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High School Extra (April 27): Will South softball mounts furious rally

Williamsville South rallied from a 7-0 deficit to pull out a 10-7 triumph over visiting Mount St. Mary in a nonleague softball contest on Thursday.

The Thunder scored all of its runs during the first and second innings. South started to chip away after that, scoring three times in the second on a sac-fly from Abby Eising and a two-run double from Jenna Woods.

The Billies scored twice in the third and took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Katie Quagliana's double drove in a run. Eising later delivered a two-run single that scored pinch runners Clarie Montgomery and Brianna Dewey, with Dewey providing the go-ahead run. South tacked on two more runs in the sixth as Gabby Presutti's double and a squeeze bunt from Katie Quagliata.

"I just think having the belief that you are down, you have to play to the last out," Billies coach Julie Murphy said. "We talked about it chipping away each inning, getting base runners on and making things happen. I'm proud of them."

Danielle Gracz came in second inning pitched scoreless relief to earn the triumph for Will South (4-2).

Katie Quagliana finished 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Jenna Woods went 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBIs.

North leaves Clarence with win

Williamsville North edged host Clarence, 2-1, in an ECIC I softball contest.

The defending Section VI Class AA champion Spartans scored twice in the fourth inning. Abby Vincent's double scored Anna Brand, who reached via bunt single and then stole second. Vincent's courtesy runner, Maddie Farber, moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on Alex Mucci's slow roller toward first base as the catcher failed to come up with the throw home. Sarah Parzych struck out five in the win for the Spartans (7-1).

Ken West hangs on

Kenmore West softball repelled a seventh-inning comeback bid by Grand Island and defeated the host Vikings, 5-4, in the Niagara Frontier League.

Trailing 5-2 entering the final inning, the Vikings scored twice and had runners on second and third with two outs. First baseman Sydney McIntosh caught a hard-hit ball that appeared to be going over her head to secure the final out for the Blue Devils (5-3).

Abby Borkowski struck out seven for the win, while Lydia Serrano had two hits and scored twice for Ken West.

Clarence hangs on at Frannies

Clarence surged ahead with a big fifth inning and then held off a comeback bid by host St. Francis to defeat the Red Raiders, 8-7, in a nonleague baseball contest.

The defending Section VI Class AA champion Red Devils scored five times in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie and rebound from their first loss of the season Monday against Lancaster. Devin Dzierba, Colin Arnet and Alex Croff each hit consecutive RBI singles for Clarence, which tacked on additional runs in the fifth and sixth.

Jack Putney pitched the seventh for the save, retiring the final two hitters via pop up into foul territory and strikeout to strand the tying run at second.

Clarence is now 7-1 on the season with wins over Williamsville North and defending Georgetown Cup champion St. Joe's.

"We've beaten some good teams," Red Devils coach Dave Smith said. "We're fortunate enough to have the turf so we're able to get into a little bit more of a groove but eventually that will even out."

GI blanks Ken West

Grand Island defeated host Kenmore West, 5-0, as Steven Puffpaff belted a two-run homer in the Niagara Frontier League game.

John Griffin went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, more than enough support for winning pitcher Art Meaney, who finished with seven strikeouts.

Elsewhere, Maryvale rallied for a 6-5 win over Springville in ECIC III. Down 5-1, the Flyers scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. They took the lead for good in the sixth on seventh-grader Dalton Harper's two-out single that plated Simon Krywcun. Connor Desiderio earned the win in relief, striking out the final batter to strand the tying run at first.

Nick Huber went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs, while Ben Phillips drove in three runs for Williamsville South, 11-6 winners over Starpoint in ECIC II.

Roy-Hart is off to a 6-1 start overall (4-1 in league) as Jacob Bruning had three hits and scored twice in a 13-1 win over Barker in the Niagara-Orleans League. Walker Samanaka struck out nine to earn the win. Charlie Brigham had two hits and two RBIs.

St. Joe's lacrosse routs Canisius

When St. Joe's and Canisius meet in lacrosse, the rivalry game is usually a hotly contested affair.

Thursday's either an exception to the norm or just a sampling of how good the Marauders are compared to the rest of their Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association brethren.

Kellen Pullera set the school record for points in a game as St. Joe's crushed the Crusaders, 20-2, at the Robert T. Scott Athletic Complex on Thursday.

Pullera finished with six goals and two assists as he compiled half of his eight points during the first quarter for the Marauders (6-2, 4-0). Casey Kelly and Hunter Parucki each finished with four goals and two assists as St. Joe's led 10-1 at halftime.

"This is the first time we've ever beaten them by such a large margin," Marauders coach Peter Hudecki said. "I just think we're playing pretty well. We're moving the ball really well."

St. Joe's face-off specialist, Canisius College-commit Trevor Folsom, won 16 of 22 faceoffs (two of the losses were due to violations) and also collected 11 ground balls.

Elsewhere, Nelson Logan had two goals and 10 assists, while Owen Hill poured in six goals and five assists as Akron defeated Gowanda, 18-9, in a class D division game.

 

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