Bryce Hediger pitched a complete game one-hitter for No. 7 Pioneer, but it was No. 2 Lake Shore that advanced in the Class A-2 playoffs after a 2-0 win on Friday.
Nate Lockwood pitched seven strong innings for the Eagles and allowed only two hits. The senior struck out 10 Pioneer batters.
“His slider was working, his fastball was working,” said Coach Danny Conrad. Lockwood plans to play baseball at Erie Community College.
Lake Shore’s first run came in the fourth inning, when Spencer Kwilos singled and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Nick Wilson.
Nate Styles walked in the sixth inning and came around to score on a double steal.
“It was the definition of playing small ball,” said Conrad.
Lake Shore will play No. 3 Starpoint in the A-2 semifinals on Tuesday.
Adam Rankie drove in Josh Milleville on a double for the game-winning run as the Spartans beat No. 6 West Seneca East, 6-5, in eight innings.
Albion, WSW win upsets
Albion and West Seneca West advanced in their Section VI baseball brackets in upset fashion Friday.
West Seneca West, the No. 9 seed in the Class A-1 bracket, topped No. 2 Williamsville East, 5-2, in its matchup.
The Flames were ranked as the No. 8 team in the state in the May 15 NYS Sportswriters Association baseball poll.
Sophomore Mike Lubecki, a mid-season callup, got his second-ever varsity win. He pitched a complete game and allowed five hits while striking out four.
“He was an absolute stud today,” said coach Jeff Helmbrecht of the righty. “He’s just a gamer, nothing really rattles him.”
The Indians opened the scoring in the third inning when Josh Ball singled Joey Schultz home.
Will East took a narrow 2-1 lead shortly after, but Patrick Carenuto belted a home run to deep center to tie the game.
West Seneca took the advantage for good in the sixth inning when Griffin McAndrews singled. Ryan Supples entered the game as a pinch runner, and Matt Wojcik drove him home on a line drive single to center field.
The Indians will play No. 3 Niagara-Wheatfield in the semifinals on Tuesday. The Falcons beat No. 6 North Tonawanda, 1-0.
No. 9 Albion defeated top-seeded Springville, 6-4, in the Class B-1 quarterfinals.
The Purple Eagles got a complete game three-hitter from starter Thomas Furmanski. He struck out six in the win.
Alex Ward helped make the game 3-0 in the third inning with a sacrifice bunt, while Liam Ward drove in two runs with a double.
Albion will play No. 5 Depew in the semifinal round.
The Wildcats pulled away from No. 4 Fredonia in the sixth inning to win 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
Grubb, Mecca set records
Amherst’s Mallory Grubb and Eden’s George Mecca set school records at Day 1 of the ECIC track championships held Friday at Hamburg.
Grubb, a freshman, won the 3,000-meter run finals with a time of 10:02.54, an unofficial school record. The old record was set in 2009 by Brenna Symoniak with a time of 10:06.8. The ECIC record is 9:55.94, set in 1984 by Mary Pat Hickey.
Mecca placed second in the 400 hurdles preliminary with a time of 57.47, which breaks the old school record of 57.6 set in 2008 by Eric Lavelle.
The senior placed eighth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.66 and qualified himself for the finals.
Elsewhere, Orchard Park’s Jenna Crean won the 100 and 200-meter dash preliminaries with times of 12.68 and 25.19, respectively.
Crean also helped Orchard Park to win the 4x100 relay with a time of 48.50.
The ECIC championships continue today at Hamburg High School.