Thursday, April 13, 2017 - It was the first meeting of the two teams since last year's playoffs but the outcome was the same as the La Salle Varsity Cardinals lost 5-3 to the defending champions, the Nazareth Kingsmen during a noon showdown at East River Park.
Nicholas Brito took the loss in relief as the Cards fell to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the CHSAA 'A' Division. Junior Julian Nieves pitched well going 6 innings giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits while striking out 8 but ultimately La Salle was done in by the six defensive errors.
After grabbing the early lead and then falling behind, Nazareth tied the game in the top of the sixth then scored the winning runs via two bases loaded walks in the top of the seventh.
Julian Nieves and Gilbert Santos, Jr lead the offense with two hits and an RBI apiece. Gilbert also made the defensive play of the game robbing Nazareth off a couple extra runs when he chased down a deep opposite field drive to end the top of the sixth.
NEXT UP: The Varsity Cardinals travel to Yonkers to take on the Irish of Sacred Heart on Monday, April 17th at 3pm in Welty Park.