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April 14, 2014

Lew-Port baseball off to quick start

Niagara Gazette — Lewiston-Porter baseball coach Mark Waple had high hopes coming into this season.

If early returns are any indication, his hopes were well justified.

The Lancers are 3-0 after two weeks of battling through rain to get on the field, including 2-0 in the Niagara Frontier League. With a talented roster, Waple hopes his team will maintain its level of play through the end of the season.

"We were out in the first round last year in sectionals," Waple said. "The goal is to do better than last year.

"When I put out the schedule, the state final is the last game on the schedule. If you don't plan on being there, you don't put it on your schedule."

The Lancers started the season with a win over Wilson in the opening round of Lew-Port's annual Home Runs for Hospice Tournament, which hasn't been completed due to rain and still hasn't been completed.

They followed that with a pair of NFL wins of North Tonawanda and Kenmore East.

Leading the way has been the offense, which has put up 36 runs so far.

"We're really hitting the ball well," Waple said. "We've had production Nos. 1-9. It seems like somebody's always on base and we've been able to take advantage of the opportunities."

Lineup depth will have to be an advantage all season for Lew-Port to compete in the NFL, where it is the lone Class B school.

So far, the bottom half of the order has more than carried its weight. No. 5 hitter Matt Schiavi blasted a two-run home run onto the junior varsity diamond against the Lumberjacks. That same game, No. 6 hitter Josh Koepsell swatted a pair of doubles.

"We're definitely the underdog," Waple said. "Lockport and Niagara Falls, on paper, are supposed to be unbeatable, but we play ourselves. We're just worried about what we've got to do, it doesn't matter who the opponent is. We try to do the same thing every day."

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