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MILFORD - They had the bases loaded twice, players in scoring position all day and a whole game full of opportunity.

But Coty Amant kept the Wyoming Valley West Spartans on the brink instead of allowing a breakthrough.

Amant gritted out a complete game Wednesday, leadoff hitter Joe Addvensky stole four bases and scored three runs and Delaware Valley derailed Valley West’s bid to defend its district title with a 7-2 victory in a District 2 Class 4A semifinal baseball game at Delaware Valley High School.

“I always need to make the situation more pressure-packed,” Amant said.

In the end, though, he made the day miserable for the Spartans.

Amant worked in and out of danger the whole game, issuing nine walks while flirting with disaster in just about every inning.

“A little tight, (the) strike zone,” Amant said.

Yet, Amant kept the Spartans hitless through 4 1/3 innings and surrendered only single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. By that time, Delaware Valley had built leads of 4-0 and 6-1.

“My teammates were able to make some big plays to help me out,” said Amant, who finished with four strikeouts while leading the Warriors into the District 2 championship game against either Hazleton Area or Williamsport - who will meet Friday after their scheduled semifinal was rained out Wednesday.

His support started early.

Jeremy Sabecky and Brandon Reyes drew walks to put two Valley West runners on with one out in the very first inning, as the Spartans appeared ready to erupt. But Amant recorded a strikeout and induced a hard liner to right field to escape the jam unscathed.

That was only a preview of things to come.

Amant, who threw 152 pitches in the complete-game victory, stranded the bases loaded in the third inning when Spartans cleanup hitter Evan McCue laced a rope - straight into left fielder Mark Baran’s glove - and retired the inning’s final out on a fielder’s choice.

“I thought that was the turning point, the first few innings,” Valley West coach John Milius said. “We hit the ball a ton - right at people.”

The Spartans scored a run to close within 4-1 and had the bases filled again in the fifth inning, but Amant ended the threat by getting an inning-ending grounder.

“He was hitting his spots - down and away,” Milius said. “He wasn’t overpowering. We had trouble in the early innings with his command. We just got out in front a lot on him.”

The Spartans didn’t get their first hit until Sabecky - who left the game briefly after being kicked in the head while stealing second base earlier in the game - lined a single to center field with one out in the fifth. That turned into Valley West’s first run when Brandon Reyes smoked an RBI single two batters later.

But Valley West managed just one more run against Amant, when Bill Gregory grounded a single to center field and eventually came home on Sabecky’s RBI grounder.

From there, Amant stranded Sabecky at second base in the sixth, and left two more Valley West runners on base when he recorded a game-ending ground out in the seventh.

“I guess I try to throw the ball a little harder,” Amant said of his penchant for making big pitches with men on base, “and try to get them to pop out. The changeup was the biggest pitch. If they even touched it, it was just hit right to one of my players.”

Meanwhile, the Warriors touched up the Spartans for four runs over the first three innings, and later answered Valley West’s scoring with more runs of their own.

Speedy leadoff hitter Addvensky started it all, beginning his 3-for-3 day with a hard single to center field. He stole second base, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Justin O’Dell’s sacrifice fly to produce the game’s first run.

Jon Portugal reached on an error and scored on Larry Cicileo’s single for a 2-0 Warriors lead in the second inning, then Addvensky was back at it again.

He singled to start the third inning, proceeded to steal second and third and rode home on O’Dell’s single to left field. Matt Rivera came home on a fielder’s choice, and Delaware Valley boosted its lead to 4-0.

“It was huge,” Amant said. “It kept our team alive, made their team a little deflated, put them down early.”

Then the Warriors wouldn’t let Valley West’s excitement get back up later.

Kyle Clark reached on an error, Addvensky singled and stole his fourth base of the day, and both came home on Rivera’s two-run, suicide squeeze bunt.

That answered Valley West’s first run in the top of the fifth, and when the Spartans scored again in the sixth, Jeff Hopfer had another response - an RBI single in the bottom of the frame that set the final score.

“After an 0-4 start, I’m proud of them,” said Milius, whose Valley West team snapped out of an early-season funk to reach the district semifinals. “Of course, it wasn’t the outcome I wanted and I don’t think we played our A game today. But hats off to Delaware Valley. They’re a small-ball team. At times, we hit the ball hard. That ball to left field McCue hit, that ball gets by him (in left field), that’s two, maybe three runs and you’re talking a different ballgame. But they made the plays.”

MMI Prep 4, Old Forge 1

Ed Herbener gave up two hits and an unearned run, as MMI Prep advance to the Class A District 2 final against the winner of the Lackawanna Trail-Blue Ridge game. Alec Andes also had three RBI for the Preppers.

A.J. Cantarella got the only two hits for Old Forge.

MMI Prep will play their district final on Monday at 1 p.m. at PNC Field.



Delaware Valley 7, Valley West 2

District 2 Class 4A Semifinal

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Robert Donovan (W)`2.0`6`4`4`1`1

Joey Gutkowski`5.0`2`0`0`1`8

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