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Valley West shortstop Andrew Tressa scoops up a ball before throwing to first for an out. Tressa had a hit in the Spartans’ loss.

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Pittston Area’s Carmen DeOrio makes contact with the ball.

Aimee Dilger Photos/The Times Leader

Pittston Area’s Robert Lemoncelli makes the tag and throws to first.

HUGHESTOWN — The seniors on this Pittston Area team – especially those in their fourth year as starters – didn’t need much motivation.

In the previous three seasons, they saw WVC king Wyoming Valley West hang a total of 33 runs on them, winning all three meetings.

On Wednesday, the Patriots had a chance for some payback.

After the Spartans had pulled within a run in the top of the sixth, Pittston Area exploded for eight in the home half for an 11-2 victory in a matchup of the top two teams in Division I.

The win bumped Pittston Area up to 7-1 – the best record in the league midway through the regular season.

“It means a lot more to some of the guys who have been here the last few years, when (Valley West) put a beating on us and they ran up the score,” Pittston Area coach Paul Zaffuto said. “But to me, it’s just another win. I just keep looking for the way that we’re playing baseball, and right now I’m only still about 65 percent satisfied because we’re gearing up to put a little run together at the end, and I want to see perfection.

“And I’ve seen it in the first two games (of the regular season), and we’ve yet to see it since.”

Still, the Patriots came pretty close to perfection in the soggy bottom of the sixth.

Valley West (6-2) had picked up an unearned run in the top half of the frame, as Kris Moules walked, stole second, took third on an error and scored on a wild pitch to cut the Patriots’ lead to 3-2.

But the oncoming rain didn’t stop the Pittston Area offense, which quickly retaliated. Paul Gattusso (2-for-3, RBI) singled and came home on an RBI triple by Rob Lemoncelli (2-for-3, 3 RBI). After a groundout, pinch hitter John Wytoch drove in another run with a single to chase the starter, Moules, from the game.

Carmen DeOrio, Nick Morreale and Kyle Borino all picked up run-scoring hits off of reliever Nick Wilson, and two more runs came home on a pair of wild pitches.

Lemoncelli drew a bases-loaded walk off of George Alles to make it 11-2, and Kevin Daley nearly ended the game on the 10-run rule on a fly ball to right, but Gattusso was thrown out at the plate after tagging up from third.

A year ago, Joe Dorbad started on the mound against the Spartans and took the loss. On Wednesday, he came through with 10 strikeouts and held Valley West to just five hits.

The senior allowed a pair of hits to start the game and surrendered a run on Ken Durling’s groundout to third. But he settled down to retire nine in a row at one point.

“He kind of pitched backwards – he used his curveball instead of his fastball to establish the strike zone and he kept them off balance all day,” Zaffuto said. “It looked to me like they were guessing, they didn’t know what was coming at them.”

“He pitched well. He pitched well the whole game,” Valley West coach John Milius said. “Through six innings we were right there, 3-2.”

For Milius, the turning point came in the top of the sixth after Moules had scored with Chris Pollick batting. Pollick ended up hitting a chopper to first baseman Sam Parente, who ran to first for the unassisted putout, colliding with Pollick in the process.

Milius said he thought Pollick was safe and the play stunted the Spartans’ momentum.

Wyoming Valley West Pittston Area
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Crossin cf 4 1 1 0 LoPresto 2b 3 2 1 0
Tressa ss 3 0 1 0 Morreale cf 3 2 2 1
Moules p-2b 2 1 1 0 Parente 1b 2 2 0 1
Durling rf 2 0 1 1 Dorbad p 0 0 0 0
Pollick lf 3 0 0 0 Borino dh 4 1 2 1
Kozich 1b 3 0 0 0 Gattusso lf 3 1 2 1
Dolan c 0 0 0 0 Lemnclli ss 3 1 2 3
Kuscavge dh 3 0 0 0 Kobeski 3b 3 0 0 0
Cavuto 2b 2 0 1 0 Daley rf 3 0 0 0
Wilson p 0 0 0 0 Wytoch ph 1 1 1 1
Alles p 1 0 0 0 DeOrio c 3 1 1 1
Gavrish 3b 1 0 0 0
Totals 23 2 5 1 Totals 28 11 11 9
Wyoming Valley West 100 001 0 2
Pittston Area 300 008 x 11

2B – Moules, DeOrio; 3B – Lemoncelli

IP H R ER BB SO
Wyo. Valley West
Moules (L) 5.1 7 6 5 3 2
Wilson 0.0 4 5 5 1 0
Alles 0.2 0 0 0 1 0
Pittston Area
Dorbad (W) 7.0 5 2 1 2 10
Dallas 3, Coughlin 2

Marc Noyalis doubled and drove in two runs, and Hunter Englehart went the distance on the mound, striking out six for Dallas (5-2). Preston Balavage went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Brian Weiscarger led Coughlin (1-7), going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Dallas Coughlin
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Skammer cf 4 0 0 0 Sod ss 4 0 0 0
Englehart p 3 0 1 0 Lifsofsky cf 2 1 1 0
Plesnar ss 3 0 0 0 Merritt 3b 1 0 1 0
Kraszewski c 2 0 0 0 Ramirez 2b 2 1 1 0
MShaver lf 0 0 0 0 Kearney lf 2 0 0 0
Martin dh 2 2 1 0 MHmnk rf-p 3 0 0 0
Balavage 3b 3 1 2 1 Weiscrgr 1b 3 0 2 1
Noyalis 1b 2 0 1 2 Grillini p 2 0 0 0
Murray 2b 3 0 0 0 Bucci rf 1 0 0 0
JShaver rf 2 0 0 0
Totals 24 3 5 3 Totals 23 2 6 1
Dallas 020 100 0 3
Coughlin 100 100 0 2

2B – Englehart, Martin, Noyalis

IP H R ER BB

Dallas

Englehart (W)

7.0

6

2

2

3

6

Coughlin
Grillini (L) 6.0 4 3 2 2 5
MHumanik 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
Berwick 8, Nanticoke 4

Tyler Soboleski gave up two hits in four innings to earn the win.

Brandon Michael went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Bulldogs (6-2). Lou DiPippa and A.J. Mihaly added two RBI apiece.

Three different players chipped in with an RBI for the Trojans (2-6).

Berwick

Nanticoke

ab

r

h

bi

ab

r

h

bi

Watts 2b

3

0

1

0

Kmtwcz 3b

4

0

1

1

DiPippa rf

4

1

1

2

Lkszwski cf

4

0

1

1

Hess cf

4

1

1

1

Bertoni ss

2

0

1

1

Mihaly lf

4

1

1

1

Lycett p

4

0

1

0

Soboleski p

0

0

0

0

Ioanna 2b

0

0

0

0

Holland p

0

0

0

0

Buchanan rf

3

1

0

0

CRidall p

0

0

0

0

Bonk c

2

1

0

0

Lazar dh

4

1

1

1

Redinski 1b

0

0

0

0

Michael 1b

3

2

2

1

Augustini dh

2

1

0

0

Sitler c

3

0

0

0

Briggs lf

1

0

0

0

DiPasqle ph

1

0

0

0

Hauer lf

1

0

0

0

Mullen 3b

1

1

0

0

Zwiebel 2b

3

1

0

0

Gower ph

1

0

0

0

Malshfski p

1

0

1

0

Wood ss

1

1

0

0

Totals

29

8

7

7

Totals

27

4

5

3

Berwick 060 010 1 8
Nanticoke 020 020 0 4

2B – Mihaly, Michael

IP H R ER BB SO
Berwick
Soboleski (W) 4.0 2 2 0 4 4
Holland 0.0 0 2 2 3 0
CRidall (S) 3.0 3 0 0 2 3
Nanticoke
Lycett (L) 5.0 6 7 6 5 4
Malshefski 2.0 1 1 0 0 1
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