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Eden baseball clinches division crown

Eden went the distance and then some to clinch its first ECIC IV baseball title in six years.

The Raiders earned the title by edging Holland, 2-1, in nine innings Monday as David Baskerville delivered the walk-off, game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded and one out with a booming drive to the left-center gap.

That came just minutes after Eden had thwarted the Dutchmen from taking a lead in the top of the ninth. On the play, a Holland runner tried to score from first on a long double to center field but Declan Pierce tracked down the ball, threw it in to shortstop Brad Palmerton, who finished off the relay throw to catcher Baskerville as the Raiders nailed the runner by about a step.

“It actually feels pretty good,” Eden coach Eric Cooper said of winning the division title. “The boys have worked hard all season. It was a big win for us.”

Mike Seggio went all nine innings for Eden, yielding six hits and striking out 11. Baskerville finished 3 for 5 for the Raiders (12-5, 10-2).

Starpoint rallies for win

Just when it seemed like West Seneca East had taken the lead for good, Starpoint found a way to scrap for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 10-9 win in ECIC II baseball.

Mike Lane’s single to center with two outs plated Alex O’Donnell with the game-winning run. Earlier in the inning, O’Donnell’s 24th career double – a Starpoint record – with two outs plated Ben Walters from first to tie the game. After that shot, WSE walked clean-up hitter Brett Guay, then Austin Owens walked to set the stage for Lane, who finished 2 for 5 and drove in five runs. Jim Janeczko went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and was a homer shy of the cycle. The Spartans improved to 8-5 overall, 6-5 in league.

The same two teams meet today at West Seneca East.

St. Francis sweeps twin bill

St. Francis heads into today’s key Monsignor Martin Association baseball showdown at defending Georgetown Cup champion St. Joe’s with plenty of momentum after completing a sweep of Cardinal O’Hara by scores of 10-1 and 9-2. The 9-2 game was the completion of a contest that began last week.

Ryan Stefaniak earned the win in both games as a result, as he went five innings during Monday’s contest. Jacob Victor went 4 for 7 in the twin bill, while Joe Milkowski went 3 for 6 with five RBIs for the Red Raiders (7-5, 7-3).

Derek Penman had three hits and three RBIs during St. Joe’s 7-3 win at Nichols. Philip Wells drove in a pair of runs for the Marauders (14-7, 10-1).

Nichols reaches semifinals

Lizzy Viola’s grand slam capped a 3-for-4 day in which she drove in six runs, while Maddy Welch went 3 for 3 with three RBIs as Nichols advanced to the Monsignor Martin Association softball semifinals with a 15-0 win over Mount Mercy. Elizabeth Bourne struck out nine to earn the win.

In other quarterfinal action, Maria Gabriele tossed a three-hitter and went 3 for 3 for Sacred Heart in an 11-1 win over Christian Central. ... St. Mary’s earned a semifinal date with Sacred Heart by crushing Mount St. Mary, 10-2, as Kaitlyn Schott went 2 for 3 with two doubles, while Jackie Steck went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.

Timon pair going to All-American game

Bishop Timon-St. Jude lacrosse stars Connor Fields and Adam Dimillo have been selected to participate in the Under Armour Boys All-American Game on July 12 at Towson University in Baltimore, Md.

They will play for the north squad during the game.

The All-Americans for the game are picked by a panel of experts from Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Both Fields and Dimillo will continue their careers in college as Fields, who last year set a record for most goals in a season with 129, will play for the University of Albany. Dimillo will take his talents to Maryland.

In game action, Eric Deakin made 10 saves as St. Joe’s edged rival Canisius, 8-7, in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association. ... Greg White scored the winner for Nichols in a 6-5 double overtime, nonleague win over Clarence.