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Section VI softball finals schedule changed

With Niagara-Wheatfield advancing to the Section VI Class AA softball final, there has been a change in the schedule for Saturday's sectional championships. 

The Class A and B finals will still be held at Niagara-Wheatfield, but there have been changes in the times. Williamsville East plays Depew in the A game at 2:30 p.m.; Falconer plays Dunkirk in the B final at 4:30 p.m.

Since Niagara-Wheatfield can not play for the title on its home field, it's AA championship against Clarence has been moved to Niagara Falls at 7 p.m.

Originally, all three were to be played at Niagara-Wheatfield, but sectional rules dictate that a team may not play for a title on its home field. 

It's ideal that a team doesn't have a literal home-field advantage, especially in a championship game, and that possibility is something the section has to be aware of when the finals are scheduled for a high school site.

However, the I believe the rule is handled differently for different sports: I know I covered Orchard Park in last year's boys lacrosse championships at OP. I'm also pretty sure that lacrosse championships in boys and girls have been held at Amherst in years past, and those programs are almost always in the finals. I don't remember the home-field advantage being an issue in those cases. 

---Keith McShea
(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)


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Keith McShea

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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