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BASEBALL: North Pocono wins district, reaches subregional final

Alex Pagotto and Chris Walsh delivered consecutive, two-run doubles and Gavin Chillot capped a nine-run, seventh-inning outburst with a two-run homer Wednesday as North Pocono avenged two of its four losses with a 10-0 victory at Wallenpaupack in a District 2-4 Class 5A Subregional semifinal.

With the win over the Lackawanna League Division 2 champions, the Trojans reach the subregional final and become District 2 Class 5A champions.

North Pocono is the last district team standing in the bracket and will play District 4 member Shikellamy, a 14-7 winner over Pittston Area in the other semifinal, Tuesday at a neutral site for the title.

After scoring a run in the top of the first inning, North Pocono carried the 1-0 lead all the way to the seventh inning.

Ty Lafave held Wallenpaupack scoreless for 3 2/3 innings. Jeremy Staples took over with two on and two out in the fourth and completed the combined shutout, allowing just one hit in his 3 1/3 innings.

North Pocono’s D.J. Silvestrini and Wallenpaupack’s Jordan Santiago were the only players in the game with two hits.

Ryan Ruddy and Chillot scored twice.

North Pocono has now eliminated the top two division champions in the Lackawanna League. The Trojans defeated Lackawanna Division 1 champion Abington Heights, 5-4, in the quarterfinals to avenge a loss in last year’s district final.

Shikellamy 14, Pittston Area 7

Winning pitcher Tyler Swineford homered and drove in five runs to lead Shikellamy to the victory.

The game was tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the fourth where Swineford’s grand slam keyed an eight-run inning.

Drew Menendez, who drove in three runs, and Anthony Cencetti each homered for Pittston Area.


Wallenpaupack 12, Shikellamy 0

Top-seeded Wallenpaupack did not even need to bat in the bottom of the fifth to finish the game off early on the 10-run rule.

The Buckhorns scored five runs in the third inning and six in the fourth.

Mabret Levant, who worked the first 3 1/3 innings, and T.J. Schmalzle combined on a one-hitter.

Wyatt Peifer had a single, double, two runs and two RBI to lead a balanced attack.

Gannon Decker and Santiago each drove in three runs.

Levant doubled and drove in two.

Jack Smith and Justin Stella had two runs and two hits each.

North Pocono 5, Abington Heights 4

Aidan DeLucy’s two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted North Pocono to the victory.

Staples then worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the save.

DeLucy and Walsh had two hits each for the Trojans. Pagotto doubled, scored and drove in a run.

Garrett Pietryka was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs and two RBI for the Comets.

Matt Show, who doubled, and Conner Griffin had two hits each as the top third of the Abington Heights order went 7-for-10.

Selinsgrove 6, Wyoming Valley West 0

Ryan Reich tossed a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts to lead Selinsgrove to the victory.

The Seals scored five unearned runs.

Pittston Area 13, Crestwood 8

Silvio Giardina went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored for Pittston Area.

The Patriots scored at least three runs in each inning from the third through the sixth to overcome early 2-0 and 4-3 deficits.

Dominic Innamorati drove in three runs and finished with two hits and two runs.

Troy Davis and Drew Menendez each had two runs, two hits and two RBI. Davis had a triple while Menendez had a double.

Nick Cerasaro’s two hits included a triple.

Nick Miscavage, who scored four times, and Joseph Moratori, who drove in two runs, had two hits each for Crestwood.

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