The Crusaders defeated St. Mary’s two games to one in a best of three semifinal matchup to advance to the Georgetown Cup finals.
After falling to the Lancers 5-1 in game one, the squad bounced back to defeat them 3-1 in the second contest. Canisius started scoring quickly, as Jake LaDuca ‘21 singled to score Victor Mazzara ‘22 in the first inning. In the following frame with the score tied, the team loaded the bases and eventually scored two runs on a throwing error, putting themselves ahead and never relinquishing the lead. Ryan Lynch ‘21 pitched a phenomenal game, only allowing three hits in a complete game performance.
In game three, the Crusaders were finally able to break free from the Lancers, as they won in a 9-1 blowout. The team produced three runs in the first inning and eventually took complete control of the contest. Offensively, LaDuca (2-4 with an RBI and run), Mazzara (2-3 with two RBI and two runs), Blaise Kolbert ‘22 (3-4 with a triple, home run, and four RBI), and Vincent Mauro ‘21 (3-4 with a double, RBI, and run) led the attack. On the mound, Kolbert tallied six innings pitched while allowing one run on five hits and recording six strikeouts.
After a dominating series finale, Canisius is in stride as they head into the best of three finals versus St. Joe’s. Game one takes place on Monday at 4:30 at St. Joe’s while games two and three (if needed) start on Tuesday at 3:30 at Canisius College. Watch the games live at canisiushigh.org/live
Canisius fell to St. Joe’s 18-6 in the Monsignor Martin semifinals on Tuesday. The squad finishes its season with a 5-6 overall and 3-6 league record.
Derek Baker ‘21 won the 200 and 400 meter races at All-Catholics over the weekend to finish off a strong season for the Crusaders.
Canisius defeated Kenmore to improve their record to 2-1. After two straight wins, the team is quickly gaining momentum as they go deeper into their season.
The Crusaders ended their campaign on a high note, as Luke Brydges ‘22 and Braydon Vandenberg ‘22 (pictured left and right above) each won championships in their respective weight classes at All-Catholics over the weekend.