After a disappointing start to the season, Honesdale appears to be hitting its stride in Collegiate Summer Baseball League action.
The Ramblers lost their first four games of the year, but have shown amazing resilience in recent days.
On Wednesday evening, Honesdale got into the win column with a satisfying 4-3 victory over PSU...a game that went eight innings. This past weekend, the Ramblers extended their winning streak to three games with a doubleheader sweep of Dunmore.
“I?was definitely starting to get a little bit nervous there after the first couple games,” player/coach John Granquist told TWI?Sports. “But, I?knew we had a good team and it was just a matter of time before things started going our way.”
Next up for the local lads is a Wednesday night home game against the Miners. This contest is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start at Western Wayne High School.
Pitching was their trademark last season when the Ramblers captured their second CSBL?crown of the past three years.
Over the course of the past week, pitching seems to be re-asserting itself as a Honesdale strength.
Ryan Loughran drew the starting nod Wednesday versus PSU and went three strong innings. The crafty southpaw then handed the ball off to Rob Haines, who worked the final four.
A Western Wayne graduate who pitched at Keystone this spring, Haines seems to have overcome control issues that plagued him early in the season.
This weekend, Loughran earned another start and turned in another stellar effort. Ryan worked all seven innings en route to a 10-4 complete game decision at Sherwood Park.
John Granquist led the offensive attack for Honesdale, blasting a 3-run homer and a pair of doubles.
Brother Mark Granquist contributed to the cause as well, unloading a clutch ground rule double.
Mark also took a turn on the hill as Honesdale’s Game Two starter. A former HHS and Marywood College star, Granquist went the distance for a complete game 16-4 win. He helped his own cause with three basehits in four plate appearances.
Nick Petrillo is starting to turn up the heat offensively as well. The hard-hitting Paupack grad went 3-for-4 with a triple.
Jeremy Palko continued his hot hitting with a solid performance in both the opener and nightcap. Another product of the Western Wayne baseball program, the Ramblers’ fiery catcher ripped four hits in seven at-bats.
Mike DiPierro contributed three hits to the Ramblers cause. Justin Magistro and Nick Mazza chipped in with two hits apiece, while Ryan Soden reached base thrice and scored twice.