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Sidelines for April 18: Polls, big games and more

2016 coaches polls

State classification in parentheses; First-place votes in brackets; Asterisks indicate a tie in points.

Softball

Large schools

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Lancaster (AA) [5] 2-0 89

2. Frontier (AA) [3] 2-0 82

3. Orchard Park (AA) [1] 2-1 62

4. Niagara Wheatfield (AA) 1-0 51

5. Kenmore West (AA) [1] 3-0 49

6. Williamsville East (A-1) 3-0 45

7. West Seneca East (A-1) 3-1 42

8. Clarence (AA) 0-1 40

9. Williamsville North (AA) 1-1 24

*10. Hamburg (A-1) 1-2 12

*10. Starpoint (A-2) 1-2 12

Also receiving votes: Nardin 11, Sacred Heart 8, Lake Shore (A-2) 6, West Seneca West (AA) 5, Williamsville South (A-1) 4, Lewiston-Porter (A-2) 3, Cheektowaga (A-2) 2, North Tonawanda (A-1) 2, Lockport (AA) 1.

Softball

Small schools

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Alden (B-1) [4] 3-0 76

2. Depew (B-1) [2] 2-0 73

3. Olean (B-1) [1] 5-0 71

4. Eden (B-2) [1] 3-0 67

5. Fredonia (B-2) [1] 2-0 53

6. Akron (B-2) 3-0 41

7. Southwestern (B-2) 3-0 27

8. Pine Valley (D) 2-0 18

9. City Honors (B-1) 2-0 14

10. St. Mary’s n/a 10

Also receiving votes: Gowanda, Franklinville, Newfane, Chautauqua Lake, Tonawanda, Portville, Cassadaga Valley, Medina, Westfield, Falconer, North Collins.

Sunday’s game

The warm weather Sunday must have agreed with the St. Joe’s offense. The Marauders piled up the runs in a 15-4 nonleague win over Section V’s Aquinas.

Will Frank hit a three-run homer, while Anthony Brophy went 3 for 3 for St. Joe’s. The Marauders moved to 6-2 on the young season.

Change in format

The Monsignor Martin Association has announced its playoff schedule for the spring baseball season, and the league has done a little tinkering. The MMA has gone to a best-of-three format for the semifinals for the first time.

The quarterfinals will be held on May 19 at the home field of the higher seed. In case of rain, the teams will play on May 20. The top seed will draw a bye.

The semifinals start right after that, taking place on May 21-23 (the third date if necessary). The No. 1 team will play the No. 4-No. 5 winner, while the No. 2-No. 7 victor takes on the No. 3-No. 6 winner. Games 1 and 3 will be hosted by the higher seed.

The final will again be a best-of-three series. All games will be played at Coca-Cola Field, and be held on May 26-28 starting at 4 p.m. The better seed will be the home team in Games One and Three.

Coming attractions

It’s another busy week for the Orchard Park boys lacrosse team. The Quakers no doubt are anxious to get back to work after a 13-9 loss to Fairport (Section V) on Saturday. Orchard Park will play at Lockport on Tuesday, at Lancaster on Thursday, and at Penfield on Friday.

Powerful Hamburg also has three road games on the slate. The Bulldogs are at North Tonawanda on Wednesday, Grand Island on Friday, and Dr. Thomas (Sect. V) on Saturday.

Now that the weekly softball polls have begun, we can start to see what’s ahead for the best teams in the region. No. 1 Lancaster hosts Clarence on Monday, and then the Legends play at Williamsville North on Wednesday and Frontier on Friday.

Among the small schools, top-ranked Alden hosts Cleveland Hill on Monday. On Wednesday the squad hosts JFK, and on Thursday the team is in Holland for a third game of the week.

Keep in mind that rainouts and make-up games can cause changes in the published schedules.

Contact Miguel Rodriguez (mrodriguez@buffnews.com) or Budd Bailey (bbailey@buffnews.com) with items for this column, which appears every Monday.

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