Wallenpaupack Area's junior high baseball team finished above .500 in the rugged Lackawanna League
The rules governing our National Pastime are many and strange, but proved beneficial to the junior high team in its season ending game against the team from East Stroudsburg North last Thursday.
The Bucks were leading going into the sixth, but when the Timberwolves came to the plate, the rain started.
Although North was able to put a few players across the plate and take the lead, the game was called before they could finish their at bats and apparently this made their gains moot giving Paupack the victory.
While most of the games played through the season were done by the A-team comprised of a mix of 7th and 8th graders, two were B-team games comprised solely of 7th graders, one of which was Thursday’s match-up.
In their two games, the B-team posted a split record of 1-1, however, the A-team put in solid effort all season long and tallied eight wins while dropping only five games.
Skipper Mike Lorady pegged the Buckhorns double header victory over Honesdale as being their biggest achievement of the year.
“We were down in the first game and came back to win 9-6, then we took the second game 6-2. That was big for us,” Lorady noted.
“The kids really came together and rallied to get the first win and then hit well and put up some good defense in the second game.”
Notable effort through the year came from several players. Lorady cited 8th grader Tyler Kirsten , the shortstop and #3 hitter as a big cog in the machine.
Good on defense as well with the bat, Kirsten hit over .400 for the season.
Southpaw Adam Sands, also an 8th grader, pitched several good games and also played well at first base. He had several key hits during the Honesdale games that helped the Bucks secure both wins.
Left fielder Zach Maldacker, an 8th grader as well, filled the #5 slot in the line-up and drove in a bunch of runs all season. He also chalked up two wins during his time on the mound.
Another 8th grader, Mike Kuhn, frequently closed out the games and as the clean-up hitter tallied many RBIs.
Lorady marked 8th grader Shawn James, the team’s man in the hot corner, was the most improved player from last season and was also responsible for slugging in a lot of runs.
The 7th graders were constantly improving all season long, but Lorady brought attention to the pitching efforts of Alex Pillar and Derek Vosburg.
Both had good seasons and saw a fair amount of action on the mound. Both are talented and should see many starts next season.
That’s a Wrap
Assisted by Rich McGinnis for the past five years, Lorady finished up his ninth year as the junior high skipper on a good note.
“This is a great bunch of kids,” he remarked in closing. “They are very coachable and improved greatly through the season. They make coaching very enjoyable.”