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High School Extra (April 19): No 1 Lancaster rallies in seventh inning

No. 1 Legends rally in 7th

Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose worried that the No. 1 ranking in this week’s Western New York Large School Softball poll might jinx her young team.

“I thought about that but it worked out for us today,” Ambrose said after her Legends rallied for a 5-4 victory over ECIC I rival Clarence Monday.

The Legends certainly played like a No. 1 team, coming back from a two-run deficit after Gretchen Weiss hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to give Clarence a 4-2 lead.

Lancaster (3-0,, 3-0 ECIC I) went right to work, though. Kara Paradowski opened the bottom of the seventh with a single and sophomore Maddie Pepke followed with a single. Senior Jenna Neumaier followed with a bases-clearing double to tie the game. Eventually, the bases were full when Stasiuk came through with her game-winning single to right-center.

Junior Kiley Martz pitched a complete-game four-hitter for the win, striking out two. Paradowski had three hits and scored three runs for Lancaster.

Similar to the softball game between the schools, junior Joe Dombrowski singled home the winning run for Lancaster in the bottom of the eighth after Clarence had rallied to knot things in the seventh. Ben Clauson had three hits, and Max Giordano and Connor Duck two each for the Legends.

Meadows no-hits Albion

Cam Meadows, a junior, is in only his first varsity baseball season at Roy-Hart, but he is quickly making a name for himself.

Meadows pitched a no-hit game Monday for the Rams in a 5-0 Niagara-Orleans League victory over Albion. He struck out 12 in pitching his second victory of the season. Meadows, who succeeds by mixing his pitches and keeping hitters off balance, has allowed only one unearned run in 14 innings.

Roy-Hart (2-2, 2-1 N-O League) was led at bat by Andy Xapsos, who had three hits including two doubles. Normally a middle infielder, Xapsos was the designated hitter on Monday as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury suffered playing for the Roy-Hart basketball team. Xapsos is committed to play baseball at Gannon University next year.

No-hitter for Hutch-Tech

Jonathan Cybulski of Hutch-Tech struck out 10 South Park batters and walked only one in pitching the Engineers to a 14-0 victory over the Sparks in Cornell Cup League 1 play.

Hutch-Tech is unbeaten in four Cornell Cup starts.

1-hitter for Flyers’ Bailey

Sophomore right-hander Mark Bailey is helping first-year Maryvale baseball coach Ryan Mohr get off to a smooth start so far.

Bailey pitched a complete game one-hitter Monday for the Flyers in a 2-0 victory over Springville, the same team that Maryvale defeated in the sectional playoffs semifinals last year.

Bailey gave up only a first inning single and had command of the strike zone, walking only two and striking out nine.

Anthony Hernandez drove in the winning run for Maryvale which shook off a 16-3 nonleague loss to St. Francis on Saturday to win its third straight in ECIC III.

D.J. Stillinger drove in a pair of runs with two hits as Niagara-Wheatfield squeaked by Niagara Falls, 5-4, in a battle of two teams with unbeaten records in the Niagara Frontier League. Grand Island stayed undefeated in league play by edging Lockport, 3-2, behind the pitching of Drew Callen, who struck out seven. Bruce Jellinick drove in two runs for the Vikings with two hits, one a double.

St. Joe’s improved to 3-0 in Monsignor Martin baseball with a 6-2 triumph at St. Francis. Will Frank shut out the Red Raiders over six innings, striking out seven. Anthony Brophy went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for the Marauders, who are 7-2 overall.

Orchard Park’s Jacob Lewis shut down Williamsville North on a three-hitter, 4-0, striking out eight Spartans in their ECIC I matchup at North. Bryan Somerville drove in two runs for the coach Jim Gibson’s Quakers who improved to 3-0 in the division.

Amherst girls lax wins

McKenna Rushford scored three times and assisted on two other goals and Sera Indelicato made nine saves for Amherst (3-1) in an 11-8 girls lacrosse victory over Frontier. It was the first loss for the Falcons.

In boys lacrosse, West Seneca East evened its record at 3-3 with an 11-8 triumph over Lockport. John Dolac scored four times and Ryan Kreykowski and Jalexis Santiago had two goals each for the Trojans. … Niagara-Wheatfield, which has lost only to Hamburg, improved its boys lacrosse record to 4-1 with a 19-7 triumph over Lake Shore. Evan Printup scored six goals and assisted on another for the Falcons. Joe Conti had three tallies while Kent Baker-Printup had a pair of goals and an assist.