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PLAINS TWP. — As anxious as he was to finish off his opening day no-hitter, Josh Featherman said he still had some nerves after the game was over.

The bar had been raised for Coughlin's new ace. Expectations were going to be high, especially headed into a second start on Wednesday against rival Pittston Area.

"The no-hitter made me nervous, actually," Featherman said. "I didn't know what to think when I came back to the dugout after that last out."

So the junior right-hander followed it up with his second straight gem to open league play, turning in a complete-game 6-0 shutout of the Patriots at Hilldale Park.

After narrowly missing a perfect game last week against Crestwood, Featherman allowed just four hits on Wednesday and struck out 11. In 14 scoreless innings, Featherman has 18 strikeouts and zero walks to help the Crusaders (3-0) take an early lead in Division I East of the Wyoming Valley Conference.

Both Coughlin coach Moe Rodzinak and Pittston Area coach Paul Zaffuto talked about maturity when discussing Featherman's impact in 2012.

"I expected him to mature as a senior, but he's matured this much early," Rodzinak said. "I never expected it this fast. He's taken on the role of a leader. For a junior, he's one of the leaders on the team. I'm really happy with him."

Primarily a reliever as a sophomore, Featherman got a spot start against Pittston Area last April at Hilldale, giving up five runs on eight hits while taking the loss.

Zaffuto said he saw a noticeable difference facing Featherman on Wednesday and he made sure to let him know how impressed he was after the game.

"Last year we were in your head and you were easily intimidated," Zaffuto told him. "You were affected by our cheering and our nonsense. But you've matured a lot. There were some college scouts here today and I'm going to talk to them and say I see a matured guy that really worked hard."

"Absolutely," Featherman said of the change from last season. "I felt much stronger coming in this time. Baseball's a big mind game. A lot of odds. You can hit the ball one time and then the next time up you strike out and look horrible. So definitely it's just about working hard."

This time around, Zaffuto said, it was his hitters who were intimidated by Featherman, calling him "one of the better pitchers in the area."

The Crusaders fed off of their pitcher, who spread out the four singles he gave up. Three times he ended an inning with a strikeout with a runner on and a fourth time he got a double play to finish a frame.

At the plate, Joe Parsnik continued a hot start of his own for Coughlin, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. The first double made it 2-0 in the fifth to give the Crusaders some breathing room. The second knocked in two more runs in the sixth to put the game away.

"Oh, he's on fire," Rodzinak said of his senior shortstop. "Even when he gets out, he's on the ball. His timing is really there."

Jordan Sod, Kyle Cunningham (RBI) and Kyle Lupas (double) all added two hits apiece for Coughlin.

Josh Razvillas had two hits of his own to lead the Patriots (2-1). Five of the six runs against pitchers Chuck Bressler and Michael Schwab were unearned.


Pittston AreaCoughlin

Housemn 2b3010Sod 2b4220
MSchwab lf-p2000Parsnik ss4133
Razvillas 1b3020Gulius c3000
ASchwab 3b3000Concini 3b2001
Loftus c3000Cunnghm lf3021
Hahn rf3000Feathrmn p3100
Bressler p0000Lupas 1b3120
Mancini lf0000Sypnwski rf2111
BDelaney dh3010Marriggi cf2000
Rowan cf2000Francis ph1000
McGinty ss2000

Totals24040Totals276 106

Pittston Area0000000—0

2B – Parsnik 2, Lupas

Pittston Area

Bressler (L, 0-1)4.163105


Feathermn (W, 2-0)7.0400011

Wyoming Area 2, Dallas 0

Dylan Maloney threw a two-hit shutout to lift the Warriors in a tough pitching duel with the Mountaineers and Brian Stepniak.

Both pitchers went the distance as Maloney struck out nine and Stepniak fanned four while allowing just four hits.

Wyoming Area's Adam Romanowski had the lone RBI of the game. Bart Chupka had two hits for the Warriors (2-1).

Eric Zawatski and Domenic Oliveri each singled for Dallas (0-2).


DallasWyoming Area

Narcum c3000Klimas lf3000
Patel ss3000Carey 2b3000
Stepniak p1000Maloney p3010
Zawatski rf3010Grove c3110
Gately 1b3000Chupka 1b3020
Saba 3b3000Granteed ss3000
Brojkwski 2b2000Walkovk cf3000
Stearns cf0000Rmnwski 3b3001
Shaver dh3000Klus rf0000
Oliveri lf2010Romanlli dh2000

Wyoming Area010010x—2


Stepniak (L, 0-2)6.042104

Wyoming Area

Maloney (W, 1-1)7.020029

Crestwood 11, Holy Redeemer 8

Shane Casey struck out 13 in a complete-game victory as the Comets held off a late rally from the Royals at Hollenback Park.

Aaron Piavis finished 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Crestwood (1-2) at the plate. Anthony Caladie, Jesse Quintiliani and Mike Sweeney each drove in a pair of runs.

Redeemer (0-3) trailed 6-0 and 9-3 before pulling within 9-8 heading into the final frame. Cody Tsevdos (2-4, triple, three RBI), Pat Condo (2-4, double, RBI) and Eric Ringsdorf (2-4, double two RBI) contributed for the Royals.


CrestwoodHoly Redeemer

Munisteri cf4320Policare 2b4110
Snyder 2b2211Condo ss4321
Caladie ss4112Chomn p-1b4210
Quintiliani 3b5012Cosgrove rf0000
JEngler 1b4111Ringsdrf 1b4222
Miale pr0100Kosik rf0000
Piavis rf4131Tsevdos lf4023
Casey p0000English 3b2000
Sartini dh1001Cavangh 3b1000
Williams dh1110Worlinski ph1011
Sweeney lf3112Peterlin c4000
Yenchik c3000Kerr cf0000
Chupka ph1000Gashns dh2000

Amarndo dh0000

Ell rf-p3000

Strickland p0000

Triblett ph1000

Holy Redeemer0003320—8

2B – Condo, Ringsdorf, 3B – Tsevdos, Policare


Casey (W, 1-1)7.0986013

Holy Redeemer

Choman (L, 0-2)4.156553

Wyoming Valley West 6, Berwick 3

Tommy Alexander struck out nine and allowed just two hits in five innings of work to pick up the win for the Spartans (2-1).

Matt Zielen finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead Valley West. Nick Hogan, Evan McCue and Colin Harrison each had two hits apiece.

Steve Kuchka had two of the five hits for Berwick (0-2).


BerwickWyoming Valley West

Morales cf4001Dosiak ss3001
Melito 2b3000Zielen cf4022
Lashock 3b3010Pechulis 3b4000
Miller ss2000Alexander p3000
Favata rf2000Hogan lf3120
Calovi rf1000Leonard 2b3110
DeNoia p0000Flaherty rf3111
Fenstrmchr p0000EMcCue 1b3220
Harer p0000Harrison c2120
HStout dh3110

May lf2210

Curtin c2000

Kuchka 1b3021

Totals25352Totals286 104

Wyoming Valley West001302x—6

2B – Zielen


DeNoia (L, 0-1)3.153202

Wyo. Valley West

Alexander (W, 2-0)5.021129
Stelevich (S)2.032121

Hazleton Area 8, Nanticoke 3

The Cougars (2-1) picked up their first home win in conference play, topping the Trojans (1-2).

Hazleton Area's eight runs tripled its total from the first two games.

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