Canisius Takes Game One 3-2

BUFFALO, N.Y.-With the day Canisius pitcher Connor Ryan was having, there was no way he was leaving the game.

So when Crusaders coach Bryan Tenney walked to the Coca-Cola Field mound in the seventh inning, Ryan stayed. He told Tenney he would finish it.

Finish it, he did.

Ryan struck out the last two St. Joe's hitters to end Game 1 of the Georgetown Cup for Canisius, 3-2.

"Connor Ryan has that attitude that you want in a pitcher," Tenney said. "'Give me the ball and I'll get it done.' He was like a bulldog out on the mound, and we needed that. He kept throwing strikes. After St. Joe's had runners on first and second in the seventh, we considered taking him out, especially with his pitch count high."

Ryan wouldn't let that happen. The senior pitcher threw a complete game and struck out 10, while only giving up one run and three hits.

"Ryan was hitting his spots and got ahead in the count," St. Joe's coach Paul Nasca said. "He had favorable counts and we weren't aggressive. He got ahead all day long."

Canisius, however, fell behind early in the game. St. Joe's scored on an overthrow while stealing second.

The third inning was when Canisius took control.

Canisius scored three runs in the inning; off a ground out from Colin Tenney, a single from Dan Dallas and a triple from Andrew Skomra.

"We loaded the bases in the first inning, but we didn't score," Tenney said. "The kids took it in stride. We fell behind, but we put the bat on the ball and made hits. We outhit them eight to three."

Leadoff man John Conti and catcher Brendan Kaplewicz both added two hits.

St. Joe's pitcher Chris Falk also threw a complete game, giving up eight hits and two earned runs while adding two strikeouts.

"They swung the bats well," Nasca said. "They just did a good job of swinging the bats. We made mistakes and they capitalized. They deserved to win. Connor Ryan is a very good pitcher. We didn't play well."

Tyler Howard, who will pitch Game 2 for St. Joe's, had two walks, a single, two stolen bases and scored both runs.

"Our bats and defense need to improve," Nasca said. "We need to make better decisions, play better defensively and be more aggressive in the strike zone."

Ryan got ahead in the count so often today, St. Joe's hitters were almost always at a disadvantage.

"This proves that (Ryan's) one of the best, if not the best, pitchers in Western New York," Tenney said. "He's big time."

Tenney said either third baseman Richard Miller or Dallas, a first baseman, will be on the mound for Game 2 on Tuesday. The coaches haven't decided yet.

Game 2 will begin at 4 p.m. in Coca-Cola Field. Game 3, if necessary, has been moved to 7 p.m. tomorrow because of weather concerns. ‚Äč


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