Honesdale and Wyoming Area knocked out the top two seeds in the District 2 Class 4A baseball tournament Thursday to advance to the championship game.
Wyoming Area is 10-6 and the higher seed of the two remaining teams, giving it the right to host Wednesday’s 4:30 championship game at Atlas Field.
Fourth-seeded Honesdale knocked off top seed and defending champion Dallas, 3-2, with a run in the top of the seventh inning.
Wyoming Area moved ahead in the fifth inning, then broke away in the ninth inning for a 9-4 victory at Valley View.
“We’ve gotten hot at the right time,” Wyoming Area coach Rob Lemoncelli said. “We’re playing very good baseball right now and we’re very excited about Wednesday.”
Honesdale (9-13) is heating up as well. The Hornets are on their second three-game winning streak of the season after coming into the regular-season finale on a seven-game losing streak.
Paul Meagher doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored one to lead the Honesdale offense.
Zach Branning and freshman Peter Modrovsky held Dallas to two runs despite giving up a combined six hits and seven walks.
Modrovsky got the win with three hitless innings in relief.
Nathan Hugaboom added two hits for the Hornets while Trent Gombita and Max Mickel each singled and drove in a run. Modrovsky doubled and scored.
Winning pitcher J.J. Hood drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, then Jack Mathis broke the game open for Wyoming Area with a three-run double in the five-run seventh.
Hood struck out 12, then Matt Sorick came in to get the last two outs on strikeouts.
Evan Melberger drove in the tying run after Wyoming Area started the fifth trailing, 3-2. He also scored twice.
Zach Kovalchik went 3-for-3 with a homer, double and two RBI for Valley View.
Dylan Stafursky had a double and single while Tim St. Ledger had a single and two RBI.