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Georgetown Cup 2021

By Steven Czarnecki '21

 

Georgetown Cup Game 1

The Canisius Crusaders baseball team has been working toward a Georgetown Cup all season, and they are now one step closer after a thrilling 5-4 victory in game one on the road.

With aces Tommy Lynch ‘22 for Canisius and Joe Tobia for St. Joe's battling on the mound, a pitching duel was expected. The contest started in that fashion until Justin Hodil ‘21 broke the silence with a two-run home run just to the left of the right field foul pole in the second inning. Two innings later, Vincent Mauro ‘21 took another pitch over the right field fence, and the Crusaders led the Marauders 3-0.

With the momentum leaning in Canisius’ direction, St. Joe’s was finally able to spark a rally in the bottom of the fourth inning. The home team was able to manufacture base runners and eventually take a one-run advantage via an RBI single and a three-run home run.

Despite the abrupt turn of events, the Crusaders were not fazed. In the sixth inning, Victor Mazzara ‘22 led off by reaching first base on a hit-by-pitch. Then, Jacob LaDuca ‘21 laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt down the first-base line. Instead of stopping at second base after LaDuca was thrown out at first, Mazzara went to third, forced a throwing error, and scored to tie the game.

Going into the final frame, Canisius was able to maintain their momentum. In the top of the seventh inning with one out, Christian Cabrera ‘21 lined a ball over the right field fence for a go-ahead home run. Then in the bottom half of the inning, Lynch continued his dominance, striking out a Marauder pinch hitter with two outs and a runner on second base for the victory. After seven innings on the mound, Lynch allowed four hits and no walks while recording five strikeouts and earning the win.

Georgetown Cup Game 2

After an offensive shootout at Canisius College yesterday afternoon, the Canisius Crusaders baseball team defeated St. Joe’s 14-13 and captured the Georgetown Cup for the first time in five years!

Much of the victory can be attributed to Canisius’ fast start. After starting pitcher Ryan Lynch ‘21 worked out of trouble in the top of the first inning, his team was unstoppable at the plate. Victor Mazzara ‘22 took a pitch off of his helmet then forehead, somehow remaining in the game after medical attention, to lead off the inning. Next, Jacob LaDuca ‘21 singled on a hit-and-run to advance Mazzara to third base. Thereafter, the Crusaders carried all of the momentum offensively, scoring nine runs over the next two innings.

Despite the enormous lead, the Marauders were not going down without a fight. After adding a run to the scoreboard in the third inning, they sparked a six-run rally in the fourth to cut the deficit to two runs. The teams exchanged runs for the next couple innings, and Canisius came out on top with a 13-9 advantage going into the sixth.

In the bottom of the inning, Drew Podlas ‘22 reached base on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on a bunt single by LaDuca with two outs. This play did not seem memorable at the time, but it proved to be crucial. In their final chance at the plate, St. Joe’s rallied by hitting solid base hits into the outfield. Then, a two-run double brought the Marauders within one run of a tie with one out in the frame. With all of the pressure on Canisius in the biggest moment of the game, LaDuca delivered on the mound. First, he struck out a batter to take some of the Marauders’ momentum away. Next, he forced a high pop-up that was secured by Jake Dionne ‘22 for the win.

The entire lineup contributed to the high-scoring effort. After hitting the game-winning home run last night, Christian Cabrera ‘21 blasted two balls to the wall in the game, finishing 3-3 with a triple, three runs, and an RBI. LaDuca (3-4 with a run and two RBI), Justin Hodil ‘21 (2-3 with a double, a run, and four RBI), and Tommy Lynch ‘22 (2-3 with a triple, three runs, and two RBI) were also key factors in the win.

The Crusaders had one of the most talented rosters in New York this season, and they certainly proved it these last two weeks. In addition to the playoff victory, the squad finishes with a Monsignor Martin regular season co-title, a 15-5 overall record, and a 13-2 league record. After a long drought, the Georgetown Cup is finally back at 1180 Delaware Avenue, and Coach Santonocito looks to keep it there.

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Author’s note: As my senior year at Canisius comes to a close, this will be my last Crusader Roundup. I would like to thank all of the readers from over the last four years as well as Ms. Geoffery, leader of the Press Corps, for supporting the Roundup. I’ve enjoyed the experience and hope that the next author does too. Go Crusaders!

 

Additional coverage:

The Buffalo News
WIVB-TV
Full game replay from WNY Athletics

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