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Hamburg Bulldogs (3-5) Coach: Jeff Tripp, fourth season. Home field: Howe Field. Program founded: 1915. Outlook: Hamburg will find out if the growing pains of the past two years pay off. Five returning senior starters, including four on the offensive line, look to fuel the ground-and-pound attack with Logan Garza, Spencer Dix, John Haberman and Alan Beyer opening…

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Rafael Smith singled to score Dom Schmidt in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 Kenmore West victory over No. 4 Williamsville South and a ticket to its first Class A-1 final in program history. The top-seeded Blue Devils were down 3-2 headed into the final inning. Zach LaPlant opened with a walk, and Dom Schmidt followed suit to put runners on first and second w…

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Kenmore West won the Niagara Frontier League baseball championship outright over Lockport on Tuesday, 3-1, its second title in three years. The Blue Devils (16-2, 15-1) scored all three of their runs in the top of the seventh inning for the win. It was coach John Haynes’ 100th career victory at the helm. Kyle Schmidt went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. Kenmo…

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Who’s who: The 16-team class consists of two divisions. Class A North includes the Grand Island Vikings, Kenmore East Bulldogs, Kenmore West Blue Devils, North Tonawanda Lumberjacks, Starpoint Spartans, Sweet Home Panthers, Williamsville East Flames and Williamsville South Billies. Class A South features the Amherst Tigers, Hamburg Bulldogs, Iroquois Chiefs, Lake Shore Eag…