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High School Extra (April 3): St. Joe’s takes baseball marathon

St. Joe’s wins in 13

It may not have seemed like a day for bonus baseball, but St. Joe’s had to go 13 innings in order to beat Orchard Park, 2-1.

Jordan Jenneve drove in Will Carlone with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th. Anthony Brophy pitched six innings without allowing an earned run and struck out eight; he also had two hits.

“We’re off to a good start,” Marauders coach Paul Nasca said of his 2-0 team. “We schedule these games to play teams that give us a big test. Orchard Park has a strong team, so we’re very pleased.

“It was a well-attended game, and the crowd was terrific. It felt like a late-season game.”

Wildcats spoil party

Depew’s baseball team turned into something of a party-pooper on Saturday.

The Wildcats were the opposition as Sweet Home played its first game on a new turf field. Depew came away with an 8-4 win.

“I’m jealous,” Wildcats coach Martin Szanski said with a laugh.

A.J. Hammer earned the win in relief for Depew. He pitched five innings and shut the Panthers down. Hammer allowed no runs with four strikeouts. At the plate, he had two hits and drove in two runs.

It’s a tough time of year for teams that don’t have a turf field, since that can limit practice time.

“We have scheduled a lot of games on turf,” Szanski said. “I think teams started calling Sweet Home about games back in August.”

Depew is in the midst of a rebuilding plan. The Wildcats have eight starters back from last year and have hopes of moving up in the standings.

“Our division is tough,” Szanski said. “This is a complete rebuild, from modified to varsity.”

OP opens with win

In girls lacrosse, Orchard Park won its first game of the season – a 12-7 triumph over Niagara Wheatfield. Grayson Favata had six goals and an assist for the Quakers, while Morgan Baxendale added four goals.

“Our goalie, Madison Stevens, did very well,” assistant coach Kristen McGuinness said. “She had seven saves.”

Favata is a junior and Baxendale is a sophomore. They are part of a young team that should improve as the season goes on.

“We’re just optimistic and hoping for a strong season,” she said. “We have a lot of hard workers.”

Canisius loses on road

In boys lacrosse, Canisius went up against one of the most fabled names in high school basketball – DeMatha (Md.), which has sent several players to the NBA over the years.

On Saturday, the Crusaders dropped a 15-7 lacrosse decision to the host DeMatha team in suburban Washington.

Reid Martin led Canisius with three goals, while Joe Cooley had a goal and two assists.

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