First Posted: 7/13/2008
Old Forge Post 513 will face West Scranton today at 1 p.m. as the District 11 American Legion playoff open at Pagnotti Park. Post 513 is the fourth-seed in the tournament with West (12-8) being the fifth seed. The winner will take on Carbondale/Lakeland at Russell Park in a best-of-three series beginning on July 15 unless third-seeded Dunmore (14-6) is upset by South Scranton (10-10). If South were to win, the Old Forge/West winner would travel to Clarks Summit to take on second-seeded Abington (15-5) in a best-of-three series on the same date. The District 11 finals are set to take place July 19-21 in a best-of-three series. Old Forge has split with all five teams that qualified for the tournament. Post 513 could muster only six singles as they were shutout by South Scranton, 6-0, in its final game of the District 11 American Legion regular-season. South took advantage of seven walks by Old Forge pitchers, and seven errors by the Post 513 defense. Jon Woytach was the only two-time hitter for Old Forge (13-7) with two singles. Cody Patton, JJ Thomas, Brandon Carling and AJ Phillips added singles for Post 513. Old Forge defeated District 11 regular-season champion Carbondale/Lakeland, 5-3, at Russell Park on Monday, 5-3. Kyle McMyne picked up the pitching win in just his third appearance of the season, striking out eight in 4.1 innings of work. The Villanova-recruit allowed three runs before giving way to Justin Shuleski and Cody Patton. Shuleski and Patton shutout C/L in the final 2.2 innings to secure the victory. Anthony Pero and Matt Mischello each had two hits to pace Post 513 (13-6) at the plate. Pero tripled and singled and scored two runs, and Mischello singled twice and drove in a run for Old Forge. Post 513 scored 25 runs on 24 hits as they trashed Dickson City, 25-4, in a District 11 American Legion game. Kyle McMyne, JJ Thomas and John Stolan combined to go 13-for-15 with 15 RBI and 11 runs scored to lead Old Forge (12-6) at the plate. Eight of the nine Old Forge hitters registered a hit, and seven of them had multiple hits. McMyne drove in eight runs on two singles, a double and a home run; Thomas doubled and singled three times and drove in two, and Stolan went 5-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI. He also scored three runs for Post 513. Justin Shuleski and Jon Woytach each added three hits and three runs scored for Old Forge, and John Plisko drove in three runs on two hits. Brandon Carling chipped in with two hits and two RBI, and Matt Mischello drove in a run with a single for Post 513. All nine batters in the lineup drove in a run for Old Forge. Carling was the beneficiary of the onslaught in picking up the pitching win. The Old Forge HS senior threw five innings and struck out five while allowing five hits and two earned runs.