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Westhill's McAvoy throws playoff no-hitter

Another post-season, and another chance for Westhill's Kevin McAvoy to dazzle.

McAvoy threw a no-hitter for the baseball Warriors as it dismissed no. 9 seed Utica-Notre Dame 5-0 in Thursday's Section III Class B-1 quarterfinal, advancing to face league rival Marcellus in the semifinal round after the Mustangs blew out Solvay 15-1.

Not far away, in Camillus, West Genesee rose from its no. 4 seed to earn a spot in the sectional Class AA semifinal round against top seed Liverpool by earning a 5-1 victory over no. 5 seed Watertown. And Bishop Ludden, the top seed in Class A, crushed no. 8 seed Mexico 16-3.

In front of his future college coach at Bryant (R.I.), former LeMoyne coach Steve Owens, McAvoy allowed just two Utica-Notre Dame batters to reach base through one walk and one hit batsman. Everyone else in the Jugglers' lineup went down as McAvoy earned six strikeouts.

David Graf's solo home run in the bottom of the first was all the offense required, but Westhill tacked on two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings. J.C. Pena had a double and two RBIs, while Mark Syron and Alex Godzak also drove in runs.

Marcellus, the no. 4 seed, saw a close game break open in the bottom of the fourth. The Mustangs went around its order and scored eight runs in that frame, knocking out Ryan Bidwell, who took the loss.

Tim Schneider and Nick Sinay each had three RBIs, with Mike Sniffen joining Sinay as they pounded out three hits apiece. Sinay also scored three runs as Sniffen, Taylor Vile, Jordan Smith and Kyle Hastings earned two RBis apiece.

Phil Zdanowski, given all kinds of run support, went six innings for the win, striking out 13 Solvay batters before Vile worked the last inning in relief. The Bearcats' season, which included a 4-2 upset of Westhill on May 13, finished with an 8-7 record.

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