American Legion Post 154 concluded its regular season this week with two wins, which settled them into third place in the Kay’s division.
With four games scheduled to round out the season, the boys in blue headed into the post season playoffs with a game Monday against the second place team from the Sebastianelli division, Carbondale/Lakeland.
The team started the holiday festivities off with two games at two separate fields on Tuesday night.
Game one took 154 to face a second place team from South Scranton. Nick Warriner had two of the team’s four hits in the 4-1 loss. Joe McAleer and RJ Arnold also contributed hits, with McAleer plating the lone run by scoring from first on an infield ground ball with a throwing error from first to third.
The Montrose pitchers allowed five hits in the game, while walking six and only striking out two batters in the contest.
The middle of the lineup did its job in game two, but it wasn’t enough as Post 154 dropped the second game of the night, 12-7 to Carbondale/Lakeland at Battaglia’s field.
McAleer went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. Kevin Valvano was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Arnold and Warriner continued to swing hot bats, each registering a hit and run scored in the nightcap.
Montrose used four pitchers, with Warriner ultimately taking the loss. Combined, the staff allowed the same number of hits and walks, with nine.
On Friday, Post 154 hauled to Dingmans Ferry, almost two hours from the team’s home field, for the final away game of the season.
Dominating the young, winless team, Montrose no hit the home team in a 16-0, five inning win. Everyone in a Montrose uniform reached base safely in the game.
Arnold had three doubles, three runs and three RBIs to lead Montrose, and Bryden Jerauld homered, scored twice, and drove in three. Mason Dieck had his first senior legion hit.
Eric Lee got the win on the bump, and also had two hits, including a triple, in the rout.
The final game on the schedule, against Tri-Boro at Montrose High School, was originally scheduled for June 21. Tri-Boro forfited the game.
Post 154 built a 10-run lead on Monday, then held off a furious rally from Carbondale/Lakeland to notch a 13-10 win, advancing them to the semifinals.
Zack Dieck doubled and singled and drove in three runs for the winners, who travel to top-seeded Dickson City to start their best-of-3 series Wednesday night.
Warriner also cracked a pair of hits and drove in three. Lee doubled and singled and Valvano knocked in two runs.
Post 154 heads to the second round at Dickson City on Wednesday.