HUGHESTOWN — Greater Pittston started creating opportunities immediately after Wilkes-Barre scored four runs in the first inning of Friday’s Wyoming Valley Conference American Legion baseball Senior game.
It was much too late, however, in converting those opportunities.
Greater Pittston had hits – and runners in scoring position – in every inning, but did not score until the sixth inning of a 9-6 loss.
Playing the same team it had beaten on the 10-run rule just three days earlier, Greater Pittston fell behind 7-0 in the first two innings and saw the deficit grow to 9-0 after five.
After breaking the shutout in the sixth inning, Greater Pittston scored five times in the seventh and brought the tying run to the on-deck circle before the game ended when Alex McAndrew flew out to deep center field.
“When they get (four) in the first inning, you’re battling from behind the whole game,” Greater Pittston manager Jerry Ranieli said. “That takes you out of your whole game.
“You pretty much can’t steal. You can’t really bunt.”
Greater Pittston started out fine in the approach it had to take, but had trouble finishing.
“We had opportunities,” Ranieli said. “We had the bases loaded twice.
“We had first-and-third with two outs. We had a runner on third with no outs. But, we didn’t score at all. If you get two or three of those runs in, it’s a different game.”
Before and after Greater Pittston left the bases loaded in the second and third innings, Wilkes-Barre ended the first and fourth with double plays.
Wilkes-Barre used two-run triples by Sean-Paul Williamson in each of the first two innings to build its big lead.
Greater Pittston had 10 hits, including three by McAndrew and two by Brandon Charney, but none of them produced any of the team’s six runs.
Tyler Dougherty scored in the sixth on a Wilkes-Barre error on Dylan Spurlin’s deep flyball.
Matt Selinskie, C.J. Pisack and Charney had consecutive singles to start the seventh and load the bases with none out.
Aaron Lee drove in a run on a groundout, Steve Homza forced one in with a bases-loaded walk and Spurlin had an RBI fielder’s choice. The other two runs scored on a wild pitch and an error.
The loss, which dropped Greater Pittston to 3-2, came in the first of the team’s five games in six days before taking time off when several of its players head away to celebrate their recent high school graduations.
“When they come back, we’ll have a nice stretch of games,” Ranieli said.
Greater Pittston Senior 6
Mountain Post 2
Alex McAndrew and Dylan Spurlin had two hits each June 5 when Greater Pittston defeated Mountain Post, 6-2, in a Senior game.
Greater Pittston Senior 10
Cory Lescavage threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Greater Pittston shut out Wilkes-Barre, 10-0, in a six-inning Senior game.
Aaron Lee went 2-for-2, scored twice and drove in a run. Steve Homza drove in two runs while Brandon Charney scored three times and Lescavage scored twice.
Plains fell to 0-3 with a 5-3 loss to visiting Mountain Post Thursday in Senior play.
Plains played Stripes & Strikes from Hazleton to a 7-7 tie Monday in a game that will have to be completed.
Greater Pittston Junior
Back Mountain scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and another in the eighth to pull out a 9-8 win over Greater Pittston June 4 in a Junior game.
Greater Pittston is 0-2 with a pair of one-run losses.
Plains is 2-3 after splitting a pair of Junior games. It defeated Tunkhannock, 6-3, Monday after losing to Stripes & Strikes, 8-1, June 4.
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