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Section VI baseball champs: Lancaster, Clarence, Amherst, Maryvale, Medina, Wilson, North Collins

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Postseason baseball continues this week in Western New York after Section VI pennants were claimed by teams from Lancaster (Class AAA), Clarence (AA), Amherst (A-1), Maryvale (A-2), Medina (B), Wilson (C) and North Collins (D).

Amherst (13-8), after its 7-0 shutout of Kenmore East in the sectional final, will play Maryvale (17-6), a 9-4 winner against Dunkirk, for the overall Class A crown on Tuesday at Frontier. The winner will join the other five sectional champions in the Far West Regional playoffs, with the C and D games at Salamanca on Friday, and the upper classifications at Grand Island on Saturday.

The St. Joe’s (16-9) and Canisius (12-9) rivalry will reconvene on the basepaths at Sal Maglie Stadium this week. The best-of-three Georgetown Cup championship series begins Wednesday.

North Collins (15-3) will begin the regional playoff weekend taking on Arkport-Canaseraga from Section V at 4 p.m. Friday at Salamanca after the Eagles won 4-1 against Franklinville on Saturday at Diethrick Park in Jamestown to repeat as sectional champion for the first time in history.

Wilson (14-7) will then meet the winner of Tuesday’s crossover matchup between Section V champions Bolivar Richburg and Letchworth. Tyler Johnston, a Niagara University recruit and the all-time strikeouts leader in Section VI, pitched a three-hitter in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Gowanda to lead the Lakemen to their first sectional title since 1996.

In Class B, Medina (18-1) beat Fredonia 4-3 to win its fourth sectional title in five years, and will now go against Wellsville in the 10 a.m. opener of Saturday’s slate at Grand Island.

Clarence (15-8), coming off its 8-2 win against Williamsville North in the AA final, plays Victor at 4 p.m.

That’s followed by the regional nightcap featuring Lancaster, which rallied to win a best-of-three series with Niagara Falls to become the first AAA champion of Section VI, meeting Fairport back at GI, where the Legends won the deciding game of the sectional series 4-3.

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Jonah Bronstein joined the WIVB squad in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. The Buffalonian has covered the Bills, Sabres, Bandits, Bisons, colleges, high schools and other notable sporting events in Western New York since 2005, for publications including The Associated Press, The Buffalo News, and Niagara Gazette. Read more of his work here.

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