Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports.
What to watch for Friday
1. Softball - Orchard Park at Lancaster, 5 p.m.
No. 1 Lancaster took care of business against No. 2 Clarence in baseball on Wednesday. Lancaster also has the No. 1 softball team among large schools, and they'll look to follow suit with a regular season sweep of No. 2 Orchard Park in Friday's top game.
The Legends (17-0, 12-0) remained undefeated with 14-0 and 18-0 ECIC I wins against Jamestown yesterday. It was their sixth win in the past four days (Hamburg on Monday, Frontier twice on Tuesday, Clarence on Wednesday). Lancaster wraps up its league schedule with a home game tomorrow against Williamsville North.
The lone loss for the Quakers (14-1, 12-1) came in a 4-1 game against Lancaster on May 3. They've won five games in a row since, starting Monday with a 5-1 win against West Seneca West. That was followed by two on Tuesday against Hamburg, Frontier on Wednesday and Clarence yesterday. Alex Sheehy and Kayla Raymond each had three RBIs for OP in the 9-4 win over Clarence.
2. Baseball - Wilson at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
No. 7 small school Wilson (10-4, 8-2) heads to No. 9 small school Roy-Hart (8-5, 6-3), as the two Niagara-Orleans League rivals meet for the second time in four days.
Junior John Bender did it all for the Lakemen in an 11-0 win against the Rams on Tuesday. The right-hander threw a perfect game with 10 strikeouts, while also going 4-4 with a home run, double and three RBIs. Wilson can clinch the league title outright with a win.
The Rams followed up Tuesday's loss with a 6-5 win against Akron on Wednesday and an 8-7 loss against Barker yesterday. Both took eight innings, so the depth of the pitching staff will be tested today. A win by Roy-Hart would put it in contention for at least a share of the N-O title.
3. Girls lacrosse - Orchard Park at Frontier, 5 p.m.
Frontier (11-0, 7-0) aims to remain the only unbeaten girls lacrosse team in Western New York when they welcome Class A foe Orchard Park (7-4, 5-2) on Friday.
The Falcons picked up another league win yesterday with a 16-1 rout of Lockport. Marissa Conerate and Savannah Gonsiorek each had a pair of goals. Frontier's closest game this season was an 8-4 win over Lancaster, which beat the Falcons in the last five Class A finals.
The Quakers have an impressive 7-6 win at Lancaster on its resume. Their league losses have come to Frontier and Lancaster. Morgan Baxendale (30 goals), Grayson Favata (23 goals) and Riley Johnson (17 goals) lead OP offensively.
4. Boys lacrosse - Medina at Eden, 5:30 p.m.
Second-place Eden (11-1, 7-1) hosts third-place Medina (9-4, 7-3) in a late-season Class D showdown.
The Raiders took the first matchup at Medina on April 18, 13-7. They lost their only game of the season three days later to Akron, 14-8. Eden visits the Tigers next Tuesday, which, with a win today, could very well be for the Class D title.
The other two division losses for the Mustangs have come against Akron, 12-6 on April 22 and 19-8 this past Wednesday. Brendan Luthart (41 goals, 25 assists), Jake Cotter (54 goals, 5 assists) and Mason Lewis (26 goals, 24 assists) lead the team in points.
- Baseball: Hamburg at Orchard Park (2), 4 p.m.
- Baseball: Starpoint at Alden, 4:30 p.m.
- Softball: Niagara Wheatfield at Kenmore West, 4:45 p.m.
- Softball: Akron at Roy-Hart, 5 p.m.
- Girls lacrosse: V-Spencerport at Lake Shore, 6:15 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.
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Boys lacrosse photo gallery: St. Francis 8, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6
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