Trojans lose to Montrose
The Montrose Meteors got five runs in the second inning and went on to a 9-2 upset of host Nanticoke Area on Tuesday in the District 2 Class AA baseball semifinal playoffs at Major League Field.
Montrose, 7-13, advances to Thursday's championship game against Bishop Hoban at 5 p.m. at Lackawanna County Stadium.
The Trojans, fourth seeded, end the season at 11-6.

Trojans keep season alive
By: Steve Bennett, Staff Writer 05/28/2005
Winning the Wyoming Valley Conference Division II championship would have been a nice way to cap the regular season for the Nanticoke Area baseball team.
However, as the defending District 2 champions, the Trojans had their sights set on a bigger prize.
On Friday afternoon, the Trojans took one more step toward their goal.
Jon Kaminski's squeeze bunt up the first base line brought in George Jones with the game-winning run as Nanticoke Area eliminated Mid Valley, 9-6 at Nanticoke Area High School in the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class AA tournament.
The victory improved the Trojans to 11-5 on the year and sets up a meeting with 16th-seeded Montrose on Tuesday afternoon at Nanticoke in the district semifinals.
"It would have been nice to win a conference championship," said Dan Benick who pitched the final two innings to get the save. "We're playing for this one (district championship) and the one after (state championship). That was our main goal and it still is our main goal."
Nanticoke Area jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but Mid Valley answered back with three of its own in the top of the second. In the bottom of the second, Rich Kaminski reached on a fielder's choice and took second on an error. He stole third and scored when the throw from the catcher sailed into left field.
Benick, who was intentionally walked in three of his four trips to the plate, came around to score on a base hit to right by Pete Bedford to give the Trojans a 5-3 lead.
Dan Nearhouse started for Nanticoke Area and worked the first five innings, he gave up eight hits and six runs. He walked one and struck out two.
Benick gave the Trojans a 6-3 advantage in the fourth when with one out, Mid Valley elected to pitch to him with the bases empty and on a 3-1 pitch, Benick blasted it over the fence in left.
"I saw four pitches in four at-bats," Benick said. "When you just walk up to the plate and they just put you on, it's frustrating. It's nice to see a pitch once in a while."
The Spartans began the fifth with back-to-back base hits to left, which led to three runs to tie the game. In the bottom half of the inning, Jones walked to begin the inning and took second on a base hit by Jarret Wolfe.
Wolfe was picked off first and Ushinski was safe on an infield single to third to put runners on the corners. Jon Kaminski came up and dropped down a bunt up the first base line that hugged the line allowing Jones to score to make
it 7-6.
Nanticoke added two more insurance runs and turned things over to Benick to finish things off.
The University of Marylandbound right-hander, retired the side in order in the sixth before giving up a leadoff double to start the seventh. He then settled in and retired the next three batters to end the game.

A wrathful GNA pounds Dallas
The Trojans shake off a loss to Hoban and move into second place in division.

Still feeling the sting of a double-digit loss to division-leader Bishop Hoban earlier this week, Greater Nanticoke Area’s players and coaches looked forward to getting right back on the horse.

“High-ho Silver, away!”

The Trojans spotted visiting Dallas an early two-run advantage, then proceeded to batter the Mountaineers into a five-inning 14-4 submission Thursday afternoon at Major League Park.

The victory gave Nanticoke (6-2) sole possession of second place in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division II standings, a game behind the Argents (7-1). Dallas (5-3) dropped to third in the race.

“We wanted to rebound from the Hoban loss,” said Nanticoke coach Jim Rhinehammer. “The kids had more of a desire to win today.”

The Trojans struck for five runs in their half of the first inning, with Jarett Wolfe’s bases-loaded triple the key blow. Initially, it looked as if Wolfe’s liner would be caught by the right fielder, but the ball sailed through swirling winds and right over the outstretched arms of the defender.

It was the start of big day at the plate for Wolfe, who finished 3-for-3 with five RBI and a run scored. His two-run single in the third highlighted another five-run outburst and pretty much sealed the Mountaineers’ fate.

Nanticoke banged out 13 hits, six against starting and losing pitcher Adam King, who lasted just six outs. Outfielder Pete Bedford had three hits and winning pitcher Dan Nearhouse, third baseman Brian Madajewski and second baseman Jon Kaminski chipped in two apiece. Madajewski had a pair of doubles, including a two-RBI shot to deep center in the Trojans’ four-run second inning. Additionally, Maryland-bound shortstop Dan Benick scored twice for the winners.

“We’re a very good hitting ballclub,” Rhinehammer said.

The Trojans can pitch a little, as well.

With his fastball and off-speed stuff working, Nearhouse was in control throughout. After giving up a two-run double to Dallas’ Dave Schultz in the first inning, the senior right-hander was never seriously threatened the rest of the way. He scattered eight hits and struck out three, while walking three.

“I felt really good. I had a little time off from the last time I pitched,” Nearhouse said.

“(Hoban) was a tough loss for us. It’s good to be able to rebound and come back with a big win.”

Rhinehammer said his team is readying for a playoff run. “We’re right where we want to be.”

Well, almost.

“We want to be on top,” Benick said, “but this isn’t a bad spot.”

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