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Canisius' Dan Dallas throws no-hitter against St. Francis to take 1-0 lead in Georgetown Cup final

There’s a good chance Canisius pitcher Dan Dallas will get selected in next month’s MLB Draft. That fact helps explain how, even without his best stuff, the lefty was able no-hit St. Francis in Game One of the Georgetown Cup finals Thursday at Coca-Cola Field.

A walk, two errors and a sacrifice fly ruined Dallas’ shutout in the top of the seventh inning, but the Crusaders still won, 4-2. They’ll look to sweep the best-of-three series Friday at 4 p.m.

“My off-speed wasn’t there early on and the curveball really didn’t come until later, but I switched to a changeup and everything felt good,” said Dallas, who also tossed a no-no last year against Timon. “It (seemed like) a hard start at first but things loosened up as it went on.”

Dallas recorded eight strikeouts on the afternoon, walking two and hitting one batter. His fastball ranged from the high 80s to low 90s and peaked at 93 mph while scouts for at least two major league teams were in attendance.

If Dallas goes undrafted or decides the team’s offer isn’t enough to outweigh a Division I scholarship, he’ll wait on going pro and attend Monmouth (N.J.) next year.

“Every scout has a different philosophy of what I’m valued at,” Dallas said of his draft outlook.

“My family and I will sit down and talk about it if the day comes. It’s all about what puts me in the best spot for the future.”

Dallas helped put his team in a great position Thursday by hitting a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that brought in Zach Mitchell for the game’s first run.

Cleanup hitter Vinny Chiarenza followed with an RBI-single that scored Jordan Kowalski to make it 2-0. That run was made possible by Kowalski’s heads-up baserunning earlier in the inning, taking second on a single to right when the throw tried to cut down the lead runner at third.

Andrew Slattery drove in Michael Gabriele in the sixth and scored on Mitchell’s single later in the inning to put Canisius up 4-0. That was enough of a cushion for Dallas, who worked around two misplayed ground balls in the seventh to lock down the victory.

“I was kind of an odd no-hitter because we did hit the ball hard,” St. Francis coach Paul Bartell said. “He’s been more dominant. He didn’t have his best stuff today but he’s still good enough with a fastball and a changeup where that can be the result. I wasn’t horrified by our at-bats. We put some good swings on it, it just didn’t fall.”

Canisius had a hit in every inning and 10 total, but St. Francis starter Jarryd Taylor kept his team in the game by matching Dallas’ shutout through four innings.

Taylor was replaced after facing two batters in the sixth, giving him a final line of eight hits, six strikeouts and one walk. Andrew Michalski and Jacob Victor scored for the Red Raiders in the seventh while Kowalski and Gabriele led the Crusaders with three hits each.

Canisius will start Nate Mascellino in Friday’s Game Two while St. Francis counters with sophomore Luke Farinacci, who threw a shutout against St. Joe’s in the semifinals. Game Three will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday if necessary.

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