Unbeaten Hawkeyes hang onto streak

June 9th, 2015 10:40 pm

First Posted: 4/24/2014

NANTICOKE — It wasn’t a perfect game or a one-hitter, like Hanover Area’s last two outings. As it turned out, the Hawkeyes allowed more runs than they had all season on Thursday.

But it just might have been their biggest win of the year.

Powered by an early bases-loaded triple by Matt Kuhl, the Hawks flew out to an eight-run lead before holding on to beat Nanticoke 9-6 at Ted Hiller Park.

Most importantly, the win gave them a season sweep of the Trojans and a two-game lead in Division 3 of the Wyoming Valley Conference with four league games remaining. Hanover Area (8-0) has now won 36 straight WVC games dating back to 2011 and is four away from a third straight undefeated regular season.

This latest victory, however, was tougher than most.

Nanticoke cut the lead to three in the bottom of the seventh after a pair of singles were followed by a pair of Hawkeye errors with two outs. The miscues allowed two runs to score and brought the tying run to the plate before John Wickiser got the final batter to pop out to center.

“We knew offensively they were very good, and that they were aggressive with the bats,” Hawkeyes coach Mike Zapotoski said. “So we knew we weren’t going to shut them out or throw a two-hitter.

“Offensively, to get that big lead was good. But defensively, if we want to go far, we’ve got to tighten things up. Was a little disappointed with our defensive effort. I think our pitchers overall threw very well.”

Needless to say, it was some added drama for a Hanover Area team that had allowed just one baserunner this week. Mike Bugonowicz threw a five-inning perfect game on Monday while Wickiser and Mike Blazaskie combined on a four-inning one-hitter on Tuesday. The combined score of those games was 29-0.

It looked like it might be another lopsided result as the Hawkeyes took an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Kuhl did his part when he sent a deep drive over the center fielder’s head in the second for a bases-clearing triple and a 3-0 lead.

It was 5-0 after two, and a two-run double by Blazaskie in the fourth made it an eight-run cushion.

Nanticoke didn’t back down.

The Trojans (6-2) were having trouble solving Hawks starter Nick Deno, who struck out six straight hitters by the end of the third. But Nanticoke was exceptionally patient the second time through the order, drawing three walks sandwiched around a two-run single by Joe Olszyk.

“One thing about my guys that I really appreciate is that they were down 8-0, and they kept battling,” Nanticoke coach Dean Myers said. “Battled the whole way.”

After the third free pass loaded the bases back up with no outs, Zapotoski didn’t hesitate to turn to Wickiser. The senior got out of the jam with just one more run scoring and went the rest of the way to pick up the win in relief.

“I have confidence in all of our pitchers, which is a great luxury to have,” Zapotoski said. “Any of four guys, I’m confident with them throwing against anyone.”

Olszyk (3-for-4, three RBI) added another run-scoring single in the fifth. Mike Malshefski singled twice for the Trojans.

Wickiser led Hanover Area at the plate with a 3-for-5 showing, including a double. Bugonowicz and Jake Peters had two hits apiece.

The 15 total runs came as a bit of a surprise. Hanover Area won the first meeting 5-3 and the two sides had allowed a meager 17 runs between them in league play.

“Hanover’s undefeated for a reason,” Myers said. “They’re good, and you’ve got to play a perfect game to beat them. Give them the credit. They outplayed us.”

Northwest 4, GAR 1

Zac White and Scott Ungvarsky combined on a two-hitter as the Rangers duo struck out 11 between them. David Samulevich led Northwest (4-3) at the plate with a double and two RBI.

Kevin Evans went the distance for the Grenadiers (0-6), striking out nine.

Meyers 13, MMI Prep 8

Clean-up hitter Nick Sisko went 3-for-4 with three RBI while pitching a complete game on the mound for the win. Gino Setta tripled and drove in three runs for the Mohawks (2-5).

The Preppers (2-4) got three hits from Kisan Patel and triples by Charlie Karchner and Sam Harman.


Hanover Area 9, Nanticoke 6

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J. Kwiatkowski 2b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

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M. Romanowski dh`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Josh Benscoter p`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

F. Marcinkowski c`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Steve Kreitzer rf`3`0`0`1`0`0`0

Pat Duda rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Hanover Area`050`301`0`—`9


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


Wickiser (W, 4-0)`4.0`4`3`1`0`4


Olszyk (L, 3-1)`6.0`10`9`6`2`6


Northwest 4, GAR 1


Rashaun Mathis`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

S. Williamson`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Zac Faust`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Rich Sickler`2`0`0`1`0`0`0

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Gray Godfrey`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

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Andrew Boberick`1`1`0`0`0`0`0

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Evans (L, 0-3)`6.0`5`4`3`2`9


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Ungvarsky (S)`2.1`0`0`0`1`4

Meyers 13, MMI Prep 8


Jared Dasher cf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Cory Rogers ss`4`2`1`0`0`0`0

Charlie Karchner p`4`3`2`1`1`1`0

Alec Andes 1b`4`1`3`2`1`0`0

Sam Harman c`4`1`2`2`0`1`0

Ed Herbener rf`4`1`1`2`0`0`0

Kisan Patel lf`4`0`3`1`0`0`0

Ibby Bains 3b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Lucas Smith dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Nick Young 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0



Keith Ostrowski lf`3`2`1`1`0`0`0

Jose DeLone lf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Colin Pasone cf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Matt DeMarco ss`4`2`1`0`0`0`0

Nick Sisko p`4`1`3`3`0`0`0

Kyle McHale 1b`4`1`2`0`1`0`0

Ryan Gilgallon 3b`3`3`1`0`0`0`0

O.J. Almonte c`4`2`2`2`0`0`0

Gino Setta rf`4`1`1`3`0`1`0

Cris Cabada 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


MMI Prep`400`020`2`—`8




Rogers (L, 1-2)`2.1`6`8`4`0`2



Sisko (W, 1-1)`7.0`13`8`3`0`4