District 16 and 31 Little League All-Stars will begin play today.
The two districts have instituted a new pool-play playoff format for the 11-12 and 9-10 baseball divisions when both districts open their playoff seasons this week.
The move is a break from the long-standing past, when the two districts used a double-elimination format through playoffs to determine a district champion.
This year, both districts will be made up of two pools - with no less than five teams in each pool.
The top two finishers from the two pools will then play a semifinal, double-elimination series in both District 16 and District 31, and the winners of that semifinal tournament will advance to meet Lackawanna County’s representatives from Districts 17 and 32 in the regional field.
Here’s how things shape up for local teams this week:
The 11-12 baseball pool play kicks off on Friday with 11 teams. Pittston Township will play Mountain Top at 5:45 p.m. at Pittston Township. Also at Pittston Township, Duryea will play Plains at 8 p.m. Pittston City will host Avoca/Dupont on at 5:45 p.m. on Friday. At 8 p.m., Jenkins will play South Wilkes-Barre also at Pittston City.
In the 9-10 boys division, Duryea will play Pittston City at 5:45 p.m. on June 23 at Jenkins. Pittston Township will travel to South Wilkes-Barre to play Plains at 8 p.m. Jenkins will host Hanover at 8 p.m.
In Major softball bracket, Duryea/Pittston Township opens up with Plains today. Jenkins Township will play Nanticoke, also today.
In Senior baseball action, Avoca/Dupont, the No. 1 seed, opens play with Nanticoke on Thursday, July 3. Duryea/Pittston Township will battle Plains, also on July 3.
In 9-10 softball, Duryea/Pittston Township will host Mountain Top on Sunday, July 29. Jenkins Township will travel to Nanticoke, also on July 29.
Junior baseball will begin on Wednesday, July 2 when Duryea hosts Northwest. Avoca/Pittston/Jenkins will travel to Plains, also on July 2.
In the boys 11-12 division, Wyoming/West Wyoming will open up pool play against Swoyersville at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20 at Kingston/Forty-Fort. West Pittston will host West Side at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20.
The boys 9-10 pool play will begin on Monday, June 23. Exeter will play Northwest on 5:45 p.m. at Exeter. West Pittston will travel to Kingston/Forty-Fort to play Swoyersville, also on June 23.
One local team will be in the 10-11 baseball bracket. West Pittston, the No. 1 seed, will host Kingston/Forty-Fort at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.
In the senior baseball bracket, Greater Wyoming Area will open up against Northwest on Thursday, July 3.
In 9-10 softball action, Greater Wyoming Area will host Bob Horlacher on Sunday, June 29.