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High School Extra (May 23): Canisius clinches No. 1 seed for baseball playoffs

Canisius clinched the No. 1 seed for the Georgetown Cup baseball playoffs in the Monsignor Martin Association and at least a tie for the regular season championship with a 12-0 triumph over Nichols in Delaware Park Monday.

Jack Collins started and pitched four innings for the Crusaders to gain the victory. Also, Collins drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Jack Coyne had two RBIs for Canisius with a single and a triple.

Coach Brian Tenney’s team gained at least a share of the title with Monday’s win and St. Mary’s 2-0 loss to Bishop Timon-St. Jude. The Crusaders have two league games left to play today, a doubleheader against Cardinal O’Hara. Even if it should lose both Canisius would win a tie-breaker for the No. 1 seed

Tenney’s team will have a bye in the first round and will meet the winner of the No. 4 seed St. Joe’s and No. 5 Timon-St. Jude in a best-of-three semifinal series scheduled to start next Tuesday. St. Joe’s and Timon will meet on Friday at St. Joe’s

The Georgetown Cup playoffs will start Thursday when Nichols plays at St. Francis. Cardinal O’Hara will play at St. Mary’s on Friday.

Daucher cleans up

Justin Daucher of Alden is one cleanup batter who knows how to clean up.

No. 3 seed Alden seemed to be coasting to a win over visiting CSAT in their Class B-1 sectional baseball semifinal on Monday. Then the Eagles erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to take an 8-6 lead.

"I don't think we made a mistake. They just hit the ball," Alden coach Tom Zaccardo said of the CSAT rally.

The  Bulldogs responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to take an 11-8 victory. The rally included a three-run homer by Daucher, a senior. He had four RBIs in the victory.

Tom Bednarski, who had two hits and an RBI, then set CSAT down in the seventh to save the victory and allow Alden to move on to the B-1 championship game against Depew on Wednesday at Gowanda.

Legends’ lefty blanks N-W

Lancaster, the No. 1 ranked large school in this week’s Western New YOrk poll, and the top seed for the Section VI Class AA baseball playoffs rode a standout pitching performance by left-hander Collin Reformat to a 6-0 victory over Niagara Wheatfield.

Reformat pitched a two-hitter with just ne walk. He struck out four. Reformat needed only 77 pitches to do he job.

"He got ahead, stayed ahead and really did a nice job," said Legends coach Mark Dalfonso.

Niagara Wheatfield pitcher Ryan Howard had the hard-hitting Legends until the bottom of the fourth. A double by Kevin Walter drove home the first Lancaster run. The Legends scored three more in the fifth with Leugim Castillo and Matt Merrill had runn-producing hits and Connor Duck doubled home the third run. Lancaster added a run in sixth.

Lancaster will be home to Williamsville North in a semifinal on Thursday. The teams split a pair of walk-off games in the ECIC 1 regular season. North won at home, 3-2, for the Legends' only loss of the season. Lancaster took the return game, 7-6.

Rinaldi wins girls golf

Ava Rinaldi, a senior at Sacred Heart, won the State Catholic High School Athletic Association girls golf championship Sunday at the Links at Ivy Ridge. Rinaldi took the title in a three-way playoff over Kelli Andersen of St. Joseph by the Sea of Seacliff and Frey Do of St. Anthony’s of Oyster Bay. The three shot 82, Do was eliminated on the first playoff hole. Andersen lost on the second.

Emily Kase of Sacred Heart was sixth with an 87 while Adeline Mahoney of Nardin finished ninth after a playoff with Tess Murphy of Holy Trinity. Isabela Vasquez of Nardin finished 10th.

As the medalist, Rinaldi is eligible to compete in the Federation Tournament on Long Island on June 2-4.

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