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Offensive woes troubling Wyoming Area

Warriors have scored just six runs in four games

Old Forge’s Ian Nemetz delivers to the plate in the Blue Devils win over Carbondale.

OF photos by rick notari

Dom Avvisato smacks an RBI single for Old Forge.

Kyle Callahan fires a pitch to the plate for Pittston Area in a game against Holy Redeemer.

PA photos by charlotte bartizek

PA catcher Ron Musto take a cut at a pitch against Holy Redeemer.

Wyoming Area third baseman Jake Granteed, left, applies the tag on Berwick’s T.J. Lashock at Atlas Field in West Pittston on Monday afternoon.

Wyoming Area pitcher Dylan Maloney follows through on a pitch against Berwick. The junior pitched well enough to win, but the Warriors are having trouble scoring runs this year.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

It seems every time Wyoming Area made contact on Monday - whether it was a deep fly ball, a sharp grounder or a line drive - the baseball would just not fall for the Warriors.

Mustering only two hits on the afternoon, Wyoming Area dropped its fourth straight decision to start the season during a 4-0 loss to Berwick in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I West game at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.

“Hitting wise, I think we were undisciplined. We been running through some tough luck now and it’s sort of effecting our attitude,” WA Head Coach Chick Andrewscavage said. “Their pitcher lived on the outside and we weren’t adjusting.”

With Warriors ace Dylan Maloney on the hill, the Bulldogs started off strong in the first.

TJ Lashock led off with a sharp single to center, followed by a bunt single by Jake Calovi. After a Maloney strikeout, Dave Calovi connected on a RBI-single to right which chased home Lashock from second, giving the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead. Maloney settled in and struck out the final two to end the frame.

Berwick starter Ben Bower worked quickly in the bottom half, surrendering only one base runner - an infield error off the bat of leadoff hitter Ryan Carey. After three consecutive fielder’s choice outs, the Warriors were set down in the first.

Berwick tacked on another in the second when Steve Kuchka reached on an infield single and was dispatched home two batters later on a RBI-single to right by Lashock- who finished 4-for-4 for the Dawgs.

Senior Kody Nowicki started off the second with a sharp liner to center for the Warriors. Nowicki then swiped second base and moved to third after a ground out. Unfortunately as lady luck would have it, Bower induced a ground ball out, stranding Nowicki at third and ending the WA scoring threat.

More trouble doomed the Warriors in the third as Berwick tacked on two more runs, thanks to a two-run RBI-double by Tyler Soboleski.

From there, Maloney took over. The junior dominated the rest of the way, silencing the Bulldogs bats in surrendering only two hits through the final four innings.

“Maloney is our No. 1. He is a great fielder and brings a lot of attitude to the game,” Andrewscavage started. “We’re hoping he takes a bigger lead to our team.”

Even behind a great pitching performance from Maloney, Bower was just as dominant, setting down the 12 of the final 14 Warriors he faced for the complete game victory.

Trent Grove registered the only extra base hit for the Warriors, a double in seventh.

Maloney took the loss, scattering eight hits, walking three while fanning nine in seven innings.

WA 3, Dallas 5

Wyoming Area lost its home-opener by the exact same score as its regular-season opener, 5-3, this time to Dallas, last Saturday afternoon at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.

The Warriors fell behind 3-0 before scoring single runs in the bottom of the second and fourth to get within 3-2 before the Mountaineers answered with one in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 4-2.

Wyoming Area (0-4) added a run in its half of the fifth to get within 4-3, but Dallas scored again in the sixth and held the Warriors in check the rest of the way.

Dylan Maloney led the WA offense with three hits, including an RBI double and a solo homer. PJ Bone added two hits, including a double for the Warriors, and Ryan Carey singled twice from his leadoff spot.

Ron Klepadlo was the tough-luck losing pitcher in his varsity debut, allowing just four runs while scattering eight hits and striking out three. He did not walk a batter.

PA 6, Holy Redeemer 13

Pittston Area finally got on the baseball diamond for some WVC action. But unfortunately the Patriots took one on the chin in a 13-6 loss to Holy Redeemer on Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre at Hollenbeck Park.

PA lead 5-4 headed to the fourth inning as Josh Savokinas blasts two home runs to drive in three runs for the Patriots.

The Royals the scored four runs in each of the next two innings to take a commanding 12-5 lead as they chased three Pittston Area pitchers in five innings.

AJ Mancini added two hits and an RBI in his first varsity start, and Jordan Bone also smacked two singles and scored two runs for the Patriots.

Anthony Schwab chipped in with a double for Pittston Area, and freshman Josh Razvilla picked up his first varsity hit with a single.

PA 13, Nanticoke 12

Pittston Area bounced back for its first win of the season in a 13-12 slugfest against Nanticoke on Friday in a WVC Division I East game at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown.

The Patriots continued to smash the rawhide as top hitter Josh Savokinas hit for the cycle with four runs scored and four RBI. Savokinas singled, doubled, tripled and hit his third home run of the young season as PA scored four runs in each of the first, second and sixth innings.

Ron Musto added an RBI double and a two-run home run for Pittston Area (1-1), and AJ Mancini also continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-2 day.

RJ Emmett chipped in with two hits, and Evan Hahn drove in two runs for the Patriots.

Kyle Callahan picked up the win in relief for PA, working 1.2 innings of one-hit ball.

OF 6, Lakeland 2

Old Forge scored two runs each in the first two innings on its way to a 6-2 victory over Lakeland in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Monday afternoon at Pagnotti Park.

The Blue Devils got to unearned run in the bottom of the first as both Mario Martinelli and Dom Avvisato scored on infield errors. Martinelli beat out an infield single to start the first, and Avvisato walked later in the inning.

Old Forge added another unearned run in the second when Martinelli doubled home Chris Talipski who had reached on an infield error to lead off the inning. Martinelli made the score 4-0 after moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on a Michael Long sacrifice fly.

Connor Fultz made the score 5-0 almost by himself. The senior shortstop was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the fourth. He then stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error by the Lakeland catcher.

Talipski then pushed the lead to 6-0 after ripping a single to center which scored Russ McGlynn who had reached on another infield error by the Chiefs.

Tony Goodall was solid for the Blue Devils, scattering seven hits and four walks over seven innings while allowing just two runs.

Martinelli, Fultz and Talipski all finished with two hits for Old Forge (2-0). Fultz reached base all four times he batted as he was hit twice. He also stole two bases, as did Talipski. Dave Argust drew two walks for Old Forge.

OF 7, Dunmore 6

Michael Long scoring the game-winning run in the top of the seventh on an error and Dave Chromey worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning as Old Forge edged Dunmore, 7-6, in a continued game on Tuesday afternoon in Bucktown.

Long singled, stole second and scored when the Bucks second baseman mishandled Dom Avvisato’s sharp grounder to put the Blue Devils ahead. The senior also single and homered in driving in five runs in the game.

Mario Martinelli added two hits for Old Forge (3-0), and Chris Talipski chipped in with a solo home run and two runs scored.

Chromey got the win in relief, working three innings while giving up three unearned runs.

OF 12, Carbondale 2

Ian Nemetz pitched a five-inning one-hitter to lead Old Forge to win over Carbondale in a 12-2 rout on Thursday afternoon at Pagnotti Park.

Nemetz – in his first action of the season – allowed just a second-inning single when the Chargers scored two unearned runs to get within 3-2 of the Blue Devils. The junior lefty scattered four walks and struck out seven, including six in a row from the third through fifth innings.

Old Forge (4-0) gave Nemetz all the support he would need with three runs in the first inning as Connor Fultz smacked an RBI double and Russ McGlynn drove in two with a single.

The Blue Devils added two more in the second and three in the third to extend its lead to 8-2 before scoring four in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Mario Martinelli led Old Forge on a 3-for-3 day at the plate that featured a triple, three stolen bases and four runs scored. Michael Long added three hits and two RBI for the Blue Devils, and McGlynn also belted two hits and drove in two. Connor Fultz chipped in with two hits, three runs scored and two RBI on two doubles, a walk and a hit by pitch. Dave Argust also drove in two runs with a walk-off single.

Standings

WVC Division I East

Hazleton…2-0

Holy Redeemer…3-2

Coughlin…2-2

Pittston Area…1-1

Crestwood…1-2

Nanticoke…1-3

WVC Division I West

Tunkhannock…3-1

Valley West…3-1

Berwick…2-1

Dallas…1-2

Wyoming Area…0-4

LL Division II

Old Forge…4-0

Riverside…4-0

Valley View…3-1

Mid Valley…2-2

Holy Cross…1-2

Dunmore…1-3

Lakeland…0-3

Carbondale…0-4

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA v. Valley West

WA at Crestwood

OF at Valley View

Wednesday

PA at Berwick

WA v. Holy Redeemer

OF v. Mid Valley

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