Combined pitchers’ lines for the two games I’ve seen in person this year: 26 innings, 11 hits, six runs, five earned, nine walks and 40 strikeouts.
Granted, I’ve seen Nate Seprosky pitch twice and Ryan Deom pitch once, so those kinds of numbers are somewhat expected. But across the board, pitchers have the early upper hand in the Lackawanna League.
Of the 26 games played in the Lackawanna League, six were shutouts and seven saw the losing team score one run. In only 11 games did the combined score add up to 10 runs or more, and only once has a mercy rule been enacted: Old Forge’s 12-0 win over Riverside. Nine teams — Wallenpaupack, Scranton Prep, Forest City, Dunmore, Holy Cross, Riverside, Mid Valley, Western Wayne and Carbondale Area — have had double-digit hit games and 23 times a team has had five hits or fewer. Five players have struck out 10 or more in a game: Wallenpaupack’s Aaron Husson (twice), Forest City’s R.J. Kuruts and Kyle Shema, West Scranton’s Cole Stetzar and North Pocono’s Ryan Deom.
Thursday saw some particularly impressive pitching performances:
- Abington Heights’ Jake Swank and Colin McCreary — The duo teamed up to no-hit Valley View. Swank pitched six innings, allowed an unearned run (The Comets committed an uncharacteristic three errors in the second inning), struck out five and walked two. McCreary picked up the save, working the final inning with one walk, a HBP and one strikeout.
- North Pocono’s Ryan Deom — The sophomore continued his impressive run, throwing a one-hit shutout against Scranton. He struck out six, walked none and needed only 63 pitches to complete the game, averaging three pitches per out. Deom’s line for the season: 13.1 innings, three hits, no runs, no walks and 17 strikeouts. He’s allowed one earned run in 38.1 innings since the start of last year’s postseason (0.18 ERA), and in his last three starts, he’s completed 20.1 innings on 216 pitches (0.34 WHIP over that span).
- West Scranton’s Cole Stetzar — Needed only 83 pitches to shut out Honesdale. Stetzar, the St. Joseph’s commit, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out 10. Stetzar is six strikeouts away from 100 for his career. He also doubled in the game.
- Forest City’s Kyle Shema — Allowed two hits and one run in a win over Susquehanna. Shema struck out 10 and walked two. He also drove in two runs.
- Valley View’s Nate Seprosky — Didn’t pick up a win, but did pitch well against Abington Heights for his second hard-luck loss of the season. In nine innings this season, Seprosky has allowed four hits and two earned runs, with four walks and 12 strikeouts.
And while he didn’t pitch Thursday, Wallenpaupack’s Aaron Husson, a UMBC commit, leads the league in strikeouts with 21, and he’s gotten them in 10.1 innings. Husson has allowed six hits, five earned runs and four walks. He had 27 strikeouts all of last season and he’s at 78 for his career.