Nelson lifts Maple Grove
Graham Nelson had an RBI double in the seventh inning to push across the winning run as Maple Grove edged Holland, 5-4, in a Class C prequarterfinal baseball game.
The teams traded three-run innings in the fourth, and Holland went up, 4-3, in the fifth.
Maple Grove rallied in the top of the seventh inning to improve to 9-11 overall.
“We played with persistence,” Maple Grove coach Jordan Rambacher said. “They came out to play. They wanted to win the game and they never gave up. They could have given up in the fifth when they scored, but they all came together. It was a good win for us.”
Nelson finished 3 for 4, while Matt Roach and Jonah Tanner each had two hits. Collin Stack earned the win on the mound.
In other prequarterfinal games:
Josh Kneeland dominated on the mound for Newfane, pitching a complete game two-hit shutout to lead the Panthers to a 13-0 win over Alden in Class B-1. Kneeland struck out 16 and did not issue a walk in the win. Offensively, he drove in three run.
Brett Guay belted a two-run home run to help spark the Starpoint offense in a 6-4 win over West Seneca East in a Class A-1 matchup. Ben Walters went 3 for 3 driving in two runs .
Duke Hwang drove in three runs to pace Williamsville North to a 9-0 win over West Seneca West in Class AA. Hwang went 3 for 4 with a home run. Josh Suroiec scattered four hits in his five innings.
Joe Krywcun pitched 6∑ innings and helped his own cause with a solid offensive performance as Maryvale defeated Amherst, 8-5, in Class A-2. Krywcun also drove in four runs on three hits.
Brett Marcellin struck out 11 batters for Portville as the Panthers eliminated Barker, 7-4, in Class C.
Patterson sets record
Devon Patterson set the league record in the shot put Friday on the first day of the ECIC Track and Field Championships at Jamestown High School. Patterson, a senior from Williamsville South, had a winning throw of 63 feet, 7 inches, beating the mark he set last year of 61 feet, 2ø inches. Individual winners on the first day of girls competition included Marta McLaughlin (East Aurora) in the 800, Sophia Tasselmyer (East Aurora) in the 3,000, Rebecca Stiefler (Frontier) in the discus, Julia Schreier (Starpoint) in the pole vault and McKayla Brooks (Frontier) in the long jump.
Winners on the boys side included TJ Hornberger (Lake Shore) in the 800, Dan Huben (Clarence) in the 3,200 and Jake Valley (Lancaster) in the long jump.
Lockport wins track titles
Lockport won both the girls and boys team titles at the Niagara Frontier League Track and Field Championships.
Junior Abbey Lang dominated the distance events for the Lions. She won the 800 (2:20.9), the 1,500 (4;53.9) and the 3,000 (11:06.41). Sophomore Kyri Jackson of Niagara-Wheatfield won both the 100 meter (12.87) and 200 meter (26.4).
Senior Erin O’Brien of Kenmore East won the hurdles taking the 100 in 16.89 and the 400 in 1:08.59. Junior Anthony Hawthorne (Niagara Falls) won the 800 (1:57.85) and 1,600 (4:31.73).