East Aurora knocked off the No. 1 seed, City Honors, 8-6, in the Class B-1 baseball quarterfinals of the Section VI playoffs, and Alex Baase took the biggest bow after the game.
“He was outstanding,” Blue Devils coach Stephen Sokolski said.
Baase had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored on offense. He also threw a complete game, striking out five.
The effort came with a cost, as Baase went five pitches past a pitch-count limit that would have allowed him to throw in East Aurora’s next playoff game on Monday. But, as Sokolski mentioned, he had to worry about winning this game before moving on to the next one.
Lucas McClaren had a homer and three RBIs for EA, while Lucas Juliano had two hits and drove in two runs.
The No. 2 seed in B-1, Alden, advanced to the semifinals. The Bulldogs took a 6-0 win from Dunkirk. Lucas Jurek and Josh Chester drove in two runs each.
One hit was enough for Lewiston-Porter in an A-2 game with Kenmore East, as the Lancers advanced with a 3-0 win. Bailey drove in one run with a hit and later came around to score as Lew-Port scored all of their runs in the top of the sixth. It was an inning that featured two squeeze plays. Matt Carden got the win with a three-hitter, while Ryan Williams was the hard-luck loser for the Bulldogs.
In Class A-1, Williamsville East and West Seneca West hadn’t done much offensively through the first four innings. Both sides only had one hit. Then the Flames pounded out 11 straight hits, which led to nine runs. That was the only scoring of the game, as Williamsville East advanced with the 9-0 win. Charlie Mack, Brian Comerford and Dillon Lobdell had two hits each.
Next up for Williamsville East is Hamburg, which receiving a strong pitching outing from Devon Crowley (six innings) in beating Sweet Home, 11-1. .
Also in Class A-1, Elijah Zells and Mitch Binda combined on a three-hitter as Williamsville South blanked Hutch-Tech, 7-0. Ryan Burns had three hits and two RBIs for the Billies. Next up for them is Grand Island, which won a 9-1 decision from North Tonawanda. Bryce Jellinick allowed one hit and no runs over six innings.
In Msgr. Martin Athletic Association play, Frank Propis threw a two-hitter and Alex Bish supplied a two-run triple as St. Mary’s blanked Nichols, 3-0. The Lancers have a 13-2 overall record, 8-2 in the Monsignor Martin.
Canisius earned a 6-0 win over St. Francis. Brian Herrmann pitched a complete-game shutout for the Crusaders, while Michael Mazzara had two doubles and a single. It was Canisius’ second win over the Red Raiders in three days.
N-W wins close one
In girls lacrosse, Niagara Wheatfield earned a good Class B win with an 11-9 triumph over West Seneca West. Eric Wegrzyn had four goals and an assist for the Falcons, while Marissa Marckott and Alexis Ackerson had two goals each.
Grayson Favata had three goals to lead Orchard Park to a 10-7 win over Lockport. Jordan Rokitka had five goals as Lancaster downed Clarence, 15-7, to move to 12-4 overall, 7-3 in Class A.
Off to Ohio
Cory Dickson, who was a first-team All-Western New York selection in girls basketball this past season at Cardinal O’Hara, has signed to play at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio, next season. The school is located between Toledo and Dayton. The Racers play in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Dickson was a guard for a Hawks team that won its fourth straight Msgr. Martin championship.