Another final for Flames softball
Williamsville East softball punched its ticket to the Section VI finals once again.
Behind Summer Clark’s four-hit shutout, the Flames defeated Grand Island, 3-0, in a Section VI Class A-1 semifinal Monday. By winning, East advances to its fourth straight sectional final.
Clark, a freshman, struck out seven in helping the Flames, who reached the state final last year, record their ninth shutout of the season. Clark and junior Kara Leone have handled pitching duties for the Flames.
“This team had a goal to get back to the sectional final,” winning coach Chris Durr said. “We’ve done that. West Seneca East is a really good team with a really good pitcher but we’re looking forward to the challenge. ... We’re looking forward to Thursday.”
Ella Wesolowski went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. She drove in Christy Mack in the second and fourth innings to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.
Abby Stellrecht’s double in the bottom of the fifth plated Maddy Miske (2 or 3) to make it 3-0.
Williamsville East faces West Seneca East for the title Thursday at 4 p.m. The teams split the regular-season series.
Anilese Kelly more than helped her own cause in leading West Seneca East past Williamsville South, 7-6, in nine innings in another Class A-1 semifinal.
The senior pitcher tossed a complete-game four-hitter with nine strikeouts. She capped a 4-for- 5 day at the plate by driving in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. She finished with four RBIs as her four hits included a double and triple.
Samantha Kmiotek went 2 for 4 with three runs, while Cameron Bianchi went 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Nicole Kumro (RBI) and Hailey Cename (two runs) each had two hits.
Lew-Port goes to 19-0
Lew-Port improved to 19-0 by crushing Lake Shore,15-2, in a Class A-2 as Riley Crum went 2 for 3 with a grand slam and six RBIs, while Meghan Baio swatted a two-run homer.
Lew-Port will face Iroquois, which drubbed Pioneer, 21-0, behind Brooke Plonka and Olivia Simon’s combined perfect game. They struck out 17.
Olean ends Depew’s reign
Alyssa Ramarge struck out 10, doubled and drove in two runs as Olean ended Depew’s two-year reign as Section VI Class B champion by eliminating the Wildcats, 5-4, in a Class B-1 semifinal. Elyse Graham had two hits and one run for the winners.
Also in Class B-1, Fredonia beat rival Dunkirk, 7-5, as Kazlin Beers went 3 for 3 with a double and two runs. Sydney BIgelow went 2 or 3 with a two-run home run.
Roy-Hart, Eden advance
Roy-Hart held off rival Medina, 8-6, to advance to the Class B-2 softball final.
Jamie Bower went 2 for 4 with four RBIs, while Jayden Townsend went 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs. The Rams will face Eden, a 1-0 winner over Akron behind the solid pitching of Kaitlyn Schmitz.
St. Joe’s rolls into lax final
St. Joe’s advanced to its third straight Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association boys lacrosse final by beating Canisius, 18-5, in a semifinal clash at Robert T. Scott Complex.
Kellen Pulera had four goals and three assists, Hunter Parucki had a goal and five assists and Evan Mulderig four goals.
It’s the third time this season the Marauders trounced their bitter Delaware Avenue rival.
The Marauders will face Nichols, which advanced to the final with a 7-2 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Marcus Ottaviano scored five goals.
OP softball reaches semis
In Section VI Class AA softball quarterfinals, Madison Stewart went 3 for 3 and two RBIs. Ashley Tanevski went 2 for 3 while Liz Lis earned the win for Orchard Park in a 3-0 decision over Lockport.
Also in Class AA, Williamsville North advanced to the semifinals with a 10-3 defeat of Clarence.
Miranda Fish had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI, while Allie Macon had two hits and three RBIs.