HS BASEBALL: Lakeland hangs on to defeat Western Wayne

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Scott Walsh, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
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May 4—DUNMORE — With one out in the top of the third inning, Western Wayne's Mike Kromko ripped a wicked line drive right back at Shane Barrett.

Somehow, the Lakeland pitcher snared it.

"It just went right into my glove," Barrett said. "I was shocked I caught it. It scared me a little bit."

The senior showed no ill-effects from the close call. He came within one out of a complete-game victory as the Chiefs defeated the Wildcats, 10-7, in a key Lackawanna League Division III baseball game on a drizzly Monday at Schautz Stadium.

Lakeland provided Barrett with plenty of offensive support, collecting 14 hits, including four run-scoring triples.

Tyler Mullen had three hits and two RBIs, Tyler Uram two hits and three RBIs and Logan Fuga two hits and two RBIs as the Chiefs (7-1 league, 8-3 overall) bounced back from Saturday's first-place showdown loss to Riverside — where they managed just four hits — and remained in second place in the division standings.

"Our guys did a really good job responding to our loss on Saturday," Lakeland coach Larry Piccini said. "They (Riverside) shut our bats down Saturday. We came out (Monday) and put some good at-bats together. Our kids had great approaches and we were able to drive the ball to the gaps."

Barrett improved his record to 5-0, allowing six runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with one walk, eight strikeouts and one hit-batsman. He threw 102 pitches.

He made a mistake early as Zane Janiszewski blasted a 1-2 pitch over the scoreboard in right-center field for a two-out solo home run in the top of the first to give Western Wayne a 1-0 lead.

"I left a fastball right down the middle," Barrett said. "He's a good player and you can't do that to him."

However, Barrett's teammates got the run right back in the bottom of the first. Fuga reached on an error, stole second and scored on a one-out double by Uram.

"That was important because we were facing a quality pitcher," Uram said. "It was good to get runs early."

In the bottom of the third, the Chiefs sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times. Mullen had an RBI triple, Uram an RBI single, Michael Igneri a two-run triple and Barrett an RBI single to make it 6-1.

"That gave me some relief on the mound," Barrett said. "I was able to relax a little bit, throw strikes, let them hit it and trust my fielders to make plays."

They did that, turning a pair of double plays, highlighted in the second inning by second baseman Tim McGrane, who made a diving stop of a line drive off the bat of Dustin Ferraro, then threw to second base to double up a runner.

Western Wayne (5-2, 5-4) got one run back in the top of the fourth when Janiszewski led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on a two-out single by Ferraro.

But Lakeland scored four times in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run triple by Fuga, an RBI triple by Mullen and a run-scoring groundout by Uram to make it 10-2.

Turns out the Chiefs needed those runs as Western Wayne staged a two-out, five-run rally in the top of the seventh to make things interesting.

Kromko had an RBI triple, Mark Christina had an RBI single and Tom Gogolski was hit by a pitch. Jaron Bullick relieved Barrett and Janiszewski had an RBI single, Tyler Peet drew a bases-loaded walk before a balk brought home another run and drew the Wildcats within 10-7.

"I'm proud of the way we fought back," Western Wayne coach John Boandl said. "Around the fifth or sixth inning, we were feeling sorry for ourselves. So we had a talk and came back and had some good at-bats, got some runs and put us a swing away."

Bullick struck out Ferraro, the potential tying run, to end the game and enable the Chiefs to hang on.

"It was tough, but we sealed the deal. That's all that matters," Barrett said.

"This win was important for us to get our heads back up and get on a roll again."

Lakeland 10, Western Wayne 7

Western Wayne 100 100 5 — 7

Lakeland 105 004 x — 10

WP: Shane Barrett 6.2IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 1BB, 8SO

LP: Zane Janiszewski 5.1IP, 13H, 10R, 8ER, 3BB, 4SO

2B: Tyler Peet (WW), Tyler Uram (LAK). 3B: Mike Kromko (WW), Logan Fuga (LAK), Tyler Mullen (LAK) 2, Michael Igneri (LAK). HR: Zane Janiszewski (WW).

Riverside 14, Carbondale Area 2

At Taylor, R.J. Santarsiero had two hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in four to lead Riverside.

Zach Day went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a run and three RBIs for the Vikings and Michael Rickert had four hits, including a double and a triple, three runs and two RBIs.

Logan Wormuth doubled and drove in two for Carbondale Area.

Riverside 14, Carbondale Area 2

Carbondale Area 000 20 — 2

Riverside 140 9x — 14

WP: Anthony Karpinski 4IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 8SO

LP: Nick Sopko 3.2IP, 13H, 14R, 13ER, 4BB, 0 SO

2B: Michael Rickert (RIV), Zach Day (RIV) 2, Logan Wormuth (CAR), Jimmy Decker (RIV). 3B: Michael Rickert (RIV), R.J. Santarsiero (RIV).

Old Forge 13, Dunmore 3

At Pagnotti Park, Joe Granko drove in three runs and Nico Killino singled, scored three runs and drove in two to lead Old Forge.

Angelo Fumanti struck out seven in five innings to earn the win.

Nick Grande hit a three-run home run for Dunmore.

Old Forge 13, Dunmore 3

Dunmore 000 03 — 3

Old Forge 213 34 — 13

WP: Angelo Fumanti 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 7SO

LP: Kieran Reyes 3.1IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, 2BB, 0SO

2B: Angelo Fumanti (OF). HR: Nick Grande (DUN).

Mid Valley 15, Holy Cross 5

At Washington Street Park, Zach Kalinoski had four hits, including two doubles and a triple, scored three runs and drove in four to lead Mid Valley.

Ian Richmond hit a grand slam for the Spartans.

Connor Rasimovich homered for Holy Cross.

Mid Valley 15, Holy Cross 5

Mid Valley 001 034 7 — 15

Holy Cross 031 010 0 — 5

WP: Edward Kaufman 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 4SO

LP: Connor Rasimovich 1.1IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 0BB, 3SO

2B: Tyler O'Connor (MV), Zach Kalinoski (MV) 2, Samuel Sczesniak (MV) 2. 3B: Zach Kalinoski (MV). HR: Tyler O'Connor (MV), Connor Rasimovich (HC), Ian Richmond (MV).

Abington Heights 12, Scranton 10

At Abington Heights, Colin Davis had two doubles, two runs and three RBIs to lead the Comets to a Division I win.

Michael and Matt Show each had a single and a double, two runs and two RBIs for the winners.

Will Walsh and Matt Saita each had two hits, a run and two RBIs for Scranton.

Abington Heights 12, Scranton 10

Scranton 102 106 0 — 10

Abington Heights 020 460 x — 12

WP: Scott Gilbert 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 10SO

LP: Matt Saita 4IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 3BB, 4SO

2B: John Deibert (AH), Ben Kubic (AH), Matt Show (AH), Michael Show (AH), Evan Woznik (SCR), Colin Davis (AH) 2, Gabriel Pietryka (AH) 2.

Wallenpaupack 6, Honesdale 0

At Honesdale, Mabret Levant allowed two hits in six shutout innings to lead Wallenpaupack to a Division II win.

T.J. Schmalzle had a double and a home run and scored three runs for the Buckhorns.

Wallenpaupack 6, Honesdale 0

Wallenpaupack 002 031 0 — 6

Honesdale 000 000 0 — 0

WP: Mabret Levant 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 4BB, 5SO

LP: Joseph Curreri 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5SO

2B: T.J. Schmalzle (WAL), Mabret Levant (WAL). HR: T.J. Schmalzle (WAL).

Scranton Prep 8, Delaware Valley 7

At Delaware Valley, Michael Golay had two hits, including a home run, scored twice and drove in three to lead Scranton Prep in a Division I-II crossover.

Jacob Dennis had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs for the Cavaliers.

Lukas Schutz tripled, scored a run and drove in one for Delaware Valley.

Scranton Prep 8, Delaware Valley 7

Scranton Prep 104 200 01 — 8

Delaware Valley 020 022 10 — 7

WP: Luca Dennis 2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1SO

LP: Christian Galimi 4.1IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5SO

2B: Aiden Oliver (DV), Jacob Dennis (SP), Julien Natiello (DV), Corey May (DV). 3B: Lukas Schutz (DV). HR: Michael Golay (SP).

Mountain View 8, Montrose 4

At Mountain View, Carter Bain had two hits and scored twice to lead the Eagles to a Division IV win.

Winning pitcher Michael DeWolfe singled, scored twice and drove in one for Mountain View.

Connor Watkins doubled, scored a run and drove in one for Montrose.

Mountain View 8, Montrose 4

Montrose 101 002 0 — 4

Mountain View 000 161 x — 8

WP: Michael DeWolfe 6IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 8SO

LP: Alex Warriner .2IP, 3H, 6R, 2ER, 3BB, 2SO

2B: Connor Watkins (MON), A.J. Dovin (MON).

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