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St. Joe's 5-0 in league

Sophomore Jared Baldinelli singled home the winning run in the fifth inning as St. Joe's came from four runs down to pin a 6-5 defeat on Nichols and go to 5-0 in Monsignor Martin Association baseball. The Marauders are 8-2 overall.

Nichols led 4-0 before the Marauders scored five times in the fourth inning.

Junior right-hander Mike Szalach picked up the win with three innings of shutout relief for St. Joe's. He struck out six while allowing two walks and a hit.

"We are a young group," said first-year head coach Paul Nasca. "Baldinelli is a sophomore and we have three other sophomores and a freshman. We're starting to round into shape."

In the Niagara-Orleans League, Roy-Hart (4-0, 3-0 in N-O) defeated Barker, 7-5, on a two-run pinch-hit single by Aaron Brigham. Mike Porter also drove in a pair of runs for the Rams.

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NT Tournament off

The wet, cold weather has caused the cancellation of one high school softball tournament and the rescheduling of a baseball and softball tournament in the area.

North Tonawanda softball coach Larry Lash announced Thursday that Saturday's Lady Jacks Softball Tournament has been canceled. Sixteen teams were scheduled to play double-headers Saturday in the 27th edition of the tournament which traditionally draws the best teams in Western New York.

Cardinal O'Hara's first annual Sean Patrick Scott Memorial Baseball/Softball Tournaments were re-scheduled for April 30 and May 1 at the Michael J. Brannen Field at the school.

The tournaments originally were slated for April 16-17.

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Three titles for Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga girls won three titles and boys relay teams from St. Joe's and Sweet Home won two each in the Just Run 'Em Relays at Maryvale.

St. Joe's foursome of Brian Spillman, Brian Horzog, Andrew McGlosin and Conor Tumiel took the 4x800 title and the Marauders' 4x1,600 team of Steve Gioia, Mike Rizzo, Joe Schnitter and Dan Courtney triumphed in 19:39.2. Sweet Home triumphed in the 4x100 (Johnnie Franklin, Dorian Dixon, Jordan Johnson, Wayne Gordon) in 45.7 and the 4x200 (Dixon, Kyle Berry, Johnson and Gordon).

The Cheektowaga girls won the 4x800 (Miranda Reimondo, Cerene Usinski, Courtney Ferrentino and Morgan Gosciak), 4x300 (Kali Krzanowicz, Megan Williams, Keyona Dandy and Sydney Shaw) in 1:59.6 and the shuttle hurdles with a team of Dandy, Kayla Rusek, Gosciak and Williams) in 1:15.4.

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