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High School Extra (May 23): Holland wins baseball thriller

Holland pulls out a thriller

Holland coach Tim Schulz let out a bit of a sigh after going over his team’s 3-2 win over Portville as the Section VI baseball tournament staged prequarterfinal games on Friday.

“I’m too old for this,” he said. “It’s my last season of coaching.”

The Dutchmen tied the game in the seventh inning as Cole Adamczak knocked in their second run. They won it in the eighth as Corey Winter hit a sacrifice fly to score Josh Ratajczak. Meanwhile, Pierce Gardon pitched a complete game for Holland, striking out 12.

“Gardon was terrific, he pitched out of a couple of big jams,” Schulz said.

“I like these kids. They play hard.”

Busy on the diamonds

Close games were few and far between in other prequarterfinal baseball games on Friday.

West Seneca West, the No. 11 seed, pulled a nice upset over No. 6 Niagara-Wheatfield in AA play. The Indians took a 10-6 win. Connor Reinlander went 4 for 4 while Gio Orsene went the distance on the mound. Jack Yetman drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the fourth inning in Frontier’s 5-3 win over Clarence. Matt Kellner allowed one hit over four innings to pick up the win.

In A-2 play, Sean Andrews allowed one hit in five innings of work as Amherst stopped Cheektowaga, 13-1. Kevin Abel had two hits including a triple and three RBIs for the Tigers.

Joe Krywcun earned a win as Maryvale stopped Albion in B-1, 12-3. Meanwhile, Tom Bednarski struck out 10 as Alden cruised past Depew, 17-1. Dylan Riddoch added a three-run homer.

Wilson in Class B-2 won only its second game of the season, knocking off Falconer, 12-5. Tanner Feeley went 4 for 5 and drove in two runs for the Lakemen. Trevor Lewis had three hits and drove in two runs as Cleveland Hill defeated Lackawanna, 11-5.

In Class C, Barker earned the chance to play top seed Gowanda with an 8-1 win over Barker. Eddie Wasnock threw a three-hitter for the win.

Crew teams advance

Several local teams advanced past the opening round of the Scholastic Rowing Athletic Association National Championship, which is taking place in Cherry Hill, N.J.

On the boys side, Canisius had three teams advance to the semifinals: the varsity 4, lightweight 8 and JV men’s 8. In girls competition, the City Honors women’s lightweight varsity 4, the Mount St. Mary varsity 8, and the Nardin JV women’s 8 moved on.

The semifinals will be held Saturday morning. Winners move on to Saturday afternoon’s finals.