MOOSIC- Each time Lackawanna Trail High School was threatening to put runs on the board early in the game, Old Forge pitcher David Chromey slammed the door.
After Trail’s Vic Rosa singled to lead off the game and Pete Murazzi was hit by a pitch, Chromey got Billy Lee to ground out the end inning.
In the bottom of the second, with runners of second and third and one out, Chromey struck out Jared Phillips and induced a ground ball from Rosa.
“We had opportunities in probably four innings today,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Todd Peters said. “We just didn’t get that hit that we needed; Chromey did a good job shutting us down when he had to. That’s part of baseball.”
With two outs in the top of the second, Old Forge shortstop Brendan Wahl singled and stole second base. Two batters later, designated hitter Warren Welsh knocked him in for the only run of the game.
“We had a two-out rally,” Welsh said. “Brendan started it and with the lefty pitching, I just took it the other way and drove in the run.”
In the third inning, Trail couldn’t take advantage of another scoring opportunity. Lions’ catcher Cooper Rosiak led off the inning with a single, stole second and advanced the third on a throwing error. Facing the heart of the lineup with no outs, Chromey was at his best, striking out the side to preserve the one-run lead.
“I knew that I had to battle out of it, whether I struck everybody out or my fielders made the plays,” Chromey said. “The last thing I wanted was that run to cross the plate.”
After allowing the run, Flynn allowed just three base runners of the final five innings.
“Matt Flynn pitched a heck of a game,” Peters said. “You saw two left-handers out there both pitching their rear-ends off. The runs were at a premium.”
Peters reflected on the impact the three seniors Ben McLaughlin, Vic Rosa and Pete Murazzi have had on the team.
“They have put their hearts and souls into the game,” Peters said. “Your heart goes out for those guys in a 1-0 game, the seniors don’t get another chance. They have nothing to hang their heads over. To me, the two best teams in the area in Class A. It’s unfortunate that in a game like this somebody has to lose.”