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High School Extra for April 22: Call them Dodgers

Call them Dodgers

Lancaster finished second to Orchard Park in ECIC I baseball last season but ended up as the Section VI Class AA champion. Coach Mark Dalfonso’s team is off to a 5-0 start with the help of time spent during the Easter break at the Dodgertown complex in Vero Beach, Fla.

Tuesday, Griffen O’Brien pitched a three-hitter for Lancaster in an 8-0 ECIC I victory over Clarence. O’Brien walked the leadoff batter, then didn’t give another free pass. He allowed only three singles.

O’Brien and Ben Closson had two hits each, and Alex Damiani got it started with a RBI double in the second inning.

Dalfonso’s team won three games in Vero Beach. “The Dodgers left in 2008 but they’ve kept it up nice,” Dalfonso said of the team’s former training base. “I’d like to go there every year.”

Williams no-hits NT

Sophomore right-hander Ryan Williams of Kenmore East pitched a no-hit game in a 3-0 Niagara Frontier League victory over North Tonawanda, but it wasn’t easy. East is 4-4 overall, 2-2 in the NFL.

“We made a couple of errors behind him and he had to work out of a couple of jams. He made key pitches in big spots,” said East coach Les Simon. Cullen Smyth doubled home two runs for the Bulldogs in the third, and Sam Ruggiero squeezed home an insurance run in the fifth inning.

Alden’s Laura Kratzke, a junior, pitched a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 ECIC IV softball victory over Cleveland Hill. Alden tied the game on a solo home run by Jenna Wlostowski in the fourth inning. Vicky Adkins drove home Morgan Rutan with the winning run in the fifth, Kratzke struck out 13. … Senior Larson Sundown scored 10 goals and assisted on two others to lead Akron (6-0, 3-0 Class C) in a 24-4 boys lacrosse victory over Medina.