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High School Extra for April 30: Drama on the softball fields

Drama queens

All kinds of dramatics on the local softball scene.

Williamsville South and Starpoint engaged in a home-run duel on the Billies’ home field.

Aren Schwab’s two-run blast had given the visiting Spartans the 2-0 lead they took into the bottom of the sixth. Rachel Mackowiak led off with a solo home run to get things started. Leah Czerwinski followed with a single, eighth-grader Gabby Presutti reached on an error to bring Nicole Rice to the plate

Rice hit a three-run homer to put the Billies in front, and Kate Quagliana then retired the heart of the Starpoint batting order 1-2-3 to earn the victory.

City Honors produced even more of a cliff-hanger. Trailing Hutch-Tech in a nonleague game in the bottom of the seventh, the Centaurs won on a two-run homer by Iris Kahris after Julia Penapinto had led off with a single. Laura Gregory went 2 for 3 with a triple and homer for Hutch.

A pair of no-hitters

Sophomore Bryce Jellinick pitched a no-hitter for Grand Island in an 11-3 victory over Niagara-Wheatfield as the Vikings avenged a earlier 11-3 loss to the Falcons in Niagara-Frontier League play. The outcome left the teams even at 5-3 in league play. Brendan Sheehan drove in four runs with a pair of hits for GI.

Junior right-hander Evan Threehouse pitched Olean into first place in CCAA West 1 with his no-hit game in a 2-0 win at Fredonia. Threehouse struck out 13 and drove in the first run for the Huskies.

ECIC III race tighter

Thanks to Springville’s Kyle Crotty, the ECIC III baseball race is a lot tighter today. Crotty pitched a complete game and struck out 13 East Aurora batters as the Griffins pinned the first league loss of the season on the Blue Devils, 5-2. Springville moved into a tie with East Aurora for first in the division.

After starting 1-3 in ECIC II, Williamsville South won its third in a row, 3-2, over Starpoint with the winning run scored on a balk in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Starpoint had scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Jacob Huber led off the with a hit and moved to third on a single by Sam Castronova. The Starpoint pitcher balked when Castronova broke for second base on a steal and Huber was waved home. Huber went three for three and scored twice.

Akron lax goes to 10-0

Akron (10-0, 6-0 Class C), ranked No. 1 in Western New York by Laxpower’s computer rating, pinned a 21-10 loss on Silver Creek behind a 12-point game by Larson Sundown, who had five goals and seven assists. Gates Abrams contributed six goals and an assist against the Black Knights. … Lancaster, unbeaten in Class A girls lacrosse, escaped with a 12-11 victory at Clarence as Grace Gabriel scored five goals and assisted on another.