Tonawanda News — Connor Ryan had the hot hand on the mound as Canisius High School beat St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Monday in game one of the Georgetown Cup finals at Coca-Cola Field, 3-2.
Ryan struck out 10, allowing only three hits and six baserunners over a complete game.
"Throughout his career, (Ryan) was just 'give me the ball and I'll get the job done,'" said Canisius coach Bryan Tenney. "I saw he was getting a little tired near the end and I thought, should I go to a reliever or stick with the guy who got us here?"
Pitching against him was St. Joe's ace Chris Falk. Falk also went the distance, striking out three and only allowing three runs on nine hits.
"Chris Falk has given us outing after outing," said St. Joe's coach Paul Nasca. "He battled all day long for us. We just couldn't get the hit to deliver a win."
The Cursaders showed they could get at leats get a piece Falk right off the bat. John Conti leadoff the game with a single. He hit a line drive off the glove of St. Joe's shortstop Tyler Howard who jumped to reach at the ball that was just out of reach. Brendan Kaplewicz followed Conti, driving a ball deep to right-center for a double.
Richard Miller drew a walk to load the bases. With no outs and the bases loaded, Falk buckled down, getting the next three batters out without allowing a run.
Ryan baffled the Marauders in the first, getting the first two batters to strike out looking. Marauder Phil Wells hit a light grounder down the third base line, beating out the throw to get St. Joe's first hit.
However, Ryan struck out the next batter to end the inning.