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High School Extra (May 31): St. Joe's, St. Mary's win openers with shutouts

St. Joe's and St. Mary's of Lancaster each road shutout pitching to win the first leg of their best-of-three semifinals in the Monsignor Martin Georgetown Cup baseball players on Tuesday.

Sophomore William Carlone pitched two-hit ball for 6.1 innings in St.Joe's 3-0 triumph over regular season league champion Canisius at Delaware Park.

Senior Alex Bish went the distance on a five-hitter as St. Mary's ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 triumph at St. Francis.

Matt Colucci finished the St. Joe’s victory in relief of Carlone by getting a double play in the bottom of the seventh.

Carlone also scored the Marauders’ first run in the second inning. He walked, moved up on a single by Dennis Gagliardo and came home on a hit by Gavin Collura. St. Joe’s added two runs in the fourth when Alex Zulia led off with a single, Carlone reached on a sacrifice attempt and Gagliardo and Collura each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Mitchell Rosati pitched the complete game for Canisius, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out two.

The second game of the series will be at 4:30 p.m. today at St. Joe’s.

St. Mary’s backed Bish with two runs in the second inning and three more in the sixth against pitcher Jack Haxton of the Red Raiders.

Matt Ciezki and James Ando started the second with a walk and a single. Zach Penksa and Christian Szablewski each drove home a run with a single.

In the fifth Szablewski led off with a double, and Ciezki moved him over with a bunt before Cole Laskowski had an RBI single. John Connolly plated two more with a single.

St. Mary’s was the home team, but the game was played at. St. Francis because of wet field conditions in the right-field portion of the Lancers’ field. Today’s game and a third game, if needed, will be played at St. Mary’s but the Lancers will be the visiting team in Game Two.

Kellenberg lax tops St. Joe’s

Kellenberg Memorial (12-8) of Uniondale began its season with five straight losses. St. Joe’s (16-5) triumphed in its last eight games and went 12-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association season.

However, it was Kellenberg winning its first state Catholic High School Athletic Association boys lacrosse championship, defeating St. Joe’s 12-5, on Tuesday in the championship game at Mitchel Field on Long Island. Jack Lalley scored twice for the Marauders while Casey Kelly had a goal and an assist and Blake Zachau had a single tally. Hunter Parucki had two assits.

The Firebirds took a 4-1 lead after one quarter. It was 8-3 at halftime and 12-4 going into the final quarter.

Dylan Willis and Brendan Kelly had three goals and one assist each for Kellenberg. Goalie Jared Possidel made 11 saves against the Marauders, who lost their first since a 13-5 game against Pittsford May 6. St. Joe’s goalie Jalen Lee had six saves.

St. Mary’s falls in state softball

Kristen Brennan of Moore Catholic on Staten Island stopped St. Mary’s of Lancaster on a two-hitter, 4-2, in the semifinals, then pitched her second two-hitter of the day in an 8-0 victory over St. Anthony’s in the softball championship game of the state Catholic High Athletic Association at Tottenville on Staten Island.

[BN]spired nominees open

The 2017 Prep Talk Awards are coming at us like a riseball, fastball, sprinter or a laser lacrosse shot (that takes care of all of the spring sports).

And here’s your chance to help select one of the night’s most special awards.

We are accepting nominations for the [BN]spired Award, given to the Most Inspiring Athlete in Western New York high school sports.

Inspiration can be found in many different things, and we’re leaving the definition of the award open-ended on purpose.

To nominate someone for the award, email

Athletes can be any grade, any sport, any school in Western New York.

Include the basics – name, sport, year – and, most importantly, explain why you are nominating this athlete.

Deadline for submissions is June 2.

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