Niagara Gazette — Yash Maheshwari battled back from match point three times, eventually completing a comeback in third singles and propelling the Lewiston-Porter Lancers to a 3-2 win over the Lockport Lions on Tuesday in a continuation of a Niagara Frontier League boys tennis match that was postponed due to weather from May 3.
With the win, the Lancers (12-1 NFL) clinch at least a share of the league title for the first time since 1978.
“It was a close match all the way to the end,” L-P coach Paul Frederick said. “I’ve never been associated with a closer match.”
Maheshwari, a sophomore, lost the first set to Lockport’s Nick Guay when the match started on May 3 and trailed 40-0 in the eighth game of a second set he trailed 5-2. He staved off match point, recovered to win the set 7-5 in a tiebreaker and take the deciding third set 6-4.
Joe Laurendi won first singles in straight sets, and the pairing of Tyler Richmond and Ryan Taylor took third doubles for Lew-Port. Richmond and Taylor improved to 12-0 on the season.
Grand Island 3, North Tonawanda 2
Pairings of Wyatt Mock-Tommy Corrao and Mike Paternostro-McClain Erhard swept doubles for the Vikings (9-3 NFL). Andrew LeMar and Greg Hastings won first and second singles for the Lumberjacks (5-8 NFL).
Grand Island 3, Nia.-Wheatfield 2
Manny Montes tossed a complete game, giving up only one earned run for the Vikings (9-4, 8-4 NFL). Montes and Quinn Corrao had RBIs in the fourth to tie the game, and Ben Goc scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. Mitch Racz and Mark Montes each had two hits. Dan George notched an RBI for the Falcons (5-7 NFL).
Starpoint 17, Sweet Home 2
Ashley Owens struck out nine in a complete-game four-hitter and Kelsy Palistrant had a home run and four RBIs for the Spartans (13-2, 10-1 ECIC II). Owens, Aren Schwab and Valerie Clark each had two hits.