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The Dallas baseball team crowds around Domenic Oliveri at home plate after his three-run homer in the fourth inning on Friday.
The Dallas baseball team crowds around Domenic Oliveri at home plate after his three-run homer in the fourth inning on Friday.
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WILKES-BARRE — They had just scored 22 runs in four innings — the most by any Wyoming Valley Conference team this season. But the message to the players after the game was simple.

“We haven’t won anything yet,” Dallas coach Ken Kashatus said. “That’s the bottom line.”

Maybe not. But the Mountaineers look like they’re building toward something this season.

Dallas had been 1-6 and at the bottom of Division 2 in late April. Now the Mounts are one win away from from a division title thanks to a six-game win streak.

The latest victory was a 22-2 demolition of Holy Redeemer in four innings on Friday at Hollenback Park. The Mounts nearly had as many runs and RBI (21) as they had at-bats (25).

“We’re playing better,” Kashatus said. “You could see we had some good players when we were 1-6. I thought we were soft. Now, the way that we’re playing, it’s like our kids are harder than a coffin nail.”

It’s been both a physical and mental turnaround for Dallas (7-6), which can win the WVC Division 2 title with a win in Monday’s regular-season finale against Tunkhannock. Second-place Wyoming Area (7-7) beat Lake-Lehman 10-0 on Friday to finish out the league schedule.

For the Mounts, it began with a home game against Coughlin on April 25 with their record at 1-6. The Crusaders scored three in the top of the first before Dallas exploded for 16 runs and a win that started to right the ship.

“Since that point, we really got tougher, Kashatus said. “I think guys were embarrassed with the way we were playing. I think that has a lot to do with it. I think they knew we were better than we were.”

On Friday, eight of nine starters in the lineup recorded at least one hit — and the one that didn’t drew three walks and scored three runs.

Jordan McCrum led the way, finishing 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBI. Domenic Oliveri clubbed a three-run homer while A.J. Sweppenheiser doubled and picked up four RBI. McCrum struck out three to earn the win on the mound.

For Holy Redeemer, the regular season is always about building up for the district tournament. The Royals (3-10) are the only Class 2A team playing against all 4A and 3A squads in the WVC’s top two divisions.

Justin Renfer had two of the Royals’ eight hits and drove in a run. Matt Pawlowski brought home another with a single.

“We haven’t had a blowout all year,” Redeemer coach Chris Ritsick said. “Just one of those days where the baseball gods weren’t with us. They hit the ball hard, they found every hole.

“This is one you just forget about. It’s too late in the season to let this one stir.”

NOTES: The previous high this WVC season for runs in a game was 18 by Wyoming Seminary. … Dallas has now outscored opponents 68-20 during its six-game winning streak. … Oliveri’s home run was his fourth of the season, the second most in the league behind only Tunkhannock’s Sean Soltysiak.

Wyoming Valley West 1,

Crestwood 0 (8 inn.)

Ryan Hogan came through with an RBI triple with two outs in the top of the eighth to give the Spartans (9-5) the win in extras. Bill Gregory went seven innings for the win.

Anthony Caladie went 3-for-4 for the Comets (6-8).

Berwick 4, Coughlin 1

Hunter Stout (RBI) and Cody Talanca (2-for-3) both doubled as Berwick (11-3) kept pace with Hazleton Area on top of Division 1.

Mike Wozniak finished 2-for-4 with a double for the Crusaders (8-6).

Hazleton Area 12, Pittston Area 2

Tony Hernandez struck out eight in a complete-game victory. Robbie John, Chris Panzarella and Jeremy Budgeon had three hits apiece for the Cougars (11-3).

Pittston Area (6-8) got two hits from Josh Razvillas.


Dallas 22, Holy Redeemer 2


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Holy Redeemer` `020`0`—`2


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Wyoming Valley West 1, Crestwood 0

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