Fresh start as district baseball play begins

By Dave Rosengrant - For Times Leader
Nathan Baranski leads Wyoming Valley West into district play when the Spartans play host to Abington Heights at 4:30 p.m. Monday. - Bill Tarutis | Times Leader file photo

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

CLASS 6A

District 2-4 Subregional

Quarterfinal

Monday

(5) Scranton at (4) West Scranton, 4:30 p.m.

Semifinals

Wednesday

Scranton-West Scranton winner at (1) Williamsport, 4:30

(3) Hazleton Area at (2) Delaware Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Finals

6 p.m. Monday, May 28 at PNC Field

District 2 Championship

Friday, June 1 (if necessary)

CLASS 5A

Quarterfinals

Monday

(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.

Semifinals

Wednesday

Wallenpaupack-Pittston Area at (1) North Pocono, 4:30 p.m.

Wyoming Valley West-Abington Heights winner vs. Coughlin-Crestwood winner, TBA

Finals

Sunday, 6 p.m. at PNC Field

CLASS 4A

Quarterfinals

Tuesday

(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

Semifinals

Thursday

Finals

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at PNC Field

CLASS 3A

First Round

Monday

(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.

Quarterfinals

Wednesday

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.

Semifinals

Friday at TBA

Finals

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 at PNC Field

CLASS 2A

Quarterfinals

Tuesday

(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.

Semifinals

Holy Cross-Lackawanna Trail winner at (1) Old Forge, 4:30 p.m.

Quarterfinal winners, TBA

Finals

5 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at PNC Field

CLASS A

District 2-11 Subregional

Quarterfinals

Monday

(5) MMI at (4) Lincoln Leadership, 4:30 p.m.

(6) East Stroudsburg Notre Dame at (3) Nativity BVM, 4:30 p.m.

Semifinals

MMI-Lincoln Leadership winner at (1) Forest City, TBA

Nativity BVM-ESND winner at (2) Tri-Valley, TBA

Finals

TBA

Nathan Baranski leads Wyoming Valley West into district play when the Spartans play host to Abington Heights at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_WVW-CrestBB_4-CMYK.jpgNathan Baranski leads Wyoming Valley West into district play when the Spartans play host to Abington Heights at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Bill Tarutis | Times Leader file photo

By Dave Rosengrant

For Times Leader