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High School Extra (April 28): Frontier girls win battle of lacrosse powers

Frontier girls win at Lancaster

Frontier and Lancaster have met six straight seasons for the Section VI Class A girls lacrosse title.

Of course the two have developed quite the rivalry because of the desire to beat the other but they also have much respect for each other.

The two gathered together for the first of at least two meetings Friday with the Falcons leaving Lancaster with a hard-fought 8-4 triumph. Haylee Tater and Hannah Kennedy each scored three goals for Frontier, which has lost in the past five Section VI finals to the Legends since winning the title in 2011.

“It’s a great rivalry. One of the best ones in Western New York,” Frontier coach Tim Myslinski said. “The girls really stepped up from both teams. It was just a really well-played game. You could tell the girls were coached up. It was just a fun game to be a part of.”

Lancaster (6-2) took an early 2-0 lead but the unbeaten Falcons (7-0) settled down and surged ahead for good, taking a 5-3 lead into halftime.

The rematch between the teams is May 17 at Frontier.

Will East rallies past Amherst

Williamsville East provided the latest reminder that it’s not over until it’s over in sports as the Flames rallied from a 7-0 deficit to take down rival Amherst, 9-8, in ECIC II softball.

After beating Williamsville South in eight innings Monday, Will East found itself down seven entering the bottom of the fourth. From there the Flames clawed their way back – completing the rally with two runs in the seventh to win via walkoff.

With two outs, Rachel Steffan reached via error. She came around to score on Sam Crane’s double. Cara Leone’s single out of the reach of a diving Amherst player plated Steffan with the winning run.

Crane finished 2 for 4, while Christy Mack went 3 for 4 with two doubles for the Flames (7-1, 5-1). Steffan drove in both runs in the fourth with a single to ignite the comeback process.

“The kids just kept pounding away. We scored two in the bottom of the fourth, three in the bottom fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh. We were able to put some good hits together with some outstanding base running … putting ourselves in positions to score and got some real big hits in some real big spots.”

Plonk fans 17 to lead Iroquois

Brooke Plonk fanned 17 batters while Madison Hoeflich had three hits to lead Iroquois to a 2-1 win over Sweet Home in ECIC II softball.

In ECIC I, Orchard Park remained unbeaten on the season as the defending Class AA champions defeated host Clarence 4-2. Kayla Raymond went 2 for 3 with a double, Madison Stewart also had two hits with Mia Evans earning the win.

Ken West baseball goes nine for win

There was plenty of late-inning drama during a clash between top baseball teams in the Niagara Frontier League on Friday.

When everything played out, Kenmore West stood alone in first place as the Blue Devils defeated host Grand Island, 5-4, in nine innings. Zach LaPlante scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball after the sophomore worked a walk to get on base. He then went first to third on a hit-and-run play – a fielder’s choice grounder between first and second base.

Each team scored twice in the seventh inning with Grand Island tying the game when Easton Speer scored from third on a passed ball. Each team scored once in the eighth to set the stage for the ninth.

“The kids played very well,” Blue Devils coach John Haynes said. “It was a total team effort. Defensively, shortstop Kyle LaPlante (brother of Zach) threw out a kid at home on a nice relay. We got great pitching from our sophomore Zach LaPlante and then Scott Hanesworth finished it off. ... Hats off to GI. They also played very well.”

Kyle LaPlante, a senior who will take his talents to Niagara University, went 3 for 5 with three stolen bases and two RBI.

Desiderio goes distance for Maryvale

Hunter Desiderio came within two outs of a no-hitter as he went the distance in leading Maryvale to a 10-0 win over ECIC III and town rival Cheektowaga.

The Warriors broke up Desiderio’s no-no with an infield single for their only hit of the game. Trey Esquilin led the Flyers with four hits and two RBI.

Andrew Lorenz tossed a complete-game one-hitter to lead Clarence to a 10-0 victory over Orchard Park in ECIC I. Tyler White had three hits, two RBI and two runs scored, while Niko Arroyave-Mullen had two hits and two RBI.

Tarnowski fans 18 for Fredonia

In CCAA I West, Fredonia avenged a season-opening loss to Maple Grove by beating the visiting Red Dragons, 4-1, behind the sensational pitching of Reid Tarnowski.

Tarnowski struck out 18 and walked two during a complete-game one-hitter for the Hillbillies (7-2, 5-1), last year’s state Class B runner-up. Seth Schrader’s two-run triple in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie.

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