SCRANTON – The pitching of West Scranton's James Dunning helped District 11 begin and end on top of the Commanders' Cup American Legion baseball series.
Dunning did not allow an earned run while striking out 11 in a six-hitter Tuesday night, August 7 at Battaglia-Cawley Field in Scranton when District 11 defeated Wyoming Valley, 4-1, to complete a three games-to-two victory in the best-of-five all-star series.
District 11, the league for Lackawanna County teams, appeared to be headed to an easy victory when the series opened Aug. 2 with Dunning throwing a three-hit shutout in a 13-0 rout.
"That was great pitching from him," Don Stark, the Wyoming Valley co-manager from Plains, told the Times Leader after Dunning stopped his team for the second time.
Wyoming Valley rallied to force a deciding fifth game as each team won twice by shutouts.
District 11 scored two runs each in the first and sixth inning of Game Five.
Chris Rebar bunted to bring in one run and scored the other in the first inning.
Tanner Schmidt finished 3-for-4 and scored the final District 11 run. Rebar went 2-for-4 and drove in a run in the sixth inning.
West Scranton's Nick Ivanoff had a hit in his only at-bat of the game.
After Game Four was originally rained out, the Wyoming Valley rolled to an 8-0 win Monday to even the series.
Ivanoff came on in relief and struck out two while allowing three runs, two of which were earned, in the final three innings.
District 11 won Game Three, 5-0, Aug. 4 with the help of another three-hit game by Schmidt. The South Scranton third baseman also drove in two games.
West Scranton's Dan Repshis and Dunning each drove in a run.
The see-saw series featured Wyoming Valley bouncing back from its 13-0 loss to win 12-0 the next day.
The series win featured strong contributions from the four West Scranton players.
Dunning, who played for Keystone College's nationally ranked team this spring, struck out 19 with just one walk in his 14 scoreless innings of pitching.
Ivanoff finished 3-for-6 at the plate.
Repshis drove in four runs.
Michael Zaccheo finished 1-for-7 with a run scored.