WEST PITTSTON – Dallas rallied late in the regular season to earn a playoff for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 baseball title.
Once there, the Mountaineers came back again, erasing an early four-run deficit to defeat Tunkhannock, 5-4, for the division championship Wednesday.
J.D. Barrett’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted Dallas to its sixth straight win and the division title. The Mountaineers had started 2-6 in league play before putting together the streak to tie Tunkhannock at 7-6, one game in front of Berwick and two-time defending champion Wyoming Area.
The Tigers opened a 4-0 lead after 1 ½ innings of the playoff game at Atlas Field.
“We were struggling, but we’ve had bigger deficits and bigger comebacks,” first baseman and pitcher Christopher Huntington told the Times Leader.
Huntington started the sixth inning with a bunt single, then went to third base on a wild pickoff throw before scoring the winning run.
After Huntington struck out four in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Josh Lydon got the win by finishing up with two scoreless innings.
Will McCrum had a pair of RBI singles to get the Dallas comeback started.
Matt Goodwin’s two-run single and Tyler Faux’s RBI double helped Tunkhannock score three times in the second.
Faux finished 3-for-4.
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Lake-Lehman used the road win to finish 9-5, tied for second out of eight teams in WVC Division 3, behind only two-time defending state champion Holy Redeemer.
The unbeaten Trojanettes, who have clinched the WVC Division 2 title, came to Dallas to beat the Mountaineers for the second straight day.
Nanticoke needed four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally and protect its unbeaten conference record.
Maddie Kelley had a double and Peyton Ross drove in a run for Dallas.
Nick Kocher and Josh Lydon combined on a three-hitter to help Dallas finish tied for first and force the WVC Division 2 playoff.
Kocher struck out nine. Lydon struck out the only batter he faced with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Starter Connor Hulslander threw five scoreless innings as Tunkhannock won the game that determined which team would play Dallas for the title.
Lake-Lehman came from behind with 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to finish 9-5, tied for third out of eight teams in WVC Division 2.
Delaware Valley 10
Kate Roberts scored four goals as Lake-Lehman broke a tie to finish alone in second place of the WVC at 10-1.
Abington Heights 4
The Mountaineers used the home-field win to finish 7-4, fifth of 12 teams in the WVC.
Abbey Hogan struck out seven and did not walk a batter in the shutout.
Cassie Konopki, Chloe VanGorder and Corrina Scoblick drove in two runs each.
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Maddie Kelley went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in the loss.
Delaware Valley 9
Josh Balcarel scored six goals to lead Delaware Valley to the win at Wyoming Seminary in the first game needed to break a three-way tie after the two teams finished 10-3 and tied for first with Wyoming Seminary in WVC Division 1.
With the win, Dallas earned its spot in the three-way playoff for the WVC Division 1 title.
Wyoming Seminary 18, Lake-Lehman 1
Lake-Lehman finished 6-7 to place second of five teams in WVC Division 2.
Maddie Kelley struck out eight in a one-hitter.
Holy Redeemer 3
Unbeaten WVC champion Holy Redeemer defeated visiting Dallas.
The Mountaineers finished 2-10 in the conference.
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