Coming off their first loss of the year, the Buckhorns hosted another team from the Electric City and once again came up just short of putting a “W” in the win column. The Bucks fell to West Scranton on Monday afternoon on the shores of the Big Lake 3-2 in Lackawanna League Division One action and dropped to 4-2 on the season.


Coming off their first loss of the year, the Buckhorns hosted another team from the Electric City and once again came up just short of putting a “W” in the win column. The Bucks fell to West Scranton on Monday afternoon on the shores of the Big Lake 3-2 in Lackawanna League Division One action and dropped to 4-2 on the season.

After the Invaders took a one run lead in the top of the first inning on a bloop single to center field that scored a runner who reached on an error, Tim Silsby took control and struck the last two batters to end the inning.

In the bottom half of the first it looked as though the Bucks came to play and quickly racked up two runs of their own. Joe DeFebo, in a replay of the game last week in Scranton, took a pitch in the shoulder and reached first for the second game in a row, by getting beaned. Corey Linden moved DeFebo over to second on a long out to center and then Ryan Loughran drove him in on a double. Chris Ortiz returned the favor to Loughran and brought him to home plate when he reached on an error and the Bucks took the lead 2-1.

In the second inning, Linden playing third, made a Sports Center highlight diving play to his right to snag the ball off the ground, but came up just a bit late on getting the runner at first, the effort however saved the Bucks an extra bagger as the ball would have sailed down the third base line and easily wreaked havoc on the speedy Joe DeFebo playing in right field. Silsby whiffed the next batter and forced a pop up to end the inning unharmed.

Ian Dassance reached on another hit by pitch from the Invader hurler who would end up beaning four Buck’s players in the game, but they were unable to score.

The third saw little action from either team as they were both held scoreless and hitless but Nick DeFebo was the victim of another wild pitch and reached on the third HBP of the game.

In the fourth the Invaders did their damage to the hometeam by scoring the tying run and the go ahead run, which would be the eventual game-winner. Both runs would go into the stat books as unearned but none the less counted and left the Bucks wondering what just happened.

Jeff DeSane for Wallenpaupack was the final victim of the Invader’s pitcher when he was hit in the back and given a free trip to first, but the Bucks did nothing with the gift. The next three batters went down in order and time was running out.

Loughran got his second hit of the game in the fifth and Nick DeFebo followed that up with a base hit single but both were stranded when the Invaders made a nice defensive play and got the double play.

Nothing going for the Bucks in the sixth and the seventh and the game ended with a one run deficit for the Bucks who have now dropped two straight.

Loughran paced the Bucks in hitting as he went two for four and collected an RBI. Linden, N. DeFebo and DeSane recorded the other hits in the five hit effort for the Bucks.

Silsby left the mound after pitching five full innings, allowing no earned runs (the three that were scored were all unearned), struck out five, walked one and surrendered just four hits. Dassance struck out one and walked two and Nick DeFebo knocked down three in 1 1/3 innings pitched.

Back on the Winning Track

On Wednesday the Bucks traveled to Moscow to take on the North Pocono Trojans and won the game 6-2.

Ian Dassance took the mound and only gave up two hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched and one earned run. In the effort Dassance whiffed nine batters and picked up his first career Varsity victory. Nick DeFebo got the save when he came to relieve Dassance. DeFebo only allowed one hit and struck out six in the 2 1/3 innings he pitched.

Nick DeFebo also had a perfect day at the plate going 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Corey Linden went 1-1 and was walked three times. Dassance backed up his solid pitching performance by connecting on 3 of his four trips to the batters box. He also scored a run, had an RBI and belted out a double. The Bucks now improve to 5-2 in league play.

Around the area

April 22, Western Wayne took down Holy Cross 6-5 and improved to 2-4 on the year. The Wildcats came from behind in the victory when they scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the game. Mitch Vitovsky collected three hits and two RBI’s and Anthony Matacchiera blasted a solo homerun.

April 23, Delaware Valley handed Honesdale a 3-2 at home and improve to 4-3, while the Hornets drop to 2-5. The Warrior’s Joe McNeeley was the winning pitcher and ripped a game-winning homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning.