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Seven-run fifth inning carries Molloy past St. Francis Prep

By Anthony Bosco and Dylan Butler

St. Francis Prep starter Danny Weinman was cruising until Nick Balalis doubled off the fence at Stanner Field, opening up the flood gates on a seven-run fifth inning. The rally was all the offense Molloy would need, winning Monday’s CHSAA league encounter 7-2.

James Lally got the start on the hill for the Stanners and cruised, striking out six and surrendering just two unearned runs in the top of the sixth and picking up the win.

Senior catcher Nick Derba stroked a two-run double during the fifth for the defending CHSAA champs, who improved to 2-0 in league play on the season, which has been delayed by weather.

“We’re playing pretty good,” said Molloy head coach Jack Curran. “We need more games, more at bats. I think everyone is in the same boat. We need a couple weeks of regular play.”

St. Edmund Prep 11, Holy Cross 3. The Knights’ offense struggled against Eagles’ starter Anthony Russo, as the junior gave up just four hits and fanned eight while going the distance for the win. Joe Romano belted a three-run homer and had a three-run triple for the victors, now 1-1 in league play.

John Bowne 4, Van Buren 2. Mike Alpers went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Anthony Brisita struck out nine in a two-hit win for John Bowne (1-2 Queens East A).

Bayside 6, Richmond Hill 4. John Lee’s two-out, bases loaded single in the fourth inning broke a 4-4 tie and Anthony McCarty went the distance, allowing one run on four hits, striking out six with four walks for Bayside (3-1 Queens East A).

John Adams 7, Newtown 6. Alex Cordero went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for John Adams (17-0-2, 4-0 Queens West A). Miguel Maria went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Newtown (3-4, 1-1 Queens West A), which rallied from a 7-1 deficit.

Cardozo 3, Thomas Edison 1. Danny Rosenbluth tossed a two-hitter, striking out 13, and Scott Newman had two RBIs for Cardozo (5-5, 1-0 Queens East A).

Grover Cleveland 3, Aviation 1. Mike Boothby struck out 10 and allowed three hits, while Ricky Perez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Grover Cleveland (6-1, 1-1 Queens West A).

Bryant 6, Beach Channel 0. Bryan Marte struck out seven in a complete game two-hitter, and Henry Chao went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple for Bryant (2-1 Queens North B).

Queens Vocation 10, Hillcrest 0. David Robles struck out 10 in a five-inning no-hitter, and Issac Collado had a triple with one RBI and two runs scored for Queens Vocational (3-0 Queens North B).

Townsend Harris 10, Springfield Gardens 4. Nick Kaloudis went 3-for-3 and Chris Fuchs went 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs for Townsend Harris (2-1 Queens Central B).

Far Rockaway 11, Renaissance 5. Hiaro Perez struck out seven and Roberto Zepeda went 1-for-3 with a home run for Far Rockaway (1-1 Queens South B).

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