RICE TWP. – West manager Lou DiPasquale rolled out eight pitchers for the Wyoming Valley Conference Baseball Senior All-Star Game July 7 at the Mountain Post American Legion Field.
Lake-Lehman’s Tyler Kolb and Tommy Williams handled two of the most important roles within that combination while also contributing to the offense that helped the West to a 10-5 win.
Kolb made the start and Williams was the only West pitcher to work two innings. Kolb, the only player in the game to score twice, and Williams each had a hit and drove in a run.
“It was real nice to get the start,” said Kolb, who was coming off of pitching duties with the Northwest Big League team, which he and Williams helped to a fifth-place finish in the state tournament in Mansfield. “I threw the other day so I knew I was just going one inning.”
With their summer team finished and their high school careers over, both recent Lake-Lehman graduates described the game as primarily being a chance to have fun with some friends. Kolb will continue in baseball at Lackawanna College while Williams, who is headed to Penn State’s main campus, likely played his last competitive game.
They joined players from Tunkhannock and Dallas in making sure the West was successful.
Kolb hit a batter with one out in the top of the first, but quickly followed that up with a double play.
Williams took the mound right after the West opened a lead by scoring five times in the bottom of the second. He allowed a leadoff double in the third, then retired six straight, including two strikeouts.
Kolb was hit by a pitch to start the five-run second. In the fifth, he singled in one run, stole a base and scored the other run in a two-run inning for a 7-1 lead.
Williams walked in his first at-bat and singled in a run in the seventh inning.
Tunkhannock players were right in the middle of the game’s biggest inning. Bobby Gilpin, Brett Hughes and Lane Ceccarelli drove in runs in succession before game Most Valuable Player Tyler Dougherty from Wyoming Area doubled in the last two runs of the second.
Gilpin drove in a run with a groundball. Hughes brought one home with a sacrifice fly. Ceccarelli singled. Gilpin, who reached on an error, and Ceccarelli also scored.
Tunkhannock teammates Cody Brown doubled in Kolb in the fifth, Hughes struck out two in a scoreless second inning on the mound and shortstop Brett Soltysiak reached base on a hit by pitch.
Aaron Yurko, David Simpson and Ryan Martin from Dallas also were part of the win.
Yurko was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Simpson was 1-for-2 and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. He also pitched an inning, striking out one while allowing a run.
Martin had a hit and scored.
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