Niagara Gazette

May 20, 2013

High Schools: Starpoint, Wilson win in baseball sectionals

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The Starpoint baseball team's wacky winning ways carried it again and the Wilson boys turned things around as both teams advanced to the second round of sectionals with wins on Monday.

The Spartans, seeded fourth, trailed 4-0 to No. 13 West Seneca East, after the top of the third, but rallied twice to earn a 10-6 home win in the Class A pre-quarterfinals.

Austin Speaker walked, Chris Cribbs doubled, Alex O'Donnell knocked both in with a single, Andrew Rankie walked, Brett Guay scored O'Donnell with a single and Austin Owens knocked in two with a single as the Spartans grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third with a five-run inning.

East tied the game in the fifth and took a one-run lead in the top of the sixth, but a few key errors allowed the Spartans to pull ahead in the bottom of the sixth. Speaker walked, Cribbs reached on a fielder's choice and O'Donnell singled. With two outs, Rankie reached on a dropped third strike, Guay reached on an error and Jimmy Janeczo walked to drive in the winning run. Owens came up with the crushing blow, clearing the bases with a double to cap the scoring.

"It was kind of like how we'd been playing all year against our tougher opponents, the Hamburgs and (Williamsville) Souths, where have had to come from behind," Starpoint coach Tim Racey said. "Last week, we faced same pitcher on Tuesday and we had to come from behind.

"It was great. Everybody contributed and it was a really nice way to win the game."

Owens finished 3 for 4 with five RBIs, while Cribbs and O'Donnell scored two runs apiece.

The Spartans will host fifth-seeded Hutch Tech at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

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In Cheektowaga, the ninth-seeded Lakemen jumped to a 16-0 lead en route to a 19-7 Class B-2 pre-quarterfinal win over No. 8 Cleveland Hill.

Chris Reid cruised through the first three innings, striking out six, and Mike Thompson supplied more than enough offense, smashing two home runs and a double while knocking in seven.

Jarret Johnston went 4 for 4 with a double, Jason Delisi had three hits and Taylor Thilk went 2 for 4 on the day.

Wilson will play top-seeded City Honors at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo's McCarthy Park in the quarterfinals.