Last updated: July 13. 2014 10:01PM - 1263 Views
By Dave Rosengrant

Plains' Felix Mascelli (1) signals he is safe at home plate after being tagged out by Tunkannock catcher Race Sick in Region 5 American Legion baseball action Sunday afternoon in Kingston.
Plains' Felix Mascelli (1) signals he is safe at home plate after being tagged out by Tunkannock catcher Race Sick in Region 5 American Legion baseball action Sunday afternoon in Kingston.
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KINGSTON —It has been 14 years since Nanticoke claimed its last Wyoming Valley American Legion League Tournament championship.

After beating Greater Pittston on Sunday, the team is just one win away from breaking the drought.

Nanticoke’s top two hitters in the lineup, Tyler Myers and Christian Pack were the sparkplugs combining to go 5 for 9 with three extra-base hits and four runs scored leading the No. 3 seed to a 6-1 win over GP at Spartan Stadium.

With the win, Nanticoke has a bye today and will play the winner of today’s game between Greater Pittston and Tunkhannock at 5:35 p.m. at the Wyoming Valley West stadium. Tunkhannock stayed alive by eliminating the No. 1 seed Plains with a 4-3 victory. Nanticoke will look for its first tourney title since 2000 on Tuesday when it faces the winner of tonight’s game.

“I’ve been waiting for that all year and it’s happening at the right time of year that Tyler Myers and Christian Pack are getting on,” Nanticoke manager Joe Yudichak said. “When they get on, they’re our motor and we got the big guys behind them to get them in.”

And that’s exactly what happened on Sunday as Myers and Pack got on and scored on hits by the heart of the order. After Pack drove in Meyers in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead, cleanup hitter Nick Deno drove in Myers in the third inning, while No. 5 batter Mike Bugonowicz plated Pack and Mike Sulcoski to put Nanticoke ahead 5-0 after three innings.

Meanwhile, Nanticoke pitcher Mike Blazaskie was in cruise control not allowing a runner past second until the top of the fourth when Greater Pittston scored its lone run of the game — an unearned run — on a fielder’s choice. The right-hander only gave up six hits and fanned five.

Greater Pittston had a golden opportunity in the frame as it loaded the bases with one out, but came away with just one run after a fielder’s choice pickoff. In the fifth, GP had more chances getting runners on first and third with one out when a liner to shallow centerfield was caught and a runner was nailed at the plate.

“We gotta capitalize more,” Greater Pittston manager Jerry Raineli said. “Stupid baserunning mistakes that we just can’t make. We’re not a good enough hitting team to make outs on the bases.”

Still, the fourth-seeded GP squad is alive and will try to reach the championship game with a win today.

“We have to win three more games and figure out how to do it,” Raineli said. “We’ll piece it together game-by-game.”

Tunkhannock eliminates Plains

Ty Weiss pitched a complete-game not allowing a hit after there was one out in the fifth inning as Tunkhannock knocked off top-seeded Plains. The No. 2 seed also took advantage of an error that scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead that stayed the final score.

Tunkhannock’s No. 9 hitter Ryan Weiss led the offensive attack going 2 for 2 with a single, triple, run scored and an RBI. Tunkhannock faces GP for the fourth time today. Tunkhannock won two of the previous three contests with Pittston’s win coming in nine innings.

“We just didn’t play a very good game (Saturday). We just couldn’t seem to get out of our own way,” Tunkhannock manager Scott Zaner said. “The kids are focused, they want to go to regionals and they talked about it this afternoon before we played. It’s gonna be a tough road but they’re ready to go.”

Plains left-hander Michael Schwab pitched into the seventh inning allowing just 2 earned runs, while striking out six.

Mike Carey led Plains’ attack with three singles, an RBI and a run scored.

Nanticoke 6, Greater Pittston 1

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Jordan Zezza cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Jake Granteed 3b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Joey Gavenonis c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jeremy Zezza ss`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

Matt Mott p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Lou Tzomalis dh`2`1`2`0`0`0`0

Tyler Mitchell 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Charney lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mark Prebish 2b`2`0`0`1`0`0`0

Tyler Doherty rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0



Tyler Myers 2b`4`3`3`0`2`0`0

Christian Pack ss`4`1`2`1`1`0`0

Mike Sulcoski c`2`1`1`0`1`0`0

Nick Deno 3b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Mike Bugonowicz 1b`2`0`1`3`0`0`0

Mike Blazaskie p`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Morgan Higgs lf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Zach White rf`3`0`1`1`0`1`0

John Wickiser cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Greater Pittston`000`100`0`—`1


Greater Pittston`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Matt Mott (L)`3.0`9`5`5`1`2

Kyle Charney`3.0`2`1`1`0`0


Mike Blazaskie (W)`5+`6`1`0`2`5

Mike Bugonowicz`2.0`0`0`0`0`2

Tunkhannock 4, Plains 3


Lance Sherry cf`2`1`1`0`0`0`0

Cody Brown 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sean Soltysiak 1b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Josh McClain ss`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Ty Weiss p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jordan Hannon ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Race Sick c`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Bobby Gilpin lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Lane Ceccorelli 2b`2`1`1`0`0`0`0

Aaron Holton ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ryan Weiss rf`2`1`2`1`0`1`0



Dave Parsnik cf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Michael Schwab p`2`0`0`1`0`0`0

Dave Marriggi ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joe Champi 3b`4`0`2`1`1`0`0

Kyle Lupas 1b`2`1`0`0`0`0`0

Felix Mascelli ss`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Mike Wozniak 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Eric Adamczyk c`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Turonis dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mike Carey lf`3`1`3`1`0`0`0

Christian Rivero rf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0





Ty Weiss (W)`7.0`9`3`3`5`2


Michael Schwab (L)`6+`6`4`2`4`6

Adam Giovanelli`1`0`0`0`0`2

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