St. Mary’s clinches title
It looked like Canisius might have St. Mary’s right-hander Lucas Schaffer on the ropes Wednesday in Lancaster. The Crusaders, who had trailed 3-0, had scored twice and had the bases loaded in the sixth inning. That’s when St. Mary’s coach Mike Wagner visited the mound to give his senior pitcher a breather.
“He’s a bulldog,” Wagner said. “ ‘I’m good. I’m good’ he told me and then he bore down got the final out.”
Schaffer closed out his four-hitter by setting Canisius down in order in the seventh, striking out the final hitter to wrap up a 3-2 victory and clinch the Monsignor Martin regular season title, St. Mary’s first in about 25 years.
“I think the last was in 1985. I know it wasn’t in my 13 years,” Wagner said.
The closest the Lancers have come to a baseball championship was in 2004 when they were swept in the Georgetown Cup finals by Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
With the win, St. Mary’s clinched the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs which start next week.
St. Mary went through the Monsignor Martin regular season with a 10-2 record. Four of the Lancers’ victories were in one-run games.
“We were kind of a preseason favorite and faced every team’s top pitcher,” Wagner said. “That’s a credit to our kids.”
St. Mary’s took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against losing pitcher Jose Alemany when Brian Dudek singled home a run. Schaffer tripled to drive in a run in the second inning, then scored on a single by Quinn Gill to make it 3-0.
“Canisius chipped away at us but we made some big plays,” Wagner said. “It was a well-played game and Alemany pitched well for Canisius.”
Timon gains revenge
Bishop Timon-St. Jude clinched the Monsignor Martin Association regular season lacrosse title and avenged a bitter, disputed loss to St. Joe’s by routing the Marauders, 15-2, Wednesday at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Tigers completed regular season play with a 9-1 league record, the only loss a 13-12 double-overtime loss at St. Joe’s (8-2) on a disputed goal after an apparent winning goal for Timon was not recorded.
JD Recor scored four goals and assisted on four others while Connor Fields had five goals for Timon-St. Jude.
Honors-Hutch final set
City Honors (14-1, 11-0 Cornell Cup) owns two wins over Hutch-Tech and will try for one more when they meet for the Cornell Cup League I championship Friday at Coca-Cola Field (4 p.m.).
Honors broke open a close game by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning and went on to a 13-3 win over McKinley in a semifinal at McCarthy Park. A grand-slam homer by Yusef Burgos was the big hit in the Centaurs’ outburst. Caleb Lee pitched all the way for Honors, and Tommy Samar contributed a pair of doubles.
Hutch-Tech (9-5, 9-2 Cornell Cup), which has won the last eight city titles, scored a surprisingly easy 14-1 semifinal win over a da Vinci team that had defeated the Engineers, 2-0, only two days before.
Eladio Hernandez, the first of three Hutch pitchers, went four innings while Isiah Shadwick and Mike Spero each had a pair of hits.
Newfane wins title
Newfane (14-1, 13-1) clinched its first Niagara-Orleans softball title since 1997, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh in a 7-6 win over Albion.
Brenna Savigny scored the winner. Jordan Beutel had three hits while Alexis Moreland was the winning pitcher.
No. 1 Clarence falls again
No. 1 ranked large school Clarence suffered its second loss of the week, dropping a 5-0 game to St. Francis in a nonleague baseball game.
Andrew Krakowski of the Red Raiders shut out the Red Devils on five hits. Drew Bassini had a pair of hits for St. Francis.