Wallenpaupack remained undefeated, while Honesdale fought off elimination in weekend Cal Ripken Tournament action. Paupack's 12-year-olds reeled off three straight wins and qualified for the finals. The Red & Black rebounded from a first round loss, posting back-to-back wins and moving within one game of a battle with their archrivals.


Cal Ripken all-star tournament action began this weekend at fields all over the region.
Separate events are being held for each of four different age brackets: Honesdale (9-year-olds); Waymart (10-year-olds); Valley View (11-year-olds); and Hawley (12-year-olds).

Wallenpaupack looks like the team to beat thus far in the 12-year-old bracket. With manager Stu Wirth calling the shots, the young Buckhorns reeled off three straight wins to take command of the tourney, which is being hosted by Hawley.

Paupack opened its quest for a District Five crown with an 11-0 thumping of Waymart on Saturday morning at Bingham Park.

The local lads followed that up by trouncing Forest City, 14-4. Paupack returned to the diamond Sunday afternoon and dispatched previously unbeaten Delaware Valley.

Meanwhile, Honesdale is on course for a possible showdown with its archrival. The Red & Black suffered a 6-0 loss to DV in Round One. However, Coach Ned Sandercock’s squad bounced back with two straight wins over Forest City (11-1) and Waymart (5-1).

As The Wayne Independent went to press Monday, Paupack was awaiting the outcome of an elimination game between DV and Honesdale...a re-match of Saturday’s opener.

All Alone on Top
Paupack scored early & often in its 11-0 opening round win over Waymart.

Connor Jones and Dan Skibber led the offensive assault. Jones enjoyed a 2-for-3 day at the dish. Paupack’s first baseman ripped a double, then added a solo homerun.
Skibber reached base in all three of his at-bats. Dan worked a walk, doubled and legged out an inside-the-park homer.

Brandon Newsome was the starter and winner for Paupack. The young righty worked three scoreless frames before yielding to Shayne McCormack.

This convincing win earned Paupack a second round battle with Forest City. The Foresters were coming off an equally impressive victory over North Pocono, 11-7.
McCormack drew the starting nod in this one and found himself in trouble almost immediately.

Forest City’s Chris Fitzsimmons blasted a one-out double to get things going in the bottom of the first. Fitzsimmons moved up on an infield single, stole third and scored the game’s first run on a throwing error.

Fedak made it 2-0, delivering Frost with an RBI single up the middle.

Paupack struck back quickly, plating two runs in the top of the second to even the score. Sam Vargas and Brian Rose each coaxed a walk from Forest City hurler Andrew Adams.

Ean Hibian came through in the clutch, blasting a two-run triple off Frost’s glove in deep centerfield. Hibian would reach base three times on the day and score a pair of runs.

Paupack took control of this game in the middle innings. The local lads scored four runs in the fourth and plated seven more in the fifth.

Rose, Skibber and Newsome paced the attack.

Brian found his way on base in all four of his plate appearances. Rose singled, drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch. He scored three runs. Skibber worked two walks, ripped a double and tallied a pair of runs. Newsome slapped singles in the third and fifth and came all the way around to score on both occasions.

Battling Back
While Paupack cruised to its spot in the finals, Honesdale was struggling just to stay alive.

The Red & Black managed only three hits in absorbing an opening round loss to DV. Miller, Maritato and Josh Taylor recorded Honesdale’s hits in what became a 6-0 loss.

Fortunately for HLBA fans, Coach Ned Sandercock’s squad rebounded in short order. The Red & Black posted losers’ bracket wins over Forest City and Waymart to move within one game of a date with Paupack in the finals.

Honesdale came out swinging Sunday morning. The local lads ripped six straight hits en route to a five run first inning.

The highlight of the frame was a towering three-run homer off the bat of Maritato.
Miller led the way offensively. Kevin enjoyed a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate. He roped three singles and a double.

Kyle Carney proved to be the ideal lead-off man. Honesdale’s speedy outfielder singled twice, worked a pair of walks and tallied three runs.

Spencer Beals was the starter and winner. He worked three innings, allowed just one run and fanned four. Carney came on in relief and struck out the side to end the game in the fifth.

On Sunday, Honesdale won its second straight losers’ bracket game. This one was decided in one inning, when the Red & Black erupted for five runs in a 5-1 victory over Waymart.

Coach John Yzeik’s Warriors broke the scoring ice with a single run in the top of the third.

Kyle Johnson blasted a one-out triple off the wall in center. Waymart’s cannon-armed catcher scored just moments later on an infield out.

That run was the lone blemish on an Josh Taylor’s otherwise spotless resume. The Red & Black righty piled up 13 Ks on the day and held Waymart batters to just two basehits.

Miller provided the offensive fireworks for Honesdale. Kevin launched a tape-measure two-run homer to right center in the bottom of the third.

Cole McConnell and Jared Fasshauer also contributed key hits to Honesdale’s cause.
McConnell plated Taylor on a sacrifice fly, while Fasshauer roped an RBI single.

Waymart’s Derek Sosa came up with the defensive Play of the Day in the third.
The Warrior centerfielder cut down Fasshauer, who was trying to score on Carney’s single. Sosa threw a perfect strike to Johnson at the plate.