Tunkhannock Legion ended a five game slide with back-to-back-to-back wins in the midst of a five game stretch to end its season.
Thursday, Post 457 took the loss against Back Mountain in a rescheduled game at Misericordia.
Back Mountain scored five of its six runs in the second inning.
Mike Astegher was hot at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Billy Dziak also went 2-for-3 and added a run. The remaining hit came off of Devin Mikalka’s bat.
The Tigers summer ball team threw Matt Goodwin and Shane Sherwood, but lost the game by a run, 6-5.
With no time to suffer from the loss, the two teams were back at it again, this time at the Tunkhannock Area High School field. Splitting the series, Post 457 came out on top of game two with a commanding 7-1 win.
Astegher continued to play well against the Back Mountain team, swinging 2-for-3 at the plate. Goodwin had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.
Tyler Faux got the job done on both sides of the field, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored at the plate, and picking up the win on the mound. Faux fanned five batters in his six innings.
Connor Hulslander closed out the game once Faux hit his pitch allowance, striking out two in his single inning of work.
Riding the win against Back Mountain, the boys took on a winless Plains team and dominated them at the Hilldale Field, 13-4. Sherwood would make the start, and when he hit his century mark, Mike Astgher came on in relief.
Hulslander pitched to the third win in as manny games, this time a 6-2 check in the win column against Nanticoke. Dylan Mislevy made an appearance on the moundlater in the contest, securing the win.
The final game of the Tunkhannock season was Monday at Roosevelt Field against first place Swoyersville.
Hulslander went 2-for-4, including a triple, and drove in two runs, but it wouldn’t be enough as Post 457 lost to Swoyersville, 7-4.
Mislevy took the loss on the mound, giving up eight hits in five innings and striking out three. Paul DeMarco also threw an inning, surrendering two hits.
For the playoffs, the thirdseed plays the sixth seed and the fourth plays the fifth seed. The winner of each game then plays against the top two seeds in a double elimination format.
As the standings were posted on Monday morning, before the conclusion of the season, Tunkhannock would stand to play Pittston. Those two teams split the regular season series, each team winning its home game.
It is same set up for the Tunkhannock junior legion team, which finished the season with a 7-6 record going into their game Monday, sitting comfortably in fifth place.
Senior legion playoffs begin Friday, July 13, while junior legion starts on Thursday, July 12.