PLAINS – Albert Zuba regularly hits in the last spot in the Plains Senior American Legion baseball team’s batting order.
That did not prevent Zuba from contributing to the offense in a pair of wins this week.
Zuba, a right fielder who recently completed his junior season at Pittston Area, had both an RBI and a run scored in both of the wins this week as Plains doubled its victory total in the Wyoming Valley League.
“He’s playing well for us,” Plains coach Jordan Bone said of Zuba.
Plains Senior 6, Tunkhannock 4
Plains scored three runs in the first inning on the way to Friday’s 6-4 victory over visiting Tunkhannock at Hilldale Field.
After the fast start, Albert Zuba made the most of his first two plate appearances with singles in the next two innings. Zuba scored in the second for a 4-1 lead, then drove in a run in the third to make it 5-2.
Plains carried a 6-2 lead into the seventh inning then needed relief help from Robb McClay to save starter Leroy Fettig’s second pitching win in three days.
The win improved Plains to 4-7 while dropping Tunkhannock to 7-5.
“It was probably one of the best games we’ve played this year,” said coach Jordan Bone, a Pittston Area graduate who was running the team for the day in the absence of manager Dave Parsnick.
Fettig and Taylor Chronowski each had RBI hits in the first inning to put Plains ahead to stay.
Nanticoke 11, Plains Senior 1
Nanticoke defeated visiting Plains, 11-1, Thursday.
Tucker Ell had two hits and Steven Dressler doubled for Plains in the loss.
Plains Senior 9, Wilkes-Barre 5
Leroy Fettig came on in relief to retire the last nine batters and secure a 9-5 victory for Plains Wednesday against visiting Wilkes-Barre.
Fettig also had two hits in the win.
Albert Zuba drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run then came around the score.
Swoyersville 5, Plains Senior 0
Zach Kobusky threw a five-hit shutout Monday to lead first-place Swoyersville to a 5-0 victory over host Plains.
Taylor Chronowski kept the game scoreless into the fifth with his work on the mound for Plains. He gave up just three hits and one earned run while striking out eight in six innings.
After scoring one run each in the fifth and sixth innings, Swoyersville scored three times in the seventh.
Greater Pittston Senior
The Greater Pittston team (6-3) returns to play home games on four straight days Monday to Thursday after having the week off.
Greater Pittston will face Tunkhannock Monday, Stars & Stripes from Hazleton Tuesday, Swoyersville Wednesday and Plains Thursday.
Greater Pittston Junior
Greater Pittston defeated Nanticoke, 7-6, in a Junior game Friday after losing games the previous two days.
The team is 4-6 with losses to Plains, 12-6, Wednesday and Tunkhannock, 8-6, Thursday.
The Plains Junior team improved to 7-5 by winning two straight with a 6-2 victory over Nanticoke Tuesday and the 12-6 win over Greater Pittston Wednesday.
Plains had lost, 10-4, to Back Mountain Sunday.
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