Both St. Joe’s and St. Mary’s brought out the brooms and swept away their respective playoff opponents in best-of-three Georgetown Cup baseball semifinal series to earn a shot at the championship.
St. Joe’s did it by ending Canisius’ reign as champions of the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association by topping its rival 5-1 at the Robert T. Scott Athletic Complex to win the series two games to none.
Will Carlone, CJ Falk and Ryan Sutherland finished with two hits each to lead the Marauders into their first championship series since 2014 and fifth in seven years.
Matt Colucci recorded his second straight save as the fourth-seeded Marauders held the playoff top seed to one run in the series.
The Marauders next face the Lancers in the best-of-three championship series which begins at 4 p.m. Monday at Coca-Cola Field.
St. Mary’s reached its second championship series in three years by taking down St. Francis, 5-1.
St. Joe’s (16-7) scored single runs in the second and third innings and added two in the fourth.
Falk’s sacrifice fly plated Carlone, who led off the second with a double. Andrew Short led off the third with a single and eventually scored on Dennis Gagliardo’s sacrifice fly.
Nick Baldo’s two-run single accounted for the Marauders’ fourth inning, while Carlone scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.
Colin Miller pitched 4.2 innings for the win, yielding four hits and an unearned run.
St. Mary’s advanced on its home diamond even though it was technically the visiting team as the series began at St. Francis on Tuesday with the Lancers as the home team due to field conditions.
Regardless of game location, there’s no slowing down a St. Mary’s team trying to win its first Georgetown Cup since 1980.
Christian Szablewski went 2 for 4 as his RBI single in the first scored Alex Bish, who reached via single and stole second. The Lancers tacked on two more runs in the second on John Pasternak’s single. The Red Raiders pulled within 3-1 in the fifth, but Matt Ciezki’s two-run single in the seventh helped St. Mary’s blunt their comeback bid.
So too did the pitching of Frank Propis, who went the distance and scattered three hits.
The Lancers (16-4) and St. Joe’s split their two-game regular-season series.