Brian Delaney slides safely at home during a big fifth inning for Pittston Area against Hazleton Area as Josh Savakinus watches.photo by BILL TARUTIS
Pittston Area third baseman Anthony Schwab, left, tags out Hazleton Area’s T.J. Chirico on Tuesday afternoon during the Patriots win over the Cougars.photo by BILL TARUTIS
Pittston Area junior Chuck Bressler tossed his first career no-hitter as the Patriots blanked Coughlin, 10-0, in five-innings in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I-East game on Thursday afternoon at the Buck Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.
Bressler faced just one batter above the minimum as he struck out five and did not allow a walk. The only Crusader player to reach base did so on a fielding error.
The Patriots gave Bressler an early 3-0 lead as senior catcher Ron Musto blasted a three-run homer to plate PJ Bone and Tyler Loftus.
Pittston Area then added one in the fourth inning and six in the fifth to end the game in the mercy rule.
Brian Delaney smacked three hits to lead the PA offense. He also scored a run.
RJ Emmett added two hits and an RBI, and Anthony Schwab scored two runs and produced an RBI single. Matt Antal also drove in two runs with a single in the sixth.
Smashing the ball all season long, Pittston Area needed a solid effort from its pitching staff on Monday afternoon in a 2-1 win over Nanticoke in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I-East game on the road in Nanticoke.
James Castellino and Kyle Callahan combined on a one-hitter as the Patriot pitchers allowed just five base runners all day.
Castellino pitched 5.1 innings to pick up the win as the senior scattered four walks and a single in allowing only a fifth inning run.
Callahan came on in relief and did not allow a base runner in 2.1 innings of work for Pittston Area to earn the save.
Brian Delaney smacked two hits and drove in a run for PA, and Matt Antal added an RBI single for the Patriots.
Senior shortstop Josh Savakinus was held without a hit for the first time this season as Pittston Area managed just four singles. Ron Musto collected the other hit for the Patriots.
Pittston Area exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-4 win over Hazleton in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I-East game that was completed from earlier in the season on Monday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown.
The game was suspended in the top of the first back in mid April as rain stopped play after the Cougars loaded the bases against starter James Castellino.
Hazleton cashed in on that opportunity when the game resumed and plated those runners in the top of the first against Jordan Bone who started the restart in relief. Bone would allow just one more run in 6.2 innings of work, striking out eight while scattering seven hits and one walk.
Bone also did damage to the Cougars at the plate, with a 2-for-2 day with 2 RBI.
Josh Savakinus also continued his torrid hitting with two hits and two RBI to go with two runs scored. Matt Antal added two hits, and RJ Emmett drove in three runs for Pittston Area.
Evan Hahn added a double for the Patriots.