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High school extra for April 24: Clarence blanks Hamburg in softball showdown

Clarence blanks Hamburg

An impressive performance in the circle and timely hitting gave No. 1 Clarence a key win over second-ranked Hamburg, 3-0, in ECIC I softball.

Junior Katrina Buczkowski took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up a lead-off hit, the only baserunner of the game for Hamburg (3-1). She struck out nine batters on the way to the shutout.

“She’s averaging over 10 strikeouts a game,” Clarence coach Todd Banaszak said. “She’s moving it around and using all her pitches. She’s real smart.”

The Red Devils (4-0) scored in the third when Kayla Pameri had a two-out, RBI single.

In the fifth, Clarence added two insurance runs when Jill Horvath drove an 0-2 pitch for a base hit.

Palmeri and Horvath each finished with two hits.

“Any time it’s No. 1 versus No. 2 or anytime you play a quality team like Hamburg, it’s a big win,” Banaszak said. “We want to play the best teams. We were both undefeated going into today’s game and we wanted our younger players to get the experience of being in a big game when there’s a lot of pressure on you.”

Pitching powers Billies

Pitching continues to be a strength for Williamsville South as the Billies remained undefeated by blanking Williamsville East, 7-0, in ECIC II baseball.

Junior Steve Zaprowski pitched the complete-game two-hitter. In his first start of the year, Zaprowski had 12 strikeouts and just one walk.

“He was getting good command of his off-speed stuff and he kept batters off guard all day,” Williamsville South coach Kraig Kurzanski said. “I thought he had great control of his fastball. He was in good command all day, was able to locate and kept the ball down. “

The Billies (6-0) scored all they needed in the bottom of the first inning when Michael Calandra and Billy Hartford each doubled in runs.

Eden upsets East Aurora

Eden jumped out to a 5-1 first half lead and withstood a run early in the second half to defeat East Aurora, 10-8, in boys Class C lacrosse.

It was the first loss of the season for East Aurora (6-1) while Eden moved to 2-4 overall.

“It was a surprise win for us. We just played with great effort and played great lacrosse today,” Eden coach Chris Archabald said. “We have four losses but we played Orchard Park, Canisius, St. Francis. We played over our heads a bit to prepare us for league season. It was a huge learning experience for us.”

Brady Bermingham had six goals and two assists while Conor Nowak had 14 assists for the Raiders.