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High School Extra: Grand Island baseball surges back

Cam Sionko launched a single past the shortstop to give Grand Island the lead and his brother Logan closed out Sweet Home on the mound for a 5-4 Viking comeback victory in eight innings on Friday.

The elder Sionko, Cam, finished 3-for-5 with a double and a triple along with his RBI single. He also earned the starting nod at pitcher but was pulled after three and 1/3 innings.

By that point, Sweet Home (1-1) had taken a 4-1 lead. Enter the younger Sionko, who did not give up another run and only allowed three hits the rest of the game.

The Grand Island bats came alive with three unanswered runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game.

Easton Speer hit a triple with two outs in the top of the eighth to set up Sionko’s game-winning single.

Now 1-1 on the season, Grand Island will open league play on Wednesday against Kenmore West.

Due to poor field conditions at Grand Island, Coach Dean Santorio said the Vikings will play their home games at Niagara University’s Sal Maglie Stadium this season.

Nardin routs Kenmore East

Nardin’s path to its third Monsignor Martin softball championship in four years got off on the right foot Friday with a 15-0 rout of Kenmore East.

Senior Jess DiPasquale rang up 14 Bulldogs to earn the win while also going 4-for-5 and driving in three runs.

Junior Ellie Robinson went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double for the Gators.

Elsewhere, junior Karly Welty drove in three runs as Portville earned a 10-2 victory over Ellicottville for the Panthers’ first win of the season.

EA beats defending champs

Six goals from senior Cal Klube powered East Aurora past defending Class C champion West Seneca East, 15-8, in a nonleague boys lacrosse tilt.

The Blue Devils, described as a “hungry” team by coach Scott More, never trailed throughout Friday’s victory.

In addition to Klube’s six goals, junior Connor Boss scored thrice and also logged two assists. “He’s not a captain, but he’s everything but” said More.

All but four players return to the field from last year for East Aurora, which is looking to improve upon last year’s quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Iroquois.

Speaking of the Chiefs, they fell to last season’s Class C semifinalist Amherst, 10-8, in a back-and-forth contest Friday night.

Senior Andrew Johnson scored four goals for the Tigers.

Lancaster wins ‘dogfight’

It wasn’t an easy win, but Lancaster’s boys lacrosse team came out of Eden with a 9-6 win Friday night in a nonleague tilt.

Senior Alex Reimer notched three goals for the Legends in a game coach Dan Vogl called a “dogfight.”

Lancaster finally cashed in on a man-advantage opportunity in the second half to break a 4-3 Raiders lead. The Legends had gone 0-for-7 on such chances in their first two games.

Goals from Sean Davis and Reimer helped Lancaster take a narrow lead and a strong 10-save performance from Dylan Lanning kept Eden at bay.

Lancaster’s strong returning core of Davis, Reimer and Trevor Stevens will be a big factor if the Legends wish to repeat as Class AA champs.

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