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Live from the Section VI baseball finals at Sal Maglie: Clarence, Will South win

9:17 -- FINAL -- 2-1 CLARENCE: The top of the seventh was a chaotic affair that ended with Armstrong striking out the final batter with a man on third and being mobbed by his teammates. Clarence claims the Section VI Class AA championship 2-1 over Lancaster and advances to the Far West Regionals. Read the full game stories for both of tonight's matchups in tomorrow's Buffalo News. This is Aaron Mansfield signing off. Thank you for reading. Have a great night!

9:06 -- END 6 -- 2-1 CLARENCE: Armstrong got Lancaster 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. He's been dominant. Stekl allowed an infield single and hit a batter in the bottom of the inning, but he bounced back to close the frame without any damage. We head to the top of the seventh: last licks for Lancaster.

8:54 -- END 5 -- 2-1 CLARENCE: Armstrong walked one batter and a successful but advanced the runner to second with one out, but the impressive hurler closed out the inning without any damage. Clarence jump started its offense in the bottom of the frame. With a man on first and one out, second baseman Bryan Jost doubled to deep right to put runners at second and third with Armstrong coming to the plate. He was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, loading the bars with one out and DH Ryan Jelonek coming up. Stekl walked Jelonek on five pitches to even the score. Stekl struck out first baseman Evan Harof for the second out, but he walked home third baseman Mark Materise to make it 2-1 Clarence. Stekl got left fielder Matt Nawrot on three pitches to get out of trouble.

8:29 -- END 4 -- 1-0 LANCASTER: Armstrong had his perfect game intact after he struck out the first two batters of the fourth, but Lancaster's Stekl drew a walk to reach first and then advanced to third on Armstrong's errant pick-off attempt throw. The Redskins' Ted Wilson lined a single to center to make it 1-0. Clarence stranded one runner in the bottom of the frame.

8:13 -- END 3 -- 0-0: Three up, three down for Lancaster. Armstrong has a perfect game through three. Clarence strands two men on base.

7:58 -- END 2 -- 0-0: Armstrong got the Redskins 1-2-3 again, and Lancaster starter Ryan Stekl has been equally impressive. Clarence has the only hit of this game, as it remains a pitchers' duel:

7:48 -- END 1 -- 0-0: We are underway between Lancaster and Clarence in the Class AA championship game this gorgeous evening at Sal Maglie Stadium. It's knotted at 0 thus far. Dominant Clarence pitcher Mark Armstrong has been as good as advertised, mowing down the batters in order and consistently hitting the lower-90s with his fastball.

6:27 -- FINAL -- 9-1 SOUTH: That's all she wrote. Powers finishes strong, completing an impressive performance. South puts together a thoroughly dominant outing to claim the Class A crown. Powers earns the win after giving up five hits and one run. The Billies finish with 13 hits. Next on the docket: the Class AA final between Clarence and Lancaster slated for 7 p.m. It should be a good one. See you then!

6:20 -- END 6 -- 9-1 SOUTH: This game seems all but over. Powers got through the top of the sixth and he is cruising. He's working on a four-hitter and is back out for what will likely be the final inning. South stranded a man on third.

6:02 -- END 5 -- 9-1 SOUTH: For the first time all game, nothing noteworthy came of the fifth inning. Ringo, who was playing second, is now pitching for Hamburg, but the Billies appear solidly in command.

5:50 -- END 4 -- 9-1 SOUTH: There were no fireworks in the top of the fourth inning, as Powers remained in control. Shortstop Piasecki made the standout play of the frame by ranging to his right and making a strong throw to first. South took a solid advantage in the bottom of the inning. With two runners on base, Zaprowski, one of the day's stars, floated a double to left to score senior Brian Bookbinder and make the score 5-1 South. Piasecki then singled on the first pitch he faced to bring two more home, and third baseman Billy Hartford drilled a standup triple to right-center to bring home one more. Will South's run continued as Powers lofted a soft single to right to score Hartford.

5:28 -- END 3 -- 4-1 SOUTH: Tempers flared in the top of the third following Powers' third hit batter and then a baserunner taking out South second baseman Zaprowski, who was down for a few seconds but stayed in the game. The umpire called a double play for obstruction, and the crowd grew a bit rowdy over the physical play. Hamburg stranded a runner on third. Bulldogs second baseman Cam Ringo provided the highlight of the inning. He stabbed a scorching liner, jumped to his feet and made the throw to first.

5:12 -- END 2 -- 4-1 SOUTH: In the top half of the inning, Hamburg got on the board when catcher David Edie slid home on a meticulously executed double steal. South bounced back, though. After scoring a quick run to tie the game, with two outs in the bottom of the frame, South's Steve Zaprowski lined a single to center to make the score 3-1, and the very next batter, Tyler Piasecki, absolutely drilled a double to make it 4-1.

4:49 -- END 1 -- 0-0: Will South starter senior Damian Powers, at 6-foot-4, stands tall on the mound. Powers hit the first two batters he faced. He settled down and struck out Hamburg's Justin LaRosa before a bunt advanced the runners to second and third. With two out and two on, Hamburg's Brian Castonguay stepped up to the plate. South 1B Tyler Utz made a brilliant diving stab to thwart the Bulldogs' run. Hamburg starter Kyle Sickau was much more in command, quickly mowing down the Billies in the bottom half of the frame.

4:31: NIAGARA FALLS -- Aaron Mansfield here. It's almost time for baseball at Sal Maglie Stadium. The first matchup of the day is the Class A championship between No. 1 Williamsville South and No. 3 Hamburg.

May 30, 2013


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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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