An otherwise successful Dallas High School baseball season came to an end with a pair of near misses – one to end the conference schedule and one to open the playoffs.
The Mountaineers moved into a tie for second place in Division 2 of the Wyoming Valley Conference by catching Wyoming Area with the help of an 11-7 victory over the visiting Warriors in their next-to-last regular season.
Dallas took title hopes into final day of the regular season, but came up one game short of a three-way playoff when first-place Tunkhannock won its last game to clinch the division championship.
The Mountaineers were upset at home in the opening round of the District 2 Class AAA playoffs May 17 when they fell to Pittston Area, 4-3, despite scoring twice and getting two more runners on base in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Winning pitcher Brian Stepniak contributed a double and three RBI in the key win over Wyoming Area. Justin Brojakowski drove in four runs and Greg Petorak scored four times while going 3-for-3 with a triple.
Stepniak threw a six-hitter with seven strikeouts in the season-ending loss, but was hurt by four infield throwing errors that led to three unearned runs.
Nigel Stearns had two hits, including a double, and scored a run.
The Dallas baseball team, which went 9-5 in WVC play, was one of many Back Mountain high school teams that had their seasons end early in District 2 tournament action.
While Dallas was advancing to the District 2 boys lacrosse championship game for the third straight year and the top track and field athletes were competing as individuals at the state championships in Shippensburg, the other team sports all had their seasons end.
The Lake-Lehman baseball team also lost in the first round of District 2 Class AAA play, falling to top-seeded Valley View, 5-0.
The Black Knights went 3-11 to tie Holy Redeemer for fourth place in the five-team WVC Division 2 standings.
Dallas and Lake-Lehman each finished with losing softball records, then were eliminated in the first round of the District 2 Class AAA playoffs.
After going 5-9 to finish fourth of five teams in WVC Division 2, Dallas fell to Crestwood, 2-0, in district play. Lake-Lehman finished last at 1-13 then was eliminated by Abington Heights, 7-2.
Dallas went 7-5 in WVC boys volleyball to land a spot in the District 2 Class AA tournament where it won one game against Lackawanna League champion Western Wayne, but lost the quarterfinal match.
Western Wayne won, 25-20, 14-25, 25-13, 25-13.
Lake-Lehman went 4-8 and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Dallas went 3-9 in WVC girls lacrosse play and had its season end when it lost to rival Lake-Lehman in the District 2 quarterfinals.
Amanda Miller scored two goals and Maddie Mulhern had two assists in the season-ending, 14-4 loss to Lake-Lehman.
Dallas went 10-2 in WVC boys lacrosse while Lake-Lehman finished 6-6.
Lake-Lehman lost at home to Scranton Prep, 7-2, in the District 2 quarterfinals.
Dallas won twice to advance to the championship game, which was scheduled to be played Thursday at Delaware Valley. The Mountaineers routed North Pocono, 18-1, and Crestwood, 18-4.
Corey Metz and Aaron Kliamovich scored five goals each against North Pocono.
Metz had two goals and five assists in the semifinals while Omar Nimjeh added three goals and two assists. Jesse Goode and Matt Ross had three goals and an assist each while Kliamovich had three goals.
George Pfieffer made eight saves.
Dallas scored eight straight goals in the first half against Crestwood to pull away from a 1-1 tie on the way to a 17-2 advantage after three quarters.
“We were able to move the ball and hit our shots,” Dallas coach Rich Cohen said.