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Colarusso gives WA seniors walk-off win

Senior first baseman delivered go-ahead hit in 5-4 victory over WVW

Wyoming Area pitcher Ron Klepadlo throws to first to pick off a Valley West base runner during the Warriors victory.

photo by BILL TARUTIS

Wyoming Area’s PJ Bone is safe at home plate as the ball eludes the Valley West catcher at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.

photo by BILL TARUTIS

Pictured above, Old Forge’s Tony Goodall fires a pitch to the plate against Valley VIew on Thursday. At right, Old Forge shortstop Connor Fultz fields a grounder before getting the out at first base.

photos by rick notari

Wyoming Area’s Kyle Colarusso knew he wanted a highlight-reel hit to cap off his senior campaign. So with several parents looking on with digital and videos cameras clenched to their hands in hopes of capturing a great ending, Colarusso gave the home crowd a signature shot that will last a lifetime.

The senior first baseman smashed a 2-1 fastball to drive home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth to give the Warriors a 5-4 victory over Wyoming Valley West on Senior Parents Day at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston on Monday afternoon in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I-West game. The victory was the fourth in five games for Wyoming Area.

“This is the second time this season that Colarusso has come through for us,” said WA skipped Chick Andrewscavage in reference to Colarusso’s walk-off homer against Hazleton.

But Colarusso wasn’t the only senior to come up big for the Warriors.

Senior catcher Kody Nowicki – who has also played some third base and outfield this season for WA – set the table for Colarusso. Nowicki started the sixth with a sharp single to center before stealing second and third base with Colarusso at the plate.

“Nowicki stealing second and third base was huge,” said Andrewscavage. “He took third on his own. He is just a heads up good baseball player.”

The Warriors defense suffered an early let down to start the top of the first. After Valley West lead off hitter Steve Dosiak reached on an error, Wyoming Area starter Ron Klepadlo issued a walk to Tyler Shillabeer. Dosiak then swiping third base as Nowicki’s throw sailed past Ryan Carey at third allowing Dosiak to trot home for the games first run.

Klepadlo settled in after that, retiring the final three batters to prevent any further damage. The senior pitched 5.1 innings of five-hit ball, allowing just three earned runs while walking three and striking out three.

The Spartans increased their lead in the top half of the fourth on an RBI single by Tyler Potoski giving Valley West a 2-0 advantage.

Wyoming Area finally got the bats going in the home half of the fourth when Chris Murphy doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a triple by Randy McDermott to get the Warriors within 2-1.

One batter later, PJ Bone’s RBI ground out scored McDermott to knot the score at 2-2. Colarusso then reached on an infield error, and after a passed ball moved the runners up one base, pinch-hitter Dylan Maloney lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Bone and give Wyoming Area a 3-2 lead.

The Warriors added to its lead on an RBI double by Trent Grove which scored Colarusso for a 4-2 advantage after the fourth.

But Valley West answered quickly with a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth to even the score at 4-4 before Colarusso’s big hit in the Warriors half of the sixth.

Maloney was the beneficiary of Colarusso’s RBI single, earning the win on the mound in relief after working 1.2 innings of one-hit relief. The junior lefty fanned two and walked one.

WA 5, Dallas 2

A streaking Wyoming Area baseball team won its fifth game in six tries as it avenged an early-season loss to Dallas with a 5-2 win on Thursday afternoon in the Back Mountain.

Dylan Maloney went the distance, striking out nine while allowing just one earned run to pick up the win for the Warriors. The junior lefty also helped his own cause with a double and a run scored.

Chris Murphy – who has hit in eight of the nine games he has played in since returning from an injury in late April – led the WA offense with a triple and a home run.

PJ Bone also smacked two hits and drove in two runs, while Kody Nowicki collected an RBI double for the Warriors.

Ryan Carey added an RBI single for Wyoming Area (6-7).

OF 3, Valley View 6

Tony Goodall allowed just three hits in seven innings of work, but the Old Forge senior struggled with his control in walking five and hitting four batters as the Blue Devils dropped a 6-3 decision to Valley View in a Lackawanna League Division II game between the top teams in the standings at Pagnotti Park on Thursday afternoon.

Old Forge (9-3) took an early 1-0 lead as Mario Martinelli lead off the bottom of the first with a single and moved to second on an error by the left fielder. Michael Long then drove home Martinelli with a ground-rule double down the left field line.

Valley View (11-1) answered in the top of the third after Goodall issued two walks before a single knotted the game at 1-1. Two pitches later, Brian Lalli drilled a fastball over the centerfield fence to give the Cougars a 4-1 lead.

The Blue Devils came right back with two in their half of the inning as Long singled home Martinelli who tripled to lead off the third. Long then moved to second on a single by Connor Fultz and to third on a fly ball by Dom Avvisato. Dave Argust drove in long with a sac fly to short right field, and Old Forge trailed just 4-3.

But VV added a run in the fourth, and another in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead as Old Forge managed just two singles in the next four innings.

Long finished with three hits for the Blue Devils, and Martinelli and Fultz each chipped in with two.

OF 15, Carbondale 2

Gary Puckett smashed three hits to lead Old Forge to a 15-2, six-inning win over Carbondale in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Monday afternoon at the Cerra Sports Complex in the Pioneer City.

Puckett singled, doubled and tripled and also drove in a run as the Blue Devils pounded out 12 hits in their second double-digit victory of the season over the Chargers.

Dom Avvisato added a two-run double, and Michael Long singled, doubled, scored two runs and stole two bases for Old Forge (9-2). Dave Argust chipped in with two singles, two runs scored and an RBI, and Mario Martinelli added two hits and two stolen bases for the Blue Devils.

Derek Drasba picked up the victory for Old Forge, tossing five innings of five-hit ball. The sophomore also struck out five without issuing a walk. Ian Nemetz pitched the sixth, striking out the three hitters he faced.

Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari contributed to this report.

Standings

WVC Division I East

Pittston Area…10-3

Holy Redeemer…8-5

Hazleton…8-6

Coughlin…5-8

Crestwood…2-11

Nanticoke…2-12

WVC Division I West

Tunkhannock…11-1

Valley West…9-4

Dallas…7-5

Wyoming Area…6-7

Berwick…3-9

LL Division II

Valley View…11-1

Old Forge…9-3

Riverside…7-4

Mid Valley…7-5

Dunmore…5-6

Lakeland…4-8

Holy Cross…3-7

Carbondale…0-12

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA v. Holy Redeemer

WA at Berwick

OF at Mid Valley

Wednesday

PA v. Crestwood

OF at Riverside

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