Berwick tosses no-hitter against Lake-Lehman

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Pittston Area shortstop Pat McGinty, left, turns a double play as Wyoming Area's Zach Lopatka slides into second base during Saturday's District 2 Class 3A tournament game.
Pittston Area shortstop Pat McGinty, left, turns a double play as Wyoming Area's Zach Lopatka slides into second base during Saturday's District 2 Class 3A tournament game.
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WEST PITTSTON — Any questions about which Pittston Area team would show up Saturday were answered quickly.

Timely hitting. Pitchers working the strike zone. Fielders charging in on grounders and laying out for fly balls. And a 7-3 win over neighboring Wyoming Area in the first round of the District 2 Class 3A baseball tournament.

It was one of the better performances of the year by the Patriots, who ended up as the No. 9 seed after an up-and-down regular season. It also earned them a rematch in Tuesday’s quarterfinals with top-seeded Valley View, the team that knocked them out of the tournament last year.

Pittston Area had opened WVC play 5-2 and looked to be a strong contender for the Division 1 title. But the Patriots ended up losing six of their next seven before winning their season finale Monday to prepare for the playoffs.

Coach Paul Zaffuto said the early success may have led to some complacency.

“That’s kind of what happened to us,” Zaffuto said. “We ran into a couple games where kids were ready to go to talent shows and kids were ready to go the prom. … Their mind and their focus wasn’t there.

“When we think back, we say ‘If your focus is on this game, and you play this game as hard as you possibly can, then we can compete with anybody.’”

That much showed against the eighth-seeded Warriors at Atlas Field.

In a game that was 3-3 after one inning, Patriots starter John Fagotti settled in and kept his team in front the rest of the way. Fagotti and reliever Matt Mott blanked Wyoming Area over the final six innings and didn’t allow a hit in the final four.

“I calmed down (after the first inning),” Fagotti said. “I hit my spots and did everything my coaches prepared me all year to do.”

Fagotti showed resilience in the third inning, inducing a 4-6-3 double play to erase a leadoff walk and shaking off an ensuing double by Tyler Mitchell with another groundout.

“Outstanding,” Zaffuto said. “There was many times during the season where we’d get in that same situation and end up walking two, three guys in a row.

“I’ll tell you what — they came and pounded the zone and threw strikes. And then, even when they hit the ball, they didn’t really hit it that hard. They were hitting little squibblers that many teams would take and throw away. And we made some fantastic plays. Big, big-league plays.”

Five early runs certainly helped the Patriots’ cause. Wyoming Area had made it 3-3 after a clutch two-run single by Jeremy Zezza with two outs in the bottom of the first. Pittston Area answered right back in the second as Joe Champi (2-3, two RBI) doubled home a run to put the Patriots back in front for good.

Fellow senior Michael Schwab finished 3-for-3 with two RBI of his own. James Emmett and freshman Kyle O’Fier each knocked in a run in the first.

Kyle Charney drove in the Warriors’ other run.

“Pittston’s a good team. We knew coming in it was going to be a battle,” Wyoming Area coach Dean Carey said. “Two good teams going at it. They came to play a little bit more than we did today. They made the plays when they needed it. We didn’t get that hit when we needed it.

“Hats off to Fagotti. He pitched a good game, he kept us in check.”

Berwick 9, Lake-Lehman 0

For the second straight year, Berwick opened the postseason with a no-hitter.

Jordan DiValerio and Zach Kyttle combined on the gem for the No. 3 Bulldogs, holding No. 14 Lake-Lehman without a hit in the first-round matchup. DiValerio, a sophomore, struck out seven in five innings and Kyttle took it the rest of the way, fanning three.

Clay DeNoia threw a five-inning no-hitter against GAR in the 2013 district opener.

Berwick’s defense backed them up in the field as Alex Klinger and Adam Trivilpiece each made diving catches, with the latter coming with one out in the seventh.

Jorden Stout had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and five RBI. The Dawgs host North Pocono in Tuesday’s quarterfinals in a rematch of the 2012 district championship game.

Abington Heights 4, Tunkhannock 0

The No. 13 Tigers were held to three hits in in a first-round loss.

The fourth-seeded Comets will host Coughlin in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.


Holy Redeemer 6, Mid Valley 1

Seeded deceivingly low as usual, the No. 13 Royals went on the road and knocked off No. 4 Mid Valley thanks to an excellent day on the mound by Jeremy Worlinsky.

Worlinsky threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts while adding an RBI double at the plate. Matt Dacey continued his strong season by going 3-for-4 with two RBI.

The Royals advance to Tuesday’s quarterfinals to face the team they beat for the 2012 district title, Holy Cross.



(District champions advance to states)

All games 4:30 p.m. unless noted



Sunday, May 18

• No. 5 Scranton (7-6) at No. 4 Wyoming Valley West (10-5), 3 p.m.

Monday, May 19

• No. 6 Wallenpaupack (4-9) at No. 3 Williamsport (4-2)


Wednesday, May 21

• WVW-Scranton winner at No. 1 Delaware Valley (10-3)

• Williamsport-Paupack winner at No. 2 Hazleton Area (11-4)


Monday, May 26

• Semifinal winners at PNC Field, 10 a.m.



First round

Thursday’s results

Valley View 17, Western Wayne 2

Coughlin 7, West Scranton 0

North Pocono 11, Honesdale 3

Scranton Prep 9, Crestwood 0

Saturday’s results

Berwick 9, Lake-Lehman 0

Abington Heights 4, Tunkhannock 0

Pittston Area 7, Wyoming Area 3

Sunday, May 18

• No. 15 GAR (2-10) at No. 2 Dallas (8-6), 2 p.m.


Tuesday, May 20

• No. 9 Pittston Area (8-8) at No. 1 Valley View (11-3)

• No. 7 Scranton Prep (8-6) vs. Dallas-GAR winner at higher seed

• No. 6 North Pocono (8-6) at No. 3 Berwick (12-4)

• No. 5 Coughlin (10-6) at No. 4 Abington Heights (10-4)


Thursday, May 22

• Quarterfinal winners at higher seeds


Monday, May 26

• Semifinal winners at PNC Field, 7 p.m.



First round

Thursday’s results

Dunmore 10, Carbondale 0

Holy Cross 9, Meyers 1

Lakeland 7, Montrose 4

Northwest 5, Elk Lake 1

Saturday’s result

Holy Redeemer 6, Mid Valley 1

Sunday, May 18

• No. 11 Riverside (4-8) at No. 6 Nanticoke (9-3), 3 p.m.


Tuesday, May 20

• No. 8 Northwest (8-5) at No. 1 Hanover Area (12-0)

• No. 10 Lakeland (5-8) at No. 2 Mountain View (11-1)

• Nanticoke-Riverside winner at No. 3 Dunmore (11-2)

• No. 13 Holy Redeemer (4-11) at No. 5 Holy Cross (10-3)


Thursday, May 22

• Quarterfinal winners at higher seeds


Monday, May 26

• Semifinal winners at PNC Field, 4 p.m.




Monday, May 19

• No. 6 Wyoming Seminary (2-10) at No. 3 MMI Prep (6-6)

• No. 5 Blue Ridge (3-9) at No. 4 Forest City (5-7)


Wednesday, May 21

• Forest City-Blue Ridge winner at No. 1 Lackawanna Trail (10-2)

• MMI-Seminary winner at No. 2 Old Forge (6-6)


Monday, May 26

• Semifinal winners at PNC Field, 1 p.m.


Pittston Area 7, Wyoming Area 3

District 2 Class 3A first round

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

Josh Razvillas rf`4`1`1`0`1`0`0

Tyler McGarry c`2`3`1`0`0`0`0

Joe Champi 1b`3`2`2`2`1`0`0

Michael Schwab lf`3`1`3`2`0`0`0

John Fagotti p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Kyle Turonis dh`3`0`0`1`0`0`0

James Emmett 3b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Kyle O’Fier 2b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Pat McGinty ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mike Delaney cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


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

Corey Lescavage ss`4`1`1`0`0`0`0

Tino Romanelli 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Colin Herron rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joe Gavenonis dh-p`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Zach Lopatka p-rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Marty Michaels ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Charney lf`4`1`1`1`0`0`0

Tyler Mitchell 1b`1`0`1`0`1`0`0

Justin Steinberg pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jeremy Zezza 3b`3`0`1`2`0`0`0

Evan Musto c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tyler Dougherty ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Bryant Clark cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Pittston Area`320`002`0`—`7

Wyoming Area`300`000`0`—`3

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

Fagotti (W, 1-0)`5+`6`3`3`3`2


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

Lopatka (L, 0-1)`2.2`5`5`5`4`3


Berwick 9, Lake-Lehman 0

District 2 Class 3A first round


John Van Scoy cf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Hunter Nice 3b`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Cahil Carey ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tyler Kolb 3b-cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Scott Bean p-1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Pete Borum 1b-p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Zach Brucher dh`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Cody Paraschak c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tyler Long rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Noah Gorski lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0



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

Don Shields lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Alex Klinger cf`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

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

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

Nate Laubach ss`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jorden Stout c`4`1`4`5`2`0`0

Zach Andress rf`2`1`1`1`1`0`0

A. Trivilpiece rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Rob Palermo 2b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

P.J. Wiegand dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Cody Talanca 1b`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Mike Bulkley 1b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Zach Kyttle 2b-p`3`1`2`0`0`0`0

Ethan Spence ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Hunter Stout 3b`2`1`2`0`0`0`0

Chris Erickson ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Casey Curtin 3b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0





Bean (L, 0-1)`4.2`11`9`4`4`2



DiValerio (W, 1-0)`5.0`0`0`0`1`7


Holy Redeemer 6, Mid Valley 1

District 2 Class 2A first round

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

Jeremy Worlinsky p`3`2`1`1`1`0`0

Jason Hoggarth lf`4`1`2`1`0`0`0

Matt Dacey 1b`4`0`3`2`1`0`0

Jim Strickland ss`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Eric Kerr cf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Andrew Semanek dh`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Justin Renfer c`2`1`1`0`0`0`0

Nick Oley 2b`2`1`1`1`0`0`0

Matt Pawlowski ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

John Yurkoski 3b`2`1`1`0`0`0`0


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

Alex Varaska p`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ethan Hasenzahl 3b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Zach Nemitz ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Austin Mooty 2b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jacob Donlin dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Cody Petcavage lf`2`1`0`0`0`0`0

Ed Abda cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

M. Mierzejewski rf`1`0`1`0`0`0`0

Sean Homenchek 1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

R.J. Gouldsbury c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joe Chieffalo pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Holy Redeemer`003`000`3`—`6

Mid Valley`000`010`0`—`1

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

Worlinsky (W, 1-0)`7.0`2`1`0`1`8

Mid Valley`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Varaska (L, 0-1)`7.0`11`6`6`1`3

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