Paupack's 9-10 all stars ran roughshod over their D-32 competition en route to a perfect 4-0 record
Wallenpaupack Area's 9-10 all star team just finished up a dominating run through the pool play portion of this year's District 32 Little League tournament.
Under the watchful eyes of Coach Chris Strong, the local lads rolled to a perfect 4-0 record and have sewn up a spot in the double elimination medal round.
“This team has really come together during the last two weeks,” said Coach Strong.
“The kids are very focused on teamwork. We have 11 players on the roster and every one of them is contributing at a high level.”
Weather permitting, this year's edition of the 9-10 tournament was scheduled to begin Friday evening.
By going 4-0 in pool play, Paupack earned a top seed and first round bye in the medal round. The young Bucks were slated to begin their championship quest on Saturday in Carbondale.
Early & Often
It's no exaggeration to say that the Wallenpaupack Area Little League team dominated the 9-10 pool play bracket this summer.
Coach Strong's squad served notice early on that it was the team to beat in District 32.
Paupack opened with a 14-0 massacre of Dickson City at the North Scranton Complex last Thursday.
Wyatt Peifer and Brett Strong combined to pitch a Mercy Rule shortened no-hitter, teaming up on four perfect frames.
Peifer also paced the offensive assault in this one. Wyatt hammered out two singles and an RBI double.
Mabret Levant and Ben Falgie chipped in with two hits apiece. TJ Schmalzle contributed three RBIs and three runs scored.
Paupack was back on the diamond less than 48 hours later, traveling to Olyphant.
Pitching and power hitting were once again the recipe for success as the local lads rolled to a lopsided 13-1 victory.
Coach Strong tapped Schmalzle as his starting pitcher and the talented young twirler didn't disappoint. TJ piled up eight strikeouts en route to the mound decision.
Levant and Peifer also toed the rubber in relief.
Jack Smith led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and homer and collecting four RBIs.
Schmalzle helped his own cause by slapping two hits and tallying four runs.
Falgie contributed two hits and Peifer crushed a solo homer in the win.
Paupack put out the proverbial welcome mat for its lone home game of the tournament Saturday.
North Scranton invaded Carlton Drake Memorial Park, but were repelled by the home team 14-4.
“We're hitting the ball hard, pitching well and playing good defense,” said Coach Strong. “We have to keep improving, but we're looking forward to making a run in the playoffs next week.”
Levant strode to the hill as Paupack's starter and was eventually credited with the win. Mabret received relief help from Peifer, who struck out five of the six batters he faced.
Strong and Tonkin proved to be a potent 1-2 punch for the victors. Brett banged out two hits and collected four RBIs, while Garrett turned in a 3-for-4 effort.
Roman Levant and Alex Terrones slapped two hits each, while Schmalzle scored three runs.
Wallenpaupack Area's 9-10s finished up an unbeaten run through pool play on Wednesday with a 6-0 win over Throop.
The game was played at Olyphant.
Strong drew the starting mound assignment and earned the win. Brett fanned six and allowed just one hit.
Peifer and Levant also pitched in relief and sealed the deal on this shutout.
Mabret was also the hitting star for Paupack. The young slugger crushed a homerun, singled and drove in one more run with a key at-bat.
Schmalzle tallied twice and Jack Smith chipped in with a pair of RBIs. Peifer and Falgie also ignited offensive rallies.
“It's definitely a huge benefit to have a first round bye,” said Coach Strong.
“We're getting two days off and we'll have all of our pitchers available to throw. I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend in Carbondale.”