Leading off today:
Senior lefty Henry Buholtz worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to finish off a no-hitter Thursday as McQuaid defeated Rush-Henrietta
2-0 in the Section 5 Class AA baseball final at Frontier Field.
Buholtz got the first nine outs of the game on strikeouts and fanned 16 in the game to advance the Knights to next weekend's NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.
"Every kid dreams of pitching a big game at Frontier Field, as a senior, any year in high school," Buholtz told the Democrat and Chronicle. "It's just the biggest dream in high school."
Said catcher Jeff Weber: "I've caught him for five years and I've never seen him on like he was tonight. He was hitting my glove every time. They weren't touching him at all."
McQuaid's 2014 season ended with a 14-inning loss to Greece Athena in a semifinals, a setback that served as motivation since.
"Whenever I called guys and said, 'Let's go hit,' no one ever said no," Buholtz said. "Everything all year was, 'Don't let that happen again.'"
More drama: It's been a week of walk-offs on diamonds across the state, and the trend continued in the completion of a Section 1 Class B baseball semifinal.
Albertus Magnus' Rob Ottaviano delivered a walk-off RBI double to give the Falcons a 5-4 win in nine innings over Valhalla. The game was suspended by darkness Wednesday with the score 4-4 in the top of the seventh.
Girls lacrosse: Lancaster and Amherst secured their 10th Section 6 championships in 11 seasons.
Lancaster defeated Frontier 12-8 in Class A. Senior Grace Gabriel scored five goals, including two during the game-closing 3-1 run, to down the Falcons for the fourth year in a row in a sectional final.
In Class C, Amherst edged Lake Shore 13-10 as McKenna Rushford scored four goals and an assist to avenge a loss to the Eagles in the 2014 title game.
"It feels amazing just to have the blue patch back," Rushford told The Buffalo News.
She scored twice to give the Tigers an early lead and sparked a half-closing 3-0 run as her goal with 2:22 left broke a 5-5 tie.
Softball reign ends: Lake Placid upended perennial Section 7 champion Crown Point 5-0 in the Class D softball semifinals.
Senior Lizzy Bimonte slammed a two-run home run in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. Gillian McLean followed suit in the sixth with a long home run that gave the Blue Bombers a 4-0 advantage.
Senior pitcher Carissa Kennedy scattered seven hits for the shutout.
Crown Point had won the Class D championship the last nine years.
More softball: Warsaw defeated Caledonia-Mumford 6-1 for the Section 5 Class C2 championship as Brianna Wagner hit a grand slam in the first inning and pitched a six-hitter.