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Georgetown Cup final set: St. Francis vs. St. Joe's

St. Joe's rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final two innings to end Christian Central's Cinderella run in the Georgetown Cup playoffs. Jared Baldinelli's two-run double to right-center completed St. Joe's 4-3 triumph. A walk and an error on what could have been a double-play ball by St. Joe's opened the door in the bottom of the seventh for the Marauders, who will appear in the Georgetown Cup final for the first time since 2005.

They will face usual finalist St. Francis, which rallied from a 6-2 deficit for a 12-6 triumph over St. Mary's in the early semifinal game at Northtown Center in Amherst. The Red Raiders secured their seventh straight trip to the final when sophomore Andrew Krakowski drilled a three-run triple with two out in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie.

Game One of the title series is at 4 p.m. Monday at Coca-Cola Field. Games Two and Three will be next Tuesday and June 6 (if necessary).

Each program has won 11 titles during their history. St. Francis last won in 2008. St. Joe's in 2005.

---Miguel Rodriguez

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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