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High School Extra (May 8): Hamburg wins thriller from Starpoint

Bulldogs walk off with win

The day was warm and sunny, the competition was good and close – the baseball game between Hamburg and Starpoint could have been played a few weeks later than Thursday afternoon.

“It felt like one of those games after Memorial Day,” Hamburg coach Derek Hill said. “They are usually special. It had that intensity and focus. The fans from both sides came out.”

What they saw was a back-and-forth contest that ended with the Bulldogs walking off a 4-3 winner.

Starpoint seemed to be in control early, as Joe Chenez pitched five excellent innings and drove in two runs with a double. Hamburg chipped away at the lead, narrowing it to 3-2 after six.

Then in the bottom of the seventh, Dan Reilly doubled and stole third on a fake bunt. Tosh Johnson singled to center to tie the game. Two batters later, Ryan Dils hit a game-winning single to right.

“The Starpoint program is outstanding, a lot of great kids and coaches,” Hill said. “Our kids showed a lot of resilience. They hit the ball hard all day, and we wondered when we’d find a hole. Their defense was excellent.”

Hamburg moved to 9-1 in league play with four games to play.

Speaking of thrillers, Lockport needed nine innings to edge Lewiston-Porter, 7-6, in Niagara Frontier League play.

The Lancers had taken a 6-4 lead in the top of the eighth, but Nick Hamilton answered for the Lions with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the inning.

Then in the ninth, Tyler Fraass singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. After an intentional walk, Pat Flaherty singled to center to drive home Fraass with the game-winning run.

Joe Kruszka threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts for Gowanda in a 3-0 win over Cattaraugus/Little Valley.

Trojans need extra time

Someone had to be the hero in overtime during the girls lacrosse game between West Seneca East and Williamsville East. The Trojans found one. Laura Skrzypczyk scored in extra time to give the Trojans a thrilling 14-13 victory.

“You go with whoever feels it,” coach Jeff Bauda of WSE said. “The girls had full confidence in each other. They figured it out for themselves.”

Siena Sheehan had an assist on the game-winner, which was a give-and-go play. Grace Vogel added six goals for the Trojans, 7-5 overall and 5-2 in the division.

“The season is going pretty well for us,” Bauda said.

Moses goes the route

In softball action on Thursday, Monica Moses of Olean set a high standard for performance and endurance in the same game.

On the mound, Moses pitched all 11 innings of the Huskies’ game with Southwestern. She threw a six-hitter, striking out 23 with one walk. Then at the plate, she drove in the winning run during a 4 for 5 day in a 3-1 victory.

Moses doubled in a run to break a 1-1 tie. That was followed by an RBI single by Brinee Torrey for an insurance run.

Olean improved to 12-1.