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High School Extra: Iroquois headed to Class A-2 baseball finals

Iroquois advanced to the Class A-2 baseball finals for the first time since 2016 with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Lew-Port on Wednesday.

Both of the Chiefs’ runs came in the sixth inning. First, Bryce Yorke singled to score Phil Marcurio. Senior Corey Day singled home the second run.

Junior Nick Partch threw another complete game for top-seeded Iroquois. He struck out seven and gave up three hits.

Iroquois will play No. 2 Lake Shore for the championship Thursday. The Eagles eliminated No. 3 Starpoint, 7-2, Wednesday.

Pinkowski wins pentathlon

Senior Ben Pinkowski became the third St. Francis athlete to win the pentathlon at the CHSAA championships in five years with a score of 3,079 at Iona Prep in rainy New Rochelle Wednesday.

Pinkowski won the high jump at six feet, jumped 21 feet, ¾ inches in the long jump, threw the shot put 38 feet, 10 inches, ran the hurdles in 16.54 seconds and finished the 1500-meter run in 5 minutes, 12.54 seconds.

Chris Walter won the event for the Red Raiders in 2015; his brother, Jeff, won in 2016 and 2017.

Class AA softball final set

Orchard Park and Williamsville North will play for the Class AA softball championship after each team won its semifinal game Wednesday.

No. 1 Orchard Park downed No. 4 Lancaster, 11-5, for the win. Megan Giese got the win at pitcher after throwing four scoreless innings. She also drove in four runs on three hits, including a home run.

Williamsville North, the No. 6 seed, upset No. 2 Frontier, 9-2. Abby Vincent and Jordan Cooper each homered for the Spartans, who also defeated No. 3 Clarence in the quarterfinal round.

The championship will be played June 3 at Williamsville East.

Burgard, da Vinci play to tie

Burgard and da Vinci entered their game Wednesday with undefeated league records, and both teams left undefeated after the Cornell Cup rivals played to a 0-0 tie.

The tie was decided due to a 90-minute time constraint on the game per league rules.

Joe Ortiz struck out 10 on the mound for da Vinci. "He's our leader, he's like our coach/player the way he talks to the kids," said Coach Brian Hillery. "He's a leader on and off the field."

Da Vinci's record is now 5-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the league. Burgard is 5-0-2 overall and 4-0-2 in the league.

The top four teams from the Cornell Cup Division II will play for a division championship on June 4-5, Hillery said. A location has not yet been determined.

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