Hawley stretched its American Legion Fall Ball winning streak to seven straight games with a doubleheader sweep of South Scranton. Coach Jerry Capone's lads rolled to a 14-1 victory in the opener, then added a 9-4 win in Sunday's nightcap.
Even though the winds are unseasonably cold and snow flakes are dancing in the air, baseball is still making news locally.
This past weekend, Post 311 swept yet another doubleheader in American Legion Fall Ball action. Under the direction of veteran skipper Jerry Capone, Hawley pounded out back-to-back wins over South Scranton.
The Buckhorns scored early & often en route to a 14-1 victory in the opener. The local lads then scored five first inning runs on their way to a 9-4 decision in the nightcap.
With these wins, Post 311 upped its ‘08 Fall Ball record to 9-2. Hawley has now reeled off seven consecutive victories, a fact that has Coach Capone singing his team’s praises.
“This team has been such a pleasant surprise,” he told TWI Sports. “We are so young that I really didn’t know what to expect. The kids have really come together as a team.”
Next up on the agenda for Hawley is a weekend twinbill against West Scranton. These games will be played at the Wallenpaupack Area High School field. First pitch is tentatively set for noon Sunday.
Post 311 feasted on South Scranton pitching in Game One of Sunday’s doubleheader. The Bucks scored three times in the first, then put the pedal to the metal for a 14-1 rout.
Erik Pulkkinen was right in the middle of every Hawley uprising. A lightning-quick lead-off man, Pulkkinen reached base three times in the opener. He roped a pair of singles, worked a walk and eventually scored three runs. Pulkkinen also stole a base and drove in two runs.
Chris Ortiz, Will McLaughlin and Corey Capone each contributed mightily to the Post 311 cause.
Ortiz, Hawley’s veteran catcher, roped a single and double. Chris tallied one run and drove in three more. He leads the team with 12 RBIs in Fall Ball action.
McLaughlin terrorized South Scranton pitchers from the bottom of Post 311’s batting order. Will went 2-for-3 with a single and double. He collected an RBI and scored a run.
Capone gave Hawley a lead it would never relinquish, belting a 2-run single in the first. Corey’s clutch base knock came with two outs in the frame and provided Post 311 pitchers with all the support they’d need.
John Gardepe drew the starting mound assignment and earned the win. Gardepe worked three scoreless innings, allowing just one basehit and issuing one walk.
Chris Peterson and DJ O’Heren finished things out. Peterson was overpowering in his three innings of action. Chris struck out six batters and didn’t issue a single free pass. O’Heren pitched the seventh and surrendered South Scranton’s lone run.
Get Out the Brooms!
Hawley was just as impressive in Sunday’s nightcap. Post 311 leapt out to a 5-0 lead, then cruised home for an eventual 9-4 victory.
Tim Silsby went to the hill for the home team and battled his way to the pitching decision. The flamethrowing righty went three innings, surrendering two runs on just two hits. Tim walked two and fanned six before yielding bullpen.
Cody McCuen and Joe Bias put the finishing touches on this one. McCuen worked three frames, striking out five and walking three. Bias pitched a perfect seventh and whiffed two.
Offensively, Matt Fiorletta paved the way to a victory by going 2-for-2. Matt walked, then ripped a single and double. Fiorletta also scored three times.
McCuen enjoyed a perfect 2-for-2 day at the dish. Cody doubled twice and tallied once. Ortiz closed out his twinbill assault with two more hits and three additional RBIs.
Jake DeSane didn’t record a basehit, but still managed to chase home a pair of runs. Pulkkinen continued wreak-ing havoc on the basepaths. Post 311’s slick fielding second sacker singled, walked twice, stole another base and scored two runs.
Hawley held off a late South Scranton rally to secure the win. Post 311 hurlers held the visitors to just seven hits in 14 innings of action.
“Our players have really matured,” said Coach Capone. “We’re up against some very good competition, but we’re making all the routine plays and many very good ones, too. We’re hitting the ball hard and our pitching has been outstanding.”