By Steve Svetovich
McGinty’s won its third consecutive Dunmore Freedom League title with two wins over the Dunmore entry last month at West Scranton’s Battaglia Field.
Managed by Tyler Chulvick, McGinty’s played Honesdale in the semi finals, taking two of three games at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park last month.
McGinty’s finished the regular season with a 6-4 record as the number two playoff seed to first place Dunmore.
All regular season games were played at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park.
Members of the title team include the player-manager Tyler Chulvick, Charlie Terrery, P.J. Mandarano, Corey Sullivan, Robert Donovan, Dan Capwell, Justin Magistro, Robert Seprish, Alex Terrery, Billy Keating, Zack Foley-McGinty, Mike Villa, Riley Sullivan, Corey Rinaldi, and Colin Maldonato.
McGinty’s lost its first best-of-three playoff game, 8-4, at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park.
The team came back strong in game two with a 16-0 win over Honesdale at Sherwood Park.
Riley Sullivan hurled a five-inning shutout in the 16-0 win. He struck out three while allowing only one hit and one walk.
“It was a very efficient effort by Riley,” said manager Chulvick.
Zack Foley-McGinty had three hits, including a triple, in the win. Billy Keating had three hits, including two doubles. P.J. Mandarano and Dan Capwell both had two hits and three RBIs each.
“The team was fired up after that win,” said Chulvick.
McGinty’s then beat Honesdale, 8-5, at Sherwood Park to advance to the best-of-three championship against Dunmore.
Colin Maldonato had a seven-inning complete game win in the semi final contest. He struck out six while allowing only four hits and two earned runs.
Foley-McGinty continued his hot hitting with a 4-for-4 game and three RBIs. Keating hit in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning.
P.J. Mandarano pitched a masterpiece shutting out Dunmore, 5-0, in the first game of the best-of-three finals at Battaglia Field. He struck out six and gave up only one hit and three walks in the seven-inning shutout.
Mike Villa and Alex Terrery had two hits each in the win. Justin Magistro drove in three runs with a double in the first inning to put the team ahead for good.
McGinty’s then came back from behind in game two to win the Dunmore Freedom League title, 13-9, over arch rival and number one seed Dunmore.
Sullivan picked up the win with excellent relief work.
“He did a really nice job,” said Chulvick.
Alex Terrery had two hits, including a double. Villa hit a double and triple. Magistro added two hits.
Dylan Svetovich led Dunmore with four hits. Anthony Duchnowski had two hits for Dunmore. Matt Fisch added a double for Dunmore who had a 10-2 regular season record.
Players on the McGinty’s team ranged from age 21 for P.J. Mandarano to age 59 for Charlie Terrery, the oldest player in the league.
“Charlie is a key member of the team,” said Chulvick. “He keeps us together. He serves a big role on the team. He keeps us out of trouble and focused. He keeps us unified as a team. He also gets some big hits for us. We expect him back next year too.”
Keating and Foley-McGinty led the team in hitting. Both had batting averages over .400. Alex Terrery and Magistro both hit over .350.
“A big key to this year’s team was adding P.J. Mandarano and Colin Maldonato as pitchers. They made the difference. It was great having them on our side.
“This was our third title in a row and it was my favorite of the three. It was the most difficult of the three.
“We came into the summer with great expectations, started slow, but then picked up as the year went on. The depth of our pitching staff is what helped us most win the title. Some of our starters got us some key complete games. And that was huge. It gives other pitchers a rest.
“We had to grind out a lot of wins. That is why this is my favorite of the three.”