Avenge opening-season loss to Greater Pittston

Last updated: June 14. 2014 3:35PM - 1196 Views
By Tom Robinson For the Sunday Dispatch

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Plains put together three straight victories, including one over rival Greater Pittston, to run its winning streak to four straight games and move into a tie for second place in the Wyoming Valley American Legion baseball league.

Greater Pittston, the defending champion, also finished the week at 4-2. The two teams trail unbeaten Swoyersville, which finished first in the regular season a year ago.

Plains 15

Greater Pittston 0

Plains avenged a season-opening loss when it needed just four innings to finish off Greater Pittston, 15-0, June 8 at Hilldale.

The win completed a three-day stretch in which Plains scored 33 runs in two wins. It pounded Tunkhannock, 18-8, on June 6.

Mike Delaney went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI to lead the way.

Plains scored in every inning. After opening an 8-0 lead with five runs in the third, it finished off the game with seven more in the bottom of the fourth.

Mike Wozniak threw a three-hitter with three strikeouts in the game, which was shortened by the 15-run rule.

Kyle Lupas and Michael Schwab each went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Lupas also had a triple.

Kyle Turonis had a double and two RBI.

Tyler Mitchell had two of the three hits for Greater Pittston.

Plains 6

Mountain Post 5

Joe Champi’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Plains to its fourth straight win, 6-5, Monday.

“That’s kind of what I expected from this team,” Plains manager Jerry Williams said. “A lot had played together in the past. It just took some time for us to gel.”

Plains opened a 4-0 lead, but Mountain Post rallied to move in front in the top of the seventh.

Felix Mascelli ran for Mike Wozniak, who led off by reaching on an error. Mascelli stole second and scored the tying run on a two-out double by Dave Mariggi.

Champi’s single to right field brought Mariggi home with the winning run.

Greater Pittston 5

Nanticoke 4

Greater Pittston bounced back from its loss to pull out a 5-4, nine-inning win at Nanticoke Monday.

Jake Granteed pitched all nine innings, protecting the one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. He had a pair of two-out RBI hits.

Tyler McGarry drew a bases-loaded walk for the winning run.

Tyler Mitchell had two hits and Jeremy Zezza added a triple.

Greater Pittston 13

Back Mountain 3

Joe Gavenonis, who had a triple, and Jake Granteed, who had a double, each had three hits when Greater Pittston put away Back Mountain, 13-3, in five innings Wednesday.

“We hit the ball well,” Greater Pittston manager Jerry Ranieli said.

Tyler Mitchell added two hits.

Jeremy Zezza got the win and Matt Mott also pitched effectively in relief.

A game originally scheduled for Thursday was canceled because Hazleton dropped out of the league before playing any games.

Youth Legion

Greater Pittston suffered its first loss, but maintained first place in the Wyoming Valley Youth (Junior) Legion League.

Nanticoke needed 12 innings to get past Greater Pittston, 5-4, June 7.

Steve Homza had three hits and Lucas Jurchak had two hits, including a double, in the loss.

Greater Pittston had started 7-0 in the league while also remaining unbeaten overall with tournament and non-league wins.

Matt Wright and Cole Keating combined on a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and each had hits when Greater Pittston defeated Hazleton, 10-0, in five innings Tuesday. Jurchak struck out seven while allowing just one hit when Greater Pittston shut out Tunkhannock, 13-0, Thursday.

Brandon Charney and Matt Silinskie each had two hits while Homza tripled against Tunkhannock.

Plains (8-2) moved into second place when it defeated Wilkes-Barre, 10-1, Tuesday and Swoyersville, 5-2, Thursday.

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