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High School Extra (April 23): Flames top rival Billies

Flames top rival Billies

Ah, spring.

There were a few snowflakes in the air Wednesday when Williamsville East and Williamsville South renewed their cross-town rivalry in raw weather at District Field. South won the state Class A softball title in 2014, but the Billies (2-4, 0-4 ECIC II) are struggling so far this season with a young lineup.

Williamsville East (3-3, 2-1 ECIC II) pinned an 8-5 loss on South behind the pitching of sophomore Jessica Weaver, who scattered eight hits over 6∑ innings. Senior Arianna Wagar came on in the seventh to get the final two outs for coach Chris Durr’s Flames.

Sam Crane’s two-run triple highlighted East’s three-run rally in the second. Crane scored on a squeeze bunt. The Flames added three more in the fourth when Sara Armstrong had an RBI double and Tory Thuman singled home a run.

Big win for the Quakers

Orchard Park (6-0, 4-0 ECIC I) scored a key baseball victory Wednesday, winning, 3-1, at Lancaster behind the pitching of junior left-hander Ben Wereski. The Quakers, the defending division champion, overcame a third-inning home run by Joe Preziuso in handing Lancaster is first loss of the season.

Wereski allowed four hits, walked one and struck out seven.

“It wasn’t a cheap home run,” Orchard Park coach Jim Gibson said of Preziuso’s blast. “You hit a home run at Orchard Park you deserve it. Ben pitched well ... I called all the pitches so I’ll take the blame for that one.”

OP took the lead on an RBI double by Andrew Sipowicz in the fifth inning. Brandon Nicholson doubled home an insurance run in the sixth, one of his three hits.

In a matchup of two teams with unbeaten ECIC III records, East Aurora defeated Pioneer, 7-1. Winning pitcher Nate Kruger drove in five of the runs for the Blue Devils while Noah Thompson had three hits for two RBIs and picked up the save.