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Hard-hitting Mounts claim Trojan title

Crestwood’s Josh Hammerstone reaches for the tag on Dallas’ Cody Plesnar during the Trojan Classic Baseball Tournament title game at Ted Hiller Field in Honey Pot Sunday afternoon. The Mountaineers defeated the two-time defending champion Comets 22-10.

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NANTICOKE — Dallas put on an offensive show in defeating two-time defending champion Crestwood 22-10 on Sunday to win the Trojan Classic baseball tournament.

Leading the Mountaineers’ 13-hit offense in the title game were: Preston Balavage, two hits, three RBI and five runs; Hunter Englehart, two hits, four RBI and two runs; Ryan Urzen, two hits, three RBI and one run; and Conrad Kraszewski, one hit, three RBI and one run.

The tournament Most Valuable Player was Englehart of Dallas, who besides his big offensive day against Crestwood also shut out Nanticoke 4-0 in a three-hit, 12-strikeout performance in Saturday’s action.

The all-tournament team consisted of Jay Wieller, Wyoming Seminary; Jared Kmeitowicz, Robert Bertoni and Zach Lycett, Nanticoke; George Ritz, Chris Sweeney and Derrick Chrismer, Crestwood; and Scott Skammer, Balavage and Urzen, Dallas.

The John Kashatus Sportsmanship Award went to Skammer, Ritz won the tournament’s offensive award and Josh Lukaszewski of Nanticoke earned the defensive honor.

In Sunday’s consolation game, Nanticoke defeated Wyoming Seminary 13-8. Leading the Trojans was winning pitcher Lukaszewski, who had three hits; Bertoni, with two hits and two RBI; and Kmeitowicz, with two hits and four RBI.

The Seminary offense was paced by Wieller, who had four hits and scored four runs.

Dallas Crestwood
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Skammer cf 2 1 1 0 Crismer, c 3 2 2 0
Harding cf 1 0 0 0 Morgis, c 1 0 0 0
M. Shaver lf 5 2 2 1 Lamore, ss 1 2 1 0
Plesnar ss 3 3 1 1 Dotzel, ph 0 0 0 1
Muldoon ph 1 0 0 0 Sweeney, cf 4 1 2 2
Martin c-1b 3 2 0 1 M. Ritz cf 0 0 0 0
Prater pr 0 1 0 0 Ermish 3b 4 1 1 1
Balavage 3b-p 2 5 2 3 Petrochko 3b 0 0 0 0
Krszwski, 1b-c 4 1 1 3 G. Ritz 1b 2 1 1 2
Debona, pr 0 1 0 0 Munley lf 1 1 0 0
Murray 2b 0 0 0 0 Ralston ph 0 0 0 0
Englehart dh 4 2 2 4 H’metstone 2b 0 1 0 0
Noyalis p-1b 0 1 0 0 Danilack 2b 2 0 0 0
Urzan p 3 1 2 3 Wotherspoon p 1 0 1 3
Williams ph 1 1 1 1 Kiel p 0 1 0 0
J.Shaver rf 3 1 1 1 Malkemas p 0 0 0 0
Healey rf 1 0 0 0 Snyder p 0 0 0 0
Kotulka p 1 0 0 0
Wrenn rf 1 0 0 0
Rerick ph 1 0 0 0
Dopko ph 1 0 0 0
Totals 33 22 13 18 Totals 23 10 8 9

Dallas 022 774 22
Crestwood 116 020 10

2B—Sweeney, G. Ritz, Wotherspoon, M. Shaver, Balavage, Englehart, Williams.

IP H R ER BB SO
Dallas
Noyalis 2.1 6 8 5 4 1
Urzen (W) 2.2 2 2 2 5 4
Balavage 1 0 0 0 0 1

Wotherspoon

2

2

2

1

3

4

Kiel

1

0

2

1

2

0

Malkemas (L)

.2

5

7

7

2

0

Snyder

.2

0

4

3

1

3

Kotulka

1.2

6

7

4

2

4

Colleges BASEBALL Misericordia 13, Swarthmore 7

Jeff Slanovec hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Misericordia University baseball team to a win at Swarthmore.

Slanovec had three hits and three RBI and Brandon Calafut drove in two runs on two hits. Nate Newman added two hits and three RBI.

With the Cougars trailing 7-6, Calafut’s RBI-single tied the score in the top of the eighth before Slanovec’s homer put MU ahead, 10-7.

Max Weintraub allowed two hits and one earned run in four innings of relief to pick up the win.

Misericordia will begin Freedom Conference play when it hosts Wilkes in its home opener Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL Wilkes loses pair

With its 4-2 and 4-1 losses to Delaware Valley, Wilkes fell to 6-10 overall and 1-3 in Freedom Conference play. The Aggies improved to 6-4 and 2-0.

The Lady Colonels left runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings of the first game while Bethany Pavlik hit a grand slam in the nightcap to lift Delaware Valley to a sweep.

Wilkes left nine runners on base in the first game as it out-hit the Aggies 10-9. Delaware Valley finished with nine hits and used a three-run third to propel it to victory.

For the Lady Colonels, their big hit of the opener was a two-run single by MeLisa Bracone, scoring Katy Dalton and Amanda Holston.

Both Holston and Dalton finished the game with three hits and a run scored.

The second game was much like the first as the Lady Colonels left 11 runners stranded, including the bases loaded on two different occasions.

In their final at-bat, the Lady Colonels managed their only run – a double by Keelia Mailander that brought in Bracone.

Wilkes will return to action Wednesday when it hits the road to take on Scranton in a doubleheader.

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