Cory Miller leads Holy Cross hot bats in playoff run

51LFKQNgFeL._SL1500_By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross shortstop Cory Miller led the charge with a 4-for-4, 6 RBIs performance as the Crusaders defeated Mid Valley, 13-0, in a District 2 Class AA quarterfinal win Tuesday, May 24.

Miller’s performance included a double and two homers in the 16-hit attack which ended with the 10-run rule and the Crusaders coming to bat only four times.

The clutch Miller also scored four runs.

Senior R.J. Boyle picked up his seventh win of the season with five shutout innings.

The win extended Holy Cross to a 15-2 record for the season under veteran baseball coach Sandy Menichetti.

Austin Shattin had three hits, including a double and home run, three runs and four RBIs.

Holy Cross senior cleanup hitter J.J. Backus went three-for-four with a run and an RBI.

Pitcher Boyle had two hits and scored three runs.

Jake Donlin and Sean Homenchak doubled for Mid Valley (11-5).

Holy Cross defeated Wyoming Seminary, 8-5, in a District 2 Class AA first-round game Friday, May 20.

Casey Connolly hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the third-seeded Crusaders to the big win over No. 14 Wyoming Seminary.

Miller swung a big bat in this contest. He had two hits, including a triple, and scored two runs.

Austin Shattin had two RBIs and the powerful Backus doubled and drove in a run.

The Crusaders trailed, 5-3, entering the bottom of the sixth.

Connolly had two hits, including the huge homer, two runs and the three RBIs.

Holy Cross defeated Lakeland, 11-5. Thursday, May 19, to claim the Lackawanna League Division III crown.

Boyle hurled eight strong innings and drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth that had 11 Crusaders come to bat. Holy Cross scored six runs in the inning in the Lackawanna League Division III title game at Carbondale Area High School.

The steady Miller swung the hot bat in this game too. He had three hits, including a double, scored twice and drove in three runs.

Austin Shattin hit a triple and drove in three runs.

Josh Mies had two hits, including a double, and scored three times.

Connolly hit a double, drove in a run and scored a run.

Trailing, 5-3, in the top of the seventh, Connolly started the Holy Cross rally with a double and scored on a one-out single by Miller. Austin Shattin tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center.

Alec Shattin started the ninth with a single. Mies bunted. An errant throw for an error placed runners on second and third.

Boyle hit a single and the Crusaders had the lead. Miller had a base hit to drive in another run and a 7-5 Holy Cross lead.

Austin Shattin then drove a pitch deep to the fence in right for a two-run triple and 9-5 lead.

Two more base hits by Connolly and Alec Shattin gave the Crusaders an 11-5 lead.

Lakeland loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but reliever Timmy Murphy got out of the jam to pick up a big save.

Jordan Art had two hits, including a double, scored a run and drove in two for Lakeland.

Holy Cross earns second win of the season

By Steve Svetovich

The Holy Cross Crusaders football team took home its second win of the season with a 20-0 shutout over the Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Rams on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Monsignor Crotti Field at Saint Anthony’s Playground in Dunmore.

The Crusaders struck early in the first quarter by scoring 12 points. With a strong defense prevailing the entire game, the Crusaders never looked back.

Cory Miller, a junior, fired a 30-yard touchdown toss and Josh Mies came back with a four-yard touchdown burst on the team’s next possession as Holy Cross built a 12-0 lead with 29 seconds left in the first quarter.

The extra point kick attempt failed after the first touchdown. A pass attempt on a two-point conversion attempt failed after the second touchdown. The tough Holy Cross defense forced four turnovers in the contest.

Mies was outstanding from the backfield. He finished with 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. He also excelled on the defensive side of the ball. He snatched a key interception in Holy Cross territory late in the second quarter.

After a punt on the opening possession, Mies rushed for 33 yards on four runs. Miller tacked on three more yards on a run to set up a first down at the 30 in enemy territory. Rolling out right, Miller then hit tight end Bailey Simrell for the clutch 30-yard touchdown pass.

Holy Cross got the pigskin back after another punt. Miller, improving every week, led the Crusaders on a nine-play, 69-yard drive. The drive was capped by the Mies four-yard touchdown burst with 29 seconds left in the half.

Columbia Montour Vo-Tech had the ball on the Holy Cross five following a 35-yard pass completion early in the second quarter. However, the Rams fumbled on the next play and Holy Cross pounced on the football. The Rams were able to drive into Holy Cross territory late in the second quarter, but a big play Mies interception put an end to it with 1:29 left in the half.

Mies continued his heroics early in the fourth quarter when he broke a tackle and rambled 14 yards into the end zone for a score with 9:18 left in the game. Miller then completed a pass to Mies for the two-point conversion and a 20-0 Holy Cross lead.

The Holy Cross tight defense held Columbia Montour Vo-Tech the rest of the way and head coach Josh Watters and his Crusaders earned a second win, doubling last season’s total. The team totaled 230 rushing yards and 59 passing yards in the win.

Over the past few weeks, the Crusaders overall record has fallen to 2-7 following three losses Carbondale, Mid Valley and Old Forge. Holy Cross is 1-3 in Lackawanna Football Conference Division III at press time.

The team still has shown steady strides of improvement from last season and is looking to finish the 2015 football season strong. Their next contest will be a home game against Lackawanna Trail at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Miller leads Crusaders to first home win since 2010

Members of the Holy Cross football team include, front row, from left: Casey Connolly, Dylan Michalek, Robert Murphy, Aaron Bogdanski, Josh Mies, Deion Lewis, Austin Shattin, Noah Sirianni, Matt Herne, Kevin Kizis, and Matt Nealon. Second Row: Connor Nealon, Nik Boniello, Mike Roberts, Jason Kopf, RJ Hernandez, Nick Klein, Tom Malone, Frank Scavo, Zach Zaluski. Third Row: Pat Pastore, JJ Backus, Sean Collins, Matt Warden, Bailey Simrell, Paul Marmo, Cory Miller, and Pat Kane. Josh Watters serves as head football coach.

Members of the Holy Cross football team include, front row, from left: Casey Connolly, Dylan Michalek, Robert Murphy, Aaron Bogdanski, Josh Mies, Deion Lewis, Austin Shattin, Noah Sirianni, Matt Herne, Kevin Kizis, and Matt Nealon. Second Row: Connor Nealon, Nik Boniello, Mike Roberts, Jason Kopf, RJ Hernandez, Nick Klein, Tom Malone, Frank Scavo, Zach Zaluski. Third Row: Pat Pastore, JJ Backus, Sean Collins, Matt Warden, Bailey Simrell, Paul Marmo, Cory Miller, and Pat Kane. Josh Watters serves as head football coach.

By Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross Crusaders junior quarterback Cory Miller came off the bench and fired three touchdown passes to lead his team to its first home win since 2010, a 35-33 thriller over Susquehanna on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Monsignor Crotti Field in Dunmore.

The double overtime win snapped a 20-game home losing streak for the Crusaders, and it was the first win of the year for football coach Josh Watters and his Holy Cross Crusaders.

The Crusaders took advantage of a couple Susquehanna turnovers to take a 13-0 lead in the first quarter of the contest. On just the third play from scrimmage in the game, the diminutive junior Josh Mies intercepted a Susquehanna pass and bolted 42 yards for a Holy Cross touchdown. The point after touchdown (PAT) kick by the versatile Mies gave the Crusaders a quick 7-0 lead.

Two plays later, the Sabers fumbled and the Crusaders recovered at the Susquehanna 12. Soon after, Holy Cross’s signal caller, junior Deion Lewis, plunged into the end zone from the one on a sneak, and the Crusaders led, 13-0 with 8:25 left in the first quarter. A two-point conversion run attempt failed.

The Crusaders recovered a Susquehanna fumble late in the first quarter, but were then forced to punt. Susquehanna came back with a seven-play, 75-yard drive. Sabers’ junior quarterback Kyle Donovan scored on an eight-yard run to close the gap to 13-7 after the PAT.

Following a punt, the Sabers had the pigskin with 2:20 left in the first half. Then Nik Boniello intercepted a Sabers pass play and returned it to the Susquehanna 36. On the very next play, the cool-headed Miller hit Kevin Kizis for a 36-yard score. The extra point kick by Mies gave Holy Cross a 21-7 halftime lead.

The Sabers put together a long drive in the third quarter marching 66 yards on 10 plays, with Donovan scoring on a two-yard plunge. The extra point failed and the Crusaders had a 21-13 lead, with 3:04 left in the third quarter.

With less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, junior Jarred Mills of the Sabers pounced on a Holy Cross fumble at the Crusaders 22. Six players later, Donovan scored on another two-yard sneak. A two-point conversion run by Mills tied the game, 21-21, with 2:26 left.

The game went into overtime and then came more heroics from both ends. Susquehanna got the ball first and scored on two plays. A five-yard run by Wes Richardson gave the Sabers the lead, 27-21. The extra point failed.

The Crusaders overtime possession began with three incompletions. However, with the game on the line and fourth-and-goal from the 10, the clutch Miller hit Bailey Simrell with a TD toss to tie the hard fought contest, 27-27. However, the extra point failed, and the thrilling game went into the second overtime.

A determined Miller came right back in the second overtime by hitting Kizis for a 10-yard score on the first play. Miller then ran into the end zone for the important two-point conversion and Holy Cross had a 35-27 lead.

The Sabers faced fourth and goal from the two in the second overtime. Then Donovan scored his fourth touchdown on a quarterback sneak to close the gap to 35-33. The Sabers attempted another sneak, but the strong Holy Cross front line held them.

The Crusaders celebrated with a hard earned 35-33 double overtime win at home.

Susquehanna totaled 286 rushing yards to the Crusaders 14 in the game. Mills ran for 146 yards on 26 carries for the Sabers. Holy Cross totaled 69 passing yards to none for the Sabers.

In the end, it was a never-say-die team effort led by the level headed play and clutch performance off the bench by quarterback Miller that won the game for the Crusaders.

The win gave Holy Cross a 1-2 record, but 1-0 in Division 3 of the Lackawanna Football Conference. Susquehanna dropped to 1-2 and 0-1 in Division 3.