HS Baseball: Hazleton Area, MMI Prep secure state playoff spots

Hazleton Area spotted two runs from Williamsport. Then, as has been the case all season, the Cougars’ offense took control.

The Cougars cleared the early deficit and kept scoring, beating Williamsport 15-3 in five innings Wednesday to win the Class 6A District 2/4 baseball subregional title at Bloomsburg High School.

Hazleton Area (20-1) will play Monday in the PIAA Class 6A playoff against the third seeded District 1 at a site and time to be determined. Pennsbury (15-4) and Coatesville (15-6) play Thursday in the game for third place in D1.

Williamsport ended its year at 14-7.

The Millionaires scored twice in the first set. Hazleton Area responded with four down the frame and six more in the second to retire.

Kyle Peters and Jason Lazar each had three RBIs for Hazleton Area. Bryce Molinaro added a pair of RBIs.

Nick Biasi, who signed with Florida State, pitched four two-hit innings for the win. Texas A&M rookie Brett Antolick pitched the final inning. Antolick also had a team-high three hits in the Cougars’ 15-hit offense.

North Carolina rookie Dallas Griess had two hits and scored twice for Williamsport.

Preparation MMI 8, Forest City 3

MMI Prep scored six runs in Round 3 on their way to defeating Forest City for the District 2 Class A Championship.

The Preppers (6-14) play Monday in the PIAA Class A State Playoffs against District 1 champion Jenkintown (11-4) at a site and time to come. MMI will be making its third official appearance in school history. Jenkintown will make its official debut.

Forest City finished the year at 2-13.

Freshman Mike Kranyak led the offense, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Carson Valkusky was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Ty McDermott had MMI’s other hit.

David Castro struck out eight in 6.1 innings for the victory.

District 2/4 Class 6A Championship

Hazleton Area 15, Williamsport 3 (5 hostel)


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Taylor 2b`2`1`0`0

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Browns rf`2`0`1`1


Murray lf`1`0`0`0

Robertson 3b`3`0`0`0


Aldenfer c`2`0`0`0

Vollman 1b`1`0`0`0

Moore ss`1`0`0`0


Hazleton`AB`R`H`BI Region

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Antolick 2b-p`4`3`3`0

Molinaro ss`4`2`2`2

Bias p-1b`3`0`2`1

L.Russo cf`2`2`2`1

Peters 3b-2b`2`3`2`3

Lazar lf`3`1`2`3

Rodriguez 1b`3`0`0`0

Aponick rf`2`0`1`1

Halcisak rf`1`0`0`0

Guzman cr`0`3`0`0


Williamsport`200`01 — 3

Hazleton region`464`1x — 15

2B—Griess, Peters, Antolick.


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Bias W`4`2`2`0`2`6


District 2 Class A Championship

Preparation MMI 8, Forest City 3

Forest City`AB`R`H`BI

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Fireplace ss`4`1`2`0

Langman c`2`0`0`0

Urbas 1b-p`4`1`2`0

Flow rf`4`1`1`0

O’Neill 2b`4`0`1`0

Reynolds cf-1b`3`0`1`2

Notary lf`3`0`0`0

Vega 2b`2`0`0`0



Castro p-1b`1`1`0`0

Valkusky 1b-p`3`2`2`0

Burns ss`2`1`0`0

Yenchko cf`3`0`0`0

Williams 3b`1`2`0`0


Kranyak 2b`4`1`2`3

Drobnock rf`3`0`0`0

Magula rf`1`0`0`0

Witner c`3`0`0`0


Forest town`000`101`1 — 3

Preparation MMI`006`110`x — 8

2B — Valkusky.

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Lesjack L`3`2`6`4`7`8


Preparation MMI`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Castro W`6.1`7`3`2`3`8


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