Honesdale's frustrating 10-3 loss to West Scranton on Saturday helped create a three-way tie atop the Division One standings. The Invaders, Wallenpaupack Area and Scranton Prep all boast identical 6-2 league records.
Honesdale got off to a fast start in a rare weekend game at Keith Sutton Memorial Field.
West Scranton came calling on Saturday afternoon for a Lackawanna League battle with serious play-off implications. The Invaders needed a win to remain tied with Wallenpaupack Area and Scranton Prep atop the Division One standings.
Much to the delight of a big Maple City crowd, Jake Schilling and Erik Sandercock did everything in their power to ruin those plans. Schilling led off the home half of the first with a towering homerun to center. Sandercock added a solo shot of his own three frames later, but it simply wasn’t enough.
West Scranton rode the strong right arm of Steve Aniska to a 10-3 victory. The Invaders’ senior ace worked five innings, scattering eight hits and striking out three. Honesdale’s Trevor Taylor was the starter and absorbed the loss. He pitched into the fourth before yielding to Scotty Shaffer.
Meanwhile, Paupack and Prep were both busy matching West’s win.
The Buckhorns rallied from a one-run deficit in the top of the seventh to post an 11-8 victory over Scranton. Kevin Hendrickson played the hero, driving in the eventual game winning runs with a clutch single.
Prep bounced back from a pair of disappointing losses to join Paupack and West in first place. The Cavaliers spotted North Pocono three first inning runs before exploding for a 14-4 decision.
All three teams now sport identical 6-2 records in Lackawanna League play.
Weather permitting, Honesdale and Paupack are slated to battle this afternoon in a crucial Division One contest. West Scranton hosts North Pocono and Prep is on the road at Abington Heights.
On Saturday afternoon, Honesdale used a combination of power hitting and solid pitching to carve out a 2-0 lead.
Taylor blanked the Invaders into the third inning and looked as though he had the game well in hand. Schilling and Sanderock provided the early fireworks. Jake took Aniska deep in the bottom of the first and Sandercock followed suit in the second.
Mead Sandercock paced the Red & Black attack with three singles in four trips. Bobby Kinsman and Schilling were also two-time hitters for the Hornets. Wade Rickard and Sean Curran rounded out the offensive output with a hit apiece.
Heading into Tuesday’s action, Joel Watson was among the league leaders in nearly all major offensive categories. Honesdale’s senior catcher led Division One in hits (11) and homers (3). Joel was also tied for second in runs (8) and RBIs (10).
Matt Felter proved to be Honesdale’s main nemesis on this day. The Invaders’ senior first baseman cracked three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in four runs.
Score by Innings...
WEST 0 0 5 3 0 0 2 - 10
HON 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 - 3
Paupack traveled to the Electric City on Saturday for an encounter with the struggling Knights. Scranton has just three wins to its name thus far in the ‘08 campaign. However, Coach Jamie Higgins’ club gave the visiting Bucks all they wanted on this particular day.
Trailing by a score of 7-5 in the fifth, Scranton erupted for three runs to chase starter Ryan Loughran from the game. Nick DeFebo, Tim Silsby and Cody McCuen combined to close out the contest. Silsby picked up his second win of the spring with 11/3 innings of sparkling relief.
Chris Ortiz turned in a stellar performance at the plate. Paupack’s senior backstop enjoyed a perfect 3-for-3 day. Chris singled twice, doubled and walked. He also scored three runs and drove in another.
Joey DeFebo led off the game with a triple, then trotted home moments later when brother Nick ripped an RBI single. Corey Capone, Ian Dassance and Corey Linden also chipped in with clutch hits for the Bucks.
Loughran surrendered five runs, just two of which were earned. Silsby didn’t allow a hit, while walking a batter and putting out the proverbial fire.
Score by Innings...
WAL 4 0 3 0 0 0 4 - 11
SCR 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 - 8