Coach Chris Strong and his 10-11 All Stars are just one win away from capturing the 2012 District 32 tournament championship. The local lads will play Sunday afternoon in Newfoundland after posting back-to-back wins over Western Wayne and Olyphant.

Wallenpaupack Area’s 10-11 all star team moved one step closer to a District 32 championship this week.

With Manager Chris Strong calling the shots, Paupack posted a pair of lopsided wins over Western Wayne and Olyphant. These victories catapulted the young Buckhorns into the D-32 title tilt. That game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Newfoundland.

The championship game will be a re-match, with either Western Wayne or Olyphant coming back out of the losers bracket. Paupack defeated the Wildcats 10-2, then hammered out an impressive 24-1 rout of the Lions.

“Our bats came out hitting and we got the early lead,” Coach Strong said of the Western Wayne game. “We were a little jittery in the bottom of the first inning, loading the bases, but we buckled down and got out of trouble.”

Stay tuned to The News Eagle for full coverage of the final in our next edition.

Wildcats Tamed
On Tuesday, Paupack received stellar pitching from Derrick Vosburg and Alex Pillar en route to a decisive win over the ‘Cats.

The young Bucks erupted for three runs in the first inning, highlighted by key hits from Pillar and Vosburg. Triston Schroeder then came through with a bases-clearing triple.

Paupack upped its advantage with two runs in each of the 4th and 5th frames.

Tim Wilson ignited the next rally with a basehit. After Western Wayne allowed another baserunner via error, Nate Trout stepped up and unloaded a big blow. Trout chased home both runners with an RBI double.

The lead grew to 7-0 in thanks to base knocks by Pillar, Trout, and Vosburg.

Western Wayne finally got on the board in the bottom of the 4th with a single from Max Burrier. However, Paupack answered back with a single and run scored by Tyler Wirth in the top of the 5th.

Western Wayne retaliated in the 5th, thanks to a single and run scored from Lucas Scott. This run cut the lead to 8-2.

Paupack sealed the deal on this win in the top of the 6th with two more runs. Trout and Schroeder provided the firepower.

Trout was the game’s offensive star. Nate hammered out three hits, collected three RBIs and scored three runs scored. Pillar, Vosburg and Schroeder ripped two hits apiece. Triston also drove in three.

“Derrick threw very well and Pillar closed the game out for us,” said Coach Strong. “The kids stayed focused for the whole game.”

Lions Mane
On Thursday, Paupack proved it still had some fireworks left over from the 4th of July.

The hard-hitting Bucks banged out an eye-popping total of 19 safeties and cruised to an easy win over Olyphant.

Winning pitched Alex Pillar was nearly perfect, allowing just one hit for Paupack.

The Bucks were paced offensively by Chuck Kellogg, Tyler Wirth and Nate Trout each of whom slapped three hits. Kellogg came up a homer short of the cycle with a single, double and triple. He also contributed three RBIs. Wirth smoked two singles and a triple, while Trout laced singles and a double. He finished up with four RBIs.

Tim Wilson, Derrick Vosburg, and Triston Schroeder each roped two hits, while Schroeder added four RBIs. Jake Liddy added a triple and also closed out the game on the mound in relief of Pillar.

Coach Strong was thrilled with his team’s offensive production, saying: “This game is still hard to believe - we really hit the ball well and hit it hard.”

“Olyphant played very hard tonight, but our bats kept finding the holes. “We (coaches) are very excited that the kids have an opportunity to play for the district 32 championshipp on Sunday.”