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FOR THE TIMES LEADER/CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK Dallas catcher Bill Gately tags Berwick base runner in the last inning to a win for Dallas 10 to 9
FOR THE TIMES LEADER/CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK Dallas catcher Bill Gately tags Berwick base runner in the last inning to a win for Dallas 10 to 9
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DALLAS — Dallas could have done without all of the drama, thank you very much. The Mountaineers were going to remember this day — their first game at their new field — regardless of the result.

But Berwick and Dallas weren’t about to turn in an ordinary game to christen the diamond. No, the Class 3A foes instead combined for 19 runs on 26 hits and a host of bizarre plays as the Mounts survived for a 10-9 win on Monday.

And to think, the new place — which sits adjacent to the high school and the football stadium — looks to be a pitcher’s park.

Not on Monday it wasn’t, even with two of the league’s most successful starters taking the hill in Dallas’ Brian Stepniak and Berwick’s Clay DeNoia.

“With these two pitchers, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Dallas coach Ken Kashatus said.

Add it to the list. This was a game that also featured:

• A combined 10 errors between the teams as both worked to adjust to the new surroundings. On a bright but very windy afternoon, fielders seemed to have trouble reading the ball off the bat, especially in the early innings.

• A blast by Dallas’ Bill Gately that sailed high above the foul pole in left. After a moment of hesitaton, it was ruled a foul ball — much to the vocal displeasure of Dallas coaches and players. It would have been a two-run homer.

• A sacrifice fly on a foul-out to first base. Yes, that’s what happens when the catcher also runs out to track a high pop-up and no one covers the plate with a runner on third.

• What proved to be the winning run scored with runners on the corners as Greg Petorak touched home before Berwick could get the final out of the inning in a rundown between first and second.

• Two Berwick runners were thrown out at the plate, with the second one coming in the top of the seventh. Down two runs with one out in the final frame, the Bulldogs got a clutch bases-loaded single to right by Zach Kyttle.

The first run scored easily, but right fielder Eric Zawatski delivered a strike to Gately at the plate to gun down the potential tying run. Sophomore Jordan McCrumm got the next hitter to pop it up to complete the save and deliver the Mounts (4-2) a win in their home opener.

“It will be a very good facility (down the road), but we’re real happy to have it right now,” Kashatus said. “The seniors have been looking forward to this day for a real long time, just to open up a new field.”

It wasn’t all chaos, of course.

Dallas took the lead for good in the fourth inning as Stepniak launched a two-run homer to put the Mountaineers back on top. Ryan Zapoticky added a critical two-run double with two outs to cap off the frame and also made a running catch of a deep shot to center to end the sixth.

Joe Favata had three hits and three RBI to lead the Bulldogs (5-2). Zapoticky, Petorak and Stepniak all finished with three hits for Dallas.

“A big win for the Mounts. No question,” Kashatus said. “The guys accepted the challenge.”


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Tunkhannock 7, Pittston Area 1

Josh McClain fired a one-hitter on the road as the Tigers (4-2) kept pace with Dallas for first place in Division 2 of the WVC.

McClain struck out five while adding two hits at the plate to help his cause. Jordan Faux drove in three runs while Jeremy Lee (2-4, double, RBI) and Si Bernosky (2-3, double, two RBI) led the offense.

The hit for the Patriots (1-5) came off the bat of Josh Razvillas.


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Wyoming Valley West 6, Lake-Lehman 2

Chris Nixon struck out 13 and allowed just two hits as the Spartans shook off an early deficit for their fourth straight win.

Seven different players had a hit for Valley West (4-3) with Ryan Hogan going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Jeff Carter singled and knocked in a run for the Black Knights (1-6).

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Crestwood 9, Holy Redeemer 2

Held in check for five innings, the Comets broke out with eight runs in the top of the sixth to erase a one-run deficit for a win on the road.

Tyler Sadvary led the way for Crestwood (4-4), finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles. Drew Munisteri and Abhay Metgud drove in two runs apiece. Matt Kaster struck out 11 for the win.

Matt Dacey doubled for the Royals (1-5).


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