By Joe Konze firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — With two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field, St. Joe’s pitcher Matt Matre stood tall on the mound staring down into the catcher’s mitt that sat 60 feet, 6 inches away.
Fans stood anxiously awaiting the ending result to the Monsignor Martin Association’s Georgetown Cup game between the Marauders and Canisius Crusaders.
Matre, who is known for his overpowering fastball and knee-buckling off-speed pitches was in a scenario that many baseball players dream of: strike out the batter and the game is over.
He came set, and blew a fast ball right by Canisius’ Jack Trotman.
It was a storybook ending.
The Marauders (18-5, 7-3 MMA) outlasted the Crusaders (13-6, 8-3 MMA), 2-1, at Coca-Cola Field to claim their second Georgetown Cup in two years.
Matre pitched a complete game, giving up one run on five hits while striking out 10.
“It’s surreal to think that I was able to close out a game and strike the batter out on the last pitch,” Matre said. “It was an awesome feeling. It’s something that you dream about.”
After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Canisius held St. Joe’s scoreless for three consecutive innings. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth when Tommy Brummer smoked a line shot to left center, awakening the Mauraders’ offense.
“He’s been a big spark plug for us,” said St. Joe’s coach Paul Nasca. “He and Baldanelli up top, they just do a fantastic job. They are able to run, they are able to bunt and they are able to hit. They are able to do a lot of things.”
Phil Wells hit a double in the gap as well to score Brummer to tie the game.
The Mauraders increased their lead to 2-1 in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch from Crusader pitcher Colin Tenney. Brummer finished the game 2 for 2 with two doubles and a walk. Wells finished the game 1 for 3 with an RBI for St. Joe’s.
John Conti finished 3 for 3 with a double and two singles for Canisius.
For coach Nasca he says goodbye to a core group of seniors, including Matre.
“I’m happy for the kids, (especially) the seniors,” Nasca said. “To see them ride to the crest and be able to get two in a row — I couldn’t be happier for them.”