Saturday, May 27, 2017 – There is a playoff saying, “survive and move on,” and the La Salle Academy Cardinals did just that on Saturday with a 10-6 victory over the Sacred Heart Irish at Randall’s Island to move into the “Winners” bracket of the CHSAA 2017 Varsity “A” Championship Baseball Tournament. The win set up a Sunday showdown with the Nazareth Kingsman, 2pm at Msgr. McClancy High School, with the winner moving on into the Championship Round.
The score was tied 6-6 as the Cardinals and the Irish flip flopped 2 and 4 runs in the first two innings.
Angel Fernandez-Diaz pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Danny Maria to pick up the win. La Salle scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a 6-6 tie as Gilbert Santos, Jr. and Nicholas Brito both walked and scored. Santos, Jr. would score on the back end of a double steal and Brito on a wild pitch. In the seventh following a walk to Adrian Santos, Billy Gonzalez (2 for 4) put the game out of reach with a mammoth home run to left that landed on the river basin of the park.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 – Twice down eight runs, the La Salle Cardinals rallied for five in the fourth and six in the sixth, but couldn’t push across the tying runs with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh and came up on the wrong end of their 11-13 loss to the Nazareth Kingsmen in the winners bracket game of the CHSAA Varsity “A” Championship Tournament at McClancy High School in Queens.
For the second straight day, the Cardinals fell behind early as Nazareth put up back to back four spots off La Salle’s starter John Michael Silvers, who took the loss after failing to get out of the second inning. La Salle finally showed some life as they put up five runs in the top of the fourth thanks to a 2-RBI single by Adrian Santos. However, the Kingsmen struck right back for five runs to build their lead back to eight.
The varsity Cardinals will host St. John’s Prep in an CHSAA Elimination game on Tuesday. Time and location to be announced.