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BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERCoughlin's Dylan Robbins, right, is congratulated by teammate Mike Wozniak as he crosses home plate in WVC baseball action against Pittston Area in Hughestown on Thursday afternoon.
BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERCoughlin's Dylan Robbins, right, is congratulated by teammate Mike Wozniak as he crosses home plate in WVC baseball action against Pittston Area in Hughestown on Thursday afternoon.
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HUGHESTOWN — Finally thawed out from a particularly frigid game on Wednesday, Coughlin players and coaches were happy to take the field in 40-degree weather on Thursday.

Naturally, winning the first two games of the Wyoming Valley Conference schedule helps take the bite out of the air.

“This was nothing — this was warm for us,” Crusaders coach Moe Rodzinak joked after his team finished off a 6-1 victory against rival Pittston Area. “Believe me.”

Coughlin (2-0) had its opener at Hazleton Area postponed until Wednesday, a game that featured 20 total walks as the Crusaders pulled out a 9-5 win.

Against the Patriots, however, Coughlin’s pitching took control of the game.

Starter Josh Featherman and Dave Marriggi combined to strike out nine while holding the Patriots (0-1) to four hits in their WVC opener.

Marriggi had started Wednesday’s game but pitched just one inning while struggling with his command in the cold. He threw two scoreless innings of relief on Thursday to get back on track.

“Josh had a hell of a game. Josh pitched great,” Rodzinak said. “In this weather, you don’t want to go too long with him, and we had Dave to come right back. He needed a confidence boost, and he got it.”

For the second straight day, the Crusaders put the ball in play and took advantage of their opponents’ mistakes. The critical hit came with two outs in the bottom of the third when Eric Adamczyk (2-4, four RBI) sent a 3-2 pitch just over the fielder’s head in left for a three-run double.

All three of those runs were unearned. The Patriots committed six errors on the day, and the mistakes weren’t limited to the field.

“We tallied it up just now — we gave them 11 extra outs and we popped up three bunts,” Patriots coach Paul Zaffuto said after talking at length with his players. “So you’re talking about 14 outs that we gave to them. That’s four innings worth of baseball.

“Basically what we did was we spotted them four innings. … Even if we do have one or two errors, it’s a 2-1 or 1-1 ball game and we can squeak out a run here or there. Now we’ve got to make up four runs against a guy like (Featherman), and then Marriggi coming in right after him. Your hands are tied.”

Despite the miscues, Pittston Area led 1-0 on a solo shot by Josh Razvillas who smacked it out to dead-center on a windy day.

Coughlin scored two in the second with the help of two errors. Adamczyk’s bases-loaded double broke the game open in the third. Dave Parsnik added an RBI single in the sixth.

Michael “Bucky” Schwab took the loss on the mound, though the lefty kept the Patriots alive for much of the game.

“If we make even 90 percent of the plays behind him, it’s a win,” Zaffuto said. “We told them we had to apologize to (Schwab) as a team and tomorrow we’ve gotta come back and work on the little things.”

Coughlin 6, Pittston Area 1


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