Wyoming Area baseball busts out the bats against Dallas

By Derek Levarse - dlevarse@timesleader.com | April 18th, 2016 10:00 pm

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas’ bid for yet another no-hitter ended with just the second pitch of the game. As it turned out, Wyoming Area managed to drain the anxiety away from the end of the afternoon as well.

Reigning division champions seem to have a knack for that sort of thing.

While it’s too early to tell whether the Warriors will again finish the spring atop Division 2 of the Wyoming Valley Conference, they made a strong case for themselves on Monday.

Racking up 15 total hits by nine different players, Wyoming Area earned an 11-3 road win over Dallas in a matchup of the WVC’s only two unbeaten teams in league play.

Senior all-star Cory Lescavage shined for the Warriors (3-0), finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI at the plate while also going the distance on the mound, striking out nine with just one walk.

Mike Bonita also added three hits. Josh Kopcza and Cole Keating (triple) each drove in a pair. Tyler Dougherty added a triple of his own while ably manning Lescavage’s usual spot at shortstop.

“I think a part of the situation was we just caught Dallas when they didn’t have their ‘A’ game,” Warriors coach Ron Musto said. “We were very fortunate to come up here and to be able to do what we did. I’m really proud of our kids.

“We’re just lucky to get out of here with a win.”

Part of that thinking is because the Mountaineers (3-1) hadn’t so much as gone to their bullpen in their first three league games. Lee Eckert incredibly threw back-to-back no-hitters to open the campaign before Aaron Yurko turned in a solid complete-game effort of his own.

But Bonita broke Eckert’s impressive streak with a quick single to right at the start of the game to set the tone. Wyoming Area scored its first two runs in the third before breaking the game open with a four-spot in the fifth.

“I thought it was by far the worst game we played,” Dallas coach Ken Kashatus said. “And it’s sad because it’s home, it’s the nicest day of the 2016 year. … We’re feeling good, we’re walking tall. They have no losses in the division, we have no losses in the division. And I just really think we spit the bit.

“All around, there wasn’t one aspect of the game that really killed us. They all did. We didn’t pitch, hit or field particularly well.”

Of that tough trifecta, Kashatus focused mainly on the hitting, saying that he saw only “four good swings” by his squad on the day.

“Our swings were atrocious. … We didn’t have hard baseball swings at the ball today,” Kashatus said. “And we did that last week. We had better at-bats. We had bad at-bats today. And I don’t want to take anything away from Lescavage. We just weren’t competitive batters today. That’s a tribute to him.”

A year ago, the Bloomsburg-bound Lescavage had made only a brief cameo as a pitcher.

This year, he’s working with Kopcza as the Warriors’ top two options on the hill. And they now have three complete-game victories between them in three league games.

“He didn’t spend much time on the mound last year just because we were blessed with four quality pitchers,” Musto said. “He got right back into the groove. The only thing that concerns us is his arm strength. Because we have to slowly build that up — his maximum’s around 80 pitches and he was right around that today. As the weather warms up, we can go a little deeper with him.

“The reason why we can do these things is because we have a quality kid like Tyler Dougherty that can slide over from second base, which allows us to put (Lescavage) on the mound.”

Dallas was only able to get to him in the fifth as the hitters got their third look at him. Charles Giacometti launched a two-run triple to put his team on the board before scoring on an RBI single by J.D. Barrett.

The Mounts managed to get back-to-back singles to open the seventh but couldn’t pull closer after that.

“Maybe it’s an emotional letdown — I don’t know,” Kashatus said. “But I hope it stops today.”

Wyoming Area 11, Dallas 3

Wyoming Area`AB`R`H`BI

Bonita cf`4`2`3`1

Lescavage p`4`2`3`3

Lee c`0`0`0`0

Kopcza dh`3`0`1`2

BBarletta pr`0`0`0`0

Homza 3b`4`0`0`0

Nardell lf`5`2`2`1

Dougherty ss`3`2`2`1

Webb 2b`2`1`1`1

CBarletta ph`0`0`0`0

Keating rf`4`1`1`2

Rome 1b`2`0`1`0

Zezza pr`0`0`0`0

Wright 1b`2`1`1`0

Totals`33`11`15`11

Dallas`AB`R`H`BI

Giacometti ss`4`1`1`2

Barrett 2b`4`0`1`1

Simpson c`4`0`0`0

Yurko 1b`3`0`1`0

Kocher lf`3`0`1`0

Eckert p-3b`3`0`1`0

Kovalick pr`0`0`0`0

Patton 3b`0`0`0`0

Shaver p`0`0`0`0

Phillips p`0`0`0`0

Elston dh`3`0`1`0

Mathers pr`0`1`0`0

Martin cf`3`0`1`0

Wargo rf`2`1`1`0

Totals`29`3`8`3

Wyo. Area`002`142`2`—`11

Dallas`000`030`0`—`3

3B — Keating, Dougherty, Giacometti

Wyo. Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`K

Lescvge (W)`7.0`8`3`3`1`9

Dallas`IP`H`R`ER`BB`K

Eckert (L)`4.1`10`6`6`3`4

Shaver`1.2`3`3`1`0`0

Phillips`1.0`2`2`2`0`1

Wyoming Area’s Mike Bonita narrowly steals second base during the Warriors’ big four-run fifth inning on Monday at Dallas.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL041916Baseball3-1.jpgWyoming Area’s Mike Bonita narrowly steals second base during the Warriors’ big four-run fifth inning on Monday at Dallas. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Wyoming Area’s Matt Wright (left) gets the ball just in time for the put-out at first base in the Warriors’ win Monday.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL041916Baseball4-1.jpgWyoming Area’s Matt Wright (left) gets the ball just in time for the put-out at first base in the Warriors’ win Monday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Dallas’ Aaron Yurko (right) fields a pickoff throw as Wyoming Area’s Ryan Webb dives back to the bag on Monday.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL041916Baseball1-1.jpgDallas’ Aaron Yurko (right) fields a pickoff throw as Wyoming Area’s Ryan Webb dives back to the bag on Monday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Wyoming Area pinch runner Aaron Zezza hustles around second base toward third in the fourth inning as the Warriors earned a big win over Dallas Monday.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL041916Baseball2-1.jpgWyoming Area pinch runner Aaron Zezza hustles around second base toward third in the fourth inning as the Warriors earned a big win over Dallas Monday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Warriors collect 15 hits to knock off Dallas

By Derek Levarse

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