BRISTOL — St. Paul was set up to win the NVL Championship as it entered the bottom of the seventh inning.
Holy Cross, however, had other plans in mind.
The Crusaders plated three runs to walk-off and defend their NVL title, as they beat the Facons 6-5 Saturday afternoon.
In the top of the second St. Paul took an early 1-0 lead with Josh Cofrancesco ripping an RBI single.
Julian Thayer led the top of the third inning off with a triple to left center field. Ryan Greene brought in Thayer to score with a RBI single over the third baseman’s head to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead.
Holy Cross tied the score in the bottom of the third with a two-run inning. Tim Zupkus had a RBI single and Corey Fappiano had a RBI double.
In the fifth inning Ryan Parent had a 2 RBI double to score Thayer and Green to give the Falcons a 4-2 lead. Shaun Remillard added to the lead with a two-out RBI single.
The Crusaders trailed 5-2 and scored the final four runs of the game to beat St. Paul for the second time this season.
Thayer (2-for-4, triple, double, 2 runs), Greene (2-for-3, RBI, run), Remillard (2-for-4, RBI) all had strong offensive games for the Falcons.
With the loss St. Paul is 17-6 heading into the Class S tournament as the No. 3 seed.