Although John Martin provided a bit of fireworks with his bat, it simply wasn't enough for Honesdale Wednesday evening. The Hornets suffered a 12-2 loss to West Scranton and were bounced from the Class AAA playoff chase.
Honesdale’s quest for a District Two baseball crown came crashing to an end Wednesday in the Electric City.
The Hornets traveled to West Scranton High School for an opening round Class AAA contest, but were no match for the Invaders.
Coach Brian Gillow’s lads leapt out to a quick 2-0 lead, but then the offense went into hibernation for the rest of the game.
West, meanwhile, roared back to score 12 runs in the next five frames en route to a Mercy Rule shortened 12-2 victory.
With the loss, Honesdale closed out its rain-soaked spring campaign with a disappointing 4-11 record.
The Invaders, who finished second in this year’s Lackawanna League Division I standings, advance to the quarterfinals.
Fourth-seeded West will now face Berwick, the bracket’s #12 seed. The Dawgs cruised to a 13-2 upset of #5 Western Wayne on Wednes-day evening.
That ballgame is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start today at West Scranton High.
The Red & Black showed signs of life early on against starting pitcher James Dunning.
In the top of the first in-ning, Nick Hessling found his way on base in front of John Martin.
One of the Lackawanna League’s top clutch hitters this season, Martin wasted no time giving his Hornets an early advantage.
Honesdale’s senior DH crushed a 2-run homer off Dunning, bringing cheers from a vocal Maple City contingent.
Sadly for local fans, these would be the only runs the Hornets managed all afternoon long.
Dunning surrendered just three hits over the course of five frames. The battle-tested senior issued two walks and struck out three en route to the win.
Zach Koberlein earned the start for Honesdale and absorbed the loss. He went four innings and allowed eight earned runs before yielding to relievers Wyatt Davis & Trevor Johnson.
Score by Innings...
HON (4-11) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2
WS (13-2) 3 2 0 1 6 0 x - 12