Niagara Gazette — The Grand Island baseball team has just two returning players from last year’s state finalist team on its roster. Lucky for them, Quinn Corrao is one of them.
The junior tossed a three-hitter with six strikeouts in the Vikings’ 7-1 victory over Niagara Falls on Monday at Grand Island High School.
“You’re going into the seventh at 64 pitches, obviously you’re pitching a heck of a game,” Vikings head coach Dean Santorio said. “He had command of his fastball, but his breaking ball was around the plate and he threw it for a lot of strikes. It’s nice to know that your No. 1 guy can be that efficient and when you know he’s cruising, you don’t have to worry about going to a second guy, which is nice.”
Wolverines shortstop Mike Colosi hit a two-out single in the top of the first and Corrao settled in from there, retiring the next 16 batters. Corrao attributed his outing to good team defense, which included an on-the-run shoestring catch by right fielder Jake Lawley in the fourth.
“That’s how it’s been all year. I’m not a strikeout pitcher, it’s just throw the ball, get strikes and let the defense do the work,” Corrao said. “They’ve been reliable so I knew that they could come through.”
“He kept us off stride,” Wolverines head coach Joe Contento said. “His curve ball was really throwing for strikes, he threw it in every count. In high school, when you can do that, it’s going to be a tough game.”
Niagara Falls starter Joe Colosi, who finished with eight strikeouts, appeared ready for a pitcher’s duel with Corrao after getting through a tough first inning in which he allowed two runs on three hits. Starting with the last out in the first, he set down six straight, striking out five Vikings looking in the process.