Wallenpaupack Area Little League team advances to the PA state tournament
A stellar summer just keeps getting better for fans of Wallenpaupack Area Little League, thanks in large part to the performance of the 9-10 all stars.
Coach Chris Strong's squad continued its dream season this past weekend by adding a Section Five championship to its dazzling resume.
The local lads traveled to Nanticoke Friday evening to seal the deal on this latest title, defeating Kingston/Forty Fort in the finals. The score was 6-3.
"I couldn’t be happier for these kids," Strong said.
"They have worked their tails off. They're practicing most of the calendar year, playing spring and fall ball and getting lessons from Pro Prospects in Honesdale.
"It's so good to see all that hard work paying off."
The 9-10 all stars now advance to the state tournament. This year's edition of the event will be hosted by Pennridge Little League in Perkasie July 22-29.
Stay tuned to TWI Sports for updates on Paupack's progress at states.
On Their Way
Paupack opened its sectional title quest with solid 10-6 win over the host Nanticoke squad.
TJ Schmalzle paced the offensive attack. The talented young slugger hammered a pair of solo homeruns in helping the visitors overcome and early deficit.
Wyatt Peifer earned the pitching decision, working two innings of dominant relief.
Mabret Levant contributed two hits to the cause, including a solo homer in the bottom of the first. Jack Smith and Brett Strong chipped in with two hits apiece.
Paupack raced out to a 5-0 advantage in Game Two, only to see that lead disappear en route to a disappointing 6-5 loss against Kingston/Forty Fort.
Levant was dialed in at the dish once again, blasting a 2-run homer. Smith ripped an RBI double, while Peifer added a run-scoring single.
This was the first loss of the post season for the local all stars after running the table en route to the District 32 pennant.
Coach Strong's team wasted no time in bouncing back, though. Paupack returned to the "scene of the crime" the very next night and hung a 4-3 loss on Nanticoke.
Schmalzle drew the starting mound assignment and turned in a brilliant effort. TJ worked four innings and earned the win. Anthony Paolicelli and Peifer toed the rubber in relief.
Strong and Levant led the way offensively, each cracking a clutch RBI double.
Finally, after two low-scoring games, Paupack's bats awakened when it mattered most. The local all star erupted for 15 basehits on their way to a 21-14 victory.
Ben Falgie was a one-man wrecking crew in the losers bracket final, pounding out four hits in five at-bats and driving in six runs.
Peifer continued his torrid hitting as well, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and five runs scored.
Schmalzle and Smith slapped two hits apiece, while Strong and Garrett Tonkin rounded out the offensive assault.
Paupack cranked up the bats early on in the Section Five championship game.
The local all stars exploded for six runs in the first three frames, then held off a spirited Kingston/Forty Fort rally down the stretch.
Strong strode to the hill as Friday's starter and eventually claimed the win. Brett went four innings before handing the ball off to Peifer, who worked the final two for a hard-earned save.
Smith sparked the first rally with a walk and moments later sprinted all the way home when Peifer ripped a double to the gap. Wyatt came around to score thanks to some aggressive baserunning, giving Paupack a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Kapschull, Alex Terrones and Paolicelli each tallied in the second, taking advantage of defensive miscues to build a 5-0 cushion.
Peifer made it 6-0 in the third. Wyatt led off with a single, stole second and finally made it around on back-to-back infield outs.
Kingston/Forty Fort chipped away at the lead with two runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth. However, Peifer bore down and got the final out with the possible tying run at the plate.
"I think the thing that makes me most proud is the way the kids battled back," Coach Strong said. "We lost an early game and had to come back through the losers bracket. That’s not easy.
"The kids are developing a mental toughness at an early age that will help their athletic careers moving forward."
Score by Innings...
KFF (2-2) 0 0 0 2 1 0 - 3
WAL (3-1) 2 3 1 0 0 x - 6