Dime Bank Pythons' ace Anthony Matacchiera fired a no-hitter to lead his team to a 9-0 American Legion victory over the FMS Generals. Honesdale is now 5-2 on the young summer season and will be back in action Saturday, at home, versus Elk Lake.
Anthony Matacchiera was in control of Tuesday’s ballgame at Keith Sutton Memorial Field right from the first pitch.
That pitch, a sizzling fastball that grazed the outside corner, went for a called strike...much to the chagrin of FMS Generals’ lead-off man Nick Felter. The next two were just as nasty and send Felter back to his dugout, bat in hand.
Matacchiera retired Chris Felter on a routine grounder for the second out, then fanned Dan Downton on yet another blistering heater. Anthony trotted off the mound, a mischievous glint in his eye and just the hint of a smile on his face.
“I felt really good out there,” he told TWI Sports. “My arm was nice and loose and my fastball was moving. I haven’t pitched in a little while, so I was pretty rested. I knew in the first inning that it was going to be a good day.”
“A good day” probably qualifies as this week’s biggest understatement in the Wayne County SportsWorld.
Matacchiera slashed & burned his way through the FMS line-up on his way to the first no-hitter of District 15’s summer baseball season. The Generals managed just three baserunners all evening long, two on walks and one on an error.
Offensively, the Pythons gave Matacchiera all the support he needed. Joel Watson and Bobby Kinsman each ripped a pair of key basehits in leading Honesdale to a 9-0 victory.
“Good game all-round,” Coach George Kinsman said afterward. “Anthony pitched great and we played good defense behind him. I think we probably could’ve scored a few more runs, but I’m not going to complain.”
With the win, Dime Bank improved its record to 5-2 overall. The Pythons will be back in action this weekend, hosting a Saturday twinbill against Elk Lake.
First pitch for Game One is slated for 1:00 p.m.
Anthony Matacchiera has been pitching from the very beginning of his baseball career.
As a Little Leaguer, the Western Wayne grad fired a pair of perfect games. In Teeners, he continued that trend with two no-hitters.
On Tuesday night, Matacchiera made life miserable for FMS hitters all game long.
“My fastball is my best pitch,” he said. “If it’s moving and I can get it over consistently, then I’m usually in good shape. I also throw a curve and a circle change.”
Anthony mixed his pitches well against the Generals. His heater simply overpowered most hitters. He went to the breaking stuff only occasionally, but with devastating effect.
Joel Watson was behind the plate for Matacchiera’s masterpiece. Honesdale’s senior catcher, who was just recently named to the First Team Lackawanna League all-stars, handled Anthony deftly.
“They were on the same pace all night long,” said Coach Kinsman. “I don’t think I saw Tony shake Joel off once. The two of them work very well together.”
Matacchiera cruised through most of the game on a sunny, but breezy Maple City evening. Anthony fanned four of the first six batters he faced and ended the contest with nine strikeouts. He issued two walks and allowed just two runners as far as second base.
The Pythons played stellar team defense in support of their hurler.
Jake Schilling robbed Generals’ batters of two hits with a pair of outstanding plays at second base. Wade Rickard preserved the no-no with a highlight-reel play early in the game.
With a runner on first and one out, the Generals’ Joe Harvey hit a hump-backed liner into short centerfield. Rickard charged in and made a diving play for the ball, but couldn’t come up with it.
There was a moment of confusion as the base umpire tried to determine whether or not the ball had been caught. This caused FMS’ Cody Scepeniak to freeze halfway between first and second.
Rickard alertly scrambled to his feet and raced to second base for an unusual forceout of a bewildered Scepeniak.
“I love pitching for this team,” said a genuinely appreciative Matacchiera. “We have so many good players...it’s like an all-star team. I’m never afraid to let them someone hit the ball, because I know these guys are going to make the play.”
The Generals’ last baserunner came on an error by rightfielder Wilson Davis.
Normally a first baseman, Davis understandably had trouble judging a high fly. He started toward the infield, realized his mistake and backpedaled furiously. The ball tipped off Wilson’s glove and went for a two base error.
Luckily for hometown fans, the fielding gaffe had no impact on the game. Honesdale erupted for five runs in the third, then tacked on two more in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
At the Plate
Watson and Kinsman led the Dime Bank offensive assault.
Joel roped an RBI single in the bottom of the third, then added a booming triple in the home half of the fifth. Bobby reached base three times. He singled in the first, was hit by a pitch in the third and added another single in the sixth. Kinsman scored two runs.
Rickard also enjoyed a productive day at the dish. Wade drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a line drive double off the Metal Monster in left.
Davis atoned for his outfield with a big at-bat in the third. Wilson bounced a CJ Felter fastball through the right side, chasing home both Watson and Kinsman.
Matacchiera helped his own cause with a solid at-bat in the sixth. Anthony delivered a two-run double that plated Schilling and Kinsman with the game’s final runs.
Felter worked the first three frames and suffered the loss for FMS. CJ surrendered five earned runs before yielding to lefty Cody Scepeniak, who finished up the game.
Score by Innings...
FMS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
HON 0 0 5 0 2 2 x - 9