The Wyoming Valley Conference baseball season concluded with no tie-breaking championship games needed this season.
After such a tight regular season in all three divisions a year ago, parity wasn’t so present this season.
Dallas (12-1) and Hanover Area (13-1) won Division 2 and Division 3 with ease. Dallas, the reigning Class 4A state champion, won the division by six games in front on Tunkhannock and Berwick. The Hawkeyes finished three games ahead of second-place Wyoming Seminary and Meyers.
Division 1 was the closest divisional race with Crestwood (9-4) claiming its second straight crown on the last day of the regular season with a win over Nanticoke to hold off second place Wyoming Valley West (8-5) and Hazleton Area (8-5).
Now, it’s time to get serious.
The brackets for the District 2 tournament were released on Sunday with Dallas (Class 4A) being the only team from the WVC to claim a No. 1 seed. The Hawkeyes (Class 3A) and Comets (5A) both picked up No. 2 seeds.
It’s now a 10-day sprint to the finish. The tournaments start Monday with nine games on the schedule.
Highlighting Monday’s schedule is the Division 1 champ Comets hosting winless Coughlin (0-13) at 4:30 p.m. in a Class 5A opener, while Wyoming Valley West (8-5) hosts Abington Heights, and Pittston Area stays at home to take on Wallenpaupack also in 5A.
Holy Redeemer (8-6), which advanced to the state final last year, is seeded seventh in Class 3A and takes on tenth-seeded Dunmore (7-7) at 4:30 p.m. at Hollenback.
Other Class 3A games Monday are Lake-Lehman at Riverside, GAR at Meyers, and Carbondale at Wyoming Seminary, while MMI Prep travels to Lincoln Leadership in a Class A quarterfinal.
The Division 3 champion Hawkeyes have a bye in the first round and will play on Wednesday against the winner of the Dunmore-Holy Redeemer game. Hanover Area tied Lakeland with 13-1 records. The Chiefs claimed the No. 1 seed via coin flip tiebreaker.
Dallas officially starts its title defense on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. when the team hosts eighth-seeded Honesdale (3-9).
Other Class 4A games on Tuesday include Wyoming Area at Tunkhannock, Scranton Prep at Berwick, and Nanticoke vs. Valley View at the University of Scranton.
District 2 play ends with the finals being held May 27-30 at PNC Field.
District or subregional champions advance to the first round of the PIAA Championships on June 4 in every classification except 3A, where the champion and runner-up advance to the state tournament.
District 2 Baseball Glance
District 2-4 Subregional
(5) Scranton at (4) West Scranton, 4:30 p.m.
Scranton-West Scranton winner at (1) Williamsport, 4:30
(3) Hazleton Area at (2) Delaware Valley, 4:30 p.m.
6 p.m. Monday, May 28 at PNC Field
District 2 Championship
Friday, June 1 (if necessary)
(5) Wallenpaupack at (4) Pittston Area, 4:30 p.m.
(6) Abington Heights at (3) Wyoming Valley West, 4:30 p.m
(7) Coughlin at (2) Crestwood, 4:30 p.m.
Wallenpaupack-Pittston Area at (1) North Pocono, 4:30 p.m.
Wyoming Valley West-Abington Heights winner vs. Coughlin-Crestwood winner, TBA
Sunday, 6 p.m. at PNC Field
(8) Honesdale at (1) Dallas, 4:30 p.m.
(5) Wyoming Area at (4) Tunkhannock, 4:30 p.m.
(6) Scranton Prep at (3) Berwick, 4:30 p.m
(7) Nanticoke vs. (2) Valley View, 4:30 p.m. at the University of Scranton
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at PNC Field
(9) Lake-Lehman at (8) Riverside, 4:30 p.m.
(12) GAR at (5) Meyers, 4:30 p.m.
(11) Carbondale at (6) Wyoming Seminary, 4:15 p.m.
(10) Dunmore at (7) Holy Redeemer, 4:30 p.m.
Lake-Lehman-Riverside winner at (1) Lakeland, 4:30 p.m.
Meyers-GAR winner at (4) Montrose, 4:30 p.m.
Carbondale-Wyoming Seminary winner at (3) Mid Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Dunmore-Holy Redeemer winner at (2) Hanover Area, 4:30 p.m.
Friday at TBA
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 at PNC Field
(5) Holy Cross at (4) Lackawanna Trail, 4:30 p.m.
(6) Northwest Area at (3) Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.
(7) Mountain View at (2) Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.
Holy Cross-Lackawanna Trail winner at (1) Old Forge, 4:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal winners, TBA
5 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at PNC Field
District 2-11 Subregional
(5) MMI at (4) Lincoln Leadership, 4:30 p.m.
(6) East Stroudsburg Notre Dame at (3) Nativity BVM, 4:30 p.m.
MMI-Lincoln Leadership winner at (1) Forest City, TBA
Nativity BVM-ESND winner at (2) Tri-Valley, TBA