Local diamond fans were treated to three wildly entertaining games Tuesday evening at the Kinzinger Complex.
Despite soggy conditions and a constant threat of rain, six Honesdale Little Baseball Association teams made late season runs at the remaining playoff positions.
With less than a week to go in the regular season, the Tigers and Pirates are battling it out for first place in the Senior Division.
On Tuesday, the Tigers had their hands full with a scrappy Dirlam Brothers squad. The Braves actually held a late-game lead in this one, but ran out of gas en route to a wild 23-20 loss.
Dr. Hubbard's record is now 9-3 on the year. The Tigers have three games left on their 2013 slate.
Meanwhile, up on Fred Reisch Memorial Field, the Pirates kept pace with a solid 6-1 win over Wayne Bank. Rusty Palmer's is now just a half-game back of the leaders at 9-4.
The Phillies and Giants rounded out the evening's entertainment with an epic contest of their own at Joe Cobb Memorial Field.
HNB trailed by a run in the bottom of the sixth, but rallied to score twice and escape with a 6-5 victory.
Coach Charlie Rollison's squad clinched a playoff slot with this win, upping its mark to 8-6. Elegante is also in the tournament with an 8-5 record.
HLBA post season action is scheduled to begin this coming weekend.
Weather permitting, the Junior Division semifinals are set for Saturday and Sunday. Senior Division semis will be played Monday night.
Championship and consolation games will be Tuesday (Junior) and Wednesday (Senior).
Next weekend, the District Five all stars begin their quest for Cal Ripken gold. Honesdale will host the 12U bracket starting June 22 at Grove Street.
Page 2 of 3 - Epic Battle
Dr. Hubbard's preserved its razor-thin lead in the Senior Division standings via a 23-20 Tuesday night win over Dirlam Brothers.
Nick Bochnovich drew the starting nod for the Tigers and worked the first two frames. Cole Bannan, Noah Pender, Alex Ashley and Ethan Dunn also took turns on the hill.
Robbie Campen was the Braves' starter and pitched four solid innings. Jack Firmstone came on in relief and was saddled with the hard-luck loss.
Bannan paced the Tigers' offensive assault with three base knocks. Cole singled in the first and doubled in the fifth. The highlight of his evening, however, was a towering 3-run homer in the bottom of the fourth.
Pender also turned in a monster day at the dish for the winners. Noah went 5-for-5 with four doubles and tallied five times.
Bochnovich contributed to Dr. Hubbard's cause as well. Nick went 3-for-3, banging out three doubles and scoring four runs.
Paul Meagher led the way for Dirlam Brothers. The Braves' lead-off man reached base safely four times and tallied thrice.
Campen also scored three runs. Robbie doubled, walked and was hit by a pitch.
Cory Johnson and Jeremy Jacobsen chipped in with two base knocks each.
Rusty Palmer's earned its ninth win of the HLBA season with a 6-1 victor over the Dodgers.
Nate Frigoletto was dominant on the mound. The talented young twirler worked five shutout frames en route to the win. Nate piled up nine Ks and allowed just two hits.
Cade Labracio came on in relief to pitch the sixth and struck out the side.
Page 3 of 3 - Frigoletto helped his own cause with two hits, three runs scored an one RBI.
Andy Carroll terrorized Wayne Bank pitchers all game long. Carroll smoked an RBI double off the top of the rightfield fence in the third, then blasted a 2-run homer in the fourth.
Max Land chipped in with a single, while Labracio added a double.
John Ulrichs and Luke Durdach also hit safely for the Pirates.