Hawley Post 311 and Delaware Valley took to the field for yet another rivalry game on the diamond and extra innings were needed to declare a winner. In the end, Delaware Valley got the better of Hawley and stole the game 1-0 on just one hit in the game.


Hawley Post 311 and Delaware Valley took to the field for yet another rivalry game on the diamond and extra innings were needed to declare a winner. In the end, Delaware Valley got the better of Hawley and stole the game 1-0 on just one hit in the game.

D.J. O’Heren was on the mound for Hawley and pitching a gem of a game. Going into the sixth inning O’Heren had a no-hitter and was confusing batters all day with a mix of sliders and fastballs. In the top half of the first he got the Warriors to go down in consecutive order.

Nick DeFebo ripped a single in the bottom half of the first but that was all the “Toros” could manage in the inning.

In the third inning DeFebo again reached on a blast to left field that landed him on second, but after rounding the base a little to far, was caught in a run down between second and third where he was eventually tagged out.

Hawley made the highlight reels on defense in the top of the fourth when Chris Ortiz, playing behind the plate and Corey Capone at shortstop, connected to catch Derek Houseknecht, who earlier reached on a walk, stealing second. Ortiz threw a bullet to Capone, a little high, but Capone jumped up, made the catch and in one swift spinning motion tagged Houseknecht just in time. O’Heren got the next two batters to ground out and end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth Wayne Thalmann reached on a single to right field and then successfully stole second, but the Warriors’ pitcher, Sam Phillips, forced the next three Hawley batters to go down in order and ended the inning on a strikeout to keep the game scoreless.

Defense again was the key to Hawley’s game on this particular day. In the top of the sixth, DV’s Jordyn Iacono, hit a shot into shallow center field that had base hit written all over it until DeFebo came flying in from the outfield and made a head-first diving catch to erase the hit. O’Heren did his job on the mound and again ended the inning on a strikeout.

DV got things rolling in the seventh when Hawley was forced to take out O’Heren, who had a no-hitter up to this point, because of league rules.

The rule states: “Senior Legion Pitching. No player may pitch more than a total of 12 innings during any consecutive three-day period. No player may make more than four appearances as a pitcher during any consecutive three-day period.  PENALTY:  Game shall be forfeited if protest is filed with the umpire in chief before the last out of the game.” O’Heren had reached the limit of consecutive innings pitched and Hawley brought in the right-hand hurler Cody McCuen to finish out the game.

McCuen pitched a good inning from the mound and Hawley avoided a late rally that landed a DV player on third in position to score the go-ahead run.

The bottom of the seventh saw Chris Ortiz reach on an error and then take second on a fielder’s choice. Corey Linden then smoked a shot right at the thirdbaseman, who made the stop, but bobbled the ball and Ortiz slid head first safely into third. Two outs, runners on first and third and the Warriors forced Hawley to hit into a groundball out and extra innings.

Things unraveled for the home team in the eighth. DV’s Kory Wilson reached on an error and landed on second. Anthony Cavalaro bunted and another throwing error to first scored Wilson for the eventual game-winner. The damage was done and the “Toros” needed a late inning rally if they wanted the victory.

It almost happened as Corey Capone, following in the Warriors’ footsteps, bunted and reached first. Jeff DeSane was hit by a pitch and Hawley had runners on first and second with no outs but they would be stranded and the game ended 1-0.

On Wednesday Hawley traveled to Lackawanna Trail to play the Black Walnuts of Post 510 and defeated them 9-5.

Jeff DeSane took the mound for Hawley and earned the win, pitching five innings and only allowing four earned runs. Cody McCuen got the save and allowed only one hit.

Nick Petrillo had the hot bat in the game for the “Toros” collecting four hits in four at-bats and scored twice and had two RBIs. Chris Ortiz, Corey Linden and DeSane each had two hits a piece in the win.