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May 15. 2013 12:33AM

By - dlevarse@civitasmedia.com






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WILKES-BARRE — Looking back at it, Mike Zapotoski wasn’t sure if it was the right way to go. But there’s no doubt that his Hanover Area squad has responded to his challenge.
A year ago this month, the Hanover Area coach addressed his team after losing in the district semifinals. He had nearly his entire roster returning for 2013, and he wanted to send a message.
“Maybe I shouldn’t have said it,” Zapotoski said Tuesday. “But I said, ‘Anything other than a district title (in 2013) would be a disappointment.’ “
So far, so good.
After a 16-0 win over Meyers in four innings on Tuesday, the Hawkeyes enter the upcoming District 2 Class 2A tournament as the No. 1 seed. They finished the Wyoming Valley Conference season unbeaten for the second straight year. They now have won back-to-back WVC titles and four in six years under Zapotoski.
“A conference title’s great,” Zapotoski said. “But…”
But the Hawks have been at this point in the past, and they’re hoping for more.
With Tuesday’s win, they finished the league schedule at 12-0, outscoring opponents by a staggering margin of 122-9. This game was more of the same.
Hanover Area opened up a 4-0 lead in the first. Home runs by Dakota Owen and Mike Bugonowicz in the second made it 11-0. An RBI single by Mike Sulcoski in the fourth gave the Hawks the 15-run lead needed to end the game before the fifth.
“We’ve really been preaching to jump on OVERSET FOLLOWS:other teams early,” Zapotoski said. “Offensively, we just need to keep doing that and good things will happen to us.
“In the playoffs, what’s happened the last two years is us scoring zero runs, one run. And the other team beats us by a couple. Can’t win if you’re not scoring runs. So the second half of the year here, we’ve been preaching that we’ve got to stay hot offensively.”
Bugonowicz, Christian Pack, Nick Deno and Jack Windt all finished with two hits and two RBI as all nine Hanover Area starters recorded at least one hit. Eight drove in at least one run.
Mickey Ferrence scattered three singles in his four innings for the win on the mound, getting through the game in under 50 pitches. He struck out five and didn’t issue a walk.
Matt DeMarco, Sam Blankenship and Mike Kendra each had a hit for the Mohawks.
The Hawks earned a first-round bye in the 2A bracket and will open the postseason by hosting a quarterfinal game next Tuesday.
Meyers (9-3) finished second behind Hanover Area in Division 3 and will be seeded anywhere between No. 4-6 in the district when the brackets are assembled today. A win Tuesday would have guaranteed the No. 4 seed for the Mohawks, but they could still end up there.
Regardless, they will host a first-round game on Friday thanks in large part to the eight-game winning streak they put together coming into this week.
“During the streak, we did a good job of stopping our mistakes and not compounding our mistakes,” Meyers coach Matt Skrepenak said. “If we made an error, we got out of an inning. Not so much today, but Hanover hits the ball well. You make an error or two in an inning, and they’re going to take advantage of it.
“Before, we didn’t make one mistake into two or two mistakes into three. We didn’t stop that today, and against better teams you have to do that.”
NOTES: Owen’s second-inning solo shot came against his former team. The senior transferred from Meyers this school year. … Hanover Area will be without centerfielder/pitcher John Wickiser the rest of the way because of an injury. Deno and Mike Blazaskie are the top options on the mound behind Ferrence. … Meyers cleanup hitter Wil Amesbury was ejected in the first inning after a called third strike. Amesbury, who led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts during the WVC season, will not be eligible to play in the Mohawks’ first-round tournament game on Friday.
Hanover Area AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
Zach Kollar ss 3 2 1 1 0 1 0
Christian Pack 2b 3 2 2 2 0 0 0
Mike Sulcoski c 3 2 2 1 1 0 0
Mickey Ferrence p 4 1 1 1 0 0 0
Nick Deno lf 3 1 2 2 0 0 0
Vinny Cerreta ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Blazaskie rf 3 2 1 0 1 0 0
Jack Windt 3b 3 2 2 2 0 0 0
Mike Bugonowicz 1b 3 2 2 2 0 0 1
Matt Kuhl cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dakota Owen dh 2 2 1 1 0 0 1
Totals 28 16 14 12 2 1 2
Meyers AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
C.J. Szafran ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cal Lisman cf-p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt DeMarco c 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Wil Amesbury 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cris Cabada 3b-2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Blankenship lf 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Kyle McHale p-3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Conrad 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Lovecchio rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Kendra 2b-cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 15 0 3 0 0 0 0
Hanover Area“470 5 — 16
Meyers“000 0 — 4
Hanover Area IP H R ER BB SO
Ferrence (W, 6-0) 4.0 3 0 0 0 5
Meyers IP H R ER BB SO
McHale (L, 3-1) 2.0 10 11 8 1 2
Lisman 2.0 4 5 4 2 0
Tunkhannock 7, Lake-Lehman 0
Ty Weiss earned the victory on the mound, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out three in four innings of work in a game that began May 8 before being suspended. Weiss added two hits at the plate.
The Tigers (9-4) can clinch the WVC Division 2 title by beating Holy Redeemer today in a continuation of another suspended game. A Tunkhannock loss would create a two- or possibly three-team playoff for the division crown. Wyoming Area finished the regular season at 9-5 while Dallas (8-5) wraps up today against Lake-Lehman.
Josh McClain fueled the Tunkhannock offense on Tuesday with a home run and three RBI, while Lance Sherry added a hit and three RBI. Sean Soltysiak chipped in two hits including a double.
Scott Bean pitched three solid innings of relief for Lake-Lehman (3-10), allowing no runs and two hits.
Lake-Lehman AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR
Tyler Kolb p-lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Van Scoy cf 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jeff Carter ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Connor Balloun 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Bean lf-p 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pete Borum 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Davenport 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cody Paraschak c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cody Spriggs rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Brucher dh 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Cahil Carey 2b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 23 0 3 0 0 0 0
Tunkhannock AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR
Jordan Faux 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sean Soltysiak 1b 3 2 2 0 1 0 0
Josh McClain 3b 2 1 1 3 0 0 1
Jeremy Lee rf-p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ty Weiss p-3b 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
Cody Brown ss 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ricky Clark rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Holton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Si Bernosky c 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Ryan Weiss lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Race Sick lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lance Sherry cf 3 0 1 3 0 0 0
Totals 23 7 7 7 1 0 1
Lake-Lehman 000 000 0 — 0
Tunkhannock 205 000 x — 7
Lake-Lehman IP H R ER BB K
Kolb (L, 0-1) 3.0 5 7 7 4 1
Bean 3.0 2 0 0 1 3
Tunkhannock IP H R ER BB K
T. Weiss (W, 4-1) 4.0 2 0 0 1 3
Lee 2.0 0 0 0 0 5
Holton 1.0 1 0 0 0 1
Pittston Area 6, Coughlin 2
Josh Razvillas homered for the second time this season against rival Coughlin as the Patriots (4-11) ended the regular season on a high note and improved their seeding for the upcoming district tournament.
John Kielbasa and Felix Macelli (RBI) both had two hits for Pittston Area. John Faggotti went five innings for the win.
Pat Hall went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Crusaders (8-7).
Pittston Area AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
Josh Razvillas 1b 2 1 1 1 0 0 1
Tyler McGarry 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pat McGinty ss 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
John Faggotti p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Glasgow p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Constatino dh 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
John Kielbasa lf 3 1 2 0 0 0 0
Cody Rowan rf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
Michael Delaney cf 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
Felix Mascelli 2b 4 0 2 1 0 0 0
Justin Martinelli 3b 2 1 1 0 1 0 0
Jordan Houseman c 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 30 6 10 4 1 0 1
Coughlin AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
Dave Parsnik rf 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
Dave Marriggi cf 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
Kyle Lupas 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Featherman 3b 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Mike Wozniak ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pat Hall dh 3 0 2 1 1 0 0
Eric Adamczyk c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sam Andrews p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Giovanelli p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
R.J. Kenzakoski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hunter Bednarczyk lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Rivera 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 27 2 7 2 1 0 0
Pittston Area 005 000 1 — 6
Coughlin 100 010 0 — 2
Pittston Area IP H R ER BB SO
Faggotti (W, 1-1) 5.0 6 2 2 2 2
Glasgow 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
Coughlin IP H R ER BB SO
Andrews (L, 1-1) 2.0 3 5 2 3 3
Giovanelli 4.0 4 0 0 2 2
Kenzakoski 1.0 3 1 1 1 1
Northwest 17, Wyoming Seminary 3
The Rangers (4-8) busted out for 12 runs in the second inning of a five-inning victory.
Nick Long led the charge going 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBI. Devon Mazonkey and Kevin Volkel also homered and both drove in two runs.
Gavin Gagliardi led the Blue Knights (0-12), going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Northwest AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
Eric Evans 2b 4 1 1 1 0 0 0
Devon Mazonkey 1b 3 1 1 2 0 0 1
Stephan Lehner 1b 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Kevin Volkel p 3 2 2 2 0 0 1
Sam Shaffer p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zac White ss 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
Derrick Price p 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Gray Godfrey cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
David Samulevich dh 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
Eric Gurzynski rf 1 3 1 3 0 1 0
Tyler Harrison rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Korea c 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Larry Youngblood c 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Nick Long 3b 3 1 3 5 0 0 1
Scott Ungvarsky 3b 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Pete Feno lf 3 1 2 1 0 0 0
Andrew Boberick lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 17 16 15 0 1 3
Wyoming Seminary AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
Masahiro Chiba ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colin Toggas 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Gavin Gagliardi 3b 3 1 2 1 0 0 0
Zach Wise 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Bath rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Ridilla rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Asa Saidman p 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Doug Thomas c 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Stefan Olsen lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kristian Olsen cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Troy Edwards rf 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 23 3 5 2 0 0 0
Northwest“0(12)3 02 — 17
Wyoming Seminary“101 10 — 3
Northwest IP H R ER BB SO
Volkel 1.0 1 1 0 2 0
Mazonkey (W, 3-2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
Price 2.0 4 2 1 0 1
Shaffer 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Northwest IP H R ER BB SO
Saidman (L, 0-7) 1.0 5 8 7 3 1
Wise 1.0 5 5 5 2 2
K. Olsen 3.0 4 4 3 2 2
WVC STANDINGS
DIVISION 1
Team W L PCT RS RA GB
x-Berwick 11 4 .733 90 54 —
Wyoming Valley West 10 5 .667 80 57 1.0
Hazleton Area 9 6 .600 77 59 2.0
Coughlin 8 7 .533 74 56 3.0
Pittston Area 4 11 .267 59 103 7.0
Crestwood 4 11 .267 56 70 7.0
DIVISION 2
Team W L PCT RS RA GB
Tunkhannock 9 4 .692 63 35 —
Wyoming Area 9 5 .643 63 42 0.5
Dallas 8 5 .615 85 58 1.0
Holy Redeemer 3 10 .231 35 91 6.0
Lake-Lehman 3 10 .231 42 99 6.0
DIVISION 3
Team W L PCT RS RA GB
x-Hanover Area 12 0 1.000 122 9 —
Meyers 9 3 .750 79 63 3.0
Nanticoke 8 4 .667 64 36 4.0
MMI Prep 6 6 .500 56 63 6.0
Northwest 4 8 .333 63 61 8.0
GAR 3 9 .250 37 77 9.0
Wyoming Seminary 0 12 .000 18 130 12.0
x-clinched division
Schedule
Today
Tunkhannock at Holy Redeemer (resumed), 3:30 p.m.
Lake-Lehman at Dallas, 4:15 p.m.
End regular season
DISTRICT 2 STANDINGS
CLASS 4A (DISTRICT 2-4)
Team W L PCT
Wyoming Valley West 10 5 .667
Williamsport 4 2 .667
Delaware Valley 8 5 .615
Hazleton Area 9 6 .600
Scranton 6 7 .462
Wallenpaupack 3 10 .231
CLASS 3A
Team W L PCT
x-Valley View 11 2 .846
x-North Pocono 10 3 .769
x-Berwick 11 4 .733
Tunkhannock 9 4 .692
Wyoming Area 9 5 .643
Dallas 8 5 .615
Abington Heights 8 5 .615
Scranton Prep 8 5 .615
Coughlin 8 7 .533
West Scranton 5 8 .385
Honesdale 4 9 .308
Pittston Area 4 11 .267
Crestwood 4 11 .267
GAR 3 9 .250
Western Wayne 3 10 .231
Lake-Lehman 3 10 .231
CLASS 2A
Team W L PCT
x-Hanover Area 12 0 1.000
x-Lakeland 11 1 .917
x-Mountain View 11 1 .917
Meyers 9 3 .750
Mid Valley 9 3 .750
Montrose 9 3 .750
Nanticoke 8 4 .667
Dunmore 5 7 .417
Northwest 4 8 .333
Holy Cross 3 9 .250
Riverside 3 9 .250
Elk Lake 3 9 .250
Holy Redeemer 3 10 .231
Carbondale 2 10 .167
CLASS A
Team W L PCT
Lackawanna Trail 10 2 .833
Old Forge 9 3 .750
Blue Ridge 6 6 .500
MMI Prep 6 6 .500
Forest City 2 10 .167
Wyoming Seminary 0 12 .000
o-Susquehanna 1 11 .083
x-division champion
o-opted out of D2 tournament
District 2 tournament schedule
May 17
Class 3A/2A first round
May 20
Class 4A/A quarterfinals
May 21
Class 3A/2A quarterfinals
May 22
Class 4A/A semifinals
May 23
Class 3A/2A semifinals
May 27
District 2 championships at PNC Field



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