Dallas wins Division 2 title

Last updated: May 12. 2014 11:20PM - 2880 Views
By Derek Levarse dlevarse@civitasmedia.com

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HAZLETON — It had already been a hectic and unpredictable WVC baseball campaign. The final day of the regular season wasn’t going to be any different.

Monday’s game in Hazleton started with a pair of Division I recruits on the mound and ended with Coughlin holding on for survival in a 10-9 win over Hazleton Area at Antinozzi Field.

That result, combined with Wyoming Valley West’s victory over Berwick, set up a special tiebreaker game between Berwick and Hazleton Area for the WVC Division 1 championship. The title game is expected to be played Wednesday with the site and time to be determined.

Both Berwick and Hazleton Area finished the league schedule at 11-4 and split their season series.

“We’ll respond. We’ll get healthy,” said Cougars coach Gino Cara, who played without banged-up starters Dante Biasi and Robbie John. “Obviously, we always want to win the conference, but our ultimate goal is still in front of us.”

The Cougars very nearly won the division crown outright with two big rallies against the Crusaders.

Coughlin (9-6) had staked leads of 5-1 and 10-5 against Penn State-bound Sal Biasi. Crusaders ace Dave Marriggi, a Towson recruit, left after two innings to remain eligible to start Thursday in Coughlin’s District 2 tournament opener, which has been moved up a day because of the school’s prom.

Hazleton Area managed to tie the game at 5-5 and fell just short of making it 10-10 at the end of a wild sixth inning.

“I could tell in the first inning with the way we were hitting the ball, it was going to be a hitter’s day,” Coughlin coach Moe Rodzinak said. “Even with Biasi and Marriggi pitching, you could tell by the way they were swinging the bats.”

Ultimately it was the Crusaders’ third double in the top of the sixth that provided the winning run. A line drive by Dave Parsnik scored two runs to make it 10-5, following up extra-base hits by Chase Nowak and E.J. Slavish.

The Cougars fired right back in the home half, using a two-run homer by Dave Klein to get things started. Jeremy Budgeon and Mitch O’Donnell each drew a bases-loaded walk before Nowak, on in relief, got a pop-up to left to end the threat.

Nowak, a freshman, bounced back in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the side to preserve the win.

“He had a tough sixth inning,” Rodzinak said. “I said to him, ‘Forget the sixth inning. It meant nothing. Go out there and get us the hell outta here in the seventh.’ And he did.

“Smart kid. Nothing fazes him too much for a freshman. … He’s young and he’s learning, but he’s a tough kid.”

Joe Baran also homered for the Cougars. Mike Wozniak picked up the win for Coughlin and had a game-high three RBI.

Dallas 5, Tunkhannock 4

The Mountaineers (8-6) won their seventh straight WVC game to complete an improbable comeback from a 1-6 start to clinch the Division 2 title and a top seed in the upcoming District 2 tournament.

It took one last rally. Tunkhannock (4-10) scored three in the top of the seventh to pull ahead 4-3. But Chad DeBona tripled home Aaron Yurko in the home half to tie it before scoring on a Nigel Stearns sac fly to start the celebration.

Wyoming Valley West 9, Berwick 5

Despite being down 5-3 after the first two innings, the Spartans (10-5) shut down the Bulldogs the rest of the way. Ryan Hogan led the offense with a three-run homer.

Anthony Melito drove in three runs for the Dawgs (11-4).

Pittston Area 6, Crestwood 2

Josh Razvillas led the Patriots (7-8), going 3-for-4. Pat McGinty added two RBI while Joe Champi tripled.

Curt Yenchik went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Comets (6-9).

Lake-Lehman 9, Holy Redeemer 0

Scott Bean and Adam Simmonette combined on a three-hit shutout. Cody Paraschak led the Black Knights (4-10) with three hits.

The Royals (3-11) got singles from from Matt Barat, Vito Malacari and Matt Pawlowski.


Coughlin 10, Hazleton Area 9


Dave Parsnik cf-lf`4`2`3`2`1`0`0

Mike Wozniak ss-p`4`1`2`3`1`0`0

Dave Marriggi p-cf`2`0`0`1`0`0`0

Kyle Lupas 1b`3`0`1`1`1`0`0

Eric Adamczyk c`4`1`1`0`0`0`0

Brandon Butry 2b`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Chase Nowak 3b-p`4`2`2`1`1`0`0

Collin Gozick lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Scott Christian ss`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

R.J. Kenzakoski ph`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

E.J. Slavish rf`4`2`2`2`1`0`0


Hazleton Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Dave Klein lf-cf`4`2`1`2`0`0`1

Joe Baran cf-p`3`3`3`1`0`0`1

Randy Pineda pr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

Sal Biasi p-2b`5`1`2`0`0`0`0

Chris Panzarella ss`4`0`2`1`0`0`0

Jeremy Budgeon c`3`0`0`1`0`0`0

Kyle Rogers rf`2`1`0`0`0`0`0

Mitch O’Donnell 3b`3`0`1`2`0`0`0

Tom Sharp 1b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Christian Brea pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Seth Porpiglia 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Michael Reinhart p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Dominic Cara ph-lf`2`1`0`0`0`0`0



Hazleton Area`101`124`0`—`9



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Hazleton Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

S. Biasi (L, 2-2)`5+`11`10`10`2`7



Dallas 5, Tunkhannock 4


Brett Soltysiak 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Bobby Gilpin lf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Sean Soltysiak ss`4`1`2`0`0`0`0

Cody Brown 3b`4`2`3`1`0`0`0

C. Hulslander 1b-p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Austin Burke cf-p`4`0`1`2`0`0`0

Hunter Hopkins rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ben Swilley dh`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Drew Tinna pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jack Fenwick dh`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Lane Ceccarelli c`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ryan Weiss p-cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0



Chad DeBona rf-ss`4`2`3`1`0`1`0

Nigel Stearns p-cf`3`1`1`1`0`0`0

Jordan McCrum ss-p`3`1`1`1`0`0`0

D. Oliveri cf-p-lf`3`0`1`1`1`0`0

J. Brojakowski 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Dave Simpson c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sweppenheiser lf-rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ben Narcum 3b`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

Rory Mullin 1b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Aaron Yurko dh`3`0`1`0`1`0`0

Peter Capitano pr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0







Burke (L, 0-1)`0.1`2`2`2`0`0




McCrum (W, 3-2)`0.2`2`1`1`1`0

Wyoming Valley West 9, Berwick 5


Jake Jones lf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Alex Klinger cf`2`2`0`0`0`0`0

Anthony Melito ss`4`1`2`3`0`1`0

Jorden Stout c`4`0`2`1`0`0`0

Zack Andress rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jordan DiValerio p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Max Melito cf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Eric Varner p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Logan Woodard p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

P.J. Wiegand dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Cody Talanca 1b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Nick Laubach pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Zack Kyttle 2b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Hunter Stout 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Valley West`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Jeremy Sabecky cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Chris Lupole 2b`4`2`2`0`0`0`0

Brandon Reyes c`4`2`2`0`0`0`0

Evan McCue 1b`3`2`2`0`0`0`0

Ryan Hogan rf`3`1`1`3`0`0`1

L. Anderscavage ss`4`1`0`0`0`0`0

Bill Gregory 3b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Mark Baran lf`4`1`1`2`0`0`0

Logan Zavada p`3`0`2`1`0`0`0



Valley West`302`031`x`—`9



Klinger (L, 2-1)`1.2`5`3`1`0`2



Wyoming Valley West`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Zavada (W, 5-1)`5.0`4`5`3`6`4

Brodi (S)`2.0`3`0`0`0`4

Pittston Area 6, Crestwood 2

Pittston Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Josh Razvillas rf`4`2`3`0`0`0`0

Tyler McGarry c`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

Joe Champi 1b`2`1`1`1`0`1`0

Michael Schwab lf`4`1`1`1`1`0`0

Matt Mott p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Danny Constantino p`0`0`0`0`0`0

John Faggotti p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Turonis dh`4`0`2`0`0`0`0

Jeff Donnora dh`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mike Carey dh`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

James Emmett 3b`2`0`2`1`0`0`0

Jared Melochick pr`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle O’Fier 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Pat McGinty ss`4`0`1`2`0`0`0

Mike Delaney cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0



Don Hopkins 2b`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Derek Distasio 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Anthony Caladie ss`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Brian Markowski lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Curt Yenchik c`3`0`2`1`0`0`0

Brett Chupka p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Matt Mickowski p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ethan Markowski dh`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Jon Wychock 1b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Abhay Metgud cf`3`0`1`1`0`0`0

Matt Darden 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Chase Jones ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tyler Jones rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Josh Grzech rf`2`0`0`0`0`0


Pittston Area`310`000`2`—`6


Pittston Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Constantino (W, 2-0)`3.0`2`0`0`0`1



Chupka (L, 3-2)`6`10`4`3`1`2


Lake-Lehman 9, Holy Redeemer 0


John Van Scoy cf`4`1`1`1`0`0`0

Cahil Carey ss`4`2`1`1`0`0`0

Tyler Kolb 3b`2`1`1`2`0`0`0

Scott Bean p`4`1`2`2`1`0`0

Pete Borum 1b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Cody Paraschak c`4`1`3`0`0`0`0

Tyler Long rf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Noah Gorski lf`3`2`1`0`0`0`0

Justus Cole 2b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

A. Simmonette p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Hunter Nice dh`3`1`1`1`0`0`0`0


Holy Redeemer`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

John Yurkoski 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jeremy Worlinsky p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Conlan McAndrew p`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jim Strickland ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Eric Kerr cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Matt Barat ph`1`0`1`0`0`0`0

Vito Malacari 1b`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Cam Brennan ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Matt Pawlowski lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Brian Leighton c `0`0`0`0`0`0`0

B. Sandrowicz dh`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Justin Renfer c`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Nick Oley 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Marty Cirelli rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0



Holy Redeemer`000`000`0`—`0


Bean (W, 3-5)`4.0`0`2`0`1`3


Holy Redeemer`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


McAndrew (L, 1-3)`1.0`3`3`2`1`1




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