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High School Extra (April 21): Orchard Park, St. Francis baseball wins

Quakers, Frannies win

Senior lefty Ben Wereski gave up a first inning run to Frontier on two walks and a single by Brian Norsen, then shut down the Falcons on one walk and no hits the rest of the way in Orchard Park’s 3-1 home victory over the Falcons. Wereski outdueled Frontier’s Robert Gruber, another southpaw.

“We’re struggling with the bat right now but, luckily, we’ve got some good pitching,” Orchard Park coach Jim Gibson said.

The Quakers (4-0 ECIC I) scored in the third when Jordie Lewis doubled and came home on a sacrifice fly. OP won it with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on two walks, an RBI single by Troy Banks and John Woodrich’s sac fly.

A 6-2 loser to St. Joe’s at home on Monday, St. Francis (6-1, 3-1 Monsignor Martin) turned the tables on the Marauders, scoring a run in the ninth for a 3-2 extra-inning victory. Jake Kaempf singled then scored the winner on Jacob Victor’s single. Sophomore Luke Farinacci retired St. Joe’s (7-1, 3-1 Monsignor Martin) in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.

It was a 1-1 pitching duel for seven innings between left-hander Anthony Brophy of St. Joe’s and senior right-hander Jared Taylor of the Raiders.

Big win for Sweet Home

Coach John Faller called his team’s 10-8 triumph over Niagara-Wheatfield on Wednesday “a good win for Sweet Home.”

According to records, which go back only to 2005, it was the Panthers’ first win in the rivalry after the Falcons had won eight straight since 2006.

Matt Gademske scored five goals, Kyle Ciehomski had three and Nate Faller and Jonathan Phillips had single tallies in the win.

“We just controlled the ball and did a good job on faceoffs,” Faller said. Ciehomski and Ryan Day controlled faceoffs for the Panthers.

Sweet Home (5-2, 4-2 Class B) took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter before N-W (4-2) cut into the margin.

“We got into penalty trouble at the end of the game,” Faller said.

Betz hurls perfect game

Taylor Betz of Cleveland Hill pitched a five-inning perfect game in a 20-0 win over Lackawanna in the first game of a doubleheader in ECIC IV softball, then shut out the Steelers, 16-0, on one infield bloop hit in the nightcap. Betz struck out 23 overall.

Youngman over 100

Sam Youngman of East Aurora scored five times in a 13-6 girls lacrosse victory over visiting Springville and now has 104 career goals. Youngman was an early signee last fall with the University of Charleston (W. Va.). The East Aurora career record is 135 by Kaitlin Richter (2007-10).

Crusaders on USA team

Canisius volleyball players Griffin Schmit and Devin Joslyn were selected to the USA Boys’ Youth National Team, which will compete in the NORCECA Continental Championships in Havana, June 22-30. The two juniors made the team via national tryouts. Schmit has been on the U.S. team for three years but this will be his first event on foreign soil.

College commitments include Wednesday’s announcement that St. Joe’s senior shot putter Julian Smallwood has signed with Division II Belmont Abbey (N.C.). A two-time All-Catholic champion, he was second in the State CHSAA meet last winter and his throw of 51 feet is the fourth-best in Western New York.

Also, two Depew athletes signed. Sara Snyder will bowl at Saint Francis (Pa.) while Sarah Godfrey-Singleton has signed with Niagara for golf.

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