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No-hitter clinches title for Vikings

R.J. Santarsiero and Jeff Higgins made sure unbeaten Riverside found a special way to arrive at the Lackawanna League Division 3 baseball title.

Santarsiero and Higgins combined on a no-hitter as the host Vikings shut out Lakeland, 7-0.

When Western Wayne, the team that is tied for second place with Lakeland, also lost, there were no teams left that could catch the Vikings in the division standings.

Riverside would have clinched at least a tie for first with its own win, but help from rival Old Forge, which defeated Western Wayne, 9-3, locked up the outright title.

Santarsiero, a freshman, worked 5 2/3 innings and struck out eight while walking four. Higgins got the last four outs, two of them by strikeout, to complete the no-hitter.

Riverside scored twice in the third, four times in the fifth and one run in the sixth.

Anthony Karpinski and Jason Janesko each had a double and a single. Karpinski drove in a run and Janesko scored one.

Michael Rickert also had two hits, along with a run and an RBI.

Charles Azarsky scored three runs and Thomas Day drove in two.

Riverside improved to 12-0 in the division with two games remaining. Lakeland and Western Wayne have each lost three games.

The Vikings, the No. 1 Small School in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams, has outscored opponents 143-21 while going 15-0 overall.

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