RICE TWP. – The West had already scored the game’s first three runs when Tyler Dougherty stepped to the plate with two on and two out with the bottom of the second inning Thursday night.
The Wyoming Area second baseman made sure the inning did not end there.
Dougherty, a left-handed hitter, lofted a ball down the left-field line, dropping it in for a two-run double that put the team in command on the way to a 10-5 victory over the East in the Wyoming Valley Conference Baseball Senior All-Star Game at the Mountain Post American Legion Field.
“The pitch was a little high, right at my chest, and a bit outside,” Dougherty said. “I took it that way.”
Dougherty was not finished. He led off the seventh inning with a single and scored the run that gave the West an 8-2 lead.
“I just came down here to have some fun with my teammates,” Dougherty said after receiving the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
Dougherty was one of two Wyoming Area players on the West team. Two Pittston Area players were on the East team.
Cory Lescavage played shortstop and pitched for the West.
Lescavage was 0-for-2 as a walk as the second hitter in the West lineup in the game where every player batted in succession rather than a nine-man batting order with substitutions.
As the West’s starting shortstop, Lescavage erased the game’s first base runner. He caught a low liner to start the first of the game’s four double plays and end the first inning.
Lescavage pitched the seventh inning, taking the mound with a 7-1 lead and allowing only an unearned run. He struck out two while giving up a hit and a walk and throwing one wild pitch.
The two Warriors were joined by players from Northwest, Tunkhannock, Dallas, Wyoming Valley West and Wyoming Seminary on the winning team.
Jeff Donnora and Kyle Turonis from Pittston Area played for the East, which also included Hazleton Area, Hanover Area, Nanticoke, Crestwood, MMI Prep, GAR and Coughlin.
Donnora went 1-for-2. The left fielder singled and scored in the eighth inning.
Turonis played third base and pitched. He was hit by a pitch in the first inning, but doubled off when Lescavage caught the line. He then finished 0-for-2.
As a pitcher, Turonis worked the seventh inning, giving up four singles, but just one run by working out of a bases-loaded situation.
Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.