Saturday, May 26, 2018 – The La Salle Cardinals scored five unearned runs in the top of the first then held on for a 5-2 victory over Christ The King to hold off elimination at Juniper Valley Park in Queens. The Cardinals move into the Quarter-Final elimination game on Monday against St. Edmund Prep.
Gilbert Santos, Jr. led off the game with a sharp grounder up the middle that skipped passed Christ The King’s shortstop and into center field and was quickly advanced to second after CTK misplayed Nicholas Brito’s bunt. La Salle scored their first run after CTK’s shortstops low throw on Julian Nieves’ grounder pulled the first baseman off the bag and following a walk, the Cardinals found themselves with bases loaded and no outs. This time, however, La Salle cashed in as catcher, Ethan Rosario, laced a three-run triple to center field putting the Cards 4-0. Rosario later scored on an RBI ground out for the fifth and final run.
The first inning run production made a winner out of LSA’s starter, Julian Nieves, who pitched a complete game scattering four hits with 8 strikeouts and 4 walks.