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KINGSTON — When it was finally over, all nine batters in the starting lineup had a hit. Wyoming Valley West had 14 total, scoring 15 runs in just four innings at the plate.

And the Spartans earned themselves another shot at a district title.

Valley West didn’t have the look of a team that had a week-long hiatus in between games. The Spartans were as sharp as ever in dusting off Wallenpaupack 15-4 in Wednesday’s District 2-4 Class 4A semifinals.

The five-inning victory put the second-seeded Spartans into the championship game for the fifth time in eight seasons under John Milius. Valley West has won four District 2 titles and advanced to the state tournament three times in that span.

This time it will be a rematch of last year’s finals against Scranton at 7 p.m. on Monday at PNC Field, the fourth and final game of a championship Memorial Day in Moosic.

Not too shabby. Especially considering the Spartans (11-5) opened their conference schedule at 0-3 as they tried to replace both of their starting pitchers from last year’s team that advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals.

“They were sitting back on their laurels rather than working,” Milius said of the team’s rocky start. “One day we would get pitching. The next day we would get fielding. We couldn’t put anything together.

“We finally put it together and won a couple.”

And how.

With Wednesday’s triumph, Valley West has now won 11 of its last 13 and enters the finals with plenty of momentum.

Most every regular on the roster has contributed to the turnaround. That was especially evident on Wednesday.

Colin Harrison (double, RBI), Mike Leonard (three RBI), Chris McCue (double, two RBI), Joe Pechulis (two RBI) and Ricky Stayer all had two hits apiece against the Buckhorns. Matt Labashosky tripled in a run and scored three himself.

The Spartans exploded for 11 runs in the second inning as they sent 15 players to the plate.

“We finally hit like we’re capable,” Milius said. “We’ve been waiting for it. … We looked pretty sharp. I was quite pleased. We came out swinging.”

On the mound, Dan Flaherty pitched a complete game for the win, striking out six.

The sixth-seeded Buckhorns (4-11) finished in last place in Division 1 of the Lackawanna League in the regular season but upset Delaware Valley in Monday’s quarterfinals.

Valley West wasn’t about to take them lightly. Two years ago, Wallenpaupack entered the district tournament as the bottom seed and shut out the Spartans in eight innings to end their season in stunning fashion.

“Some of these guys were sophomores, and they remembered,” Milius said. “They knew what it was like, sitting there and watching and (not being able to help).”

They more than made up for it this time.

District 2-4 Class 4A semifinals


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The No. 2-seeded Blue Devils immediately answered a first-inning run by the Preppers and gradually pulled away to earn a spot in the Class A district championship game.

David Chromey held No. 3 MMI to four hits and struck out 10 for the complete game victory.

Charlie Karchner had an RBI triple in the seventh as the Preppers (7-7) started a late rally. Sam Harman also drove in a run as MMI concluded its season.

Old Forge (10-3) will face Lackawanna Trail for the district title at 10 a.m. Monday at PNC Field.

District 2 Class A semifinals


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