Dallas baseball’s hot start cooled off by Wyoming Area

By Derek Levarse - dlevarse@timesleader.com | April 20th, 2016 9:23 am

By Derek Levarse


Dallas’ Jackson Shaver makes his first mound appearance of the WVC season, pitching against Wyoming Area on Monday at Dallas High School.
http://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_WADallasBaseball1.jpgDallas’ Jackson Shaver makes his first mound appearance of the WVC season, pitching against Wyoming Area on Monday at Dallas High School.

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas’ bid for yet another no-hitter ended with just the second pitch of Monday’s game. By the end of the afternoon, that was the last thing on the minds of the Mountaineers.

A terrific start to Dallas’ Wyoming Valley Conference baseball campaign was halted by Wyoming Area as the reigning Division 2 champs racked up 15 total hits in an 11-3 win at the high school field.

In a matchup of unbeaten teams, the Warriors became the first team in the young season to record a hit against Mounts junior Lee Eckert, who had thrown back-to-back no-hitters in his first two starts.

“I thought it was by far the worst game we played,” Dallas coach Ken Kashatus said. “And it’s sad because it’s home, it’s the nicest day of the 2016 year. … We’re feeling good, we’re walking tall. They have no losses in the division, we have no losses in the division. And I just really think we spit the bit.

“All around, there wasn’t one aspect of the game that really killed us. They all did. We didn’t pitch, hit or field particularly well.”

Mike Bonita broke Eckert’s impressive streak with a quick single to right at the start of the game to set the tone. Wyoming Area scored its first two runs in the third before breaking the game open with a four-spot in the fifth.

Dallas’ offense against Warriors starter Cory Lescavage came in the fifth as the hitters got their third look at him. Charles Giacometti launched a two-run triple to put his team on the board before scoring on an RBI single by J.D. Barrett.

The Mounts managed to get back-to-back singles to open the seventh but couldn’t pull closer after that.

“Our swings were atrocious. … We didn’t have hard baseball swings at the ball today,” Kashatus said. “And we did that last week. We had better at-bats. We had bad at-bats today. And I don’t want to take anything away from Lescavage. We just weren’t competitive batters today. That’s a tribute to him.”

Senior all-star Cory Lescavage shined for the Warriors (3-0), finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI at the plate while also going the distance on the mound, striking out nine with just one walk.

Bonita also added three hits. Josh Kopcza and Cole Keating (triple) each drove in a pair. Tyler Dougherty added a triple of his own while ably manning Lescavage’s usual spot at shortstop.

“I think a part of the situation was we just caught Dallas when they didn’t have their ‘A’ game,” Warriors coach Ron Musto said. “We were very fortunate to come up here and to be able to do what we did. I’m really proud of our kids.

“We’re just lucky to get out of here with a win.”

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