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NW wins on squeeze bunt

Ni­a­gara Wheat­field’s soft­ball squad quite lit­er­ally squeezed by pre­vi­ously-un­de­feated Lew-Port Fri­day for a 5-4 win in nine in­nings.

McKenzie Franks scored Mad­die Ebarts on a squeeze bunt play in the bot­tom of the ninth for the Fal­cons’ win.

“It was def­i­nitely a nice win, we had a lot of girls step up and con­trib­ute,” said coach Jim Proe­frock. Ni­a­gara Wheat­field avenged last sea­son’s two losses to the Lancers.

The game had gone back-and-forth for most of the af­ter­noon. The game was tied at two runs apiece in the fourth in­ning, be­fore the Fal­cons went up 4-3 late.

Lew-Port tied the game at four and forced ex­tra in­nings be­fore Ni­a­gara Wheat­field could put the game away.

Ebarts got in po­si­tion for the score af­ter steal­ing sec­ond base, then reached third on a passed ball.

Ni­a­gara Wheat­field will play CSAT to­day to con­tinue Ni­a­gara Fron­tier League play. Kan­ick al­lowed four hits and rang up three in five in­nings of work for Depew.

She was re­lieved in the last two in­nings by Kennedy Cot­ton, a starter last year that Seelig said is re­cov­er­ing from a quad in­jury.

Cot­ton gave up two hits and rang up one Pi­o­neer bat­ter.

Now 3-1 over­all and 2-1 in ECIC III play, the Wild­cats will play Wil­liamsville South at 9 a.m. to­day at Wil­liamsville East as part of the Wil­liamsville South Tour­na­ment.

Meller­ski throws no-hit­ter

Ryan Meller­ski threw his first var­sity no-hit­ter Fri­day as Ni­a­gara Wheat­field base­ball topped Lew-Port 11-0. The ju­nior struck out 10 lancers.

Meller­ski was on the ju­nior var­sity squad last year, said coach Jim Hagerty, and has be­come “the num­ber two or three” pitcher in the Fal­cons’ ro­ta­tion.

Ni­a­gara Wheat­field was pow­ered of­fen­sively by Chris Cac­cia­tore, who hit four dou­bles and drove in two runs.

Hagerty’s squad has a date with Ni­a­gara Fron­tier ri­val Ken­more

to­day at noon.

Seven goals from Gar­ret Walker and three more from Shaun Do­lac pow­ered West Seneca East lacrosse past Class C ri­val Lake Shore, 23-11, Fri­day.

Do­lac also was cred­ited with seven as­sists in the Tro­jans’ vic­tory.

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