St. Mary’s reaches semis
It’s good to be back in the Georgetown Cup semifinals. That’s what St. Mary’s is exclaiming.
A year after being upset in the first round of the Monsignor Martin baseball playoffs, the third-seeded Lancers advanced to Tuesday’s final four with a 4-1 win over No. 6 Nichols on Saturday afternoon.
Jordan MacKinnon tossed a complete-game three hitter, striking out seven, while Charlie Hayes went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. St. Mary’s (18-6) earned a spot in Tuesday night’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal against second-seeded St. Joe’s at Amherst Audubon Field.
Last year, the Lancers dropped a 3-0 decision to Cardinal O’Hara in the quarterfinals.
“It feels great” being back in the semifinals, said St. Mary’s coach Mike Wagner. “I knew last year was going to be tough. We’ve had a good year so far. We’re playing well, we’re pitching well.”
The Lancers and Maruaders split the season series, each winning on its home field.
Chris Gresham’s two-run single in the third inning made it 4-1 St. Mary’s. Chris Nowak also drove in a run with a single for the winners.
Second-seeded St. Joe’s advanced with a 12-1 win over No. 7 O’Hara as Will Frank and David Archer each had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.
No. 4 St. Francis blanked fifth-seeded Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 9-0, as Nicholas Batchez tossed a complete-game two-hitter with six strikeouts. Jake Victor drove in two runs with a triple. The Red Raiders will face top-seeded and defending champion Canisius in the 6 p.m. semifinal Tuesday. The Crusaders defeated No. 8-seed Christian Central, 9-3, as Nate Mascellino struck out 13 during a complete-game four-hitter. He chipped into the offense with three hits, two RBIs and two runs, while Dan Dallas went 3 for 3 with a double, triple, RBI and run scored.
St. Joe’s crew takes silver
St. Joe’s men’s junior four with coxswain was the highest local finisher at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship Regatta in Camden, N.J. on Saturday.
The Marauders’ crew of coxswain Charlie Ivanic, Eric Szafranski, Charlie Pratt, August Cudeck and Charlie Kwitchoff took silver in its grand final race in a time of 5:04.825.
Canisius’ senior four-plus took third in its race in 4:59.72. The boat included Danny Jordan, Pat Boyd, Antonio Guzman, Brad Drzewiecki and coxswain William Kirsch.
The All-High Regatta is at 9 a.m. Monday at West Side Rowing Club.
Lancaster wins Classic
The Lancaster boys earned first place in five events and won the team title at the Carl Roesch Boys Track and Field Classic at Clarence. Lancaster finished with 96 points, while Sweet Home came in second with 67.
Brad Bedell (steeplechase), Steve Neumaier (1,600), Jake Valley (long jump), Colin Blair (shot put) and the 4x800 team of Bedell, Dave Krull, Zach Kellerman and Neumaier all won titles.
In the WNY Girls Track and Field Classic, Lancaster’s 4x100 crew of Ashley Grazen, Tiffany Cycon, Molly Scarpello and Allie Mazur set a meet record during preliminaries, running in 49.13. But Tapestry’s foursome of Nia Stevens, Taylor Hunter, Taniya Jamison and Taylor Alston captured the 4x100 title, posting a final-heat time of 49.17. McKyla Brooks of Frontier earned field events MVP with a meet record in the long jump (18-½). Sweet Home’s Tiana Luton won the 100 hurdles, earning track events MVP. East Aurora’s 4x800 relay of Fiona Danieu, Molly McLaughlin, Sophia Tasselmyer and Maisy Webster won in a meet record 9:25.18.