth.
Medina will take on top-seeded Allegany-Limestone in Saturday's 6 p.m. championship at Sal Maglie. Paul Wilson's 360-foot, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh completed a three-run rally as the Gators (22-1) came from behind to get past fourth-seeded Newfane, 5-4. The game was 2-2 through six as Wilson (eight strikeouts) dueled with Tony Kurtz (five strikeouts). Brian Hutchinson's double scored Kurtz and Tom Letcher to give Newfane a 4-2 lead.
The seedings and the pollsters are right -- so far. No. 1 Cheektowaga and No. 2 West Seneca East, which hold the top two spots in both the tournament and the large school poll, will meet in Saturday's 3 p.m. championship in Sal Maglie Stadium.
Frank Grano scattered seven hits, struck out eight and got out of bases-loaded jams in the first and seventh innings to lead West Seneca East past third-seeded and previously unbeaten Albion, 4-3. Richard Urbanczyk had an RBI triple and Dan Casperzak drove in the winning run in the fourth inning for East (18-3). Derek Kinder and Pete Lusk had two hits each for Albion (16-1). . . . Ryan Jablonski went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Cheektowaga used a six-run first to start a 16-5 win over Grand Island. Brian Haxton 3 for 3, while Jeremy Nowak was 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the Warriors.
Alex Miller's three-run home run culminated a two-out, three-run rally in the bottom seventh as Frewsburg beat JFK, 5-4. . . . Sophomore Jason Behnke's two-run double broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth to give Cattaraugus/Little Valley (16-8-1) a 5-3 victory over Franklinville.
Greg Parks walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to give Ellicottville a 10-9 victory over Forestville. Pat Till had a home run and four RBIs for the Hornets. . . . Kyle Hoffman pitched a complete game as North Collins beat Pine Valley, 8-7.
Matt Zakraysek struck out seven and contributed four hits and three RBIs as Hutch-Tech (11-1) avenged its only loss of the season with a 12-2 rout of Riverside in the Buffalo Public Schools' semifinals. Kyle DeLuca (three hits) and Andy Quackenbush (two hits) drove in two runs each for the Engineers, who will meet City Honors for the title Monday in Dunn Tire Park.
Chaz McCarthy had three hits and Mike Austin added two hits, including a triple, as City Honors beat McKinley, 13-6.
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Jim Negrych (two-run triple), Wade Rosolowski (RBI), Jim Kunkemoeller and Nick Suchyna each had two hits as St. Francis (16-2) clinched first place with a 7-3 victory over Canisius. Michael Kotwicki had two hits and scored twice for Canisius (14-4). The Georgetown Cup quarterfinals are Saturday.