Head Coach Jerry Capone took his Hawley Post 311 Senior Legion Baseball Team into the weekend with an undefeated record and looking to improve on that impressive number but in the first game of a double-header at the Wallenpaupack High School field against the Elk Lake Black Walnuts they fell 5-7.
Head Coach Jerry Capone took his Hawley Post 311 Senior Legion Baseball Team into the weekend with an undefeated record and looking to improve on that impressive number but in the first game of a double-header at the Wallenpaupack High School field against the Elk Lake Black Walnuts they fell 5-7. In the second game they rebounded and on the arm of some strong pitching by Nick DeFebo, who struck out 16 batters in the outing, put the loss behind them and dominated the second game winning 8-2.
The first half of the double-header saw Hawley, who have adopted an unofficial new nickname of the Toros, jump out to an early two to nothing lead in the bottom of the first. Kevin Hendrickson got things started when he took ball four to reach first. Corey Linden, who had a batting average of .278 and an On Base Percentage of .381 coming into the game, slapped a single through the infield and stole second a few minutes later. Nick Petrillo, batting .389 prior to the game, cleared the bases on a hard hit single that drove in both Linden and Hendrickson.
Elk Lake, playing in just their third game of the season due to weather and other issues, were ready to pounce on anything that came their way in the top half of the second. They eventually forced Hawley pitcher Cody McCuen out of the game and were forced to go to D.J. O’Heren. At the end of the second inning the Black Walnuts took the lead in commanding fashion and were up 5-2.
In the third the visiting team racked up one more run to pad their lead 6-2, and Hawley was struggling at the dish. Through the next four innings the “Toros” went down in consecutive order without touching first base. In the meantime Elk Lake added one more to give them a total of seven in the game.
Things got interesting in the last frame for Hawley. In the bottom of the seventh they put their rally caps on and fought their way onto the base paths. Nick Petrillo got things started on a one-out bomb 0ver the right field fence. The shot actually cleared the fence by about six feet and sailed over the trees and landed on Route 6, narrowly missing a passerby. The blast woke up the bats for Post 311 as they managed to cross the plate two more times. DeFebo reached on a single, Hendrickson reached on a frozen-rope through the middle and Jeff DeSane racked up an RBI on a bloop single to the outfield. The comeback was halted at this point and the game ended in the first loss of the year for Hawley, 7-5.
Petrillo and DeFebo both collected two hits a piece in the game and Linden, Chris Peterson and O’Heren all had one each.
O’Heren pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up only one earned run and striking out six in the process.
Game two of the double-header saw a different Hawley Team take to the diamond. Nick DeFebo was on the mound and doing what he does best, knocking down batters and making them swing blindly at his elusive curveball. DeFebo would end up striking out 16 Black Walnuts in a complete game win. He only gave up three hits in the effort.
The Hawley team came out fired up racking up six runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-2 victory. They improve their record to 8-1 on the year.