Five spots in the NYSPHSAA semifinals will be up for grabs over the next two days as Section V faces Section VI in the NYS Far West Regionals. Here’s the breakdown:
FAIRPORT RED RAIDERS (17-5/MONROE COUNTY Division I)
LANCASTER LEGENDS (17-2/ERIE COUNTY LEAGUE)
5:00 PM, SATURDAY, GRAND ISLAND HS
How they arrived here: Top-seeded Fairport defeated No. 5 Penfield (13-2) in the semifinals, and earned a close victory over No. 2 Victor (2-1) to claim the Class AA title.
Lancaster shutout No. 6 Frontier (3-0) in the quarterfinals, closed out a victory versus No. 3 Clarence (4-1) and avenged one of its two losses by knocking off No. 1 Orchard Park (3-1).
Tempo and Trends: Fairport averages 6.6 runs and allows an average of 2.7 runs to opponents. The Red Raiders are currently on a five-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents by an average of 3.2 runs per game in that stretch. This streak comes after losing in early May, which ended a nine-game winning streak.
Lancaster scores 6.5 runs and allows 1.3 runs per game. The Legends are currently on a seven-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents by an average of 3.6 runs each game, and earning three shutouts in that time. They have a total of nine shutouts this season.
What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class AA semifinals.
History 101: Fairport reached the NYSPHSAA Class AA quarterfinals in 2012 and the state finals in 2009. Lancaster has made the quarterfinals in both 2010 and 2018.
Players to watch for Fairport: Nicole Allen So. CF; Cecelia Byrne Sr. P; Julianna Haus Sr. C; Morgan Kennedy Sr. SS and Amanda Linnenbrink Jr. P.
Lancaster: Ellie Park Jr. C; Madi Balk Sr. P; Francesca Morris So. 1B; Karly Schurkus So. 3B
Coaches: Curt Johnson (Fairport), Kelly Ambrose (Lancaster)
WEBSTER SCHROEDER WARRIORS (19-5/ MONROE COUNTY)
WILLIAMSVILLE SOUTH BILLIES (ERIE COUNTY II LEAGUE)
12:00 PM, SATURDAY, GRAND ISLAND HS
How they arrived here: Top-seeded Schroeder defeated No. 9 Greece Arcadia (21-0) in the quarterfinals, then went on to shut out reigning champion, No. 4 Brighton (4-0) in the semifinals. The Warriors advanced with a victory over Class A2 champion, Pittsford Sutherland (3-0) in the NYS Class A Regional Qualifier on Tuesday.
Tempo and Trends: Schroeder scores 8.1 runs and allows 1.9 runs to opponents, on average. The Warriors have won 11 games in a row, earning shutouts in three of their last four games and outscoring their opponents by 8.9 runs on average per game throughout the entire stretch. They have allowed one or fewer runs in 13 games.
What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class A semifinals.
History 101: Schroeder made the NYSPHSAA Class AA quarterfinals in 2016. Will South has claimed one NYSPHSAA Class A championship, defeating Sayville in 2014.
Players to watch for Webster Schroeder: Molly Broccolo Sr. P; Krislyn Clement Sr. UTL; Sarah Ferruzza So. C and Madison Spakoski Sr. OF.
Williamsville South: Marissa Barrali Sr. UTL; Sydney Lochocki Sr. OF and Gia Gangi Jr. P
Coaches: Meaghan Keil (Webster Shroeder), Julie Murphy (Depew)
WELLSVILLE LIONS (20-3/SECTION IV LEAGUE)
DEPEW WILDCATS (17-5/ERIE COUNTY III LEAGUE)
2:30 PM, SATURDAY, GRAND ISLAND HS
How they arrived here: Class B2 champion, Wellsville earned a shutout over No. 9 Dansville (6-0) in the quarterfinals, knocked off No. 4 Mynderse (12-2), and claimed the Class B2 title with a win over No. 2 Haverling (2-1). The Lions advanced to defeat Class B1 champion, Waterloo (15-0) in the NYS Class B Regional Qualifier.
Depew collected victories over Tonawanda (21-0), Lake Shore (21-3), Olean (2-1), and Fredonia (6-2) to earn a spot in the Class B Regional bracket.
Tempo and Trends: Wellsville scores 10.6 runs per game, and allows 1.6 runs to opponents, on average. TheLions have won four straight games, allowing only three runs during the stretch. This stretch followed a nine-game win streak, starting in late April. They have nine shutout wins on the season.
Depew scores 9.8 runs and allows 3.4 runs on average. The Wildcats lost two game entering the playoffs, but have since outscored their opponents by 11 runs per game, on average.
What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class B semifinals.
History 101: Depew made the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals in 2016 and the state finals in 2017.
Players to watch for Wellsville: Brazen Beckwith So. UTL; Mackenzie Cowburn So. P/UTL; Makenna Dunbar 9th-grade UTL; Lindsay Stuck 9th-grade, UTL and Sawyer Burke So. UTL.
Depew: Mary Grace Bauer Sr. UTL; Jordan Kanick Jr. P and Mia Vannelli So. C, UTL
Coaches: Matt Burke (Wellsville), Dan Seelig (Depew)
AVON BRAVES (19-1/LIVINGSTON COUNTY)
FALCONER GOLDEN FALCONS (13-3/CHAUTAUQUA/CATTARAUGUS LEAGUE)
5:00 PM FRIDAY FILLMORE HIGH SCHOOL
How they arrived here: Avon earned back-to-back shutouts against No. 8 Marion/Gananda (14-0) in the quarterfinals, and No. 5 Addison (1-0) in the semifinals. They secured the Class C1 title, with a victory over No. 2 Bloomfield (2-1). The Braves claimed the Class C title, with a win over Class C3 champion, Bolivar-Richburg (3-0) in the NYS Class C Regional Qualifier.
Falconer earned back-to-back shutouts over Silver Creek in the quarterfinals (7-0), and Randolph (2-0). The Falcons claimed the Section VI Class C title, defeating Gowanda (8-7).
Tempo and Trends: Avon scores 7.6 and allows 1.4 runs per game. They have won four straight, three of them being shutouts. The Braves have allowed one or less in 14 games.
Falconer scorex 10.4 runs and allow 3.6 runs per game. The Falcons were on a six-game winning streak, before taking a loss to Olean, being their only loss in May. They have allowed one or less runs seven times this season.
What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class C semifinals.
History 101: Falconer made the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals in 2011.
Players to watch for Avon: Joliegh Crye Sr; Courtney Yencer Sr; and Jessie Crye 8th-grade
Falconer: Dani Krenzer Jr; Tess Spangenburg Jr. IF; Emily Melquist Jr. UTL; and Emily Rhinehart 8th-grade UTL.
Coaches: Jill Terry (Avon), Kayleigh Sieber (Falconer)
FRIENDSHIP/SCIO (16-4/ALLEGANY COUNTY)
WESTFIELD WOLVERINES (20-2/SECTION IV)
7:30 PM FRIDAY FILLMORE HIGH SCHOOL
How they arrived here: Friendship/Scio earned back-to-back shutouts against No. 7 Avoca- Prattsburgh (6-0) in the quarterfinals, and No. 3 C. G. Finney (9-0) in the semifinals. They claimed the Class D title over No. 1 Honeoye (4-2) in the NYS Class A Regional Qualifier.
Westfield came out victorious over Brocton (20-4) in the quarterfinals, Sherman/Clymer (5-1) in the semifinals and Ellicottville (6-2), to claim the Section IV Class D title.
Tempo and Trends: Friendship/Scio scores 8.3 runs per game and allows 2.5 runs, on average. They have won six straight, four of them being shutouts. They have limited their opponents to one or fewer runs 12 times.
Westfield scores 10.3 runs per game and allows 2.3 runs, on average. The Wolverines have won their last five games, outscoring opponents by an average of 8.8 runs per game. They also have win streaks of 11 games, that started the season, and four games.
What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class D semifinals.
History 101: Friendship made it to the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals in 2011.
Players to watch for Friendship/Scio: Claire Calhoun Jr. UTL; Jaedyn Shields Sr. 1B; Nevaeh Ross Sr. P and Katherine Lamberson Jr. UTL.
Westfield: Haleigh Dellow Jr. P, SS; Tanleigh Bestine So. P, SS; Sydney Hitchkiss Fr. UTL; Eva Gnadzinski Fr. UTL; Madyson Burgess 8-grade UTL.
Coaches: Deb Kane (Friendship/Scio), Shawn Gnadzinski and Wade Dellow (Westfield)