Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — It was an emotional night at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday.
Canisius High School, which came into the day ahead in the Georgetown Cup final series 1-0, took home the hardware, beating St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, 2-1.
With two men on and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Canisius’ Richard Miller hammered a ball to right-center, clinching the Georgetown Cup for his Crusaders.
“It felt amazing,” said Miller. “After losing last year with a guy on third base, 2-1, and a senior captain strikes out against (St. Joe’s). It’s the best feeling in the world, coming back and winning on a walk-off.”
Tuesday’s game was the end of the season for both schools and especially heartbreaking to the Marauders. St. Joe’s came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed, besting Canisius in the pair’s last five games before Monday’s game one 3-2 loss.
“They played great,” said St. Joe’s coach Paul Nasca. “Tyler (Howard) pitched a phenomenal game. We just couldn’t push in the run, we couldn’t finish. You have to tip your hat to Canisius. It’s nothing we did, they played fantastic.”
Howard got the call to the mound for St. Joe’s. He faced off against Dan Dallas, who got the start for the Crusaders.
“We thought Dan, being a lefty and (St. Joe’s) has a lot of lefties in their lineup, that he would be advantageous for us,” said Canisius coach Bryan Tenney. “They saw Connor Ryan and Richard Miller this season, we thought we would mix it up.”
Dallas pitched a strong game, striking out six over five innings pitched.
Dallas allowed one hit in the first when Tom Brummer drove a ball to right-center for a base hit. Brummer tried for a double, though, and was caught in a pickle and thrown out at second.