Wayne Bank puts the finishing touches on a championship HLBA season

Wayne Bank put the finishing touches on a brilliant season Wednesday evening at Fred Reisch Memorial Field.

The Dodgers closed out their 2018 Honesdale Little Baseball Association campaign with a nearly flawless performance in the Senior Division championship game.

Coach Scott Kinzinger's lads scored three runs in the bottom of the second, and that proved to be more than enough support for the dynamic pitching duo of Rocco Fluck and Nate Greene.

Fluck drew the starting nod and worked a scoreless opening frame. He then handed the ball off to Greene, who was simply overpowering the rest of the way.

When it was all said and done, Wayne Bank had notched its 12th win of the season against just two losses, defeating a scrappy Elegante squad by the score of 3-0.

“It's been a great season,” said longtime HLBA President Charlie Rollison.

“All together we had about 240 kids involved from T-Ball up through the Senior Division. We're all about teaching kids the fundamentals and having fun. I think we did all right in both areas this year.”

Stage Set

Wayne Bank punched its ticket to this year's title tilt via a 5-0 win victory over Honesdale National Bank.

The Dodgers scored early, then kept the Phillies off the board en route to the shutout. Rocco Fluck, Nate Greene and Aiden Collins each toed the rubber.

Green led the way offensively with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBIs. Fluck chipped in with two hits and two RBIs of his own, while Kole Fries contributed a key run-scoring double.

Mason Wasman suffered the hard-luck loss for Honesdale National Bank.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket, Elegante earned its spot in the gold medal game with a 5-1 win over Dirlam Brothers.

Joey Giannetti paced the Giants assault with two hits and two runs scored. Jared Ahern, Bryce Dressler and Kobe White also tallied.

Ahern was credited with the mound decision, going the distance and piling up 12 strikeouts. Jack Eisele and Peter Modrovsky each took a turn on the hill for Dirlam Brothers.

Prime Time

Elegante looked like it had something going in the top of the first Wednesday night in the championship game.

Joey Giannetti and Seth Gunuskey each reached base, but Fluck bore down for a big strikeout to end the threat.

Dressler earned the mound assignment for the Giants and worked a perfect opening frame. However, Wayne Bank erupted for what proved to be the game's only runs in the home half of the second.

Samson Fluck led off with a single and, when the ball got past an Elegante outfielder, he raced all the way to third base.

Kole Fries then ripped a line single off the glove of the shortstop for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, Owen Erdman gave the Dodgers some breathing room by lining a clutch two-run single into leftfield.

From that point on, it was the Nate Green Show.

The fireballing right-hander mowed down the Elegante line-up on inning after another. Greene wound up with a total of 12 strikeouts and a well-deserved win.

The Giants put up a valiant effort, but just couldn't break through.

Defensively, Nick Martin played a Gold Glove third base, while Jakub Randolph turned in a highlight reel play at second.

Looking Ahead

Next up for Honesdale Little Baseball Association fans is “Fall Ball.”

This is a more relaxed, educational circuit open to all players between the ages of six and 12.

According to Rollison, this year's edition will run from mid-August (usually the week after the Wayne County Fair) through the end of September.

“We have sign-ups online right now,” Charlie said. “You don't need to have played in the spring to be eligible. All of the kids play together on the same teams. The bigger kids help the little guys. It's a lot of fun.”

For more information, visit honesdalebaseball.com