Tonawanda News — St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute earned a chance to play for its third straight Georgetown Cup next week after beating Cardinal O’Hara High School, 16-1, Wednesday afternoon.
Chris Falk took the mound once again for the Marauders, as he has all season in big games.
Falk, who has 18 wins over his varsity career, leads a deep St. Joe’s pitching staff that is ready to do battle against bitter rivals Canisius High School Monday at Coca-Cola Field.
“It was good for Chris Falk to be able able to leave the mound with the game in hand,” said St. Joe’s coach Paul Nasca. “He will go down as one of the best in St. Joe’s history. I shared a word with him and said, ‘you’ve had a heck of a career, it’s your last time on this mound but you have one more big one left in you.’ He said, ‘absolutely.’”
Cardinal O’Hara reached this round winning its first playoff game in decades.
Falk allowed leadoff batter Zach Glowacki on with a single. Falk buckled down after that, sitting down the next three batters with consecutive groundouts.
“I threw good games against our rivals, Canisius, St. Francis,” said Falk modestly. “Except for a bit in the fifth inning today, I thought I threw pretty well.”
There was no shortage of offense for the Marauders. St. Joe’s scored four in the bottom of the first. Leadoff man Thomas Brummer reached on a single. Phil Wells beat out the throw from O’Hara catcher Madison Hall on a dropped third strike. Anthony Brophy followed, droving a ball deep to center to score Wells and Brummer.
Will Frank reached first on a walk for the Marauders. He was followed to the plate by catcher David Archer who blasted a double deep to the outfield to score Brophy and Frank.