Dan Dallas hit .286 in league play with 10 RBIs, the left-handed sophomore pitched the Georgetown Cup on June 10 to bring his team home the win.
BUFFALO—In the biggest game of his life, Dan Dallas delivered.
Springville resident and Canisius High School standout Dallas pitched five strong innings, allowing one run and striking out six as the Crusaders defeated St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, 2-1, to the win the Georgetown Cup at Coca-Cola Field on June 10.
“It’s a great team win,” Dallas said. “Coaches prepared us well and I threw a good game. The hits came timely, players that don’t often get the time to play, came in and stepped up. It was a great team win all-around.”
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, third baseman Richard Miller won the game with a walkoff RBI single to score Jon Conti from second base and give Canisius its fourth Georgetown Cup win in six years.
“I’m just thrilled because these kids are special,” Canisius coach Brian Tenney said. “They brought this team together. It was more than just a group of baseball players, it was a team. I think that’s what made the difference.”
Dallas, a sophomore, got the start on the mound and pitched well enough to keep Canisius in the game. He gave up a lone run in the third inning, but settled down and pitched two scoreless innings before giving the ball to Andrew Skomra to pitch the last two innings.
“My changeup was working for the first time in awhile,” Dallas said. “I was hanging my curveball at first, but I got it down later in the game. I got my fastball in there, too, but my changeup really worked today.”
Canisius goes nine deep on their pitching staff, but Tenney gave the ball to the left-handed Dallas, who was able to pick off a runner early in the game and neutralize St. Joes’ lineup, which was filled with left-handed batters.
“Sophomore is a name you give a kid for their second year in high school,” Tenney said. “Dan is physically and mentally mature beyond that. He could be a sophomore in college the way I look at it. Everything about him is mature and focused. It was an easy choice to pitch him. He didn’t pitch a whole lot for us as a freshman, but he really came on this year and showed everyone this year that he’s one of the top talents in WNY.”
In league play, Dallas hit .286 with 10 RBIs, in nonleague games against Rochester-powers Aquinas Institute and Greece-Athena, Dallas went 4-for-7 with three home runs and 6 RBIs and pitched a complete game two-hitter. In a nonleague contest against Orchard Park, Dallas went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run.
“He comes up big in big games,” Tenney said of Dallas. “You can’t say enough about this kid, his heart, his drive, his desire to succeed. He’s not consumed by it. He’s a straight-up kid. He’s fun to be around. But when he puts that uniform on, when he puts those spikes on and crosses that line, he’s all baseball.”
Canisius started the season 1-4, but the Crusaders won 19 of their last 22 games to finish the season 20-7 and bring home the Georgetown Cup. The team will have to replace the Canisius College-bound Conti, as well as shortstop Collin Tenney, who will look to walk-on at Fairfield and senior Connor Ryan, who will be attending D-II Mercyhurst next year.
“And of course, I’m stuck with Dallas for two more years,” Tenney joked.