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High School Extra (May 3): Lancaster walks off with win; Nichols taps Mihalics as basketball coach

Legends walk-off with victory

Lancaster was three outs away from the win only to see Frontier mount a furious rally to tie things in the visiting half of the seventh. But the Legends wound up walking off the field experiencing the sweet taste of victory nonetheless, as Ryan Voight’s two-run homer in the bottom of the inning won it for Lancaster, 5-3, in ECIC I baseball.

Ben Damiani led off with a hit down the left-field line. That set the stage for Voight, a lefty, who smashed a shot to the opposite field that cleared the fence to cap a 2-for-4 day with three RBIs.

Elsewhere in a nonleaguer between Southtowns heavyweights, St. Francis defeated Orchard Park, 9-6, as Cole O’Connor had three hits, including a double and triple, and three RBIs, while Matt Devine had two hits, scored twice and drove in two for the Red Raiders (5-1).

Will North’s Fish fries Frontier

Miranda Fish had another big day at the plate for Williamsville North, which left the field victorious as a result.

Fish’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the decisive blow for the Spartans, who rallied for a 5-4 win over visiting Frontier in ECIC I softball.

Alex Mucci had two hits for North, while Abby Hinkley threw out a runner at home trying to score in the fourth inning and then moved to the circle where she picked up the save.

In Wednesday’s comeback win over Lancaster, Fish drove in five runs with three hits, including a three-run homer.

Elsewhere, Caitlin Franco went 3 for 4 with a run scored, while Francesca Cobee went 2 for 2 and scored to help Mount St. Mary defeat host Grand Island 3-2 in a nonleague game.

Christie McGee-Ross had a day during Maryvale’s doubleheader sweep of Springville. McGee-Ross went 4 for 4 with three runs and drove in two runs in a 10-3 win over the Griffins. In the nightcap, she accounted for 12 runs in a 19-3 rout as she hit a homer, scored four times and drove in eight runs.

Lew-Port remained unbeaten through nine games, crushing host Niagara Wheatfield, 19-7. Larissa Reid went 4 for 6 with a double, homer and six RBIs.

St. Joe’s rallies for lax win

St. Joe’s overcame a bit of a slow start by having a roaring finish in earning a 10-8 comeback win over Pittsford-Mendon in a nonleague boys lacrosse contest at the Robert T. Scott Complex.

The Marauders used a four-goal fourth quarter to seize control against their Section V guest. Twice trailing by a goal, St. Joe’s tied it only to see Pittsford scored the next one. That pattern ended when Cole Campbell tied it for the Marauders on an unassisted goal with 10:07 left. Eighteen seconds later, Casey Kelly scored to give St. Joe’s the lead for good.

The Marauders killed off a one-minute power play shortly after that and then milked a bunch of time off the clock. Kelly added an insurance goal with 1:12 left for the Marauders (8-2), who hit the road for back-to-back nonleague games at Syracuse CBA on Saturday and Aquinas on Sunday.

“We came out a little flat in the beginning of the game. A couple big plays by our guys just battling through ground balls started turning it around,” St. Joe’s coach Pete Hudecki said. “It was neck and neck until that fourth quarter.”

Kelly finished with three goals, while Ryan McGorry recored three goals and an assist. Winning goalie Jack Rapini made 12 saves.

In the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association, Bishop Timon-St. Jude defeated Canisius, 14-12, as Christian Watts had a seven-point performance that included five goals. A.J. Fantana added four goals and two assists for the Tigers.

Shaun Dolac and Jagger Maving each scored three times for West Seneca East in a 10-6 win over Amherst in a Section VI Class C Division clash.

Tatar ties own mark for Frontier

Haylee Tatar tied her own single-game program record for assist with seven and also scored four goals during Frontier’s 17-3 rout of Orchard Park in nonleague girls lacrosse play.

Katie Dlugosz added four goals and assist for the unbeaten Falcons.

Mihalics named Nichols coach

Ex-Bishop Timon-St. Jude coach and standout athlete Joe Mihalics has been named boys basketball coach at Nichols.

Mihalics coached at Timon for 13 years where he was head coach for hoops for three. He stepped down after the 2014-15 season.

“Joe will be an outstanding coach and we look forward to having him join our basketball program and the Nichols community,” said Rob Stewart, Nichols’ athletic director.

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