Brocton baseball is heading to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
Ronald Brown threw nine strikeouts in a complete-game outing as the Bulldogs downed Avoca, 5-1, in the Class D Far West Regional at Diethrick Park in Jamestown.
“It means a lot,” Brocton Coach Raymond Rosas said. “It feels cool not only for the school district, but the village as a whole.”
In addition to his pitching performance, Brown also notched one of the team’s two RBIs in the first inning. He and Charlie Rexford each scored a runner with a pair of singles, giving Brocton a 2-1 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.
The Bulldogs will face Section IV’s Deposit/Hancock on Friday at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton.
In Class A, Maryvale’s season came to an end in Orchard Park with a 4-0 loss to Canandaigua.
Two move on in softball
Fillmore High School was friendly to Section VI, as both North Collins and Chautauqua Lake advanced to the state semifinals in softball.
North Collins scored seven unanswered runs to start the game in a 9-4 victory against Arkport in the Class D Far West Regional. Eagles pitcher Becca Cyrek helped her own cause in the second inning, hitting a two-run homer to give North Collins a 4-0 lead.
Chautauqua Lake bested Caledonia-Mumford, 4-3, in Class C.
The Eagles and Thunderbirds will play semifinal games in Fort Edward on Saturday. North Collins will meet Deposit of Section IV, while Chautauqua Lake will face Greenville of Section II.
Green leads in state golf
Medina’s Melanie Green ended the day tied for first at 4-under in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Golf Championships at Bethpage State Park. First tee time for the final round is at 9 a.m. today.
The boys kick off first round play at the same time today at Cornell University. The Section VI state team consists of Ben Spitz (Orchard Park), Tyler Edholm (Sweet Home), Anthony Delisanti (Niagara Wheatfield), Aidan Shaw (Orchard Park), Mitch Jeffe (East Aurora/Holland), Zac Boyes (Kenmore West), Andrew LaCongo (East Aurora/Holland), Matt Jeffe (East Aurora/Holland) and Anthony Gullo (Jamestown).
Girls lacrosse teams swept
The Section VI girls lacrosse teams were swept by their Section V opponents in Saturday’s four Far West Regional games at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.
Lake Shore put up the biggest fight of the bunch, losing to host Honeoye Falls-Lima, 12-7, in Class C.
The rest of the games were one-sided affairs. Penfield beat Lancaster, 17-5, in Class A, Brighton beat Frontier, 18-1, in Class B and Palmyra-Macedon beat Eden, 17-3, in Class D.
Boys tennis states conclude
North Tonawanda’s Greg Hastings made the deepest run of any of the Section VI players at the NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championships, which wrapped up Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Flushing. He fell to Bronxville’s Liam Krall in the singles quarterfinals on Friday. Sweet Home’s Jonah Murphy was the only other local player to advance out of the first round. He was eliminated by state runner-up Ryan Fishback of Geneva in the second round.
Williamsville East’s doubles pair of Jason Berkun and Jerry Xiao lost in the first round then advanced to the consolation semifinals before losing to Aidan and William O’Brien (Albany Academy).