Check another goal off the Paupack junior varsity baseball team’s list, as they defeated Scranton Prep 5-2 on Friday afternoon.
With the victory, the Bucks have beaten every team in the league at least once, and will finish the season above .500, currently sporting an 8-4 record in divisional play, and are 11-4 overall.
“They play with confidence and they believe they can beat any team in the division, and after today they have,” said Paupack manager John Yatsonsky.
Alec Babyak was on the hill for the Bucks, picking up the complete-game win while striking out 10 batters in the process.
Babyak struck out the side to open the first frame, and the Bucks’ offense took the early advantage in the bottom half of the stanza.
Joey Budnovitch got the momentum rolling when he smacked a base-hit and then promptly took second on a passed ball. Babyak followed that up with a single, and Mike Henry reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Budnovitch in the process.
In the second, the Bucks added another run when Shayne McCormack reached first base when a third strike got away from the Prep catcher and he safely touched the bag.
Sammy Vargas ripped a single and McCormack crossed the dish.
Prep did tie the score at 2-2, crossing the plate once in each of the third and fourth innings and the stalemate stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth.
Henry started off the inning with a line drive to center field for a single, and stole second two pitches later.
Danny Skibber worked a ball-four base-hit, and then with runners on first and second, Logan Curnal made solid contact for an RBI single scoring the eventual game-winning run when Henry crossed the plate.
McCormack added an insurance run when he connected for an RBI single, and Vargas followed that up with another run-scoring single to make it 5-2.
In the final frame, the Bucks defense didn’t allow a Prep rally and Paupack came away with its 11th victory of the year.
“They have worked so hard all year and that hard work is showing up every time they step on the field,” said Yatsonsky.
“They played well defensively and Alec pitched good with the team coming through with clutch hits.”
The last regular season game of the year is set for Friday, May at home against Delaware Valley with a start time of 4:30 p.m.