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May 17, 2013

Lions' '9' wins NFL championship

Wroblewski, Sobieraski win it on the hill; Weaver with the bat


Just win, baby.
It might not have been the prettiest Niagara Frontier League baseball win on record, nor the most convincing, but head coach Steve Styrzo’s Lockport Lions have written the book on strong pitching and timely hitting throughout this past season.
LHS senior Alex Weaver’s bases-clearing double broke open a 3-3 tie against visiting Kenmore East on Wednesday, producing just enough runs for junior pitchers Brad Wroblewski and Charlie Sobieraski in a 6-4 victory as the Lions (12-2 NFL) closed their league season by claiming their first NFL championship since 2005 and their first solo title in 12 years.
“It’s great. Our kids played hard,” Styrzo said on a sunny, warm, but windy day at Outwater Park. “This championship is a testament to all the outstanding student-athletes we have in Lockport.”
With the victory, the Lions are hoping to get a No. 2 seed at this Saturday’s scheduling meeting for the upcoming Section VI playoffs. That means the Lions would earn a first-round bye and will likely host a home playoff game at 5 p.m. next Wednesday at Outwater.
Lockport’s last NFL title was eight years ago, but they shared it with Niagara-Wheatfield. The year before that they shared the league title with Niagara Falls. Lockport’s last two solo titles in baseball were in 2001 and their first ever in 1997.
“I guess it shows that hard work pays off,” said Sobieraski, one of the most consistent hitters in the NFL this season. “We’ve had big hits from our three, four and five batters throughout the season and strong pitching from Brad, Casey Domski and Noah VanDenBosch all year.”
Early on, the southpaw starting pitcher Wroblewski (9 strikeouts, 4 hits) was a beast, striking out two batters per inning over the first four frames, while scattering a couple of singles.

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