First Posted: 5/10/2013
Before Wyoming Area played its Senior Day game Thursday, the Warriors had another reason to celebrate.
Dallas defeated Tunkhannock, 7-3, Tuesday, putting the Warriors back in control of their own destiny in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 baseball race.
The Warriors were scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Tunkhannock with a chance to take the division lead going into their final regular-season game.
The game was too late for deadline.
Going into the Saturday game WA was 8-4 and Tunkhannock, 8-3. WA has one game left, assuming they weren’t rained out Saturday, and Tunkhannock two. WA has Dallas Monday, while Tunkhannock plays Holy Redeemer. Tunkhannock has an unscheduled make up with Lake Lehman, which will have to be played this week.
Wyoming Area entered the week needing an additional Tunkhannock loss, even if the Warriors won all three of their remaining games, in order to have a title chance.
The Warriors got the help, then began trying to take care of their end by winning in their first game in six days.
Chupka, one of the seniors being honored, had a triple, double and single while driving in four runs in a 10-0, six-inning win over Lake-Lehman.
The Warriors used an eight-run second inning to take charge. They then finished off the game early on the 10-run rule by pushing across the final run in the sixth inning.
Mike Carey and Jeremy Zezza shut out Lake-Lehman. Carey struck out five while allowing six hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. Zezza struck out two in 1 1/3 hitless innings.
Jake Granteed went 2-for-3 while Erik Walkowiak was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI for Wyoming Area.
Pittston Area 9
The pitching of Matt Mott and the hitting of Josh Razvillas and Pat McGinty carried Pittston Area to a 9-2 victory at Crestwood Tuesday.
Mott struck out six in a six-hitter to help the Patriots to their third win of the season.
He walked just one.
Razvillas continued to spark the offense from his leadoff spot. He hit a home run and scored twice while driving in two runs.
McGinty had two hits and drove in three runs.
Hazleton Area 1
Pittston Area 0
The Patriots got another outstanding pitching performance Thursday before falling, 1-0, at Hazleton Area, the second-place team in Division 1.
Michael Schwab threw a one-hitter for Pittston Area (3-10), but Joey Baran and Sal Biasi combined to do the same for Hazleton Area.
The Cougars improved their chances of repeating as champion when they took advantage of two errors by the Patriots to score the game’s only run in the fourth inning.
Schwab struck out nine.
Baran struck out 11 in six innings and Biasi two more in the seventh.
Justin Martinelli had the only hit for the Patriots.
The Patriots end their season at home Monday and Wednesday vesus Valley West and Coughlin.