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Hutch-Tech wins city title

For the second straight year, Hutch-Tech softball completed its Thompson Trophy schedule without any blemishes. This year’s perfect run, however, enabled the Engineers to win the city championship, which they did with Thursday’s 4-2 win over City Honors.

The triumph caps a season in which Hutch-Tech (15-4-1, 12-0) became the first city school to beat the Centaurs since 2001 back on April 17. Thursday’s win was Hutch’s third against Honors this season.

“The big deal for us was the first time we beat City Honors. The kids knew they could compete with them,” longtime Engineers coach Dave Rappl said. “This game, everybody was just ready to play. ... This is my 15th year coaching, this is the best the team has done in all those years. You’ve got to be happy about that.”

The city schools were aligned last year with the most competitive schools, such as Hutch-Tech and City Honors, placed in the same division. Last year, teams were divided based on size.

Four seniors came up huge for the Engineers on Thursday as Gabby Zarcone’s two-run single sparked a three-run fourth that erased Honors’ 2-0 lead. She finished 2 for 3. Jess Andulo’s two-out, RBI single in the fifth provided an insurance run. Katelyn Gary went 1 for 2 with two steals and two runs scored, while Kayla Hahn earned the win.

Lancaster-Frontier III set

Rachel Heidenreich and Allie Stewart each scored four goals in Lancaster’s 13-1 first half as the defending Section VI Class A girls lacrosse champions cruised into Wednesday’s final with a 16-6 win over Orchard Park.

The Redskins (16-1) have won seven of the last eight sectional titles. They’ll have to get through Frontier to add to that string. The Falcons (12-3) advanced with a 13-7 win over Clarence.

Lancaster has beaten Frontier twice this season, but the teams are 1-1 against each other in the past two Section VI championship games.

“It’s probably going to be another great Frontier-Lancaster battle,” Frontier coach Tim Myslinski said. “Lancaster is stocked full of talent, well-coached. It’s the type of game my girls look forward to.”

It’s a game the Falcons have looked forward to since losing last year’s final, 5-4.

Emily Pasternak made 13 saves for Frontier, which led 7-5 at halftime against the Red Devils. Hannah Reese led Frontier with four goals and three assists, while Jackie Dufrand added four goals.

Akron reaches boys lax final

Akron avenged a regular-season loss to East Aurora by beating the Blue Devils, 15-11, in the Section VI Class C semifinals.

Hayden George had four goals and two assists, Steven Poobry three goals and three assists and seventh-grader Owen Hill had two goals and two assists in his first start as Akron earned a date in the title game against defending champion Silver Creek. Hill’s older brother, long-stick middie Chaunce Hill, added two goals and an assist for the Tigers.

Akron lost, 20-15, to Silver Creek during the regular season, a game in which Virginia-bound Black Knights star Zed Williams recorded 10 goals and five assists. The key in the rematch, according to Tigers coach Bryan Bellis: “Covering Zeddie, figuring out how we’re going to cover Zeddie and stop their offense.”

Silver Creek advanced with a 26-12 win over Lake Shore as Brennan White had eight goals and two assists.

In Class B, Ryan Coch’s goal with 50 seconds left lifted Niagara-Wheatfield to a 14-13 win over Williamsville East in a semifinal. Coch had three goals, while Rob McMicking had four goals and four assists, including a helper on the winner.