Chad DeBona tripled in the tying run, then scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday when Dallas completed an impressive run to the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 baseball title by defeating visiting Tunkhannock, 5-4.
Dallas won its final seven games to finish 8-6 and beat Wyoming Area by one game.
After using offensive outbursts, including May 9’s 22-2 rout of Holy Redeemer, to climb into first place, the Mountaineers pulled out a tense game to secure the title.
Dallas took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning only to see Tunkhannock score three times to move in front.
DeBona tripled to score Yurko, then came home on a sacrifice fly by Nigel Stearns.
DeBona finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Ben Narcum had two hits.
Stearns pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits. Jordan McCrum worked out of trouble in the seventh to earn the win.
Lake-Lehman went 4-10 and tied for third in the five-team division, but finished the regular season on a positive note with Monday’s 9-0 shutout of Holy Redeemer.
Scott Bean and Adam Simmonette combined on a three-hit shutout.
Bean also had a single, double and two RBI. Cody Paraschak led the Lake-Lehman offense with three hits.
Katy Comitz delivered a grand slam and Sydney Kern contributed as both a pitcher and hitter May 8 when Dallas completed a sweep of its WVC Division 2 games against rival Lake-Lehman with a 12-1, five-inning romp.
Dallas scored four runs each in the first and fourth innings to finish the game early on the 10-run rule. Comitz produced the fourth-inning runs by rounding the bases on a hit into the right-field corner.
Kern pitched three scoreless innings with two strikeouts. She also went 2-for-2 with a double and RBI.
Maddie Perez also went 2-for-2 while scoring three runs and driving in one.
Talia Kosierowski had a triple and scored twice while Taylor Kelley had a double and scored twice in the win.
Taylor Cercone and Lacey Miller doubled to produce Lake-Lehman’s only run in the fifth inning.
The Dallas win was part of a late-season surge in which the Mountaineers won four of five games, with the only loss coming in 10 innings against first-place Berwick, to move into title contention.
Tunkhannock spoiled those championship hopes Monday by withstanding another Comitz grand slam, this one in the bottom of the seventh, for a 10-7 victory.
Comitz also had a double.
Perez also had two hits and Abby Burger drove in two runs for Dallas (7-6).
Taylor Hegedty went 3-for-3 with a double, homer, three runs and two RBI to lead Tunkhannock.
In addition to their two conference contests, Dallas and Lake-Lehman also played again May 11 in an exhibition game to benefit autism awareness.
Dallas beat Lake-Lehman twice in four days.
The Mountaineers won the first meeting, 10-2, then took the Old Stick rivalry game, 11-4, Monday.
Cory Mets scored four goals and Matt Ross added three for Dallas in the Old Stick game.
Jim Loefflad, Bo Butler, Jeff Williams, and Jake Yaple had the goals for Lake-Lehman.
Both Dallas players won one match before being eliminated from the District 2 Class AA tournament.
Frank Hullihen downed Western Wayne’s Zach Hull, 6-0, 6-2, before losing to Berwick’s Luke Whitenight, the tournament’s fifth seed, 6-3, 6-1.
Steve Wempa rallied past Bryan Schultz from Montrose, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, then fell to third-seeded Joey Ferretti from Valley View, 6-0, 6-0.
Hullihen and Wempa then teamed as partners in this week’s doubles tournament. Anthony DeLuca and Frank Bevevino formed the other Dallas doubles team for district play.
Lake-Lehman finished 8-6 in the WVC while Dallas went 4-10.
Lake-Lehman earned a quarterfinal home game in the open District 2 tournament.
TRACK AND FIELD
The Dallas boys finished second in Division 1 of the WVC with a 6-1 record.
Lake-Lehman tied for second in Division 2 girls by going 5-2.
The Dallas girls were 5-2 for third place.
The Lake-Lehman boys were 2-5.
Dallas completed its season with a 4-8 WVC record while Lake-Lehman finished 0-12.