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South’s Powers no-hits Hamburg

A stellar defensive play helped preserve Damian Powers’ third career no-hitter as Williamsville South defeated visiting Hamburg, 6-0, in ECIC II baseball.

Powers hit the Bulldogs’ Tyler Shaw to lead off the fourth inning. On the next batter, Billies shortstop Tyler Piasecki made a diving play behind second base and flipped the ball behind his back to second baseman Steve Zaprowski to force Shaw for the first out of the inning. Powers got a strikeout and ground out to end the inning. Piasecki drove in two runs with two hits.

Powers finished with 10 strikeouts in facing 22 batters and helped himself with two hits and an RBI. He has signed with LeMoyne College. He did not allow a ball out of the infield.

“I think he’s as good as the Armstrong kid [of Clarence],” said South coach Kraig Kurzanski. “He’s a 90 mph, four-pitch guy, he’s got command of all his pitches.”

The game was the first for South (12-1, 8-1) since its first loss of the season Friday to Starpoint, 6-4.

• Ted Wilson tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a home run, and Mac Garby scored on a single by Joe Preziuso in the eighth for the walk-off win as Lancaster beat Orchard Park, 7-6, in ECIC I baseball.

Preziuso pitched six innings with six strikeouts and two walks before giving way to Ryan Stekl, who got the decision. Stekl has given up only three hits in his three outings.

Lancaster moved into second place in ECIC I (7-3) behind Clarence. The win completes a season sweep of the Quakers. Mitch Fuller had four hits in five trips for Lancaster. OP’s Dave Hollins, son of the former major leaguer, had four hits, including a double.

Canisius sweeps St. Joe’s

Canisius beat rival St. Joe’s for the second time in four days, 6-2, in a Monsignor Martin Association baseball game at Delaware Park.

“There was a ton of people in the park, it was a beautiful day, both teams had fans lined down the sidelines, it was just a great atmosphere,” said Canisius coach Bryan Tenney.

Sophomore right-hander Richard Miller moved to 3-0 with a five-hitter and five strikeouts. He also drove in two runs with an RBI single and sacrifice fly. The Crusaders led 1-0 after one inning on an RBI single by Miller. St. Joe’s took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Canisius answered with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by a squeeze by Todd Liszewski. That was followed by Miller’s a sacrifice fly.

St. Francis lax downs St. Joe’s

Tyler McTigue scored the game winner with 3:37 left as the St. Francis lacrosse team handed St. Joe’s its first loss in the Monsignor Martin Association, 13-12. Alex Misterman added three goals with an assist for the Red Raiders.

In girls lacrosse, Taylor Wolf scored seven goals and Megan Mikolajek handed out eight assists as defending Section VI Class B champion Hamburg (11-1) beat Nichols, 18-7. Natalie Keiner had a hat trick for Nichols.

Niagara Falls walks off with win

Jerri Ann Orfano hit a two-run home run over the fence with two outs in the seventh as the Niagara Falls softball team beat Niagara-Wheatfield in dramatic fashion, 5-4. The win was the eighth in a row for the Wolverines (12-1, 9-1). After two quick outs in the seventh, it looked like Niagara Falls was going to go quietly. Instead, Tony Polk singled and Orfano sent the first pitch she saw out of the park.

Jen Marshall had a pair of doubles for the Wolverines.

Clarence (15-1, 9-1) pushed a pair of runs across in the sixth inning to beat Williamsville North, 2-0, in ECIC I.

Clarence pitcher Katrina Buczkowski faced two batters over the minimum. She scattered three singles and struck out five. For North, Sarah McMahon had eight strikeouts in a four-hitter.

Seventh-grader Ally Haskell pitched a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Franklinville beat Panama, 7-0, in CCAA III. She also no-hit West Valley earlier this season.

Laura Kratzke struck out nine and drove in Haley Panek with the game’s only run in the first inning as Alden (9-1) edged Lackawanna, 1-0.