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High School Extra (May 20): Nardin softball advances to final

Nardin reaches final

The wait’s over for Nardin as the Gators wasted little time Sunday punching their tickets to the Monsignor Martin softball final. The Gators routed Mount Mercy, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Demske Sports Complex at Canisius College in a makeup game from Saturday night.

Jessie DiPasquale struck out 11 to earn the complete-game win and went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Alyssa Coons finished 2 for 3, with two RBIs.

Nardin plays defending champion St. Mary’s at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Demske for the title.

Lackawanna wins

Cris Swiatek’s two-run infield single in the top of the fifth broke a 1-1 tie and enabled Lackawanna to defeat Cornell Cup I champion and top seed City Honors 3-2 in Section VI Class B-1 baseball quarterfinals Sunday.

Alex Rodriguez went the distance, scattering five hits, to earn the win. He struck out eight and scored two runs.

In Class B-2, Wilson took out Olmsted, 8-1, behind Jackson Rotella’s complete-game, two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. John Bender had three hits and two RBIs, and Tanner Seeley had two hits and a run scored.

Girls lax final set

In Monsignor Martin girls lacrosse, the championship game pairing is set.

Defending champion Mount St. Mary advanced to the final by drubbing Nardin, 23-9, in a game played at Canisius College’s Demske Sports Complex. Lois Garlow recorded seven goals and eight assists while Margaret Merigold scored six times.

The Thunder will face Sacred Heart for the championship. The Sharks advanced with a 9-1 win over Buffalo Seminary. Gina Perna had two goals and two assists, while Kayleigh Colleary and Carley Smith each scored twice.

Tennis champs crowned

Sacred Heart’s Eliza Podlas and Nardin’s Carly Coppolla & Amanda Chmiel captured titles at the All-Catholic girls tennis championships at Chestnut Ridge.

Podlas, a freshman, captured the singles title by defeating Zoey Liu of Buffalo Seminary, 6-4, 6-2. Coppola and Chmiel won the doubles in three sets.

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