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OF rally gives DiMattia first win

Warriors drop opener to WVW, PA yet to play a WVC game

Pictured at top, Wyoming Area second baseman Ryan Carey, right, catches a pop fly as right fielder Dylan Maloney moves in on the play against Tunkhannock. Above, PJ Bone slides on the mud into second base with a double. At right, Bone wipes the mud off of his uniform.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Pictuered above, Old Forge shortstop Connor Fultz makes a play to first during the Blue Devils victory over Holy Cross. Below left, second baseman Mario Martinelli fields a grounder against the Crusaders; Below right, winning pitcher Dave Chromey is at the top of his delivery.

photos by rick notari

Old Forge rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to give Coach Tony DiMattia his first career victory in a 5-4 win over Holy Cross in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Thursday afternoon at Pagnotti Park.

Trailing 4-3 after Vince Rebar put the Crusaders ahead with a leadoff homer to start the seventh, the Blue Devils got a single from Dom Avvisato and a one-out walk to Russ McGlynn to start its rally.

Dave Argust followed with an RBI single pass the Holy Cross second baseman to score Avvisato and move pinch-runner Mike Vieira to third base.

Chris Talipski then capped a monster day at the plate with a game-winning sacrifice fly to score Vieira with the winning run. Talipski went 3-for-3 on the day for Old Forge with a double and a run scored.

Dave Chromey got the win on the mound for the Blue Devils, scattering five hits and three walks over seven innings of work. The sophomore allowed just two earned runs and fanned four.

Old Forge trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the fourth before pinch-hitter Steve Mascaro smacked a two-run single to score McGlynn and Argust for a 2-1 lead. Holy Cross battled back with two runs in the top of the sixth before Michael Long’s sacrifice fly scored Talipski who had singled, moved to second on a bunt by Tony Goodall and advanced to third on an error my the first baseman.

Argust finished with two hits for Old Forge (1-0), and Mario Martinelli walked twice and stole two bases.

Holy Cross was led by Jordan Nicholoff, an Old Forge resident, who had two hits, including a double.

The Blue Devils game with Dunmore on Monday was suspended in the sixth inning with the scored tied at 6-6. Two completion dates were rained out with a third completion date yet to be scheduled.

WA 0, Tunkhannock 7

Pre-season favorite Tunkhannock bounced back from an opening day loss to beat Wyoming Area, 7-0, in a game halted by a continuous rain at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston on Friday afternoon.

The Warriors allowed six runs in the first two innings to the Tigers as a steady rain fell throughout the entire contest turning the already soft diamond at Atlas into mud.

Wyoming Area managed just three hits in the game – two for extra bases.

PJ Bone tripled for the Warriors and Nick O’Brien doubled. Kyle Colarusso added a single for the Warriors.

Pitcher Matt Klus was charged with the loss, allowed six hits and five walks in five innings of work. The junior also struck out two in his varsity debut.

WA 3, Valley West 5

One bad inning led to an opening day loss for Wyoming Area as the Warriors dropped a 5-3 decision to Wyoming Valley West in a WVC Division I West game on Monday afternoon in Plymouth.

The Spartans tagged WA starter Dylan Maloney for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish. The Warriors junior left allowed just one other run during a complete-game effort in which he struck out four and walked three.

Maloney helped his own cause at the plate, smacking an RBI double and an RBI triple.

Randy McDermott got off to a sizzling start for the Warriors with a 4-for-4 effort that including a solo home run. The senior shortstop also scored two runs for Wyoming Area (0-1).

Senior catcher Kody Nowicki had the other hit for the Warriors – a single.

Patriots washed out

Pittston Area tried to get their first game of the season on the road against Coughlin – weather and field condition permitting.

The game was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed back to Saturday because of rain. It obviously wasn’t the first time the Patriots were delayed.

Last Friday was set to be opening day in the WVC with PA hosting Hazleton. That game was washed out and set to be played yesterday. The Patriots and Cougars got about a half of an inning in before the rain and field conditions caused for the game to be called.

On Monday, PA was slated to play Nanticoke. That game was rained out Monday – and Wednesday when it was rescheduled for. Now it is scheduled to be played Friday, April 15.

Standings

WVC Division I East

Coughlin…1-0

Hazleton…0-0

Pittston Area…0-0

Nanticoke…0-0

Crestwood…0-0

Holy Redeemer…0-1

WVC Division I West

Berwick…1-0

Valley West…1-0

Tunkhannock…1-1

Dallas…0-0

Wyoming Area…0-2

LL Division II

Old Forge…1-0

Valley View…1-0

Mid Valley…1-0

Riverside…0-0

Dunmore…0-0

Holy Cross…0-1

Carbondale…0-1

Lakeland…0-1

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA at Holy Redeemer

WA v. Berwick

OF v. Lakeland

Tuesday

OF at Dunmore, sspd.

Thursday

PA at Crestwood

WA at Lake-Lehman

OF v. Carbondale

Friday

PA v. Nanticoke

Saturday

WA v. Northwest

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