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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • HLBA Holds Opening Day Ceremonies

  • Longtime youth sports supporter and and current Honesdale Borough Councilman Bob Jennings throws out the first pitch
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  • Bob Jennings stood tall on the pitcher's mound Monday at Fred Reisch Memorial Field as hundreds of local fans eagerly waited for his first delivery.
    A current member of the Borough Council and longtime supporter of local youth athletics, Bob was awarded the honor of throwing out the first pitch of this year's Honesdale Little Baseball Association season.
    We're honored to have Mr. Jennings here to throw out the ceremonial first pitch,” HLBA President Charlie Rollison said.
    Bob was instrumental in helping us get the new lease on the complex. We're very grateful to him for all the hard work he did.”
    As has been well-documented in these pages, the HLBA and Honesdale Borough Council hammered out a long-term lease for the property on Grove Street. The agreement was finally signed sealed and delivered late last summer.
    Jennings smiled and waved to the appreciative crowd before unleashing a pair of fastballs to honorary catchers Connor Coar of the Dodgers and the Phillies' Austin Borsdam.
    With these pitches, the the HLBA officially opened up its 2014 season, one that has all the potential to be extremely exciting.
    Wild One
    If the first game of the year is any indication, this should be an entertaining spring and summer on Grove Street.
    Longtime rivals HNB and Wayne Bank squared off in the season-opener at Reisch Field and gave the fans their money's worth.
    By the time the final out was recorded in this extra inning game, the Phillies had emerged with a wild 10-9 victory.
    Caleb Martin drew the starting mound assignment for HNB and eventually earned the win. The hard-throwing young righty was overpowering at times, working six innings and piling up 17 strikeouts.
    Dan Decker, Austin Borsdam and Zack Doherty also took short turns on the hill for the Phillies.
    Page 2 of 3 - Offensively, Martin helped his own cause by blasting the season's first homerun. He was aided and abetted by teammates Jimmy Ludwig and Jesse Schwab, each of whom ripped a triple.
    Aiden Pietraszewski and Doherty chipped in with a double apiece.
    For the Dodgers, Steve Soden was the starter and worked two strong innings. Soden notched five Ks before handing the ball off to Jimmy Rodda who would absorb the hard-luck loss.
    Rodda carded eight Ks of his own over five frames.
    Jake VanDeLinde and Will Long also took a turn on the mound for Wayne Bank on this day.
    Soden and Colby Gregory powered the Dodgers' offense, each blasting a round tripper.
    Rodda contributed a key RBI single to the cause.
    First Win
    Elegante opened up its season in fine fashion by dealing Dr. Hubbard's a 12-5 loss at Rickard Memorial Field.
    Jacob Panza, Luke Bancroft and Ben Williams teamed up to handle the Giants' pitching duties.
    Chase Stephens, Panza, Bancroft and Williams all chipped in with key basehits for the winners.
    Cole Bannan authored a stellar all-round effort in a losing effort for the Tigers.
    Bannan drew the starting nod and pitched two scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Tim Jackson, Arjun Fulp and Alex Ashley.
    Cole also paced the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.
    Ethan Rickard banged out a pair of safeties, while Alex Atcavage reached base three times and Anthony Fasciano scored two runs.
    Page 3 of 3 - Nathan DeRoss ripped the first hit of his Senior Division career, a fourth inning single.
    Big Bats
    Dirlam Brothers roared out of the gate Monday, unleashing a relentless offensive assault en route to a 33-2 win over Rusty Palmer's at Cobb Field.
    Robby Campen was at the forefront of the Braves' attack. Campen was the starting pitcher and winner. He also hammered out three doubles to aid his own cause.
    Cameron Baker and Jake Hopkins pitched an inning each in a game that was called after four.
    Drew Howell, a talented 10-year-old who plays both infield and outfield, enjoyed a perfect 5-for-5 day at the dish.
    Paul Meagher also swung from the heels, cracking four hits including a pair of two-baggers.
    For the Pirates, Luke Durdach stroked a double while Sam Jones and Logan Zawicki each singled.
    Connor Schmitt, Ben Swartz, Durdach, Jones and Zawicki each took a turn on the mound for Rusty Palmer's.

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