First Posted: 6/2/2014
Nigel Stearns from Dallas and Scott Bean from Lake-Lehman contributed to the pitching and the offense for the Wyoming Valley Conference during a 7-3 victory over the Lackawanna League in the second annual Field Of Dreams Game June 1 at PNC Field in Moosic.
The all-star game for graduating high school baseball players from the two leagues in District 2 was played for the second straight year at the home stadium of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the top farm team of the New York Yankees.
Stearns was the first to take the mound. He was one of seven pitchers to each work an inning for the WVC stars while combining on a five-hitter.
Bean pitched a scoreless fourth inning to protect a 3-2 lead.
Stearns allowed a hit and an unearned run while striking out two and walking two. Bean gave up one hit.
At the plate, Stearns was 1-for-2 with a run scored. In addition to pitching, he played left field.
Stearns also scored the run that erased the only WVC deficit. He reached on an infield single in the second inning and came home along with Holy Redeemer’s Eric Kerr when Matt DeMarco of Meyers had a two-run triple to highlight the three-run inning.
Bean, who also played left field and third base, scored a run.
Domenic Oliveri from Dallas went 0-for-2 while serving as the designated hitter then playing right field.
Tunkhannock’s Sean Solysiak played third base and was 0-for-1.
Three players from Dallas and one from Hunlock Creek were part of the Holy Redeemer team that went unbeaten through the Wyoming Valley Conference season and won a District 2 title on the way to the state Class AA semifinals where its season ended Tuesday.
Mike Gatusky, Nick James and Chris Mennig are from Dallas. Joe McGraw is from Hunlock Creek.
Gatusky, a junior, starts as an outside hitter.
James, a sophomore setter, comes off the bench as part of the team’s regular rotation.
Mennig, a sophomore, and McGraw, a junior, are reserves.
Gatusky was third on the team with 12 kills May 31 in a 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 sweep of Garden Spot in the state quarterfinals.
The District 2 champion Wyoming Seminary team had a strong Back Mountain influence with six players who live in the Lake-Lehman School District and five from the Dallas School District.
The Blue Knights won the Wyoming Valley Conference in a playoff after tying for first with Delaware Valley at 12-2. Wyoming Seminary then averaged more than 20 goals per game in three District 2 tournament wins on the way to the state tournament where it was eliminated by Danville, 11-10.
Corinne Conyngham, Kelley Gavin, Gabrielle Grossman, Katherine Paglia, Katie Stemrich and Molly Turner all reside in the Lake-Lehman district. Jacqueline Meuser, Alexis Quick, Becca Schulman, Sarah Schulman and Madison Sweitzer are from Dallas.
Quick scored five goals, Rebecca Schulman had four goals and two assists, Turner had three goals and an assist and Conyngham had three goals in a 21-10 win over Delaware Valley in the District 2 championship game.
TRACK AND FIELD
Dallas senior Regan Rome was named third-team, all-state in the 3200-meter run by the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association.
The team combines athletes from Class AAA and Class AA and takes into consideration consistency of performance throughout the season as well as state meet finish.
Rome placed second in the state in Class AAA after winning the District 2 title. She also was second in the state in Class AA in cross country reason while leading Dallas to the team championship.
Lake-Lehman will have a new coach for the 2014-15 season.
Edward Grant was appointed at the May school board meeting to replace Brian Cutter, who stepped aside after five seasons.
Grant, a teacher in the Greater Nanticoke Area School District, was assistant girls’ basketball coach and head track and field coach at Nanticoke. He has also served as offensive coordinator for the GAR football team.