Apr. 24—Nick Biasi scattered six singles over six innings and his teammates backed him with a 14-hit attack as unbeaten Hazleton Area blanked Wilkes-Barre Area 12-0 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 baseball game Friday at Hilldale Park.
The Wolfpack’s John Mihalchik matched zeroes with Biasi over the first three innings in the teams’ first-ever matchup, before the Cougars (11-0, 6-0 WVC) scored twice in the top of the fourth inning, three more runs in the fifth, twice in the sixth and broke the game wide open with five in the seventh.
Biasi struck out 10 batters and walked none in his economical 85-pitch outing. Kyle Peters came on in the seventh and didn’t allow a base hit or walk.
Offensively, Alex Schell drove in a team-high three runs and Luke Russo and Bryce Molinaro added two RBI apiece.
Molinaro and Michael Kilker both smacked a double and single, Luke Russo, Grant Russo and Brett Antolick each had two singles, Jatnk Diaz doubled and Chris Genao, Mike Mehalshick and Marcus LaBuda chipped in a base hit apiece.
Darren Clarke and Jack Gilgallon both singled twice for the Wolfpack.
The Cougars are back in action today with a home makeup game against Berwick at Rex Antinozzi Field. First pitch is set for noon.
Hazleton Area also is scheduled to play host to Crestwood on Tuesday, before traveling to Dallas on Thursday.
HA (11-0, 6-0) ……000 232 5 — 12 14 1
WBA (5-6, 3-3) ……..000 000 0 — 0 6 2
Biasi, Peters (6) and G. Russo, Payne; Mihalchik, Kenzakowski (7) and Monahan. W — Biasi. L — Mihalchik.
Hits: Hazleton Area — G. Russo 2, L. Russo 2, Antolick 2, Molinaro 2, Kilker 2, Genao, Mehalshick, LaBuda, Diaz. Wilkes-Barre Area — Clarke 2, Gilgallon 2, Bottgert, Simko.
2B — Kilker, Molinaro, Diaz.
H.S. Softball Lake-Lehman 8 MMI Prep 3
In Foster Twp., Jillian Ulozas slugged three extra-base hits, two doubles and a triple, and Brenna Hunt had two hits and an RBI as Lake-Lehman held its early lead.
Irene Altmiller had two hits, including a double, for the Lady Preppers, and McKenna Gallagher and Amelia Minzola each drove in a run. Gallagher and Kaylee Witner both socked a double.
MMI will play host to Weatherly in a non-league game Saturday at 1 p.m.
LL ……………………………202 002 2 — 8 12
MMI …………………………000 201 0 — 3 4
Scoblick and Ulozas; Witner and Warner. W — Scoblick. L — Witner.
Hits: Lake-Lehman — Ulozas 4, Hunt 2, Zier-Norris, Hudak, Smith, Brdaric, Honeywell, Kline. MMI Prep — Altmiller 2, Witner, Gallagher.
2B — Ulozas 2, Smith, Kline, Altmiller, Gallagher, Witner.
3B — Ulozas, Zier-Norris, Honeywell.
H.S. Tennis Crestwood 5 Wilkes-Barre Area 0
The Crestwood boys’ tennis team had to put some extra time in on Friday, but ultimately disposed of Wilkes-Barre Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference matchup.
The Comets’ top two singles players, Ben Ziegler and Julien Lacoste, were pressed to tiebreakers in their matches, but both came up big to lead the charge.
At first singles, Ziegler outlasted Michael Hamill 7-6 (8-6 tiebreaker), 6-4. Meanwhile, Lacoste held off Stanley Shimko 6-3, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker) at second singles, giving the Comets the two big match points.
Kurt Grenzberg closed out singles play for Crestwood with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Steven Plaza.
The Comets (6-1) had no trouble in the doubles, winning both in straight sets.
At first doubles, Alex Covelens and Noah Partington rolled past Giovanni Molina and Jimmy Ardito 6-0, 6-1. And at second doubles, Brayden Fenwick and Ryan Kostiuk downed Matthew Faust and Tyler Faust 6-0, 6-2.
H.S. Volleyball Valley West 3 Hazleton Area 2
In a five-set thriller Friday, Wyoming Valley West outlasted Hazleton Area for the WVC victory.
The Spartans won the first and third sets by identical 25-17 scores, and the Cougars countered with wins in the second (25-21) and fourth (25-20) sets, setting up a winner-take-all fifth set that Valley West captured, 15-13.
For the Cougars, Wilbel Delgado posted 19 service points and four aces, and also had seven kills and four digs.
Elijah Belles registered eight kills, four assists, four digs, two blocks and five service points; and Connor Wolfe added 19 assists, eight service points, three aces, five kills, three blocks, five digs.