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Mountain View Baseball Reaches 4-0; Blue Ridge Volleyball Improves To 5-0

By Tom Robinson

Connor Mancuso and Gavin Bewley had the big offensive games while Michael DeWolfe and Carter Bain went the distance on the mound as Mountain View won twice to improve its Lackawanna League Division 4 leading baseball record to 4-0.

The Eagles defeated host Montrose, 12-4, April 12, then defeated visiting Forest City, 9-2, Thursday.

After going 0-3 in non-league play by a total of 40-5, Mountain View is 4-0 by a combined margin of 47-16 in division games.

Mancuso went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and six runs batted in the win over Montrose. DeWolfe gave up just two earned runs and struck out four while allowing seven hits and three walks.

Bewley drove in four runs with two hits in the Forest City game. Bain threw a four-hitter with four walks and nine strikeouts, giving up just one earned run.

The Eagles broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Both Mancuso and Bewley got plenty of help offensively.

Bain drove in two runs on two hits and Nathan Ofalt had two runs scored and two hits against Montrose. Riley Jagger also had two hits while DeWolfe and Owen Cameron scored twice.

DeWolfe went 2-for-3 and scored twice against Forest City. Bain had a hit and drove in two runs. Ofalt and Jagger each scored twice.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Blue Ridge overwhelmed Mountain View, 25-5, 25-8, 25-11, Thursday in a Lackawanna League boys' volleyball match to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Calvin Scheideler had a team-high six kills.

Connor Cranage had five kills, five digs, four service aces and three blocks. Morgan Thomas also had five kills.

Carson Gallagher had 18 assists and Garrett Conklin 16 digs, leading the team in each category.

COLLEGE CORNER

Keri Jones ran through bitter cold conditions to complete the 800-meter run in 2:25.88, qualifying for the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships when the Lebanon Valley senior placed second out of 24 in the York College Twilight Meet April 1.

The Elk Lake graduate was the 2020 MAC Indoor champion in the 3,000-meter run.

Jones also had a standout cross country career at Lebanon Valley.

The MAC recently named Jones Women's Cross Country Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2020-21.

"She is exceptional as a student, she is exceptional as an athlete and she is just a wonderful person in general," Lebanon Valley cross country coach James O'Brien said, according to a story on the school's athletic website. "The LVC cross country program is tremendously proud of all of her accomplishments."

Jones was named MAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2019 when she won the MAC title with the fastest time in meet history. She went on to place fifth out of 349 in the Mideast Region and 46th in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships.

A physical therapy major, Jones has a cumulative GPA of 3.99 and is on target to receive a doctorate in physical therapy in May, 2022.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Montrose is at Lackawanna Trail Thursday in a Lackawanna Track Conference Division 3 boys' meet between the two teams tied for the lead at 2-0.

In softball, Elk Lake, the last unbeaten at the beginning of the week, is at Mountain View Thursday. The Lady Eagles began the week in a tie for second place in Lackawanna Division 4.

In baseball, Mountain View is at Blue Ridge Saturday. They were the last two unbeaten teams in Lackawanna Division 4 going into the week.

Each needed to get past Elk Lake, which was tied for third, before their Saturday showdown. Mountain View started the week 4-0 and had a home game with Elk Lake set for Thursday, two days before facing Blue Ridge.

LOOKING AHEAD

District 2 has set the dates for the Class 2A boys' tennis tournaments.

Montrose, the only county team with tennis, is unlikely to qualify for the team event set April 30, May 3 and May 5.

Early round singles play is May 8 and doubles is May 15, both at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre, starting at 9 a.m. If the Meteors manage to get someone into the semifinals, they are scheduled for May 10 and 17, with Kirby Park as one of the possible sites.

TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached online at RobbyTR@aol.com or followed on Twitter at @tomjrobinson.

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