Monday, May 1, 2017 – It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world with a combined nine
errors but it may have been the 7-5 victory over Nazareth at American Legion Fields may have just been the win La Salle needed as they begin the back half of the season. Danny Maria (W, 3-0) went six and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking three as Cesar Santana closed it out to pick up his third save of the season. Adrian Santos went 2 for 3, 2B, RBI; Billy Gonzalez went 2 for 4, 2B, RBI; and Franddy Rodriguez added 2 RBIs as the Cardinals scratched their way to seven runs on seven hits but couldn’t land the knockout blow by stranding 12 men on base.
Nazareth jumped out to an early 3-1 lead thanks in part to three La Salle errors in the first two innings but the Cardinal offense found a way to post two in the top of the third to tie it then two more in the top of the fourth to move go ahead for good. The defending CHSAA “A” Division champs made a late rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run and threatening with two outs and the tying run on first base but the Nazareth center fielder got caught stealing third after he left too early and got picked off by Santana to end the game.
The win improves La Salle’s record to 7-3 overall and 7-1 in the CHSAA “A” Division.
The Cardinals will host the Irish of Sacred Heart on Wednesday, May 3rd at East River Park Field at 4:00pm.