St. Joe's rallied from a two-goal deficit and defeated visiting Canisius, 3-2, to even its regular-season series with the rival Crusaders and keep its homes alive for the Monsignor Martin Association baseball championship.
The Marauders rode the three-hit pitching of right-hander Gavin Collura, who went six innings before Matt Colucci took over in the seventh and struck out the side to end it.
Canisius took a 2-0 lead in the top of t he fourth on a two-run homer by Will Lawrence. St. Joe's got one back in the bottom of that inning when Andrew Short singled and scored on a fielder's choice grounded by Nick Falbo. In the fifth, Ryan Sutherland led off with a single and took third on a hit-and-run single by Luke Pierce. Alex Zulia's double brought home the tying run and Pierce came across with the winning run on a wild pitch.
John Collins pitched all six innings for Canisius, allowing six hits with three strikeouts.
Canisius (5-2 Monsignor Martin) edged St. Joe's, 8-7, in their first meeting at Delaware Park last week.
St. Joe's is 4-4 in league play with four games this week including one each with first-place St. Francis and one with St. Mary's .
After seeing St. Francis chip away and erased a four-game deficit, St. Mary's scored four times in the top of the seventh for a 9-5 victory over the Red Raiders to tighten the league race considerably. It was the first league loss for St. Francis (9-1, 6-1 Monsignor Martin. St. Mary's (6-2 in league play) is a game behind in the loss column.
Matt Ciezki started the Lancers' seventh with a double and moved too third on a single by Cole Laskowski and an overthrow on the play. After John Connolly was walked intentionally, Zach Penksa singled home a run, and Joe Barberio doubled home two more. The fourth run of the inniing came home on a singble by Christian Szablewski.
Winning pitcher Alex Bish, who also had two RBIs, struck out six in six innings. Frank Propis closed it out for the save. Penksa was 4-4 with a double for the Lancers while Ciezki had three hits.
City Honors, which had lost only once in 11 Cornell Cup games, clinched at least a tie for its fifth straight league championship with a hard-fought 9-8 win over Hutch-Tech Monday.
"It was a crazy game, we had to come back twice late in the game," said Centaurs coach Frank DiLeo.
Honors pulled out the victory when Ray Wasalewski scored on a passed ball in the top of the seventh.
Kevin Sanders scored three runs for Honors and Andrew Rose who got the win pitching in relief, went 3 for 4 with an RBI.
Honors will complete its Cornell Cup schedule with a game against McKinley today.
Lancaster wrapped up its ECIC I regular season schedule with a 4-0 triumph over West Seneca West behind the pitching of senior Glenn Stever, who struck out seven. Connor Duck had a pair of hits for the Legends (15-1, 13-1 ECIC I).
Softball: Another no-hitter for Ally Haskell
Ally Haskell pitched her third no-hit game of the season and 13th of her career for Franklinville in a 7-1 triumph over Pine Valley. Haskell, a junior, struck out 18 as Franklinville completed a perfect 12-0 regular season in CCAA East 2.
Winning pitcher Emily Trotman struck out seven and drove home a run for Mount St. Mary in a 3-1 victory over regular season champion Mount Mercy and handing the Magic its first loss on Monsignor Martin Association softball play. Sammy Hare had three hits and an RBI for the winners (7-4, 6-2 Monsignor Martin. Mercy is 7-2 overall and finished the league regular season at 7-1.
Lindsay Hoak pitched a three-hitter and Quinn DiCicco doubled home the winning run in the top of the seventh for Amherst in a 2-1 nonleague victory over No. 1 ranked small school Depew. The host Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Annie DiPirro singled home losing pitcher Karsen Cotton. Amherst tied it in the sixth when DiCicco reached on an error and came home on a fielder's choice by Kayla Shutts. Eighth-grader Amaya Woods singled for the Tigers in the seventh, moved into scoring position on a passed ball and rode home on DiCicco's double.
It was probably the best pitching performance of the season for Hoak, a senior, according to Amherst coach Mike Chatelle.
Maryvale (11-2, 10-2 ECIC III) clinched second place in the division behind Depew with a 5-3 win over Alden. Jackie Zwicker drove home Karli Murray with the winning run. Flyers pitcher Maddy O'Heir went 3 for 3 with two RBIs in victory.
Lake Shore wins close one
Undefeated Lake Shore never trailed but had to work hard for an 8-6 girls lacrosse victory over Niagara Wheatfield. The Eagles led, 3-2, at the half. Ivy Santa had four goals and three assists and Shayla Scanlan had a pair of goals and two assists for Lake Shore.
Mount St. Mary clinched the Monsignor Martin girls lacrosse regular season championship with a 14-5 triumph over Buffalo Seminary, Kaitlyn Hart had five goals and Molly Megan and Madison Badgley scored two each for the Thunder (9-7, 9-1 league).
Brendan Luthart scored five goals to go over 100 for his career at Medina but teammate Jake Cotter outdid him with eight tallies in a 19-13 boys lacrosse win at Silver Creek.