With Scotty Shaffer & Jake Schilling leading the way, Honesdale hammered out a convincing victory over North Pocono on Friday. Shaffer twirled a complete game masterpiece, while Schilling led the Hornet offense with a homer and three runs scored.
The potent 1-2 combination of Scotty Shaffer and Jake Schilling catapulted Honesdale to a lopsided win over North Pocono Friday afternoon at Keith Sutton Memorial Field.
Shaffer earned the start and pitched another outstanding game. Scotty went the distance in this one, holding the Trojans to just one earned run in six innings.
Schilling continued his torrid hitting from the #2 spot. Jake singled, homered and scored three times in leading the Hornets to an 11-1 Mercy Rule win.
“Those two guys are really playing well right now,” Coach Brian Gillow told TWI Sports. “Scotty is using his entire repertoire of pitches and Jake is just driving the ball all over the field.”
With this victory, Honesdale improved its Division One record to 4-2.
Next up for the Red & Black is a showdown with archrival Wallenpaupack Area. The Hornets visit Hawley on Wednesday...an encounter Coach Gillow isn’t taking lightly despite the Bucks’ 0-6 record.
“We’re definitely not looking past Paupack, he said. “Whenever the Hornets and Buckhorns play, you can pretty much just throw the records out the window.”
First pitch for this Lackawanna League ballgame is set for 4:30 p.m. on the shores of The Big Lake.
Shaffer & Schilling each put on a show for the big Maple City crowd on Friday afternoon.
Scotty dominated the Trojans from the first inning onward. The only blemish on an otherwise sterling resume was one run in the fourth.
“I think that Scotty pitched a great game,” said Coach Gillow. “He has a fastball that he can throw right by you, but he also has a good curveball and his change-up is coming along nicely.”
“The only thing we need to work on with Scotty is being more efficient. I’d like to see him be more aggressive instead of nibbling at the corners.”
Shaffer worked six innings en route to the complete game win over North Pocono. He scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked three.
Honesdale gave him all the support he’d need in the opening three frames.
With Schilling at the heart of the attack, the Hornets scored twice in the bottom of the first and thrice in the second.
Jake is making the most of his senior season. Honesdale’s veteran second sacker leads Division One in many major offensive categories. To date, Jake has 15 hits, three homers and 10 runs to his credit.
“He’s had an amazing first half,” said Coach Gillow. “Jake drive the ball to either gap or lay down a bunt to move runners up. He’ll do whatever it takes to help the team.”
While Shaffer & Schilling certainly led the way against North Pocono, Honesdale’s entire line-up got into the act at one point or another.
Steve Gaylets blasted a 3-run homer to give Shaffer some breathing room.
Four other Hornets also contributed big blasts for the Red & Black.
Erik Sandercock went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Brad Fasshauer singled, doubled and drove in a pair. Jorge Gutierrez and Nick Joyal chipped in with two hits apiece, while Jordan Meyer tallied twice.
Score by Innings...
NP (3-3) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1
HON (4-2) 2 3 1 0 3 2 x - 11