Honesdale served notice that it is a bona fide contender for the 2011 Wayne County Teener League title. The Eagles have now reeled off seven straight wins and taken possession of third place in the overall standings.

It’s official:?the Eagles are now a bona fide contender for the 2011 Wayne County Teener League title.

After losing two of the season’s first three games, Honesdale has reeled off seven straight wins and now boasts a 9-3 record.

The Eagles’ latest triumph came Monday night in Damascus. Coach Ned Sandercock’s squad defeated Tusten, the circuit’s 3-time defending champion, by a score of 6-5.

“This is a great win for us,” Coach Sandercock said. “To be honest, it’s also one of the best played Teener League games I’ve seen in a long time. There was a little bit of everything: good pitching, excellent defense and timely hitting.”

With the win, Honesdale assumes sole possession of third place in the standings.
Re-Max is alone in first with a perfect 10-0 record. The Chiefs are second at 9-2, but hold just a narrow half-game lead over the surging Eagles.

If Mother Nature deigns to cooperate, Honesdale will return to the diamond Saturday evening. The Eagles are set to play an away game at Waymart. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. at RD Wilson Field.

Big Win
Honesdale wasted no time in this one, leaping out to an early advantage.

The Eagles scored three runs in the top of the first, chasing Tusten starter Bray Curreri from the mound after just a single inning.

Nick Casazza led off with a single and was joined on base by Noah Box and Alex Sandercock.Ben Corbin delivered the biggest blow of this uprising, crushing a 2-run double that chased home both runners.

Mike Gombita drew the starting nod and earned the decision. The Eagles’ lefty worked four solid frames before handing the ball off to Casazza in relief. Nick pitched the final three frames.

Tusten skipper Joe Curreri went to his bullpen early, bringing on Patrick Pierce. The Chiefs’ fireballing reliever hung up a zero in each of the last four innings.

The home team erased Honesdale’s lead, scoring three runs of its own in the bottom of the first.

Curreri led the way offensively, rapping out two hits in four at-bats. Bray also scored a pair of runs. Greg Stevenson also tallied twice, while Adam Kelly chipped in with two singles.

Defensively, Reed McLaughlin and Sandercock each turned in stellar performances. A tough-as-nails 14-year-old, McLaughlin put on a Gold Glove clinic at second base.

“Reed played a tremendous game,” said Coach Sandercock. “He was a man possessed out there. Reed made two outstanding plays in the last inning that saved at least one run.”

Sandercock almost single-handedly shut down Tusten’s vaunted running game. Alex was a perfect 3-for-3 in throwing out would-be base stealers.

Score by Innings...
HON (9-3)  3  1  2  0  0  0  0 - 6
TUS  (9-2)  3  0  1  0  1  0  0 - 5