Plains won four more games, extending its winning streak to eight and assuming sole possession of second place in Wyoming Valley American Legion Senior Baseball League action.
Unbeaten Swoyersville continues to lead the league. Plains broke a tie for second place during a head-to-head meeting with visiting Tunkhannock, winning 6-2 Wednesday.
A look back at the week in Legion baseball:
Plains got the most out of five hits Wednesday and was in control throughout a 6-2 win over Tunkhannock.
Both teams entered the game with 6-2 records, but Plains was never in danger after scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.
“We’re not beating ourselves,” Plains manager Jerry Williams said. “We’re not walking guys. We’re throwing strikes and we’re relying on our defense.
“Our base-running has been excellent and we’re getting timely hits. Basically, we’re doing all the things we need to do to win ball games.”
Michael Schwab had two hits and singled in the game’s first run.
Kyle Lupas followed with a sacrifice fly and finished with three RBI on one hit. Mike Wozniak’s single produced the first of his two RBI and completed the three-run inning.
Plains added two more runs in the third and one in the fifth.
Dave Mariggi carried a shutout into the seventh inning and finished with six strikeouts in his four-hitter. He also had four of the team’s six stolen bases and scored twice.
“We’ve been running quite a bit all season,” Williams said. “We have a lot of guys who are very fast. We just have to pick the right time to do it.”
Adam Giavanelli struck out eight in a two-hit shutout with no walks June 15 when Plains defeated Wilkes-Barre, 5-0.
Michael Schwab drove in two runs and had two of the three hits for Plains.
Mountain Post 2
Eric Adamczyk had three hits Tuesday when Plains routed Mountain Post, 10-2.
Michael Schwab had two hits and drove in two runs to help back winning pitcher Mike Wozniak.
Plains avenged one of its two losses when it rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning then defeated Nanticoke, 3-2, in the 11th inning Friday.
Nanticoke scored twice in the top of the first and threatened to end the Plains winning streak at seven until Plains scored two runs of its own in the seventh.
Kyle Turonis singled in the tying run in the seventh. Dave Parsnik scored the tying run, then added the winner when he led off the 11th with a single and scored.
Parsnik finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Michael Schwab pitched the first six innings, John Fagotti worked a scoreless seventh inning and Dave Mariggi got the win with three scoreless innings of relief.
Greater Pittston 0
Tyler Weiss threw a three-hit shutout and went 3-for-3 Monday to lead Tunkhannock to a 10-0 romp over Greater Pittston.
Tunkhannock finished the game off early with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Jordan Zezza, Joe Gavenonis and Tyler Mitchell had the hits for Greater Pittston.
Greater Pittston 2
Eric Walkowiak threw a five-hitter and had two hits Wednesday but Greater Pittston fell short against Wilkes-Barre, 3-2.
Walkowiak, who struck out six and did not walk a batter, held Wilkes-Barre scoreless over the final four innings.
Joe Gavenonis, who had a triple and scored twice, and Jeremy Zezza, who drove in a run, also had two hits in the loss.
Swoyersville 3, Greater Pittston 2
Jake Granteed limited first-place Swoyersville to one earned run Wednesday in Greater Pittston’s 3-2 loss.
Swoyersville scored all three of its runs in the top of the first inning.
Granteed, who had a triple, and Tyler McGarry, who had a double and a run scored, each went 2-for-3. Jeremy Zezza doubled and scored the other run.
Greater Pittston and Plains finished the week at 12-2 and tied for the lead in the Wyoming Valley American Legion Youth (Junior) Legion baseball league.
Greater Pittston fell to Mountain Post, 1-0, June 14, then came back with three straight wins. Greater Pittston defeated Wilkes-Barre, 4-0, Tuesday; Back Mountain, 6-0, Thursday; and Tunkhannock, 11-3, Friday.
Plains won all three of its games — 11-3 over Hazleton June 14; 9-4 over Tunkhannock Tuesday; 4-0 over Nanticoke Thursday.
Josh Kopcza pitched five strong innings for Greater Pittston in the loss to Mountain Post, striking out seven and allowing just a run on four hits. Matt Wright finished with two scoreless innings. Dylan Spurlin had two hits.
Lucas Jurchak struck out 11 for Greater Pittston against Wilkes-Barre and Wright worked the last two innings to complete the shutout. Anthony Nardell’s RBI double scored Matt Silinskie in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. Brandon Charney doubled in two runs and scored the other in the three-run sixth.
Kopcza and Wright led the pitching and hitting in the shutout of Back Mountain. Kopcza struck out 11 while allowing two hits in five innings. Wright worked two scoreless innings of relief for the third straight game. They both had triples.
Winning pitcher Tyler Jackson went the distance against Tunkhannock while providing a triple and single to the offense. Nardell, Aaron Lee and Dylan Melberger also had multiple hits in the Greater Pittston win.