One of the Keystone State Games baseball rules is that instead of a “designated hitter,” teams use an “extra hitter” and go with a 10-man lineup.
That 10th man provided a little extra for Pocono-1 in its Scholastic Division opener Thursday.
Kyle Hromisin, who is preparing for his senior year at Wyoming Seminary, served as both the extra hitter and happened to be in the 10th spot in the order.
Hromisin, the winning pitcher in relief, provided the biggest hit in a 9-8 victory over West-2 in a game at Pittston Area’s High School field in Hughestown.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the fifth, Hromisin came to the plate with one run already in and the score tied at 5-5.
Hromisin’s three-run double down the left-field line broke the tie. He then came in with the run that proved to be the difference when West-2 put together three unearned runs in the seventh.
“I got the count full and all I was thinking was just hit the ball somewhere and put it in play because with two outs all that pressure is on you,” Hromisin said. “ … I just hit the ball and it happened to go a lot farther than I was expecting.”
Cole Cherkas went 2-for-2 with a walk. He had a two-run single in the first, then scored for a 3-0 lead.
Dean Ambrose started and held West-2 to one run on two hits while striking out two.
“The kids played very well and had a nice hard-fought win,” manager Sean Foley said.
It was a tough first day for Pocono-2, which played the two teams that ended the day tied for first. It joined West-2 as the only teams to lose twice. After falling 16-5 to West-1, Pocono-2 was beaten by Blue Mountain 13-2.
The Keystone State Senior Games added a new event, the Power Walk, which was held in lieu of race walking to try to give Seniors another competitive option.
“The National Senior Games decided that some of the participants were unable to do the Race Walk any more so to keep them participating, they designed the Power Walk, which is a less strenuous way to walk,” said Chase Feeney from Dallas, who was helping run three events at Kirby Park.
There were two windows, totaling six hours, that contestants could sign in and complete one, two or three 1,500-meter laps at the park.
Only three people registered, each choosing to do the one 1,500-meter lap and each going unopposed to win his or her age groups.
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