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High School Extra for April 16: Clutch home run for St. Joe’s

Kopacz HR wins for Joe’s

Jake Kopacz of St. Joe’s made a throw from left field to the plate for the final out in the Marauders’ Georgetown Cup playoff clincher over St. Francis last spring. Monday, Kopacz hit a two-out homer in the fifth inning to give Joe’s a 3-2 victory over the Red Raiders in their Monsignor Martin Association season opener.

That decided a pitching duel between Matt Matre of the Marauders and Drew Bassini of St. Francis. Each side scored twice in the first inning before the pitchers settled down.

Matre, a senior right-hander who is headed for Canisius College, pitched a three-hitter, striking out 12 and walking just two. Bassini went the distance on a five-hitter.

Tommy Brummer had a pair of doubles for St. Joe’s. He and Phillip Wells scored in the first inning as St. Joe’s bounced back from a 2-0 deficit. The teams play a return game in Athol Springs today.

Armstrong sharp for Clarence

Mark Armstrong of Clarence opened the Red Devils’ ECIC I schedule with a 12-strikeout pitching performance in a 7-1 win at Frontier. Armstrong also had a two-run homer and a single. Bobby Florio had a pair of hits and scored three times for Clarence. … Kyle Zurak of Williamsville North struck out 13 as the Spartans hung a 5-1 defeat on Jamestown in their ECIC I opener. The game was moved to North because the Jamestown home diamond was unplayable. … Williamsville East opened ECIC II play by edging Sweet Home, 3-2, behind the three-hit pitching of Brandon Schick. Tom Wisniewski had a pair of hits and two RBIs for the Flames.

In ECIC IV, Nick Pullo struck out 11 in pitching defending league champion Tonawanda to a 6-0 win over Eden in their division opener.

Kenmore West outlasts GI

Bridget Gormley led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and scored on Brianna Christopher’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice as Kenmore West outlasted Grand Island, 7-6, in their Niagara Frontier League softball opener. Winning pitcher Shelby Donhauser had three hits including a triple and a single which drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. … Hamburg’s Bridget Hogan struck out 13 and Kailee Ramaekers walked with the bases loaded to send home the only run in a 1-0 win over West Seneca West in ECIC II.

Down three runs with two out in the bottom of the seventh, Mount Mercy rallied for four runs and won its Monsignor Martin softball opener over Cardinal O’Hara, 15-14, at Cazenovia Park.

Two walks and Lee Haggerty’s third hit of the game got things rolling for the Magic. Then Morgan Haettich came through with a single that sent home Nicole Fitzgerald with the winning run. Haggerty had three RBIs and scored three times for Mercy.

Fields nets six for Timon

Junior attack Connor Fields scored six times for Bishop Timon-St. Jude in an 18-6 Monsignor Martin lacrosse win over Canisius. The Tigers, who went undefeated in the league season in 2012, are off to a 2-0 start in the association and 3-0 overall.