Wayne Bank and Elegante are set to meet for a second straight year in the Honesdale Little Baseball Association's championship game. The Dodgers advanced via a 16-2 win over the Braves, while the Giants qualified after a 15-2 thumping of the Tigers.

For a second straight year, Wayne Bank and Elegante will meet in the HLBA’s Senior Division championship game.

The Dodgers punched their ticket to the title tilt with a convincing 16-2 semifinal win over Dirlam Brothers. The Giants earned their berth with an equally impressive 15-2 triumph over the Tigers.

Last summer, Wayne Bank avenged one of its two regular season losses with a 7-3 decision in the final. The Dodgers finished up the ‘07 campaign with a 15-2 record.

This year, Coach Scott Kinzinger’s lads head into the championship game with a mark of 15-1. The Giants, who are skippered by Greg Adams, ended up second in the standings and have posted 10 wins.

Top Seed
In Monday afternoon’s first semifinal, the Dodgers used a lethal combination of stellar pitching, solid defense and explosive offense in eliminating the Braves, 16-2.

Kevin Miller drew the starting nod for Wayne Bank and earned the decision. Miller worked three hitless innings, walking three and fanning six. Nick Maritato pitched a perfect fourth and struck out all three batters he faced. Patrick Hart closed things out with two solid innings of relief.

Jon Gillow paced the Dodgers’ relentless offensive attack. The young slugger enjoyed a perfect 4-for-4 day at the dish. Gillow singled twice, rapped a pair of doubles and drove in six runs.

Brandon Enslin also terrorized Dirlam Brothers pitchers, going 3-for-5. Enslin doubled and collected three RBIs.

Miller, Maritato and Hart supported their own pitching with some serious power hitting.

Kevin crushed his league-leading sixth homer, a two-run blast. Miller also singled, walked and scored four runs. Maritato also blasted the ball over the wall. Nick’s two-run shot helped put the game out of reach and erased any doubts about his health after a late-season injury. Hart went 3-for-5 with a triple, two doubles and two runs scored.

Stacey Hart and Gavin Canfield rounded out the Wayne Bank attack. Hart lashed two hits in three at-bats, while Canfield went 2-for-4 and tallied thrice.

Dirlam Brothers’ pitchers ran into trouble right from the outset. Alex Sandercock earned the start and eventually absorbed the loss. He worked three innings before handing the ball off to reliever Gus Martin.

Nick Duffy and Montana Kronyak provided Braves’ fans with two offensive bright spots on an otherwise dark day. Duffy broke up the Dodgers’ no-hit bid with a clean single in the fifth. He later came around to score. Kronyak worked a walk and stole his way to third base. Montana then raced home when an errant pick-off throw sailed into left field.

Cinderella Story?
Elegante finished a distant second to the Dodgers in the regular season Senior Division standings. However, the Giants caught fire late in the campaign and now boast a double-digit win total.

On Monday, Coach Greg Adams’ squad raced out to a big early lead then cruised to a 14-2 victory over Dr. Hubbard’s.

Kyle Carney and Adam Kelly combined to shut down Tiger batters all night long. Carney was the starter and winner, while Kelly sealed the deal with outstanding relief work. The two young hurlers combined for 12 strikeouts.

Carney also led the way offensively with a serious power surge. Kyle opened the game with a bases-loaded triple off the wall. He followed that up with a towering two-run homer over the leftfield fence.

Spencer Beals added a two-run shot of his own and the Giants were off & running.

Noah Pietraszewski terrorized the Tigers on the basepaths. The daring young speedster went 3-for-3, stole six bases and scored three runs.

Josh Taylor and Ron Krempasky rounded out the Giants’ offense with a basehit each.