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High School Extra (May 15): Hamburg softball rallies, advances to quarters

The Section VI softball postseason has commenced and so has the playoff drama.

Hamburg rallied for a 7-4 win in nine innings over host Sweet Home in a Class A-1 prequarterfinal contest.

Leah Cabarga belted a shoulder-height offering for the game-tying homer in the top of the seventh for the Bulldogs, who then won it by scoring three times in its half of the ninth inning.

They face defending Section VI champion Williamsville East on Thursday.

"It's great to keep it going," Hamburg coach Richard Mattison said. "I know we're going to have a tough contest at Williamsville East but as long as we're playing that's all that matters."

The Bulldogs can thank Cabarga for that. The 5-foot-1, 98-pound junior smoked a shot to right center on a pitch outside the strike zone.

"Best bad ball hitter I've ever seen," Mattison said.

Hamburg (7-12) went ahead for good in the ninth as Mackenzie Brown delivered a two-run single after Halie Keirns and Julia Nunn reached via walk.

Beth Eberhardt struck out 10 and scattered four hits to earn the win.

Also in Class A-1, West Seneca West beat Kenmore West, 5-2, as Katy Doster went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Holly Guerra and Rachel Makowski each had two hits in the win. Emily Benkleman scattered six hits and struck out three for the Indians.

Starpoint defeated East Aurora 15-5 in Class A-2 as Jenna Cappellino had three hits, two runs and three RBIs, while Julia Mascaro had three hits and three runs.

Milestone for Wegrzyn

Erin Wegrzyn scored six times for Niagara Wheatfield in a 12-10 girls lacrosse win over the win over Williamsville North including the 101st goal of her career.

Morgan Baxendale scored eight goals for Orchard Park in a 14-10 win over Clarence in battle between Class A rivals.

Flames rebound

Williamsville East bounced back from a rare loss to crush Kenmore West, 9-0, in a nonleague baseball game.

Charlie Mack had a double, triple, three RBIs and two runs scored while his brother Joey had two hits, including a double, two runs and an RBI for the Flames (15-1). John Moran, Gunnar Weppner, Trevor McIlroy, Mike Wolf combined on a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

In another nonleaguer, DeAnte Mecca had two hits and scored twice, including the game-winning run in the eighth inning for Maryvale in a 3-2 win at Williamsville North. Mecca scored on a wild pitch. Connor Desiderio earned the win in relief, tossing 3.2 innings with four strikeouts. Joey Battaglia hit a two-run homer for North.

ECIC tennis begins

The ECIC boys tennis championship tournament begins Wednesday and runs through Thursday at Clarence High School.

Sweet Home’s Jonah Murphy is the top seed in the singles draw and receives a first-round bye. He has not lost a regular-season match in three years.

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