Western Wayne's varsity baseball team fall in opening round of the District Two Class AAA playoffs.
Western Wayne's baseball season came to an unceremonious end against Valley View.
The Wildcats traveled to Archbald Thursday for an opening round District Two playoff game against the top-seeded Cougars and simply couldn't contain the home team's high-octane offensive attack.
Valley View jumped all over Western Wayne starter Kyle Johnson, plating 10 earned runs in the first two innings en route to a Mercy Rule shortened 17-2 win.
With this victory, the Cougars advance to the Class AAA quarters an a date with Pittston Area. The Patriots moved on via a 7-3 decision over Wyoming Area Friday afternoon.
The young Wildcats, who were seeded #16 in the bracket, saw their season come to a close with a disappointing 2-12 record.
Veteran skipper Jason Munley sent Max Kranick to the hill as Valley View's starter and the fire-balling righty took control quickly.
Kranick worked three scoreless innings, limiting the 'Cats to just three hits while fanning six.
Once staked to a big lead, Max handed the ball off to reliever Dominic Bordo, who pitched the final frame.
The Cougars wasted no time in getting to Johnson, who lasted just two innings before yielding to Josh Stevens and eventually Kyle Haines.
Valley View erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the second, thanks in large part to the hitting heroics of Mitch McHale and Connor Kranick.
A slugging sophomore third baseman, McHale enjoyed a perfect 3-for-3 day at the dish. His biggest blow came in the second when he hammered a bases-clearing double.
McHale closed out his day with two runs scored and three RBIs.
A senior designated hitter, Kranick went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles. He also tallied twice.
Max Kranick, who moved to shortstop after his mound stint, helped his own cause with two base knocks, two runs scored an an RBI.
Connor Ferguson, Rob Nardelli and Bordo also chipped in with two RBIs each, while Daulton Rissinger and Cody Canaveri added one apiece.
In the End
Stevens came on to pitch the bottom of the third for Western Wayne and allowed only one run.
Haines took over in the fourth and recorded just one out before Valley View closed things out by pushing its lead to 15 runs.
Offensively, Billy Polley paced the 'Cat attack.
A versatile sophomore who catches and plays first base, Polley accounted for all of his team's runs by ripping an RBI double.
This base knock plated Haines and Kolyn Schane, who also had a hit.
In other games around the District Two Class AA bracket...
Wilkes Barre Coughlin whitewashed West Scranton by a score of 7-0. Abington Heights also pitched a shutout, dealing Tunkhannock a 4-0 loss.
Berwick blanked Lake Lehman (3-0), while Prep pummeled Crestwood (9-0).
Closer to home, North Pocono blew open what had been a close game en route to an eventual 11-3 victory over Honesdale.
The only game left on the opening round slate as of Monday was #2 Dallas versus #15 Wilkes Barre GAR. That contest was postponed due to rain.
Weather permitting, the semifinals will be played Thursday, May 22 at the fields of the higher seeds.
This year's Class AAA championship game is set for Monday, May 26 at PNC Field in Moosic.
First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Score by Innings...
WW (2-12) 0 0 0 2 - 2
VV (11-3) 0 10 1 6 - 17