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WEST PITTSTON – Colin Herron admitted Wyoming Area might have been flying under the radar.

Joe Gavenonis quickly rephrased the statement.

“I don’t think we are anymore,” the designated hitter said. “I think people might notice now.”

He’s probably right.

The Warriors exploded for three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, and Herron tossed a complete-game four-hitter as Wyoming Area handed Tunkhannock its first loss, 6-1 at Atlas Field in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 contest.

Both teams now sit at 3-1 in the WVC.

“It’s one game at a time, and every day as we get more varsity experience on this field, it’s a big thing for us,” Wyoming Area manager Dean Carey said. “Today, these kids showed me something. Tunkhannock is a fantastic team. It’s a big early-season win for the program, but we have a lot of work to do yet.”

While Herron tossed a beauty on the bump, the senior pitcher quickly deflected the attention from himself and shifted it toward the defense.

And yes, the defense was a picture-perfect scene.

Left fielder Kyle Charney made a sensational diving catch that saved two runs in the second inning.

Right fielder Zack Lopatka cut down two runners in the fourth – a frame where it appeared the Tigers might break it open after back-to-back hits from Austin Burke and Conner Knott.

And a Jeremy Zezza-Tino Romanelli-Tyler Mitchell double play in the fifth stopped a trip through the top of Tunkhannock’s order.

“Our defense stepped up today,” Carey said. “If you play the game in all three phases – if you are able to hit, catch and throw – you are going to be in games. I want these kids to compete every game.”

With the way his defense was playing behind him, Herron navigated through the Tigers’ lineup – allowing four hits, all singles, and stranding six on base.

“I’m so confident in my defense,” the pitcher said. “They are behind me the whole time. They are great. I know that I just have to put the ball in the zone and let them make their plays. The plays Zack made in right field were amazing. Those throws were perfect to get those kids out.”

His counterpart, Tunkhannock’s Brett Hughes, had no problems through three innings. He retired nine straight batters on 37 pitches with a sharp-bending curve that created timing issues.

The Warriors quickly figured it out the second time through the lineup.

Gavenonis dropped a game-tying, two-out double to the gap in left-center field, just beyond the outstretched arm of outfielder Brian Muckin, and Mitchell followed with a mammoth two-run shot that easily cleared the fence in right field.

A one-run fourth-inning deficit was quickly turned into a 3-1 Wyoming Area lead.

“We’ve seen a lot of pitchers with a really hard fastball, and today he had a good curve so we had to stay back and just think middle,” Gavenonis said. “Getting that big double, man, it felt great. The first time through the lineup, we had to adjust. We had to stay back in the box and just hit center and right field.”

The Warriors added three more in the fifth on a two-run single by Romanelli and a RBI poke by Corey Lescavage.

“I thought we were a little impatient the first time through,” Carey said. “The second time, I wanted our hitters to let him come to them. They came alive with their bats.”

Romanelli and Gavenonis each had two hits for Wyoming Area. Ryan Weiss, Brett Soltysiak, Burke and Knott had the Tigers’ singles.

Pittston Area 6, Hazleton Area 4 (8 inn.)

Pittston Area scored two runs in the eighth to pick up an extra innings win over Hazleton Area.

Matt Mott went all eight for Pittston Area without allowing an earned run. He struck out four and allowed five hits. Joseph Champi scattered three hits in four at-bats while driving in two RBI.

Robbie John hit safely twice for the Cougars.

Illegal WVW pitcher gives Coughlin forfeit

Wyoming Valley West was forced to forfeit its game against Coughlin due to an illegal pitcher violation. Leading 5-4 in the bottom of the 10th inning, WVW sent out pitcher Bill Gregory to throw what would be his 10th inning of work. According to PIAA rules, a pitcher is allowed a maximum of nine innings pitched during a calendar day. Umpires called the game off and, by rule, awarded Coughlin a 9-0 victory.

Prior to that, the Spartans took the lead in the top of the 10th inning. Gregory allowed two earned runs, a walk and nine hits. Chris Lupole doubled as part of a two-hit effort.

Coughlin’s Chase Nowak threw 6 1/3 innings of relief, yielding three hits and two earned runs. Brandon Butry doubled twice and drove in two RBI.

Nanticoke 5, Northwest 0

Nanticoke freshman Kyle Pokrinchak had a complete game shutout in his first high school appearance. He allowed seven hits and struck out four. Josh Benscoter had two RBI.

Northwest’s Nick Long supplied two hits.

The finals of the postponed Trojan Classic will be held tomorrow. Lake-Lehman will face Nanticoke in the championship game, preceded by Dallas and Old Forge in the consolation game.

MMI Prep sweeps doubleheader

MMI Prep swept a doubleheader with Weatherly, winning the first game 6-1 and the nightcap by a 2-1 score.

In the first game, MMI Prep scored all six of its runs in the fourth inning. Charlie Karchner picked up the win by allowing three hits and one run in four innings pitched. Karchner helped his cause with a double. Cory Rogers retired all nine batters faced for a save.


Crestwood 4, Coughlin 2

Coleen Borum went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double and three RBI for the Comets. Alyssa Daves picked up the win with five strikeouts and two earned runs in a complete game.

Samantha Conway hit a two-run home run to account for both of the Crusaders’ runs.


Dallas 7, Selinsgrove 6

Omar Nijmeh scored three goals for the Mountaineers. Jesse Goode had two goals and an assist in addition to seven ground balls.


Cougars split twinbill

Misericordia baseball team split a doubleheader at Delaware Valley. After taking the opener 12-2, the Cougars dropped the nightcap 3-1. In the opener, Joe Tagliarini had three hits and drove in two runs.


Eastern 16, Misericordia 2

Pat Kellish and Andrew Bath scored each of the Cougars goals. Trevor Bodnar and Andrew Reynolds added assists.


Misericordia 11, Eastern 8

Melina Juliano scored five goals as the Cougars extended its winning streak to five games.

Allie Elmes added three goals. Kate Pagnotta, Liz Mulvey and Jenny Perucca all scored once.


Wilkes 9, Penn College 0

The Colonels swept in straight sets in all singles matches against Penn College. Daniel Gliem, Dennis Gliem and Throy Austero each allowed their Wildcat opponent to score one point.

FDU-Florham 8, Misericordia 1

Nick Hendry was the lone winner for the Cougars


Misericordia 8, FDU-Florham 1

Cassie Foy, Breanne Phillips, Bridget Boyle, Nellie Chmil and Kianna Gough were all double winners for the Cougars.

* * *


Wyoming Area 6, Tunkhannock 1

Tunkhannock `AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Ryan Weiss 1b `3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Cody Brown 3b `3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sean Soltysiak ss `2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brett Hughes p `0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ben Swilley dh `3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brett Soltysiak 2b `3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Austin Burke cf `3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Conner Knott rf `2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Connr Hulslander ph `1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Lane Ceccarelli c `2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jack Fenwick oh `0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brian Muckin lf `2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Bob Gilpin ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Totals `25`1`4`0`0`0`0

Wyoming Area `AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Tino Romanelli 2b `3`2`2`2`0`0`0

Corey Lescavage ss `2`0`1`1`1`0`0

Zack Lopatka rf `3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Colin Herron p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joe Gavenonis dh`3`1`2`1`1`0`0

Ryan Gorki pr `0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tyler Mitchell 1b `3`1`1`2`0`0`1

Fred Cefalo c`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Ryan Gorki cr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Charney lf `3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jeremy Zezza 3b `2`1`0`0`0`0`0

Bryant Clark cf `2`1`1`0`1`0`0

Totals `24`6`8`6`3`0`1

Tunkhannock `010 `000 `0 – 1

Wyoming Area `000 `330 `x – 6

Tunkhannock `IP `H`R`ER`BB`SO

Brett Hughes (L) `4`5`5`4`0`3

Conner Knott `2`3`1`1`0`1

Wyoming Area `IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Colin Herron (W) `7`4`1`0`2`6

Nanticoke 5, Northwest 0


Eric Evans ss`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Zac White 2b`3`0`1`0`1`0`0

Eric Gurzynski p`3`0`1`0`0`0

Nick Long cf`3`0`2`0`0`1`0

David Samuelvich c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Gray Godfrey lf`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

Tyler Harrison 1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Reese Godfrey pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Andrew Boberick rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brandon Reno 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Scott Ungvarsky p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Doug Campbell ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0



Kyle Rosick ss`4`1`0`0`0`0`0

Tyler Myers 2b`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

M. Malshefski cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Pokrinchak p`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Steve Kreitzer rf`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

M. Romanowski dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Alec Norton 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joe Olszyk 1b`1`1`0`0`0`0`0

F. Marcinkowski c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Patrick Duda pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Josh Benscoter lf`3`0`1`2`0`0`0

Kyle Sorber lf`0`1`0`0`0`0`0





Gurzynski (L)`5.1`1`4`2`3`11



Pokrinchak (W)`7`7`0`0`2`4

Pittston Area 6, Hazleton Area 4 (8 inn.)

Pittston Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Joshua Razvillas rf`3`2`1`1`0`0`0

Tyler McGarry c`3`1`2`1`0`0`0

Joseph Champi 1b`4`1`3`2`0`0`0

Michael Schwab lf`5`1`1`0`0`0`0

James Emmett 3b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Matt Mott p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Michael Carey dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle O’Fier 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Patrick McGinty ss`3`1`2`1`0`0`0

Michael Delaney cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Hazleton Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

David Klein cf`4`1`1`0`0`0`0

Dante Biasi lf`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Sal Biasi 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Robbie John c`4`0`2`0`0`0`0

Chris Panzarella ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tony Hernandez p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Joseph Barran p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Rogers dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mitchell O’Donnell 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Thomas Sharp 1b`2`1`1`0`0`0`0

Jeremy Budgeon rf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Pittston Area`000`004`02`—`6

Hazleton Area`000`220`00`—`4

Pittston Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Mott (W)`8`5`4`0`1`4



Barran (L)`2.2`3`2`1`1`1

Coughlin 9, Wyo.Valley West 0

(Forfeit to Coughlin after 10 inn.)

Wyo. Val. West`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Aaron Kopicki cf`5`0`1`0`0`0`0

Chris Lupole ss`6`1`2`1`1`0`0

Brandon Reyes c`6`0`1`1`0`0`0

David McCue 1b`6`0`2`1`0`0`0

Ryan Hogan rf`5`1`2`0`0`0`0

Logan Zavada 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Bill Gregory p`5`1`2`1`0`0`0

Mark Baran lf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Justin Montalvo 2b`4`2`1`1`0`0`0



Dave Parsnik lf`5`0`1`0`0`0`0

Mike Wozniak ss`5`0`2`1`0`0`0

Dave Marriggi cf`4`1`0`0`0`0`0

Kyle Lupas 1b`3`2`2`1`0`0`0

Eric Adamczyk c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brandon Butry 2b`4`0`2`2`2`0`0

Chase Nowak 3b-P`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

EJ Slavish rf`4`1`1`0`0`0`0

RJ Kenzakoski p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

David Ceklosky dh-3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Wyoming Valley West`002`110`000`1`—`5


Wyoming Valley West`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO





NOTE: Game was forfeited favor of Coughlin in the bottom of the 10th inning, due to an illegal pitcher. Wyoming Valley West was leading 5-4 at the time. One pitch was thrown in the bottom of the 10th.


Crestwood 4, Coughlin 2



WP — Alyssa Daves 7 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 H, 5 K; LP — Julie Suchocki 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K

2B — CRE, Coleen Borum. HR — CRE, Borum; COU, Samantha Conway

Top hitters — COU, Victoria Martin 2-4, Conway 2RBI; CRE, Borum 2-3 3RBI, Sereya Tereska 1-1 RBI


Dallas 7, Selinsgrove 6

SCORING — DAL Omar Nimjeh (3 g), Jesse Goode (2 g, 1 a), JT Carey (2 g), Matt Ross (2 a).

Ground balls— Goode 7, Josh Weaver 5. Saves — D 10 (George Pfeiffer)

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