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Weiss’ complete game leads Tunkhannock to win


July 14. 2013 12:52AM
By DAVE ROSENGRANT


RICE TWP. – After experiencing the Region 5 Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Tournament last year, Tunkhannock is eager to get back there.

The team got one step closer on Saturday, getting strong pitching from Ty Weiss, who tossed a complete-game, three-hitter en route to a 7-2 win over Nanticoke in the opening round of the Wyoming Valley American Legion League Playoffs at Mountain Post.

“These kids they know we got a shot to go to regionals. They enjoyed that experience last year and hopefully it will carry over,” Tunkhannock manager Scott Zaner said. “They’re excited about the weekend. I was surprised at how relaxed they were because I was nervous. They’re very focused. They want to get to regionals again.”

To get back to regionals and join WVALL top-seeded Swoyersville in the regional event that starts July 20, Tunkhannock will have to win this weekend’s double-elimination tournament. Today, the team faces Greater Pittston this afternoon at 4 in a battle of unbeatens in the double-elimination event. GP knocked off Hazleton 5-0 in the earlier game on Saturday. Nanticoke and Hazleton play an elimination game at 1 p.m. today.

Weiss allowed four baserunners in the first inning and two of Nanticoke’s three hits. After that, though, he let just seven Nanticoke batters reach base and two of them were on Tunkhannock errors. He walked five and only needed to strike out two as he induced two double-play groundouts and didn’t allow a hit after the third inning.

“He doesn’t pitch hard. He has a sneaky fastball and sometimes throws against the hitter starting out with the slow stuff first,” Zaner added. “But man, he’s just a big-time player.”

The teams traded runs scoring on errors in the first inning. Tunkhannock took another lead in the top of the third getting an RBI double from Weiss. Josh McClain (2 for 4) followed with a run-scoring single to put the team ahead 3-1.

Nanticoke, which had the bases loaded with no outs in the first and only got one run in, threatened to even the score once again in the bottom of the third as Mickey Ferrence singled in a run with one out to cut the lead to 3-2. But Weiss got a double-play grounder to end the inning.

Nursing that one-run advantage in the top of the fifth, Zaner called on Jordan Hannon to pinch hit with runners on second and third and no outs. Hannon, who just finished his sophomore season at Lackawanna Trail, came through lacing a two-run single through the hole on the left side of the infield to extend Tunkhannock’s lead to 5-2. Cody Brown added a sac fly in the inning, scoring Hannon for a 6-2 lead. Zaner said it was Hannon’s third clutch hit this season for the club.

Alex Zaner (2 for 3, 2 runs) led off the top of the seventh with a triple and score on a single by Ryan Weiss for extra cushion.

Mickey Ferrence got the start for Nanticoke. The lefty went five innings, giving up nine hits and four earned runs. Nanticoke’s other two hits were by Zach Kollar and Christian Pack.

Greater Pittston 5, Hazleton 0

Jake Granteed pitched a two-hit shutout whiffing six and went 3 for 4 at the plate to lead Greater Pittston to the win.

Joey Gavenonis also had a three-hit game for the winners with a double and run scored, while Tyler Loftus was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI and Dylan Maloney went 2 for 2.

Tunkhannock 7, Nanticoke 2

Tunkhannock`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Lance Sherry cf`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Jordan Faux 2b`3`2`2`0`0`0`0


Ty Weiss p`4`0`1`1`1`0`0


Josh McClain 3b`4`1`2`1`0`0`0


Alex Zaner ss`3`2`2`0`0`1`0


Ricky Clark rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Ryan Weiss lf`2`0`1`1`0`0`0


Jordan Hannon ph`1`1`1`2`0`0`0


Doug Thomas c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Aaron Holton 1b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Cody Brown dh`3`0`0`1`0`0`0


Totals`30`7`10`6`1`1`0


Nanticoke`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Zach Kollar ss`3`2`1`0`1`0`0


Christian Pack 2b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Mickey Ferrence p/cf`2`0`1`1`0`0`0


John Wickiser cf/p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Nick Deno dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


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


Kevin Volkel rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Matt Kuhl rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Morgan Higgs 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Joe Yudichak c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Bob Briggs lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`25`2`3`1`1`0`0


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Tunkhannock`102`030`1 —7


Nanticoke`101`000`0 — 2


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Pitching


Tunkhannock`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Ty Weiss (W)`7`3`2`1`5`2


Nanticoke`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Mickey Ferrence (L)`5`9`5`4`3`4


John Wickiser`2`2`1`1`1`1

Greater Pittston 5, Hazleton 0

Hazleton`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Rich Gawel c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Stephen Seach lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Luke Stawick 3b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Mitch O’Donnell ss`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Austin Paisley rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Robbie John dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


T.J. Chirico 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Tony Hernandez ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kyle Rogers p`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kye Klein 2b`2`0`1`0`0`0`0


Dave Klein cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`24`0`2`0`0`0`0


Greater Pittston`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Jordan Zezza lf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Mike Carey 2b`4`1`0`0`0`0`0


Jake Granteed p`4`1`3`0`0`0`0


Chuck Bressler pr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0


Joe Gavenonis 3b`4`1`3`0`1`0`0


Dylan Maloney 1b`3`1`2`0`0`0`0


Trent Grove c`3`0`0`1`0`0`0


Matt Mott rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Tyler Loftus dh`3`0`3`2`0`0`0


Justin Martinelli ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Erik Walkowiak cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`31`5`12`5`1`0`0


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Hazleton`000`000`0 — 0


Greater Pittston`020`030`x — 5


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Pitching


Hazleton`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Kyle Rogers (L)`5`10`5`5`1`0


Kyle Klein`1`2`0`0`0`0


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


Jake Granteed (W)`7`2`0`0`1`6

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