Scranton Prep opened May with its 10th loss in 11 games.
Then, the Cavaliers embarked on a turnaround that has carried them all the way to the District 2 Class 3A championship game and a berth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament.
Scranton Prep’s fifth win in six games was its most decisive.
The Cavaliers scored 13 runs in the top of the second Wednesday and put away a 17-2 victory over Wyoming Seminary with a fourth inning in which they scored three more runs.
Noah Sorenson led the offense, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, four runs and four RBI.
The Cavaliers entered the tournament seeded seventh out of eight teams but took out second-seeded Holy Redeemer before following it up with the win at sixth-seeded Wyoming Seminary.
Scranton Prep will play in the district championship game against the winner of the Lakeland at Lake-Lehman game, which was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday.
The 17-hit Scranton Prep attack included seven doubles and two triples.
Brian Walsh went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and three runs scored.
Ethan Muha was 3-for-3 with a double and sacrifice fly.
Jacob Dennis added two hits and two RBI while Vito Gianello had two hits and two runs.
Luca Dennis pitched all four innings of the game that ended at that point on the 15-run rule. He struck out four.
Ethan Kruger scored twice and had a single for Wyoming Seminary, which knocked out third-seeded Nanticoke in the quarterfinals before finishing 7-8. Jakson Amend doubled and drove in a run.
Scranton Prep (6-11) may be benefitting from playing the regular season against larger schools as a member of Division 1 of the Lackawanna League. The Cavaliers, however, started their turnaround before facing other small schools in the playoffs. They won three in a row late in the regular season, including two against Class 6A teams.
Lake-Lehman, the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion, is the top seed with a 14-2 record. Fourth-seeded Lakeland is 13-5.