Swoyersville Legion captures another Region 5 championship

By Dave Rosengrant - For Times Leader
The Swoyersville Senior Legion team won two games on Wednesday to capture its third straight Pennsylvania Region 5 title and fourth in five years. - Dave Rosengrant | For Times Leader

HUGHESTOWN — For the first two innings on Wednesday evening, Pat Adamski didn’t look like himself.

The Swoyersville pitcher’s curveball was hanging and Dickson City batters were teeing off during the American Legion Region 5 Tournament.

After the second inning, Adamski went behind the dugout to work on his curve. After that, he was nearly unhittable as Swoyersville defeated Dickson City 7-5 to claim its third straight regional championship and its fourth in the last five years.

Swoyersville opens play in the state tournament 7 p.m. Saturday in Boyerstown against the host.

“I was working on my grip on my curveball. It wasn’t really working the first two innings. I was spinning it off better to get it to work better,” Adamski said. “It was breaking a lot more (after working on it).”

Dickson City, which advanced to the championship game earlier in the day with a 9-3 win over Berwick, jumped on Adamski in the first inning as the first three batters all got hits. John Mandarano got a two-run double then scored on a sac fly for a quick 3-0 lead.

The team put up two more runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Corey Pezak.

But after that, Adamski only gave up one more hit and went the distance, striking out five and walking four.

“I got a little more comfortable on the mound and my fastball started working a little better. I got more velo on it,” Adamski said.

Swoyersville answered Dickson City’s three-run first inning with four in the bottom of the first on a grand slam by Dom Bayo. The 2017 Wyoming Valley West grad crushed a chest-high 0-1 fastball over the left field fence giving his team a 4-3 lead.

“We’re just trying to get runs there so I’m just trying to knock a guy in,” Bayo said. “My teammates put me in that situation and I took advantage of it. I’m happy they put me in that situation.”

After Swoyersville tied up the score 4-4 in the third inning scoring on a wild pitch, Bayo was again in the middle of the action in the fifth inning.

Having hit the long ball earlier in the game, Dickson City manager Scott Donlin decided to intentionally walk Bayo with a base open and two outs.

The next batter, Tommy Federici, blasted a hot shot to the second baseman that fired off his glove and into center field.

As the throw home sailed away from the catcher, Bayo went to third. The throw down to second to try to get Federici also was errant, allowing Bayo to score and giving Swoyersville the 7-5 lead.

“I was going to third and was giving up on the play because I didn’t think he would throw it again,” Bayo said. “I just looked really quick and when he overthrew second base I just came right home.”

With a dozen players still remaining on the Swoyersville team that finished third in the state last year, and several on the club from the state championship team in 2016, Bayo is looking forward to another shot at a state title at the event, which starts Saturday and runs through Tuesday.

“I’m so glad we’re going to go back to Boyertown this year to defend our title,” Bayo said. “You get to spend time with teammates on and off the field and create memories forever.”

Prior to defeating Dickson City, Swoyersville eliminated Mountain Post with an 11-5 victory, scoring nine of those runs with two outs. Mountain Post held leads of 2-0 and 5-2, but Swoyersville scored seven in the fourth inning.

Mountain Post’s season concludes with a mark of 15-6. With 10 underclassmen on the roster, and perhaps as many as seven players returning as a post grad next year, manager Tony Caladie is hoping his team is starting to grow something special.

“What we need to do is build on this and build on the culture that Swoyersville’s got, which is year-in and year-out we’re ready. This is their time of year,” Caladie said. “They’ve been here many, many times and that’s what we need to do at the Post. We need to build that mentality of every year, we have a shot at a state title.”

Swoyersville 7, Dickson City 5

Dickson City`AB`R`H`BI

Glinsky cf`5`2`3`0

Gouldsbury 3b `4`2`2`0

Mandarano 2b`3`1`1`2

Pezak lf`2`0`2`3

Kucharski 1b`4`0`0`0

Hanicak c`2`0`0`0

Miller dh `3`0`0`0

Jackson rf`3`0`0`0

Mercanti ss`2`0`0`0

Totals`26`5`8`5

Swoyersville

Sott rf `3`1`1`0

Sienkiewicz ss`4`1`1`0

Packer 1b` 2`2`0`0

Ruff cf`2`1`0`0

Bayo lf`1`2`1`4

Federici 2b`3`0`1`1

Adamski p`3`0`0`0

Kane 2b`3`0`0`0

Banas c`2`0`0`0

Totals`23`7`4`5

HR: Bayo

Dickson City`320`000`0`— 5

Swoyersville`401`020`x` — 7

Dickson City `IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Longo (L) `6.0`4`7`4`7`5

Swoyersville`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Adamski (W) `7.0`7`5`5`4`5

Swoyersville 11, Mountain Post 5

Mountain Post`AB`R`H`BI

BCaladie ss`3`1`1`0

SCaladie 3b `2`1`1`0

Darden lf`4`1`1`1

Wickiser p` 3`1`0`0

Borum c`3`0`0`0

Knapp cf`2`0`1`1

Papura 2b`2`0`1`1

Petrochka 1b`3`0`0`0

Baffuno ph`1`0`0`0

Mendoza rf`3`1`1`0

Totals`26`5`6`3

Swoyersville`AB`R`H`BI

Sott rf `4`2`1`1

Sienkiewicz ss`4`1`1`1

Packer 1b` 2`1`0`1

Ruff cf`4`1`1`2

Bayo lf`3`1`2`1

Federici 3b`2`2`1`0

Adamski dh`2`1`0`2

Kane 2b`2`0`0`1

Banas c`2`2`2`1

Totals`25`11`8`10

Mountain Post`002`300`0`—`5

Swoyersville`002`702`x` —`11

Mountain Post `IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Wickiser (L) `3.2`6`9`4`4`2

Papura` 2.0`2`2`2`6`2

Bcaladie`0.1`0`0`0`1`1

Swoyersville`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

O’Kane `3.0+`2`3`1`6`2

Kane (W)`4.0`3`2`1`2`4

The Swoyersville Senior Legion team won two games on Wednesday to capture its third straight Pennsylvania Region 5 title and fourth in five years.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_swoyersville-1.jpgThe Swoyersville Senior Legion team won two games on Wednesday to capture its third straight Pennsylvania Region 5 title and fourth in five years. Dave Rosengrant | For Times Leader

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