Two former Paupack standouts paced the Ramblers to a CSBL twinbill split with Wagner's. Ryan Loughran pitched a complete game gem in the opener, while DeSane sent the contest into extra innings with a 2-out, RBI sigle in the bottom of the seventh.
Honesdale made a solid home debut this weekend in Collegiate Summer Baseball League competition.
On Sunday afternoon at Western Wayne, the Ramblers battled back from a late deficit to post an electrifying 3-2 victory over archrival Wagner’s.
These teams have met in each of the last two CSBL?championship series. The Ramblers won it all back in ‘09, while Wagner’s copped the crown last summer.
So far this year, the local lads are off to a solid start. Under the direction of longtime player/coach John Granquist, Honesdale has split each of its first two twinbills for a 2-2 mark.
The Ramblers will return to the diamond next Sunday for a doubleheader with Dunmore. First pitch for Game One is set for 1:00 p.m. at Sherwood Park.
Ryan Loughran strode to the mound as Honesdale’s Game One starter. The former Wallenpaupack Area star hadn’t pitched in three months, but he showed little or no rust on this day.
Loughran pitched eight brilliant innings. He struck out 11, walked six and allowed just five hits.
“I really felt pretty good out there today,”?Ryan told TWI Sports afterward. “I?struggled a little bit with my control in the first couple of innings, but after that it all started coming together.”
Jake DeSane turned in a solid all-round performance for Honesdale. The Ramblers third baseman made a diving stop to kill off a Wagners rally in the fourth.
DeSane then delivered an RBI?single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. This clutch basehit to right chased home Mike DiPierro with the tying run.
Then, in the bottom of the eighth, Justin Magistro played the hero’s role one last time.
Granquist got things going by smoking a one-out double off the wall in left centerfield. Moments later, Magistro ended this epic CSBL?contest with a walk-off single to center.
“This was a really good win for us,” Loughran said. “I’m pretty excited about the season. This team is really deep and we have a ton of pitchers. We should be very competitive.”
Honesdale dropped the nightcap of this twinbill by a score of 12-8. DiPierro suffered the mound loss.
Score by Innings...
WAG (2-2) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 - 2
HON (2-2) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 - 3