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High School Extra (May 24): Nardin, Sacred Heart in softball final; Springville advances on 1-hitter

Nardin, Sacred Heart in final

Nardin avenged one of its two regular season defeats in Monsignor Martin Association softball. Now the Gators get an opportunity to get the other.

Junior Rachel Perelstein shut out Mount Mercy, 3-0, on a two-hitter at Sunshine Park in West Seneca on Tuesday to boost the third-seeded Gators to the playoff championship game against Sacred Heart at the same location on Wednesday.

Perelstein struck out 10 and walked only two.

Nardin had lost to Mount Mercy, 7-3, in their regular-season meeting and to Sacred Heart, 6-4.

Monday the Gators scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Sam Eberhart and Chelsea Bennett each had an RBI double for Nardin while Alyssa Coons drove in the other run with a single. Nardin had 10 hits in all.

Sacred Heart, which went 8-0 in regular season league play, defeated Mount St. Mary, 8-4, in Monday’s other playoff semifinal at Sunshine Park. Winning pitcher Clare Falkowski, a sophomore, struck out eight over her six innings in the circle while senior Caitlin Conway went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and sophomore Emma Tierney also was 2 for 3 for the Sharks.

Springville advances on 1-hitter

Springville continued its giant-killing roll in the Section VI Class B-1 playoffs Tuesday and it’s the Griffins’ pitching that is leading the way.

Monday, right-hander Matt Sobota and lefty Kyle Warner combined to pitch a one-hitter for No. 6 seed Springville in a 1-0 victory at No. 2 East Aurora. The Griffins have eliminated No. 11 Medina and No. 3 Olean so far in the playoffs and will face No. 4 Alden on for the B-1 title on Thursday night at Gowanda.

“We work hard at pitching,” said Springville’s first-year head coach Rick DeKay. “We’ve always been in every game this year because of pitching,”

Sobota worked four innings and then the hard-throwing Warner took over to finish the game, following a plan that DeKay likes to stick to.

East Aurora’s only hit came with two out in the seventh when an infield pop by Alex Baase fell safely when nobody called for it.

Springville had only three hits against losing pitcher Nathan Kruger. The Griffins scored in the first inning when Austin Coon drove in game’s only run.

Nate Reger went the distance on a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and drove in three runs in No. 4 seed Alden’s 10-4 win over CSAT in the other B-1 semifinal.

Rally saves Barker

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Barker rallied to tie the game, then scored the winning in the 10th for a 3-2 win over Silver Creek in a sectional Class C quarterfinal game.

“We really have been winning one-run ballgames all year,” said Barker coach Rob Mucha. “We’ve been grinding them out. That’s for sure. ... We’ve been getting by the skin of our teeth.”

Junior Eddie Wasnock pitched all 10 innings for the Raiders, striking out 10 and walking only one. Silver Creek scored once in the second and one in the fourth when Wasnock balked home a run.

Ryan Voss doubled home the Barker runs in the bottom of the seventh after his apparent double over the bag at first was ruled a foul ball.

In the 10th, Wasnock scored from third on an error after drawing a throw from the outfield by feinting a tag-up.

Maritime Charter, the No. 1 seed in Class C, fell to No. 9 Allegany-Limestone, 11-2.

Three Class AA top seeds win

Three of the four higher-seeded teams won in the Class AA sectional baseball quarterfinals. The exception was No. 5 Williamsville North’s 5-4 win at No. 4 Kenmore West.

Kyle Spoth drove in the game-winner for North with his third hit of the game. Lefty Josh Surowiec got the save for the Spartans and had two hits and an RBI.

Ben Closson hit a three-run homer while Collin Reformat and Ben Monti pitched No. 1 seed Lancaster over Clarence, 5-2. Reformat went the first five innings and struck out five. Monti picked up the save, striking out two.

No. 2 seed Orchard Park used the long ball and the pitching of left-hander Ben Wereski to subdue Niagara Wheatfield, 9-1. Wereski struck out 12 and allowed only two hits in five innings. Jeff Palczewski and Kevin Koziol each hit a two-run homer for the Quakers.

No. 3 Niagara Falls defeated Jamestown, 11-3, behind the pitching of Justin Beyer, who also drove in three of the Wolverines’ runs.