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Apr. 20—COVINGTON TWP. — North Pocono staggered Wallenpaupack early in their first-place showdown Monday, and the Buckhorns were never able to recover.

Jake Millan struck out 10 in

5 2/3 innings and had a perfect day at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a walk, home run and three RBIs, to lead the Trojans to an 11-5 victory in Lackawanna League Division II baseball action.

Demarco Maglio also was 3 for 3 with two RBIs. D.J. Silvestrini added two hits and Zach Walsh had two RBIs for North Pocono, which won its eighth straight since a season-opening loss and improved to 4-0 in league play.

“Obviously, a big game, so what you want to do is score first,” North Pocono coach Brian Jardine said. “That’s the offensive philosophy we try to adhere to — throw that first punch, get out to a good start and give Jake a cushion. It went according to plan as far as that goes.”

Wallenpaupack (3-1, 6-2) actually had a chance to land the first blow in the top of the first. An error and a walk put two on base with one out. But Millan got a pickoff and a fly out to squelch the threat.

“The pickoff got the momentum back to our side and it got us fired up for the bottom of the first,” Millan said.

It sure did.

Zach Walsh drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by Ryan Ruddy. Millan then drilled a 2-2 pitch from Wallenpaupack starter Mabret Levant over the right-center field fence for a home run and a 2-0 lead.

“It was a changeup low and away,” Millan said. “Mabret’s a great pitcher, he made a good pitch. I was just able to get the barrel on it and hit it out.”

The Trojans were not done. Chris Walsh and Maglio had two-out singles and scored on a throwing error off a ball hit by Aidan DeLucy for a 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Alex Pagotto led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Zach Walsh to make it 5-0.

“Jake’s a great pitcher, and when you get down a couple runs in the beginning of the game against a pitcher like that, it’s tough to come back,” Wallenpaupack coach Todd Schmalzle said. “We knew we were going to see him, we knew it was going to be a battle. We just can’t get off to the start we did and expect to be in the game and win a game. Hats off to them, they came out and took it to us.”

Three consecutive one-out singles in the bottom of the third by Maglio, DeLucy and Silvestrini loaded the bases and threatened to break open the game for North Pocono.

Levant struck out the next two batters to escape the jam and inject some life into the Buckhorns. They scratched out a run in the top of the fourth and added three more in the fifth on a RBI double by Jack Smith and two-run single by Levant to close the deficit to 7-4. In between, the Trojans scored twice in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single by Millan and a Maglio sacrifice fly.

However, North Pocono always had a response whenever the Buckhorns tried to rally.

Zach Walsh’s RBI single in the fifth made it 8-4. The Trojans then added three insurance runs in the sixth on a Maglio RBI single, an error and a wild pitch.

“Games like this, when you get out to a (big) lead, you have to stay on your toes,” Maglio said. “You might daze off, but I think we really kept our focus throughout the game.”

Millan threw 101 pitches, 63 for strikes. Half of his 10 strikeouts were called third strikes.

“My pitches were working well,” Millan said. “My slider, curveball. I tried to hit the outside corner with my fastball. (Catcher) Aidan (DeLucy) did a great job back there. That’s where a lot of my pitches were.

“Wallenpaupack’s a great team, we knew we were going to be in for a dogfight. Lucky for us we came out on top. After that first inning, we had a lot of confidence the rest of the game.”

North Pocono 11, Wallenpaupack 5

Wallenpaupack 000 130 1 — 5

North Pocono 410 213 x — 11

WP: Jake Millan 5.2IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 4BB, 10SO

LP: Mabret Levant 4IP, 9H, 7R, 5ER, 2BB, 8SO

2B: Jack Smith (WAL), Alex Pagotto (NP), T.J. Schmalzle (WAL). HR: Jake Millan (NP).

Holy Cross 3, Old Forge 2

At Washington Street Park, Tyler Mendicino was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth inning, stole second and came home on Tommy Rohan’s double to deep center to give Holy Cross a Division III win.

Michael DiGregorio tied the game in the seventh for Old Forge with an RBI single and then Angelo Fumanti drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead. But Matt Hassaj tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the inning.

Rohan finished with two hits and two RBIs for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross 3, Old Forge 2, 8 inn.

Old Forge 000 000 20 — 2

Holy Cross 000 010 11 — 3

WP: Nick Carpentier 1.2IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 2SO

LP: Mario Samony 0IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0SO

2B: Tommy Rohan (HC). HR: Matt Hassaj (HC).

Western Wayne 10, Carbondale Area 0

At Western Wayne, Mark Christina threw a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts for the Wildcats.

Luke Janiszewski had two hits, including a double, a run and two RBIs for the winners.

Western Wayne 10, Carbondale Area 0

Carbondale Area 000 00 — 0

Western Wayne 000 19 — 10

WP: Mark Christina 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 8SO

LP: Nick Sopko 5IP, 10H, 10R, 7ER, 0BB, 4SO

2B: Tyler Peet (WW) 2, Tommy Gogolski (WW), Luke Janiszewski (WW).

Riverside 12, Dunmore 2

At Dunmore, Michael Rickert had three hits, a run and three RBIs and Zach Day had a single and a double, a run and two RBIs to lead Riverside.

Nick Sinkevich had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for Dunmore.

Riverside 12, Dunmore 2

Riverside 300 200 7 — 12

Dunmore 200 000 0 — 2

WP: R.J. Santarsiero 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7SO

LP: Nick Mecca 1IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 1SO

2B: Zach Day (RIV), Nick Sinkevich (DUN).

West Scranton 3, Scranton Prep 2

At Battaglia-Cawley Field, Cayden Merrifield had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs to lead West Scranton to a Division I win.

Zack Lloyd allowed two hits and no earned runs and struck out 10 in six innings to earn the win.

Brian Walsh and Andrew Durkin had the hits for Scranton Prep.

West Scranton 3, Scranton Prep 2

Scranton Prep 010 001 0 — 2

West Scranton 101 010 x — 3

WP: Zack Lloyd 6IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 10SO

LP: Brian Walsh 6IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 5SO

2B: Cayden Merrifield (WS), Matt Hamm (WS).

Blue Ridge 8, Elk Lake 6

At Elk Lake, Carson Koehler had three hits, including a double, a run and five RBIs to lead Blue Ridge to a Division IV win.

Coleman McCain doubled and scored twice for the Raiders.

Caden Ramey had a double and a triple, two runs and two RBIs for Elk Lake, which had seven extra-base hits.

Blue Ridge 8, Elk Lake 6

Blue Ridge 104 300 0 — 8

Elk Lake 041 010 0 — 6

WP: Timothy Higgins 3.1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2SO

LP: Elias Owens 4IP, 6H, 8R, 3ER, 1BB, 8SO

2B: Carson Koehler (BR), Coleman McCain (BR), Trevor Graham (EL), Levi Owens (EL), Caden Ramey (EL), Elias Owens (EL), Landon Baker (EL), Levi Tyler (EL). 3B: Caden Ramey (EL).

Lackawanna Trail 12, Forest City 2

At Forest City, Ray Melnikoff had two doubles, two runs and three RBIs to lead Lackawanna Trail.

Luke Leventhal went 2 for 2 with a run and two RBIs for the Lions.

DJ Heath doubled and drove in a run for Forest City.

Lackawanna Trail 12, Forest City 2

Lackawanna Trail 802 02 — 12

Forest City 001 10 — 2

WP: Braden Savage 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4SO

LP: Logan Holsinger 1IP, 3H, 8R, 8ER, 2BB, 1SO

2B: Ray Melnikoff (LT) 2, Jake Wiley (FC), Brycen Decker (LT), DJ Heath (FC).

Valley View 8, Delaware Valley 3

At Delaware Valley, Logan McConnell had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs to lead Valley View in a Division I-II crossover.

Matt Smith also doubled and drove in two for the Cougars.

Cameron May had two hits, including a double, and scored a run for Delaware Valley.

Valley View 8, Delaware Valley 3

Valley View 220 202 0 — 8

Delaware Valley 011 001 0 — 3

WP: Dylan Stafursky 5IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 4SO

LP: Aiden Oliver 5IP, 6H, 6R, 4ER, 3BB, 5SO

2B: Matt Smith (VV), Cameron May (DV), Logan McConnell (VV).

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