St. Joe's pulls upset
St. Joe's played the spoiler for old rival Canisius Saturday.
The Marauders handed Canisius a 10-5 defeat in Delaware Park, ending the Crusaders' chances of tying St. Francis for first place in the regular season Monsignor Martin Association baseball standings.
St. Joe's pounded out 17 hits in avenging a 5-1 loss to Canisius last Monday, breaking the game open, 8-2, with four runs in the top of the third inning. Tyler Mills had the big hit in the inning, a two-run double. Mills had four hits and four RBIs on the day while Kevin Kabacinski had three hits and three RBIs and Jared Baldinelli had three hits as well.
"We left 13 on base when we lost to Canisius. Today we were able to come through when we had the opportunity," said St. Joe's coach Paul Nasca.
St. Joe's took the lead for good, 3-2, with a pair of runs in the second inning. After Canisius closed to 8-5 the Marauders tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning.
Sophomore right-hander Chris Falk pitched five innings for the win. Senior right-hander Chris Sciandra finished up for St. Joe's.
St. Joe's finished the Monsignor Martin regular season at 9-5. If Canisius (9-4) loses to champion St. Francis (11-2) on Monday, it will be tied with St. Joe's, necessitating a tiebreaker.
As either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed, St. Joe's will host a first-round Georgetown Cup playoff game at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (No.4) also will be a home team playing at St. Joe's at 5 p.m. on Wednesday because its home diamond at Cazenovia Park will be unavailable.
Nardin moves on
Liz Daley's two-run single in the sixth inning put Nardin in front, 6-4, and the Gators went on to a 9-4 victory over Mount Mercy eliminating the defending champions from the Monsignor Martin softball playoffs at Sunshine Park in West Seneca. Cathryn Farrell had a home run and a triple in three trips for Nardin.
In other quarterfinal playoffs:
Regular season champion Sacred Heart defeated Immaculata, 12-3, as Marie Gabriele led the way with a pair of hits and four RBIs. Emily Connors had a triple for the winners.
Holy Angels also advanced, outslugging St. Mary's of Lancaster, 10-7.
Nichols shut out Mount St. Mary, 11-0, as Lizzy Viola and Pearl Guerin each drove in three runs for the Vikings.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude, the No. 1 seed, advanced to today's Blue Division championship game of the North American Lacrosse Invitational in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The Tigers (11-4) routed seven-time defending Illinois state champion New Trier (10-10) of Wilmette, Ill., 16-3, and will face Western Reserve Academy of Hudson, Ohio for the Blue Division championship today at 9 a.m. Western Reserve (12-9) defeated Detroit Country Day, 5-3 in its semifinal.
Connor Fields scored seven goals and assisted on a pair and Layne Collins had four goals and four assists for Timon.
Timon defeated Western Reserve, 8-7, in an early-season game.
Host Brother Rice will face Culver Military (Ind.) in the Red Division championship game
Canisius eight wins
Canisius High's senior eight defeated a second Canisius boat and a Canadian crew to take first place Saturday in the 72-kilogram division at the South Niagara High School Invitational Regatta in Welland, Ont.
The Canisius boat won by nearly 19 full seconds over the Crusaders' second eight. In the winning shell were: coxswain Nicholas Breeser, Andrew Karas, Peter Mangan, Jack Sardinia, Sam Hausmann, Daniel Luongo, Brian Windschitl, Alexander Walters and Joseph Ebner.