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BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERNanticoke's Brad Yanus gets high fives from teammates after scoring a run against Wyoming Seminary at Artillery Park in Edwardsville on Thursday afternoon.
BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERNanticoke's Brad Yanus gets high fives from teammates after scoring a run against Wyoming Seminary at Artillery Park in Edwardsville on Thursday afternoon.
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HAZLETON — Hazleton Area pulled off another unconventional win in a season full of them Thursday. And because of it, the Cougars will have a chance to swoop in and snag a division title at the end of the season for a second straight year.

This time it was a 1-0 win over Pittston Area in a game that featured dueling one-hitters. The Cougars’ Joey Baran and Sal Biasi matched the Patriots’ Michael Schwab with stellar performances.

The Cougars (9-5) took advantage of two errors in the fourth inning to score the game’s lone run. Baran struck out 11 in six innings and Biasi fanned two in the seventh for the save.

Schwab went the distance for the Patriots (3-10), striking out nine. Hazleton Area’s Kyle Klein and Pittston Area’s Justin Martinelli had the game’s only hits.

Hazleton Area and Wyoming Valley West both trail Berwick for the Division 1 lead by just one game with one left to play. The Cougars host Berwick on Monday while the Spartans play at Pittston Area.

Coughlin 12, Berwick 2

The Crusaders (7-6) racked up 16 hits in a decisive five-inning victory, preventing the Bulldogs from wrapping up the Division 1 title.

Coughlin’s Sam Andrews (two RBI) and Dave Marriggi (double, RBI) led the way with three hits apiece. Kyle Lupas (double) and Eric Adamczyk both knocked in two runs. Josh Featherman struck out six for the win.

Jordan Stout had two RBI for the Bulldogs (10-4).


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Wyoming Valley West 3, Crestwood 0

Chris McCue tripled and knocked in a pair of runs as the Spartans broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth to beat Crestwood.

Chris Nixon fanned seven in six innings of work before Valley West (9-5) took the lead and Billy Gregory nailed it down with a save in the seventh. Nixon and Gregory held the Comets (4-10) to three hits.

Brian Markowski singled twice to lead the Comets.


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Holy Redeemer 6, Dallas 4

The Royals held Dallas to just one hit through six innings before the Mountaineers nearly rallied for the win in the bottom of the seventh.

Jeremy Worlinsky struck out nine on the mound for Redeemer (3-10) while collecting two doubles and four RBI at the plate.

Greg Petorak’s grand slam in the seventh gave Dallas (7-5) life, but Jim Strickland came on to get the final two outs for the save.

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Wyoming Area 10, Lake-Lehman 0

Bart Chupka starred on senior day for the Warriors, falling a home run short of the cycle with a 3-for-4 performance that drove in three runs.

Mike Carey and Jeremy Zezza combined for seven strikeouts in the six-inning shutout. Wyoming Area (8-4) pulled within a half-game of Tunkhannock for the Division 2 lead.

Pete Borum and Cody Paraschak had two hits apiece for the Black Knights (3-9).


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Meyers 4, Northwest 3

The Mohawks stayed alive in the Division 3 title race by holding off a rally by the Rangers in the bottom of the seventh.

Meyers (9-2) got two big runs in the top of seventh for a 4-1 lead only to see Northwest (3-8) nearly tie it in the home half.

C.J. Szafran went 3-for-4 with a solo home run to lead the Mohawks. Matt DeMarco also added two hits while Kyle McHale went the distance for the win on the mound.

Northwest’s Kevin Volkel finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.


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Hanover Area 11, MMI Prep 1

The Hawkeyes (10-0) inched closer to another undefeated WVC season and another division title with a six-inning win over the Preppers.

Mickey Ferrence struck out nine while hitting two doubles and driving in a run. Mike Blazaskie launched a two-run homer and finished with five RBI to lead the offense.

Hanover Area can wrap up the Division 3 crown with a win today at GAR.

Alec Andes doubled for the Preppers (5-6).


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Nanticoke 8, Wyoming Seminary 2

The Trojans got a balanced effort at the plate as eight batters recorded a hit in the road win.

Tyler Myers and Aaron Scott both went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Nanticoke (7-4) got eight combined strikeouts from Sebastian Maul and Morgan Higgs on the mound.

Zach Wise finished 2-for-3 with a double and drove in both runs for the Blue Knights (0-10).


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