Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – The La Salle Academy Cardinals varsity baseball team are headed to the CHSAA “A” Division Championship round thanks to stout pitching and an opportunistic offense that lead to a 10-0 five inning victory over St. John’s Prep at Salesian High School.
Junior Julian Nieves had a strong performance on the mound and at the plate to lead the Cardinals, tossing a complete game 3-hitter with three walks and three strikeouts. Nieves helped himself at the plate going 2 for 3 with a run scored, two RBIs and four stolen bases. Gilbert Santos Jr. and Nicholas Brito contributed two hits and two RBIs apiece as the Cardinals stole 11 bases as a catalyst for the offense.
Defensively, La Salle played a relatively clean game as Nieves only allowed one runner to reach third base.
With the win, the Cardinals advance to CHSAA 2017 Varsity “A” Championship Tournament Championship Round.
La Salle, the #2 seed, will face the top seeded Nazareth Kingsmen, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 31st at Fordham University in the Bronx at 7pm.
This is a double elimination tournament. If La Salle wins, the deciding game will be on Friday (Time and Location: TBA).