Williamsville North pulled the biggest surprise of the Section VI baseball playoffs Tuesday, earning a blowout, 12-2 victory over second-seeded Niagara Falls in Class AA.
Dean Penman got the call for Williamsville North and went six innings, giving up six hits and one earned run. Shortstop Tom Cecere went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and outfielder Louka Beschakas went 2 for 4, including a two-run double.
Williamsville North coach Jerry Scarcello said his team was able to grab the upset through a healthy dose of small ball early.
“We executed offensively,” he said. “We had a couple squeeze bunts go our way. We got up 4-1 early and had them on their heels.”
Elsewhere, senior Aaron Phillips threw a no-hitter and led Cleveland Hill to a 6-0 victory over da Vinci in the Class B-2 quarterfinals.
Phillips struck out 10 da Vinci batters and walked none. The only da Vinci batters to reach base did so through an error and a hit batter.
In Class C, Chautauqua Lake defeated Portville, 10-9, to advance to the semifinal round of the playoffs for the first time in school history.
Portville took a 4-0 lead, but the Thunderbirds scored in each of the final five innings to earn the comeback victory. Tyler Meredith earned the win by allowing no runs and striking out five in 3∏ innings.
Pine Valley sophomore Jessica Wilcox tossed her first career no-hitter Tuesday as she led her team to an 11-0 win over Clymer in the Section VI Class D softball quarterfinals.
Wilcox struck out 14 and walked just two to push Pine Valley into a semifinal matchup against either Forestville or Ellicottville.
Coach Mark Mansfield had faith that Wilcox would be able to handle big-game pressure.
“I brought her up last year when she was a freshman,” Mansfield said. “She came up before the playoffs and played on a team that made it to the state finals.”
Wilcox helped her own cause with two hits and an RBI.
Eslewhere, the Nichols softball team’s playoff run came to an end as the team was shut out by St. Joseph’s by the Sea, 1-0, in a New York State Catholic semifinal game.
Elizabeth Bourne had a strong game for Nichols, going 2 for 3 at the plate.