Nick Reposa (Misericordia/ Tunkhannock) hit a walk-off single in the first game of a Baseball U PA Collegiate Summer League doubleheader at County Park in Covington Twp. to score pinch runner R.J. Kuruts (St. John Fisher/Forest City) and help the Gray Team deal the Steel Team its first loss of the summer. The Steel Team bounced back with a 3-1 win in the second to earn the split.
Brendan Kucharski (Keystone/ Mid Valley) and Brandon Reno (Wilkes/ Northwest) homered for the all-NCAA-Division-III player Gray Team (2-2). Reno also tripled and Sean Roberts (Keystone/ Pope John XXIII Regional) struck out seven in four innings.
Dixon Black (Monmouth/ Valley View) smacked his league-leading fourth home run for Steel (5-1).
In the second game, Ryan Hogan (St. John’s/ Wyoming Valley West) went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI to lead Steel. Derek Stento (East Stroudsburg/ Blue Ridge) and Black also drove in runs, with Black’s being his league-best 12th RBI. No one else has more than six.
After doubling in the first game, Nick Carlini (Keystone/ Abington Heights) ripped a solo home run out to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning for Gray’s only run.
Black 6, Vegas 1 / Black 15, Vegas 1
At La Plume, four North Pocono grads teamed up to deliver Black (2-4) its first win of the season and send them on their way to a sweep of Vegas (1-5).
Starting pitcher Cory Wall (Fordham/ North Pocono) struck out six in three innings — giving him 11 in five innings this summer — and Nate McLain (Rutgers/ North Pocono) followed with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts. On offense, JP Walsh (Monmouth/ North Pocono) went
2 for 2 with three stolen bases and three runs out of the leadoff spot, and cleanup hitter Jake Mastillo (Lock Haven/ North Pocono) went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Luke Bottger (Northeastern/ Wilkes-Barre Area) singled twice, walked and drove in a run.
In the second game, Black scored in every inning but the first and worked Vegas pitchers for 16 walks en route to a rout.
Yuzuki Okamura (Herkimer/ Ohmi) drove in four runs and scored four runs; Fritz Genther (Virginia Tech/ Kingston) tripled and walked three times; Nick Warriner (Herkimer/ Montrose) doubled and drove in two; and Evan Dempsey (Oswego State/ Abington Heights) drew four walks and had two RBIs. Black team starter Ryan Cardona (Marist/ Livingston) struck out six in three scoreless innings and Michael Aronica (Marywood/ Dunmore) punched out four in two innings.