Wallenpaupack Area's varsity baseball team posted mixed results
Following their series against North Pocono, their bullpen admittedly drained, Wallenpaupack Area headed to the Maple City for a dual with Lackawanna League rivals Honesdale.
Although their bout with the Hornets went sour early, the Paupack boys were able to rally at home later in the week versus Scranton and West Scranton.
The Hornets got out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first, then plated four more in the following frame.
They added one more in the third before the Buckhorns got going in the fourth. Honesdale loaded the bases with one out when a single by Cole Bannan sent David Curreri and Celeb Martin home.
That started the base-rounding that would eventually see, Nate Frigoletto, Bannan, Danny Becker, and Cade LaBracio all score.
Andy Carroll ground into an error in the second that allowed Paul Meagher to come in before a three-run homer by Cade LaBracio scored himself, Carroll, and Frigoletto.
The Hornets went up 11-0 in the bottom of the third when Curreri scored on a sac by Frigoletto, but that would be the end of the unanswered Honesdale runs.
Tyler Kirsten legged out two bags on a pop fly in the top of the fourth that brought Ty Holbert and Adam Sands home.
On the next play, a single by Derrick Vosburg scored Jake Liddy and Kirsten to make it an 11-4 game.
Additional runs by Honesdale in the fourth and fifth made the sixth and seventh innings unnecessary as the score climbed to 15-4.
Carroll carded 11 Ks while giving up just two walks, seven hits, and four runs. Holbert struck out three during his 1.1 inning shift while Anthony Church K’d just one Hornet.
“It was a bad day that doesn’t reflect our club at all,” said Paupack skipper Todd Schmalzle.
“We went to Honesdale with no arms left after North Pocono and had to scrap and claw every at bat.”
Things went slightly better for the Bucks the next afternoon when Scranton came to town.
The Knights scored on wild pitch by Vosburg in the first inning but that would really be all anyone would hear from the Electric City kids for the remainder of the show.
Vosburg counted coup on seven batters allowing just four hits and two walks during his seven innings on the hill.
Offensively, Paupack struck back in the bottom on the first when Izaiah Santiago came home thanks to a sac fly by Max Alessi.
His grand slam against Scranton Prep on April 11th helped spur him to the front of the RBI line and Alessi has been building his tally ever since.
He added two more in the sixth when he singled to score Santiago and Kirsten making it a 3-1 game. With no response from Scranton in the top of the seventh, Paupack walked off the field with a tidy win.
Kirsten and Sands each stroked a double while Santiago stole a base.
Sands took to the mound for the Buckhorns when West Scranton landed on the shores of The Big Lake last Thursday.
Kirsten singled in the bottom of the first and advanced around the bags on three straight walks. An error put in play by Kyle Nolan allowed Alex Gardsy and Holbert each to score, putting Paupack up 3-0.
West took back two in the second but a double by Vosburg and an intentional walk to Alessi put runners on for Paupack in the bottom of the frame.
Gardsy, running for Alessi and Vosburg then scored on error hit by Holbert.
The Buckhorns built on their 5-2 lead in the third. Hunter Vargo singled to drive in Chris D’Andrea as well as Nolan. Vargo then scored on a sac fly by Kirsten, making it 8-2.
The Purple & White would tally their final runs in the fifth. First, a single by Alessi scored Kirsten. Then, a balk moved Vosburg to third and Gardsy to second for Holbert, who singled bringing both in.
The Invaders got one more in the top of the sixth, but it failed to generate a rally.
Santiago took over in relief during the sixth and finished off Westside after Sands delivered a solid five inning shift, earning the 11-3 win for Paupack.
“We struggled to get hits against a difficult Scranton pitcher, but scored enough to win,” Coach Schmalzle said. “Derrick just pounded the strike zone for us and got ahead in a lot of his counts.
“Against West we hit the ball pretty well and had good defense.”
The Bucks are home on Saturday, taking on Valley View at 3 p.m., then begin their last three-game series of the season, against Abington Heights.
They are in Clarks Summit on May 7 and home on May 10 but head back to the Comets’ turf to close out their league schedule at 11 a.m. on May 12.