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St. Francis lose semifinal battle to Canisius on the diamond

Senior Matt Minnick struck out nine Canisius batters in the Red Raiders' semifinal loss on June 3. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.

In the Georgetown Cup playoffs, second-seeded Canisius was able to hold off No. 3 St. Francis, 1-0, in the semifinals at Delaware Park on June 3.

It was a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday evening between the two Monsignor Martin Association ball clubs, with both teams in a scoreless tie until the bottom of the sixth inning.

Brendan Kaplewicz led off the inning with a triple sent deep into left field. Richard Miller was the next batter up, sending his catcher home on a sacrifice fly that he put way out into left center for the game-winning run.

Connor Ryan pitched a complete game for the Crusaders, throwing a three-hitter while striking out 10 St. Francis batters in the shutout

Matt Minnick, Ryan’s future Mercyhurst teammate, started the game for the Red Raiders before Andrew Krakowski relieved him in the final inning.

Minnick retired nine Canisius batters, giving up five hits in the Red Raiders’ season finale.

“It was a pitcher’s duel,” said St. Francis head coach Paul Bartell. “There really weren’t a lot of base runners throughout the entire game. 1-0 kind of speaks for itself.”

Look for the full story in the June 12 edition of The Sun.





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