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Fifth-grader Ian Litchkofski will throw out the first pitch at today's Nanticoke-Wyoming Seminary game as an honorary captain for the Trojans.
Fifth-grader Ian Litchkofski will throw out the first pitch at today's Nanticoke-Wyoming Seminary game as an honorary captain for the Trojans.
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Nanticoke baseball’s senior day is scheduled for today. For the second straight year, the Trojans will have an extra name to add to the festivities.


As he did last season, Ian Litchkofski will be an honorary captain for the team. A fifth-grader in the Greater Nanticoke Area school district, Litchkofski will hand the lineups to the umpires, throw out the first pitch and sit in the dugout with the players during the Trojans’ 4 p.m. game against Wyoming Seminary at Ted Hiller Park in Honey Pot.


It’s one of the top moments for both the team and one of their top supporters. Litchkofski has dealt with multiple afflictions since birth and suffers from Down Syndrome.


Trojans coach Dean Myers called him “a living miracle.”


“He’s a special kid for us,” Myers said. “The kids love him. He’s always at the games, running around. The kids really take to him. Last year we had him throw out the first pitch, and we’re going to do that again.”


Born in 2002, doctors weren’t certain Litchkofski would survive. But now coming up on his 12th birthday, he has become a de facto member of the team.


According to Myers, starting infielder Tyler Myers befriended Litchkofski last year at a graduation party, and the bond grew for the entire team.


So it was no surprise to see Litchkofski around the field in Honey Pot, not far from where his parents grew up, this season. He watches games from above the field in the press box and joins the players in the huddle afterward.


And today, weather permitting, he’ll get to throw that first pitch once again to his favorite player, Tyler Myers, and cheer on the Trojans as always.


“It’s a pretty neat thing for these kids, other than baseball, to do what they do for him,” Dean Myers said. “For all of us, it’s just a neat moment.”


PITCHING SUPERLATIVES


The past few weeks have seen some of the rarest mound performances in recent Wyoming Valley Conference history.


It started April 17 at Berwick when Pittston Area senior Michael Schwab no-hit the Bulldogs through six innings, but never got to come out for the seventh. Because there was no bottom of the seventh. Berwick had won 4-2 by taking advantage of four Patriots errors.


Last week, it was Hanover Area’s Mike Bugonowicz who made a bit of history. Though the Hawkeyes’ game against GAR lasted only five innings in a 14-0 win, Bugonowicz didn’t allow a baserunner and was credited with a perfect game. It was his first varsity appearance on the mound in a WVC game. Not too shabby.


As for the Grenadiers, don’t forget about senior Kevin Evans. On Monday he recorded an impressive 15 strikeouts to lift GAR to a win. It was the most strikeouts in a WVC game this season and the most since Wyoming Valley West’s Tommy Alexander fanned 16 in 2012.


LEAGUE LEADERS


ATTENTION: All stats are compiled through box scores submitted each game by the home team and may not necessarily match each school’s official stats. Coaches are encouraged to submit WVC season stats at their convenience to help with accuracy.


(Through Monday’s games)


Division 1

Batting — Joe Champi (PA) .621, Kyle Lupas (COU) .563, Curt Yenchik (CRE) .533, Evan McCue (WVW) .481, Jorden Stout (BER) .458, Josh Razvillas (PA) .444, Tyler McGarry (PA) .441, Derek Distasio (CRE) .419, Anthony Caladie (CRE) .400, Robbie John (HAZ) .400


RBI — Champi 15, Lupas 12, McCue 11, Stout 10, Chase Nowak (COU) 10, Yenchik 10, Chris Panzarella (HAZ) 9, Dante Biasi (HAZ) 9, John 8, Brandon Reyes (WVW) 8


Doubles — Stout 6, Yenchik 4, Distasio 4, Kyle Rogers (HAZ) 3, Razvillas 3, Brian Markowski (CRE) 3, Jake Jones (BER) 3, Champi 3, Eric Adamczyk (COU) 3, Chris Lupole (WVW) 3


Triples — Panzarella 2, Razvillas 2, John 1, Logan Zavada (WVW) 1, Nowak 1


Home runs — John 2, Champi 2, Distasio 2, Paul Jay Wiegand (BER) 1, Chase Jones (CRE) 1, Rogers 1, Stout 1, Razvillas 1, Lupas 1


ERA — Jake Jones (BER) 0.61, Bill Gregory (WVW) 1.38, Sal Biasi (HAZ) 2.00, John Faggotti (PA) 2.02, Dante Biasi (HAZ) 2.15, Jordan DiValerio (BER) 2.58, Tony Hernandez (HAZ), 2.74, Brian Markowski (CRE) 3.50, Adam Giovanelli (COU) 3.91, Logan Zavada (WVW) 3.96


Strikeouts — Dave Marriggi (COU) 24, Gregory 22, Zavada 20, B. Markowski 19, S. Biasi 19, Michael Schwab (PA) 18, D. Biasi 16, Hernandez 15, Brett Chupka (CRE) 15, Jones 15


Division 2

Batting — Matt Dacey (HR) .625, Justin Brojakowski (DAL) .448, Eric Kerr (HR) .423, Cody Brown (TUN) .393, Jordan McCrum (DAL) .367, Sean Soltysiak (TUN) .367, Joe Gavenonis (WA) .360, Tyler Kolb (LL) .351, Jason Hoggarth (HR) .348, Corey Lescavage (WA) .348


RBI — Gavenonis 8, Brojakowski 8, McCrum 8, S. Soltysiak 8, Dacey 7, A.J. Sweppenheiser (DAL) 6, Ben Swilley (TUN) 6, Domenic Oliveri (DAL) 6, Brett Soltysiak (TUN) 5, Cahil Carey (LL) 5, Zach Brucher (LL) 5, Kolb 5


Doubles — S. Soltysiak 6, Brown 4, Sweppenheiser 3, Dacey 3, Kerr 3, Scott Bean (LL) 3, eight tied with 2


Triples — Ryan Weiss (TUN) 1, Kerr 1, Austin Burke (TUN) 1, Chad DeBona (DAL) 1, Nigel Stearns (DAL) 1, Brojakowski 1, McCrum 1


Home runs — Nick Oley (HR) 2, B. Soltysiak 2, S. Soltysiak 2, Oliveri 2, Kyle Charney (WA) 1, Tyler Mitchell (WA) 1, Swilley 1, Lescavage 1, Hoggarth 1, Dacey 1, Gavenonis 1, McCrum 1


ERA — Stearns 1.34, Pete Borum (LL) 2.28, Hoggarth 2.71, Swilley 3.09, Zach Lopatka (WA) 3.78, Colin Herron (WA) 3.86, Weiss 3.88


Strikeouts — Stearns 24, Bean 21, Kerr 19, McCrum 18, Jeremy Worlinsky (HR) 17, Lopatka 16, Boru 12, Weiss 12, Gavenonis 11, Oliveri 11, Herron 11


Division 3

Batting — Jack Windt (HAN) .571, Alec Andes (MMI) .500, Nick Deno (HAN) .481, Joe Olszyk (NAN) .480, John Wickiser (HAN) .462, Eric Gurzynski (NW) .462, Jake Peters (HAN) .455, Mike Malshefski (NAN) .444, Eric Evans (NW) .435, Mike Blazaskie (HAN) .391


RBI — Deno 16, Wickiser 10, Mike Bugonowicz (HAN) 10, Blazaskie 9, Kyle Pokrinchak (NAN) 9, Gurzynski 9, Mike Sulcoski (HAN) 8, Olszyk 7, Nick Sisko (MEY) 7, Christian Pack (HAN) 7, Kyle Rosick (NAN) 7


Doubles — Blazaskie 4, Wickiser 4, Deno 4, Andes 3, Zac White (NW) 3, Sean-Paul Williamson (GAR) 2, Charlie Karchner (MMI) 2, Asa Saidman (SEM) 2, E. Evans 2, Malshefski 2, Nick Long (NW) 2, Bugonowicz 2


Triples — Wilmer Rodriguez (GAR) 1, Gino Setta (MEY) 1, Zac Faust (GAR) 1, Frank Marcinkowski (NAN) 1, Sam Harman (MMI) 1, Anthony Lafond (SEM) 1, Steve Kreitzer (NAN) 1, Karchner 1, Ryan Gilgallon (MEY) 1, Roy Phillips (SEM) 1, Blazaskie 1, Pokrinchak 1, Gurzynski 1, Long 1, Matt Kuhl (HAN) 1, Rosick 1


Home runs — Gurzynski 2, Faust 1, E. Evans 1, Malshefski 1, Pack 1


ERA — Pokrinchak 0.64, Wickiser 0.65, Blazaskie 0.76, Gurzynski 1.21, White 1.31, Deno 1.91, Keith Ostrowski (MEY) 2.33, Olszyk 2.55, Derrick Price (NW) 3.07, Matt DeMarco (MEY) 3.07


Strikeouts — Kevin Evans (GAR) 41, Gurzynski 31, Olszyk 28, Wickiser 27, Blazaskie 26, Deno 23, Saidman 23, White 14, Scott Ungvarsky (NW) 12, Pokrinchak 12


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