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Starpoint deals South first loss

Just when it seemed Starpoint bats would be stymied by Williamsville South pitching again, the Spartans finally solved Mike Calandra and knocked South baseball from the ranks of the unbeaten in Western New York.

Mike Lane’s three-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning for Starpoint in a 6-4 win over the Billies in ECIC II.

“It’s a huge win,” Spartans coach Tim Racey said. “We had four games back-to-back from Tuesday to Friday and went 4-0. We came from behind twice Wednesday to beat Hamburg. ... We’re hitting the ball pretty well.”

Lane belted his double to right center off a 2-2 fastball. Brett Guay went 2 for 3 with a run scored and had an RBI single in the sixth.

Austin Speaker went the distance to earn the win, striking out six and yielding eight hits. Starpoint (10-3, 6-2) finished with seven hits off Calandra, who earned the win earlier this season when South (11-1, 7-1) beat Starpoint, 5-1.

Canisius triumphs at St. Joe’s

It was a game Canisius had to have and not just because it the contest was against its biggest rival.

The Crusaders stayed within striking distance of the top two spots in the Monsignor Martin Association by winning at St. Joe’s, 7-5, in a baseball clash at the Robert T. Scott Athletic Complex.

The Crusaders used three-run fourth and fifth innings to blow open a 1-1 game. Brendan Kaplewicz, Todd Liszewski and John Conti drove in runs in the fourth. Kaplewicz smacked a two-out single to drive in the first run in the fifth. Liszewski followed with a two-run hit later in the inning to highlight a 2-for-4 day with three RBI.

Even though he didn’t have his best stuff, Colin Penney struck out four in five innings for Canisius (10-4, 5-3) and left with a 7-2 lead.

“Now we feel we’re in striking distance,” said Crusaders coach Bryan Tenney of the importance of the win over second-place St. Joe’s (6-2 in league).

Elsewhere in the MMA, Robert Milewski had three hits and drove in four runs for Bishop Timon-St. Jude in an 14-8 win over Nichols.

Lancaster lax beats Fairport

Grace Gabriel scored five goals, one of the strikes breaking a 9-9 tie with eight minutes left, as Lancaster earned a 13-9 win at Section V’s Fairport in girls lacrosse.

It’s the first time the Redskins have ever beaten Fairport and it’s their third win in four tries this season against perennially tough Rochester-area Section V teams.

Rachel Heidenerich scored three goals and goalie Carli Pawlawk made 15 saves for Lancaster (11-1), which has gone 3-1 against Section V schools this year.

Zaffram transferring to Canisius

Brad Zaffram, a first-team All-Western New York football player for Sweet Home as a sophomore this past season, will transfer to Canisius next year. Zaffram tweeted the news this afternoon and confirmed his transfer to The News via Twitter direct message. A Canisius football source has confirmed the transfer as well. Sweet Home has won six straight Section VI Class A titles and advanced to the state final last season. Canisius won the Monsignor Martin Association title during an undefeated season and was the No. 1 large school in The News final poll.

The addition of the 6-foot, 205-pound Zaffram only strengthens a Canisius lineup that already features News co-Player of the Year Qadree Ollison.

Alden’s Panek attack dooms JFK

Haley Panek drove in seven runs with two home runs, including a grand slam, and earned the pitching win to lead Alden past JFK, 14-5, in ECIC IV.

“She had a big bat today. She was 4 for 4. Clutch hits today and she battled on the mound,” 11th-year Alden coach Jeff Kryszczuk said.