For a third consecutive year, Honesdale has punched its ticket to the Collegiate Summer Baseball League championship series.
The Ramblers sealed the deal on yet another berth in the finals with an electrifying comeback over Hughes Construction in the semis. Under the direction of longtime player/coach John Granquist, the local lads bounced back from a Game One loss to sweep the last two in this best-of-three set.
Honesdale dropped the opener by a score of 12-10, then set up the proverbial rubber match with an 8-7 win in Game Two.
On Sunday afternoon, the Ramblers rallied from an early deficit to post a wild 15-12 decision. With this victory, the local lads move on to face archrival Wagner’s for the all-season title. Wagner’s claimed its spot via a semifinal triumph over Dunmore.
The opener of what should be a scintillating 3-game set was slated for Monday night in West Scranton. Weather permitting, Game Two will be played Wednesday evening at Western Wayne. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.
Date With Destiny
Ryan Loughran was the workhorse of Honesdale’s semifinal series with Hughes.
The Ramblers’ southpaw ace pitched back-to-back complete games in suffering a Game One loss and earning the Game Two win. Loughran went six innings in the opener and seven innings three days later.
Mark Granquist was the hitting star in Sunday’s setback. Honesdale’s newest lead-off man went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs scored.
John Granquist paced the offensive attack on Wednesday, banging out three hits in five at-bats. The Ramblers’ most feared slugger roped a pair of RBI doubles in leading his team to the win.
Granquist took the hill as Honesdale’s starter in Game Three and turned in a gutsy performance. John would eventually earn the mound decision, but not without help from reliever Mike DiPierro.
Offensively, the Ramblers were led by Nick Petrillo and Justin Magistro.
Petrillo hammered out three hits, the highlight being a sixth inning grand slam that capped an 8-run outburst. Magistro contributed a 2-run homer to the cause and scored twice.
Mark Granquist, (2-for-5), Tim Granquist (2-for-5) and Ryan Soden (2-for-4) also chipped in with key base knocks.
Score by Innings...
HON 0 0 2 0 2 8 1 2 - 15
HUG 2 2 4 3 1 0 0 0 - 12