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Third Tom Borrelli Memorial Golf Tournament is July 27

For the third year, we will be handing out the Tom Borrelli Memorial Award to the top senior boys lacrosse player in Western New York. And for the first time, we'll be honoring the top girls player as well.

It's our way of honoring our late coworker and friend, who was a fan of all high school sports, particularly lacrosse.

A major fund raiser for the a scholarship fund we are building will be the third annual Tom Borrelli Memorial Award Golf Tournament on Wednesday, July 27 at Holland Hills. 

The first two events have been a big hit and a great time. We're looking forward to seeing many familiar faces. If you competed last year, email me as soon as possible if you plan on playing again.

Spots are filling up so act fast. Here are the details:

It is a 10 a.m. shotgun scramble. The cost is $100 per golfer. Price includes golf, cart, lunch at the turn, dinner, open bar and another chance to hear Jerry Sullivan lie about how well he played. There will be prizes, auctions, raffles and drawings. Golfers who want to play with Sullivan or other News staffers can do so at a higher cost. There is limited space for dinner-only guests at a cost of $25.

To register, mail a check payable to the Tom Borrelli Memorial Award and Scholarship Fund, along with the names of golfers, dinner guests and a phone number to: Tom Borrelli Memorial Award, c/o Sports Department, The Buffalo News, Box 100, One News Plaza, Buffalo, 14240.

** Can't play but still like to donate? Send contributions directly to: Tom Borrelli Memorial Award, c/o Community Fundation for Greater Buffalo, 712 Main St., Buffalo, 14202-1720

**We are also seeking donations from local businesses -- items which can be auctioned off or which can be given out as prizes (such as gift certificates), we are selling hole and green sponsorships, Businesses interested in donating can contact me at We have a tax identification number we will provide to donors.

Thanks very much for any generous donations and please spread the word.

Details are coming soon regarding a fund-raising raffle.

---Keith McShea

Wier returning to EA for senior year

Stan Wier emailed me and said he plans on returning to East Aurora for his senior year.

Wier, who earned second team All-Western New York honors with state Federation Class A champion Nichols as a sophomore in 2009-10 before transferring to La Lumiere of Indiana for his junior year. He played for EA as a freshman. 

"I just wanted to let you know that I plan on coming back to East Aurora for my senior year," Wier stated in his email.

This is certainly interesting news for the 2011-12 boys hoops season. More to come from me when I'm not on vacation :-).

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

News team gets its Macker on

The Buffalo News is a proud sponsor of the Gus Macker and a proud 1-7 in the last four years of Corporate Challenge competition. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

This vacationing reporter wanted to post a short blog with some recent goings-on.

In about an hour -- at 6 p.m. tonight -- The News team will be going at it in the Gus Macker Corporate Challenge.

The real Macker is Saturday and Sunday, but on Friday local companies hoop it up. We are scheduled to take on Cricket Wireless at 6 on the main courts at the New Era Cap Co. headquarters on Delaware Ave. High school sports partner Mary Jo Monnin and I will be joined by reporter Jay Skurski and contributor Nate Beutel.

Let's just say The News doesn't have a great track record in the event -- although I'm sure I will talk about last year's historic victory over WKBW Ch. 7 until the day I die. I'll update the blog with the perhaps-gory details later.

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In other news, Thursday night I was a guest on Officially Yours on WECK (1230 AM) and we talked about the Tom Borrelli Memorial Award (and upcoming golf tournament on July 27), the 2011-12 high school sports year in review and what's in store for football this fall. Listen to the show here.

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Macker update: As always, the Macker is a blast just to get on the court and see lots of familiiar faces -- from players to ex-players to officials, coaches and administrators. And yes, it's still a blast after we go 0-2.

The four horsemen: Skurski, Beutel, McShea and Monnin. (Photo credit: Mayor Byron Brown with MJ's camera!) We have a lot of experience at that (three times in the last four years, with last year's tremendous victory over WKBW Ch. 7 growing more legendary by the sentence.

We hung in there against Cricket, starting strong but falling in a respectable, 9-6 loss in which some tall, long, skilled dude posterized us with a driving dunk down the lane. Nice. I tried to stay out of the poster but I don't think it worked. Thankfully we did not assign a News photographer for today's events. 

Speaking of taking pictures, Mary Jo Monnin asked a bystander to take a team picture of us after the game. The bystander? Mayor Byron Brown. No kidding. He was a good sport and all four of us are in frame. Mark that down on the Brown administration's accomplishment list (just having a little fun, Mr. Mayor). 

Our loser's bracket game was against one of the three teams representing title sponsor Toyota. It started great for the News as Skurski delivered a sweet pass to me across the middle for a driving layup. Pretty.

Things definitely were not so pretty from then on in what would be an 8-3 loss. It was a foul-filled affair thanks in large part to two guys who were living, breathing, hacking, yapping reasons never to buy a Toyota. I proudly earned a double foul against one of them, who from his whining apparently didn't like getting cleanly boxed out. I also non-proudly contributed at least two turnovers and a travel. 

At one point, in between their whining at the volunteer refs, one of the yappers offered a prepubescent, "don't be mad you're losing." This, from a squad that had their female player play the first three minutes (Macker corporate challenge rules require teams to play their female a minimum of three minutes) of the game then left her on the bench the rest of the way. She could play, too. She had a rebound and a putback. I hope Toyota treats its female employees better back at the workplace! Baddump-bump. 

In contrast, we had our three-guys-and-a-female rotation going throughout the game. Against Cricket, we subbed our female when they subbed theirs, and vice versa in what was a hard-fought but clean Macker game. At this point I'd rather buy a car from Cricket. :-)

But again, it was definitely fun. Mary Jo had some nice steals, Beutel grabbed rebounds and set textbook screens he'll be showing his Grand Island troops in practice next season (he's their boys hoops coach), and Skurski provided some great (and much-needed) offense.

The rain held off and hopefully will stay away this weekend for what is a great festival of hoops -- Buffalo's Macker is the largest in the nation. I'm hoping to catch some of the action Saturday and Sunday.

And we'll definitely be back. There's always next year.  

---Keith McShea
(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live from state championship softball: Section VI goes 0 for 3 (with video)

Hello from state championship softball at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury.

Niagara-Wheatfield is here in Class AA, Falconer in B and Frewsburg in C.

I'll have updates throughout the day, but a light drizzle is limiting me to the iPhone right now.

9:48 a.m. Niagara-Wheatfield leads Cicero-North Syracuse, 2-1, after one in the AA semifinals.

Falcons leadoff dynamo Caitlin Attfield led off with a bunt single and came home on this fielder's choice:

The N-W rally ends with C-NS centerfielder Jenna Tartaro tracking down a nice shot off the bat of Alyssa Depetris.

10:15 a.m. Not a good bottom of the second for N-W: C-NS scores seven to take an 8-2 lead after two. The rain has picked up to a harder drizzle now.

Fans under cover in this morning's AA semifinal featuring Niagara-Wheatfield. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) 10:30 a.m. We are suspended due to rain in the bottom of the third. C-NS leads, 8-2, and has the bases loaded with no out.

10:55 a.m. Down the road at the Morse Athletic Complex, Frewsburg has a 4-2 lead on Haldane in a C semifinal heading to the bottom of the second. Raining here but there hasn't been a delay. Frewsburg had a four-run first in which they sent 10 batters to the plate.

11:14 a.m. Haldane scores three in the bottom of the second to take a 5-4 lead. At the end of the inning, the umpire calls a delay to address puddles at home and near third.

11:44 a.m. Play restarted fairly quickly, with Haldane adding four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 9-4 lead. Haldane with a pair of well-hit gappers to drive in their runs.

11:50 a.m. Frewsburg hasn't sent more than three batters to the plate in an inning since the first. 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth.

Samantha Mott delivers for Frewsburg. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) 12:13 p.m. Ouch for Frewsburg. Seven more runs for Haldane, which now leads, 16-4, after four innings.

12:23 p.m. We are back down the road at Adirondack, where C-NS scored a run to take a 9-3 lead after three. This going back and forth & trying to time it right is going to be tough :-).

12:49 p.m. Back at Morse and Frewsburg got two back but trails, 18-6, in the bottom of the sixth. And Haldane just stole a base. Why???

12:51 p.m. Single makes it 19-6.

12:54 p.m. Two-run single made it 22-6 before the inning ended. Heading to the top of the seventh.

1:26 p.m. Section VI is 0-2. Frewsburg lost, 22-6. Niagara-Wheatfield lost, 9-2.

At the end of the Haldane game, their coach added insult to a blowout with some unsportsmanlike conduct I'll elaborate on later when I'm on a laptop and not an iPhone.

Falconer's Cherise Gunnell with the pitch. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

1:53 p.m. B semifinal has started.

2:02 p.m. Windsor gets one in the first after two errors and no hits. With one out, Emma Benson hit a fly to left that would have been a good running catch but the ball went in and out of the glove for a two-base error. Cara Martin followed with a hard-hit ball that went under the second baseman to score Benson.

Update from Binghamton: Dunkirk baseball has lost, 6-2. Check this link from The Journal News of Westchester County for some details (sorry for old school link but we're still updating via iPhone):

3:15 p.m. Been conserving energy with the iPhone. Windsor has a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth. Windsor added three runs in the second.

3:22 p.m. Falconer gets one back with an RBI single by No 9 hitter Allyson Roach. She drove in Shelby Overturf, who walked then moved to third on two fielder's choices. Heading to the sixth.

3:47 p.m. It's a final: Windsor 4, Falconer 1.

Ballgame over. Section VI softball season over. Western New York high school season over.

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My apologies about not updating this sooner (I'm writing it Monday). Saturday was a longgggg day (my story is here), Sunday was spent traveling (and recovering :-) ).  

The unfortunate incident I witnessed at the end of the Class C semifinal was this:

Haldane is leading Frewsburg, 22-6, and as I noted in the blog, they were stealing bases very late in the game with a huge lead. Unnecessary and could be called classless, but it is a separate issue from what I'm about to describe. 

Frewsburg, on the wrong side of the worst kind of score, seemed to be handling it as well as they could. An infielder committed an error by booting the ball late in the game, and the Frewsburg assistant joked with her that she might have tried to kick it directly to a teammate for a great play.

They were losing a big-time game, but Frewsburg seemed to have everything in perspective. 

Not so on the other side. 

In the top of the seventh, the last ups for Frewsburg in the game -- which was, as a reminder, 22-6 -- the leadoff batter hit a hard comebacker to the mound and was thrown out by the pitcher, who had been hit with the ball and was in some degree of pain. As the batter returned to the dugout, she passed home plate, where she received some encouraging words and a high-five from the on-deck batter.

Then I noticed that the on-deck batter had a very surprised look on her face and appeared to be talking to the catcher. The on-deck batter said something to the effect of, "No, I wasn't talking about that ... I was talking about a different thing."

The pitcher stayed in the game and the blowout ended promptly two outs later. Then I saw the same on-deck batter, with Frewsburg coach, at the end of postgame handshake line talking with the Haldane coach. It was a brief conversation in which the Frewsburg player looked to be attempting to explain some kind of misunderstanding.

According to Frewsburg people, the Haldane coach had yelled at the on-deck batter because he thought the Frewsburg players were celebrating the fact that the pitcher had been hurt. That's why the batter was in shock that she was being yelled at for something she didn't do. At the end of the game, the player wanted to explain this misunderstanding to the Haldane coach, who apparently wasn't buying the explanation. I saw the Frewsburg coaching staff make a NYSPHSAA representative aware of the Haldane coach's actions.

The player is a sophomore -- actually almost all of Frewsburg's players are sophomores (one senior, two juniors on roster) -- and after the game the incident left her upset to the point of tears.

It's an incident that didn't need to happen. A coach should speak to -- much less yell -- at an opposing player only in the rarest of cases, and this certainly didn't qualify. There was also an opportunity to smooth out what could have been a bad misunderstanding during the handshake, one that was initiated by the Frewsburg player, but that was, according to Frewsburg, rebuffed by the Haldane coach. 

It's an utter lack of perspective, which in my opinion is the worst thing about high school sports. Coaches and parents (and sometimes players) that go overboard in the way they handle themselves and in the way they deal with the action on the field hijack what is a wonderful athletic and educational experience and take it places it shouldn't go. They take things too seriously to the point where they embarrass themselves.

Coach, you won a state semifinal game -- and left a girl on the other team in tears. Congratulations.

Haldane lost the state championship game later Saturday afternoon.

---Keith McShea
(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live from state semifinal boys lacrosse: Silver Creek falls to III-Cazenovia, 15-13

Hello again from Growney Stadium at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, site of the state semifinals in boys lacrosse for the Western half of the state.

We were here on Saturday for the Far West Regionals, when Silver Creek became the first Section VI team to win a regional game to advance to the state final four. The Black Knights will try to continue their historic playoff run as it faces Cazenovia of lacrosse power Section III (Syracuse area).

7:24 p.m. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m., but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. We have 4:32 left in the third quarter of the Class B game between Irondequoit and Jamesville-Dewitt (J-D just took a 4-1 lead).

8:03 p.m. We have a final score in the Class B game: Jamesville-Dewitt 9, Irondequoit 6.

With the ceremony going on now and warmups to follow, it's going to be a close call for my deadline, which is before 10 p.m.

8:13 p.m. Yikes. There are just over 26 minutes counting down on the scoreboard, giving us a first faceoff at about 8:40 p.m. Yikes again. 

With that yikes-like stuff in mind, I'm going to do a lot of prep work before the game. 

When the action starts, I'll go to the live blog below. Please be mindful that I'll do my best to post comments but my primary goal is to have an account of the action for my story. I won't be able to answer many questions if any. Thanks much for your understanding.

After the game, feel free to make comments on the post.

---Keith McShea
(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live from Far West Regional softball: N-W's makes first final four, Falconer homers to win (with video)

National Anthem for the AA game. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Hello from Brockport State for the Far West Regionals in softball. We've got a tripleheader, starting with the biggest and ending with the smallest of the top three classifications. 

The Class AA final is scheduled for 2 p.m. and pits Niagara-Wheatfield against Greece-Athena. That's followed by the 4 p.m. A final between Williamsville East and Pittsford-Mendon and the 6 p.m. B final of Falconer against Mynderse Academy.

The winners today advance to the state final four in Queensbury on Saturday.

2:13 p.m. The captains meeting at home plate -- we're a bit delayed here as Wheatfield's bus was late to the venue.

Starting lineups:

Niagara-Wheatfield (14-1): Leadoff Caitlin Attfield ss, Katie Gruarin cf, Lara Crooks rf, Leauren DeVantier 1b, Ally Gonyea 3b, Meghan Maranto c, Alyssa DePetris dp, Tori Baron lf, Katie Mazierski 2b; the pitcher is Alyssa Sciria.

Greece-Athena: Leadoff Olivia Miller 3b, Kelsey Johnson 1b, Riley Johnson ss, Chelsea Touchstone of, Emily Shoemaker lf, Sierra Valentine p, Lexi Stiewe dp, Kristen Cardella rf, Marissa McKenna c; Brianna Capezzuto is at 2b.

2:19 p.m. We are under way. Greece-Athena bats first as the away team.

2:27 p.m. One runner for Greece but no damage. Miller flew out, Kelsey Johnson reached on an error at short and moved to second on a wild pickoff attempt by the catcher, but she stayed there after a flyout to right by Riley Johnson and a strikeout, looking, by Touchstone. Middle of first: No score. 

2:41 p.m. Niagara-Wheatfield has to love this start. The Falcons send nine batters to the plate and score three runs on just one hit. Attfield bunt singled, then went all the way to third on a wild throw. On the first pitch to Gruarin, she put down a bunt back to the pitcher and Attfield slided acrosse home plate for the run.

I'm furious with myself for missing the play with the iPhone. If it was the second pitch, I woulda had it. Ugh. Attfield had a great head-first slide across the plate right below us.

Gruarin went to second as the throw home went behind the catcher. Crooks blooped out to second. DeVantier walked. Gonyea singled opposite-field to right to score Gruarin and move DeVantier to third. Maranto walked to load the bases after a Gonyea steal. DePetris grounded to short and she came home to get the force and the bases remained loaded on the fielder's choice. Baron walked to force in a run. Mazierski struck out. End of first: N-W, 3-0.

2:46 p.m. Another great half-inning for Wheatfield as Sciria strikes out the side: Shoemaker, Valentine, Stiewe. Middle of the second: N-W, 3-0.

2:58 p.m. More good things for N-W. Six batters, four hits and two more runs. Attfield doubled to start against a bunt-defense, five-player infield, scooting to second when the ball got past the center fielder. Gruarin singled, Attfield scored. Crooks struck out looking. DeVantier blooped a single to right to drive in Gruarin. Gonyea blooped a single to center, just over the shortstop. With runners on first and second, Maranto hit a liner to short, and Riley Johnson nabbed it out of the air and stepped on second, almost in one motion, for an inning-ending double play. End of second: N-W, 5-0.

3:02 p.m. Sciria keeps cruising. Three up, three down. Strikeout of Cardella, McKenna lined softly to first, Miller popped out high to first. Middle of third: N-W, 5-0. 

3:06 p.m. First quiet inning for N-W as Valentine may have settled down in the circle. DePetris grounded to the pitcher, Baron struck out, Mazierski lined out to left. End of third: N-W, 5-0.

3:09 p.m. Three up, three down again for Sciria. Kelsey Johnson flies to left, Riley Johnson grounds to short, Touchstone grounds to pitcher. Middle of fourth: N-W, 5-0

3:15 p.m. Another quick one for N-W as Attfield lines out to left, Gruarin pops out foul to the first baseman, and Crooks flew out to left. End of fourth: N-W, 5-0. 

3:20 p.m. A hint of a rally but still only three batters for Athena. The no-hitter for Sciria is over (wasn't my fault -- I didn't mention it :-) ). Shoemaker reaches on an infield single; Valentine struck out swinging. Then Shoemaker went on a steal and Maranto threw to Attfield who swept a tag as Shoemaker arrived and the call is out; definitely a close play, tough to tell if there was actual contact on the tag. Stiewe lined out to short to end the inning. Middle of fifth: N-W, 5-0.

3:24 p.m. Innings going quite quickly. Three up, three down for the Falcons as DeVantier fisted a liner to short, Gonyea foul-popped out to catcher and Maranto grounded to second. End of fifth: N-W, 5-0.

3:30 p.m. Cardella flew out to right, McKenna grounded to first, and then Miller delivered a solid single to left. The inning ended when Kelsey Johnson grounded to Sciria. Middle of sixth: N-W, 5-0. 

3:37 p.m. Nothing for N-W. Grounder to short by DePetris, single to left by Baron, foul pop by Mazierski which is caught nicely by a sliding Kelsey Johnson, grounder to second by Attfield. End of sixth: N-W, 5-0. 

Three outs to go for the Falcons. 3-4-5 batters upcoming for Athena.

3:57 p.m. Whoops. Forgot to update the blog before going to get quotes :-) 

We have a FINAL SCORE: Niagara-Wheatfield 5, Greece-Athena 0.

In the seventh, Riley Johnson was hit by a pitch then was out on a fielder's choice that put Touchstone at first. Shoemaker walked to put runners at first and second, but then Sciria finished it off. Valentine flew out to right, which went as a sacrifice. Sciria fielded a grounder by Stiewe and threw her out to end the game.

Here's the final out: 

It is the first trip to the state final four for Niagara-Wheatfield softball.

First final four in N-W softball history. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Back with the A game in a few moments. Infield practice going on. 

4:27 p.m. Starting lineups being announced now. We'll try and type those in right now.

Williamsville East is the visitor.

Williamsville East: Leadoff Dani Silvestri lf, Marci Tirone cf, Jenna Reilley ss, Jenna Allers rf, Catherine Krok 3b, Tara Schiumo 2b, Sam Weaver p, Machenzie Klun 1b, Dana Larkin dp (for Jami Cohen c).

Pittsford-Mendon: Leadoff Courtney Case ss, Jenna Lazar 2b, Lauren D'Hont cf, Brittany Grage p, Anna Valentine 1b, Kelsey Julien rf, Michelle Hochman c, Katie Brennan lf, Erin Lyons 3b.

4:39 p.m. One hit but nothing more for Will East in the top of the first. Silvestri grounded to third. Grage struck out Tirone and Allers with a single to right from Reilley in between. Middle of first: No score. 

4:45 p.m. Two strikeouts for Weaver, but a run for Pitt-Mendon. Case struck out looking, Lazar singled to right, D'Hont struck out swinging. Grage then blasted a fly ball deep to center, over Tirone's head for a double that scored Lazar. Valentine ended the inning with a grounder to third. End of first: Pitt-Mendon, 1-0. 

4:53 p.m. Two baserunners this time for East, but another inning-ending strikeout. Krok grounded to third, Schiumo legged out an infield single, Weaver lined out, Klun reached on catcher's interference, putting runners at first and second, and Cohen struck out swinging. Middle of second: Pitt-Mendon, 1-0.

5:01 p.m. The inning started tamely enough but ended poorly for the Flames. Julien and Hochman grounded out to pitcher and third, respectively. Brennan then grounded to third and it looked like the ball might be headed down the line, but Krok went full extension on a dive to keep the play to a single. When Lyons followed with a double to deep left-center, it looked like Krok's play would be huge as it kept a run from scoring. However, the hits kept coming as Case smacked a single just out of the reach of Schiumo for two RBIs and a bloop single by Lazar scored Case (who moved to second on the throw home and to third on a stolen base). D'Hont ended the inning with a grounder to Weaver. End second: Pitt-Mendon, 4-0.

5:05 p.m. Nothing doing for East. Silvestri grounded out, Tirone struck out swinging, Reilley lined out to left. Middle of third: Pitt-Mendon, 4-0.

5:13 p.m. More hits for Pitt-Mendon, but a strong finish for Weaver prevents any more scoring. Grage led off with a single, Valentine flew out to right, Julien doubled on a ball that apparently went over the third base bag. Will East coach Ron Schumacher came out to protest afterwards but it wasn't a long discussion. But with runners on second and third, Hochman flew out to right -- with Allers throwing home strongly to prevent an attempted tag-up -- and Brennan went down swinging. Weaver got the last two strikes on an off-speed strike that was taken, then got a swinging strikeout with a hard one. End of third: Pitt-Mendon, 4-0.  

5:21 p.m. Baserunners, but no hits or runs for East. Allers walked, Krok struck out after two foul bunts, Schiumo was hit by a pitch, Weaver grounded sharply to the pitcher, who threw to third for a nice fielder's choice. The inning ended with Klun grounding to second. Middle of fourth: PItt-Mendon, 4-0.

5:28 p.m. More runs for Mendon. Lyons led off with an infield single that banged off the knee of Reilley; she was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Case; Lazar singled and moved to second on a throw home. D'Hont grounded to third, but after she was out at first, Lyons broke for home. She scored, the throw was wild, and Lazar came around to score. More runners but no more scoring as Grage wlked, Valentine singled and Julien grounded to pitcher. End of fourth: Pitt-Mendon, 6-0. 

5:31 p.m. Very quick inning for East. Strikeout swinging for Larkin, Silvestri grounded to pitcher, Tirone grounded to short. Middle of fifth: Pitt-Mendon, 6-0.  

Allers is now pitching; Weaver replaced her in right.

5:43 p.m. Another long inning for Mendon, and another run. Hochman singled to right, Brennan sac bunted her over, Lyons popped out. Case reached on an infield single on which Reilley made a great play to get in front of it on a dive, then even tried to throw her out while sitting on the dirt. Lazar followed with a single which Schiumo nearly tracked down in shallow right; that scored Hochman. D'Hont struck out to end the inning. End of fifth: Pitt-Mendon, 7-0. 

5:50 p.m. Will East gets a run thanks to Reilley's leadoff blast to center field which went for a triple. Allers grounded out to second to score the run. Krok fisted a soft liner to short. Schiumo walked but the inning ends with a Weaver groundout to third. Middle of sixth: Pitt-Mendon, 7-1. 

5:55 p.m. Ka-blam. Grage turns on one and blasts a home run over the left-center field fence -- the fences are an even 200 feet away all around. In bottom of sixth: Pitt-Mendon, 8-1.

5:58 p.m. No more damage as the next three go down. End of sixth: Pitt-Mendon, 8-1. 

Three more outs for the Flames to mount a comeback.

6:12 p.m. At leadoff there was a great battle by Machenzie Klun, who fouled off eight pitches before muscling a single over third base. Great at-bat by Klun to start a rally for East. 

Alissa Davis flied out to deep left as a pinch hitter; Silvestri reached on an infield single to deep short; Tirone fouled out to first. Reilley grounded to short but the throw was wild, allowing two runs to score. The game ended with a great catch by center fielder D'Hont on a blast by Allers. 

We have a FINAL SCORE: Pittsford-Mendon 8, Williamsville East 3.

6:20 p.m. Just finished interviews -- this was the final game of Ron Schumacher's 34-year coaching career. 

Back with the B game in about 15 minutes or so.

6:43 p.m. Starting lineups being introduced. Falconer is the visitor. 

Falconer: Leadoff Sadie Stuart ss, Kayleigh Erickson cf, Shannon Gunnell c, Cherise Gunnell p, Erika Hines 1b, Shelby Overturf rf, Morgan Spallino 2b, Ashley Gunnell 3b, Allyson Roach lf. 

Mynderse: Leadoff Megan Tuttle ss, Allie Deal rf, Abby Dygert c, Courtney Johnson p, Mariah Foser lf, Sydney Rogers 2b, Meghan Felice 3b, Alysha Bachman 1b, Jessica Parish cf. 

6:50 p.m. First pitch of the B game. Since I have to write up three games, I might skimp on some details here. I'll still have scoring updates and probably inning updates. 

6:55 p.m. Falconer threatens but does not score in the top of the first. Stuart reached on an infield single, but then Johnson struck out Erickson and Shannon G. Cherise G. reached on an error by the shortstop, with the wild throw allowing Stuart to third and Cherise G. to second. Johnson then got Hines to end the inning with a groundout to short. Middle of first: No score. 

7:04 p.m. A mini-threat for Mynderse as well, but Cherise G. gets a strikeout to end the inning. Tuttle started with a strikeout, Deal walked, Dygert popped up, then Johnson thumped a single up the middle to put runners at first and second. Cherise G. got Foster on a swinging strikeout. End of first: No score.

7:07 p.m. Quick and quiet second for Falconer. Two very strong plays by shortstop Tuttle, who goes into deep short to get Overturf -- thanks to a sweep tag by Bachman; then she went deep on a hard shot by Spallino, threw off the base but again Bachman reeled it in and stepped on first in time. Ashley G. ended the inning with a foul out to catcher. Middle of second: No score. 

7:15 p.m. Only four batters for Mynderse, but one was a big one. After a leadoff strikeout to Rogers, BOOM. Righty Felice turned on an inside pitch and her high fly homer landed well over the left field fence. Cherise G. struck out Bachman and then Parish rolled out to first. End of second: Mynderse, 1-0.

7:22 p.m. Roach strikes out, Stuart with another hit on a single to left, but then Erickson strikes out and Shannon G. is out on a fielder's choice as they got the out at second. Middle of third: Mynderse, 1-0. 

7:44 p.m. Lots of good news to update for Falconer fans. Cherise G. had two strikeouts in facing four batters in the bottom of the third, and then Falconer blew up in the top of the fourth. 

Cherise G. led off with a single that landed her at third when her solid shot to center scooted past the center fielder, then Hines singled to right to drive her in. After Overdorf' bunt attempt was caught on a pop out to the pitcher, Spallino reached on an error on the first baseman, who couldn't handle the throw from the third baseman. Ashley G. bunt singled to load the bases. Roach then lined out to center. 

Then the most impressive HOME RUN of the day, as Stuart clobbers a GRAND SLAM to very deep left to turn a tie game into a 5-1 Falconer lead.

Here it is ... hard to see the ball, but it lands well past the fence in left center. 

Then Erickson made it back-to-back HOMERS just left of center to make it a 6-1 lead. Shannon G. was hit by a pitch, stole second and move to third on a passed ball before Cherise G. -- who led off the inning -- flew out to deep center. Middle of fourth: Falconer, 6-1. 

7:50 p.m. Three up, three down for Mynderse with two strikeouts for Cherise G. End of fourth: Falconer, 6-1.

7:56 p.m. Wow. Another HOME RUN for Falconer. Spallino gets around on one and another one goes sailing well over the left center wall. That came with two outs in the inning. Middle of fifth: Falconer, 7-1. 

8:11 p.m. We're heading to the bottom of the sixth and Falconer's lead is four. Mynderse got two runs in the bottom of the fifth without a hit: two hit by pitches, a sac bunt, a walk, a wild pitch (scored one) and a sac fly (scored another). In the top of the sixth, Falconer went down on two fly outs and a pop-up. Middle of sixth: Falconer, 7-3.

8:20 p.m. Cherise G. rebounded from a shaky inning with as strong an inning as you could want: she struck out the side. End of sixth: Falconer, 7-3.

8:25 p.m. Falconer sends five batters to the plate but no runs. Falcons are now three outs away from the final four. Middle of seventh: Falconer, 7-3. 

8:34 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Falconer 7, Mynderse 3.

Here's the final out.

Interview time for me. Gotta run.

Falconer's final four Falcons. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

11:28 p.m.
Thanks to the Brockport Tim Hortons for becoming a satellite office for The Buffalo News High School Sports Desk. Got some food, drink, a seat and an electrical outlet to do my story ... and to do a re-do of an update of my story after my computer locked up. Gotta love it.

I'm back tomorrow evening for Silver Creek boys lacrosse's attempt to make the state championship game, which should be very exciting. I'll have the live blog going for that but the 8 p.m. scheduled start is a real booger for my deadline. We'll get it done.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live from Class A Far West Regional baseball: Hamburg falls to V-Pittsford-Sutherland, 6-0 (with video)

A beeeeeautiful night for baseball at Batavia's Dwyer Stadium. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Hello from Dwyer Stadium in Batavia -- as the baseball announcers would say -- on a beeee-autiful evening for baseball. We're here for the Class A Far West Regional game between Section VI champion Hamburg and Section V (Rochester area) champion -- and defending state champion -- Pittsford-Sutherland.

This is my first visit to Dwyer and I love the place. Gotta put it on my list to get out here to watch the Muckdogs muck it up some night.

7:11 p.m. Game time was scheduled for 7, but Hamburg is still taking infield at the moment, with Pittsford-Sutherland yet to do so. The start was pushed back due to the Section V Class D final being played beforehand.  

If you are computer bound instead of out enjoying this lovely evening at a high school baseball game ( :-) ), check out some fine work by two of our summer interns.

Ryan Marfrut covered Game Two of the Georgetown Cup championship series, which Canisius closed out with a thrilling, come-from-behind, 5-4 victory over St. Francis. Check out the live blog from Coca-Cola Field. Bryan Tenney and the Crusaders win their third straight cup. Those guys love playing for the Cup in June. 

Sam Kilb is now in the driver's seat at Coca-Cola Field, covering the Class AA Far West Regional between Clarence and Victor. Check out the live blog.

7:27 p.m. Umpires and coaches meeting at home plate. 

Usually you just hear the synthesizers of Europe's "Final Countdown" when you are at a sporting event. We have had the pleasure of hearing the entire song while the coaches and umpires meet. 


Hamburg (15-9): Leadoff Jordan Pytlak ss, Tyler Herr 1b, Brian Castonguay 2b, Michael Kerr 3b, James Zemla cf, Tyler Shaw dh (for Sam Hogan p), Eric Simoncelli c, Jake Dehlinger rf, Nolan Ringo lf. 

Pittsford-Sutherland (22-2): Leadoff Hunter Merill lf, Jordan Swisher c, Brad Kacza ss, Zach Salvia 1b, Nick Barra 2b, Grand Heyman cf, Jeff Kay rf, Matt Barra dh (for Michael Gibbs p), Spencer Lowe 3b.

Solid, enthusiastic crowd on hand for Hamburg, including about 20 purple T-shirt-wearing students at the top of one bleacher. No such student section from Pitt-Sutherland. 

7:38 p.m. First pitch, and its a strike from Gibbs. 

There's a big glare as the sun is setting over left field. Right now it is hovering over the foul pole so it shouldn't be too much of a problem, if at all, for batters. It's a slight problem for sportswriters. 

7:45 p.m. The top of the first was a very eventful one for Hamburg, which is NOT happy, and it appears they have good reason to be.

After a pop out by Pytlak, Herr and Castonguay each reached on slow rolling singles between third and short. Kerr bounced one to short, but the last one was a big hop that couldn't be handled for an error -- could have been a double play, but the bases were loaded. 

Zemla bounces one to third, and Lowe does well to get to third for the force, then he plants and throws to first. The call of "Out!" is one that is disagreed with by most of the press box, and many in the stands, certainly if the fans were from Hamburg. 

The first base umpire (there are four working this championship game), did the standard umpire move after a controversial call and immediately went for a walk out into right field. Hamburg coach Steve Chaffee came out and walked all the way out to right and was very demonstrative in his disagreement. 

I have the iPhone video and I'll post it as soon as I'm able, which might not be until after the game. The play is closer than it appeared in person, but the video looked safe as well.

Here it is (posted in the seventh): 

Middle of the first, no score. 

7:56 p.m. A great response from Hogan on the mound, as he strikes out the side -- the last two sandwiched around a walk. End of the first, no score. 

8 p.m. No drama in the top of the second. Three straight grounders and three straight 6-to-3s in the scorebook for Shaw, Simoncelli and Dehlinger. 

8:07 p.m. A strikeout of Nick Barra starts the inning, and after an error on the second baseman, Jeff Kay grounded to second and it became a 6-4-3 double play on which first baseman Herr made a very nice stretch. End of the second, no score

8:14 p.m. Hamburg not happy again. After a leadoff sharp single up the middle by Ringo, Pytlak hit a very high pop to right. On an I-got-it-you-got-it, the ball lands in between the right fielder and the second baseman. The right fielder picks it up and throws to second for the force, and while it was a close play, it appears that Hamburg again gets a tough call as Ringo is called out. It goes as a 9 to 6 fielder's choice.

After a stolen base by Pytlak, it got even worse for Hamburg fans. Herr grounds to the shortstop, who forces Pytlak to scamper back to second and he throws wide to first. The first baseman comes off the bag and does the sweep tag, but I didn't see any contact. The better evidence is another shocked reaction by Hamburg's first base coach, and even better is Herr's instantaneous reaction that he wasn't touched. More hollers from the Hamburg fans and more incredulousness from the press box (not just me). 

Chaffee again comes out to express his frustration. Every trip has been deserved. 

But that's that. Middle of the third, no score.  

8:26 p.m. After a lineout to center on which Zemla makes a nice play to come in and nab as he went to the grass, and a groundout to third by Lowe, Merill gets Pitt-Sutherland's first hit of the day with a sharp liner to left. Merill stole second.

Swisher followed with a sharp single up the middle on a 2-2 pitch and Merill came around to score.

Ouch. Slow grounder to second on what looks like an inning-ender, but the throw is wide of first and Sutherland has runners at second and third for clean-up batter Salvia.

Salvia lines one down the third base line for big trouble for Hamburg -- the ball rolls around in the corner as the two runs score. The ball is dug out in time to nab Salvia -- who inexplicably stopped between second and third -- on a tag-out play at third to end the inning.

After three innings, Pitt-Sutherland 3, Hamburg 0. 

8:32 p.m. Hamburg with a mini-threat as, after a Castonguay strikeout, Kerr reached on an error by the shortstop after a high throw, then moved to second on a groundout to third by Zemla. But the inning ended with Shaw softly lining to second. Middle of fourth: Pitt-Sutherland leads, 3-0.

The sun has gone down over left field. Whew. View from the press box is now a sunglass-free deal.

8:39 p.m. Pitt-Sutherland adds another run and Hamburg makes a pitching change. Nick Barra grounded out to lead off, then lefty Heyman fisted a single to left and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. Kay then rapped a single to left to drive in Heyman and, soon after, Chaffee was walking to the mound for the change.

Zemla comes in to pitch while Shaw, who had been the DH, goes to left field, and Ringo moves from left to center.

8:44 p.m. One batter and two outs for Zemla as Pytlak fields a grounder to short, steps on second and throws to first for the double play. End of the fourth: Pitt-Sutherland leads, 4-0.

8:49 p.m. A quick inning for Hamburg. Simoncelli gave a ball a ride to deep left center but it was tracked down smoothly by Heyman, Dehlinger grounded to short and Ringo flew out to right. Middle of fifth: Pitt-Sutherland, 4-0.

9:02 p.m. After the rough start with the umpires, Hamburg hasn't helped itself. Too many mistakes. A groundout to short by Lowe is followed by a walk to Merill; a fly out to center by Swisher is followed by a walk to Kaczka, and a passed ball gives P-M runners at second and third. A Salvia grounder to second could have ended the inning again, but the ball stays down and through the legs of the second baseman and both runners come in to score. The inning ends with a Barra groundout to second.

End of fifth: Pitt-Sutherland leads, 6-0

9:16 p.m. Three-up, three-down in the top of the sixth; Zemla strikes out two in the bottom of the sixth. Hamburg has three outs left. End of six: Pitt-Sutherland leads, 6-0.

9:23 p.m. Two singles, two strikeouts and a pop-out and it's over. 

We have a FINAL SCORE: Pittsford-Sutherland 6, Hamburg 0.

---Keith McShea
(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live from AA Far West Regional baseball: V-Victor beats Clarence, 2-0

Live from Coca-Cola Field, it's the Class AA Far West Regional baseball playoff between Section-VI Clarence and Section V's Victor.

Clarence (17-3) earned its spot in this game by knocking off Orchard Park, 7-6, on Wednesday. Clarence's Sean Wolf hit a two-run single with two outs in the sixth inning to clinch it for the Red Devils.

The Victor Blue Devils have won 15-straight games, and have yet to lose to a New York State opponent. The Blue Devils (21-1) beat Fairport, 6-2, on Sunday to get to the Far West Regionals.

First pitch is set for 7 p.m., but might be a little delayed due to the Georgetown Cup game beforehand.

7:00 p.m.: Teams on the field for warm-ups, but the start time is going to be a little late. Clarence will have Zach Lauricella on the mound against junior Matt Portland of Victor.

7:06 p.m.: Clarence starters: Ryan Lawrence (RF), Brandon Bielecki (3B), Zach Lauriella (P), Sean Wolf (CF), Mike Elwood (SS), Pat Doherty (LF), Mark Armstrong (C), Nick Ferry (1B) and Zach Zabel (2B)

Victor starters: Cory McDonald (LF), Josh Ludwig (RF), Tommy Wagner (2B), Matt Portland (P), Jash Maves (SS), Pete Carrier (3B), Nolan Colucci (1B), Branden Rhodes (C) and Joe Simmons (CF)

7:23 p.m.  About ready to get things started. Clarence in the field first.

7:33 p.m.: Lauriella gets out of the top of the first inning without allowing a run. Victor stranded two in Wagner, who walked and was advanced to second on a Portland single. Blue Devils at the plate.

7:44 p.m.: Victor escapes runners on the corners when Maves snagged a grounder and gunned it to first from deep to end the inning. Portland allows one hit, strikes out one. Scoreless through one inning.

7:52 p.m.: With runners on first and second and no outs, Lauricella helps himself out by picking off Pete Carrier at second base, then forcing Rhodes into a ground out and striking out Simmons. Still scoreless.

7:56 p.m.: Portland doesn't throw a single ball in the bottom half of the second, striking out Red Devils on either side of a pop out to center field as the side is retired in order.

8:08 p.m.:  A Clarence double play gets the Red Devils out of some serious trouble in the top of the third, and Victor has stranded runners in all three innings. 

8:21 p.m.: It's turning into something of a defensive battle here, still scoreless through three. A little discussion after a Clarence player slid wide into second and broke up a double play...after a lengthy chat with both coaches, the runner at first was also called out. It proved important, as Portland walked one and then struck out the next batter to get out of the inning intact. Four K's for Portland through three.

8:36 p.m.: One-two-three inning, as two Victor batters fly out and Lauricella gets his third strikeout. Still scoreless.

9:05 p.m.: Lots of talking going on in the top of the seventh. After a walk, the Clarence coach came out to challenge the bat being used by the Victor player. Finally, the runner at first was ruled out. Still no score, but plenty of action.

9:27 p.m.: Victor scores two in the top half of the seventh, and now Clarence has the tying run at the plate with two out.

9:30 p.m.: Portland strikes out the final batter, and Victor is the victor. The final score: 2-0.

--- Sam Kilb (@samkilb)

Live from Georgetown Cup Game Two: Canisius beats St. Francis, 5-4, for title

4:02 p.m. We're live from Coca-Cola Field as Canisius and St. Francis are getting ready to take the field. Just a reminder that this is game two of a three game series. Canisius won game one on Sunday at Northtown Center, 5-1.

Senior Josh Vaccaro gets the start on the mound for Canisius, with senior Evan Briggs, who will attend RIT next year, starting for St. Francis.

4:38 p.m. Mid 2nd St. Francis 1 Canisius 0: The Red Raiders draw first blood as Dallas Szustak starts the second inning off with a hard line drive that made it's way into the far corner of the stadium. The senior hustled for a triple and was driven in on the next at bat by senior Nicholas DiRienzo on a ground out.

St. Francis threatened in the inning again after a single and a walk. But Canisius avoided further damage with a Vaccaro strike out and a jumping catch by first baseman Joe Gagliano. 

5:17 p.m. Mid 4th St. Francis 4 Canisius 0: St. Francis strikes again this time with a two RBI single from senior Robert Harrington in the top of the fourth. The inning started off with a walk, followed by a bunt that Canisius failed to get an out on. Another walk loaded the bases and Harrington struck.

On the very next at bat, Canisius over threw second while trying to get Harrington. The play allowed for Junior Craig Matthew to advance from third and score the third run of the inning.

5:32 p.m. Top 5th St. Francis 4 Canisius 0: Canisius gets it's first hit off Briggs in the fourth with two outs. Senior Gordon Lyons followed the hit with a lengthy at bat, resulting in a walk. But, Briggs pulls out a great play by picking Lyons leading off at first for the third out. So far Briggs has 6 strike outs with three walks.

5:36 p.m. Mid 5th St. Francis 4 Canisius: Update on Vaccaro now. The senior just struck out two more in a 1-2-3 fifth. That gives him six strike outs with five walks, while allowing four hits.

6:16 p.m. Top 7 St. Francis 4 Canisius 4: After starting off the sixth by giving up a single and a walk St. Francis decided to pull Briggs. The senior gave up three hit with three walks and seven strike outs. 

Mercyhurst bound senior Michael Wagner came in to replace Briggs and walked his first batter. Up next was junior Tom Maxwell who drove two runs in with a hard double to left center. Wagner regained his composure with a strike out.

But, Canisius struck again though when Vaccaro grounded out to drive in senior Alex Heuer. Canisius then brought in junior Maurice Jordan to pinch hit. With two outs Jordan hit a hard line drive to left center to drive in the games tying run. In the sixth inning alone Canisius got three hits with four runs. Before that the team only had one hit.

6:30 GAME OVER St. Francis 4 Canisius 5: Senior Alex Heuer clinched the Georgetown Cup for Canisus with a walk off double to deep left. Heuer drove in junior Marc DiLeo who was on base after a one out single. 

Canisius has won the Georgetown Cup in an amazing comeback victory.


---Ryan Marfurt

Baseball regional schedule shuffle

Some changes in the Far West Regionals in baseball announced today by Section VI:

* The Class C regional between Frewsburg and Section V's Cuba-Rushford has been moved to Jamestown's Diethrick Park at 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Niagara Falls' Sal Maglie Stadium. 

* The Class D regional that includes Pine Valley will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Batavia's Dwyer Stadium. The game was scheduled for Monday but the Section V final was pushed back to today, thus the delay. 

Check out the blog later for updates from Game Two of the Georgetown Cup championship series (4 p.m.) at Coca-Cola Field, the Class AA regional featuring Clarence (7 p.m.) at Coca-Cola Field and the Class A regional featuring Hamburg (7 p.m.) at Batavia's Dwyer Stadium.  

---Keith McShea
(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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