MOOSIC – Wyoming Area’s Dylan Melberger drove in two of the Wyoming Valley Conference’s three runs and had one of the team’s four hits June 24 in the weather-shortened Big School game of the sixth annual Field of Dreams at PNC Field.
The senior high school baseball all-star competition between the WVC and the Lackawanna League was split into a doubleheader, with Small School and Big School games, for the first time this season.
The Small School game needed an extra inning to break a tie and the Big School game resulted in a 3-3 tie when it was halted following a lightning delay in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Big School coaches chose not to wait out a potentially lengthy delay then restart action and possibly risk injury for players currently in American Legion or travel baseball seasons.
Melberger singled in a run with two out in the top of the second, cutting into an early 2-0 Lackawanna lead. He was hit by a pitch with two out and the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, forcing a 3-3 tie.
“It was a great experience,” Melberger told the Times Leader. “It was a lot of fun to meet some new kids and make some new friends.”
Melberger started the game at third base.
Pittston Area’s Kyle Ralston was the game’s first batter, starting in center field and leading off for the WVC.
Ralston did not have an official at-bat. Melberger was 1-for-2 with his two RBI.
The WVC Small Schools defeated the Lackawanna League, 11-7, in eight innings of the opener.
Both games were scheduled for seven innings.
Old Forge had three players on the Lackawanna Small School team.
Patrick Donovan started at first base and batted fourth. Mason Boettger started at third base and batted seventh. Lorenzo Febbo played left field and served as a relief pitcher.
Donoevan finished 1-for-3.
Boettger was 0-for-2, but scored a run.
Febbo went 1-for-3 with a run scored and another driven in. He took the pitching loss.
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