It was a historic night across District 16 and 31 Little Leagues. Friday night marked the first time pool play was being used for Major Baseball prior to setting up a bracket to determine the district champions.
All teams with no losses or one loss advance to a double elimination bracket. If there are not at least four teams that meet that criteria, then the four best records will advance. The tie-breaker is runs allowed divided by defensive innings.
Pool play continues with several games on tap for today. Back Mtn. American and Wyoming/West Wyoming will meet at 4 p.m. at Swoyersville. Pittston City travels to Nanticoke at 2 p.m. Pittston Twp. will play North Wilkes-Barre at 4 p.m. at Nanticoke. Jenkins Township will meet Plains at 4 p.m. at South Wilkes-Barre. Avoca/Dupont hosts Mountain Top at 2 p.m.
Mountain Top 6
Pittston Township 3
Mike Geroski was the winning pitcher and also hit a two-run home run for Mountaintop in the victory. Bruce Leatherman, Keefer Hoover and Justin Sterling also added with home runs.
Mark Raneli had a two-run homer for Pittston Township.
Paul Yastremski had three hits and four RBI and Darren Clark was the winning pitcher in the win for Plains. Kyle Costello, Tanner Smith and Pat Deldalso each had a hit and an RBI.
Duryea’s Gino Marriggi struck out seven and also had two hits.
Pittston City 3
Fran George was the winning pitcher and scored a run and added a hit at the plate to pace Avoca/Dupont in a game ended after four innings by the 10-run rule. Avoca/Dupont broke the game open with an eight-run third inning. Jimmy Wilk had two hits and scored two runs in the victory, while Derek Cunius scored two runs for Avoca/Dupont.
A.J. Gorto and Jake McCabe each had a hit and scored a run for Pittston City.
Jenkins Twp. 7
South Wilkes-Barre 4
Tyler Mozeleski had three hits and was the winning pitcher to lead Jenkins Township in District 16 pool play on Friday.
Matt Lanzendorfer added a solo home run for Jenkins Township. Ryan Maffei had a three-run homer for South Wilkes-Barre.
West Pittston 6
West Side 2
Dominic DeLuca picked up the win on the mound and struck out nine to lead West Pittston over West Side in District 31 play on Friday. DeLuca helped his own cause at the plate with a pair of hits.
F.J. Braccini hit a pair of solo home runs for West Pittston.
Wyo/West. Wyo 14
Wyoming/West Wyoming cruised past Swoyersville to open its District 31 Major Baseball play. Individual results of the game were not immediately available.
After a solid week, with wins over Plains and Nanticoke, Duryea/Pittston Twp. awaits the winner of Saturday’s Nanticoke-Mountain Top game. The results were not available as of press time.
The locals will then square off against the winner on Monday at Pittston Township for the District 16 title. Since the tournament is double elimination, either Nanticoke or Mountain Top must beat Duryea/Pittston Twp. twice. The second game would be Wednesday. The bracket is double elimination.
Duryea/Pittston Twp. 6
Duryea/Pittston Township’s Madisyn Antal had a big day at the plate, having a pair of doubles and three RBI in a 6-3 win over Nanticoke in District 16 Major Softball action.
Alex McHugh gave up just one hit. Bailey Loyack also had a pair of singles.
Cassidy O’Connor and Lauren Mulery led the offense for Nanticoke as Brinley Sobeski pitched a complete game.
Duryea/Pittston Twp. 12
Plains 0 (4 inn.)
Shayla Williams, Alexis Felinski, Madisyn Antal and Kylie Herbery all ahd multiple hits in the opening-round win in District 16 Major Softball action. Herbery and Alexa McHugh combined for a one-hitter.
Ashley Tomeo had the lone hit for Plains.
Jenkins Twp. 1 (6 inn.)
Gwen Balbvage doubled for Jenkins Township in the opening round loss of District 16 Major Softball action.
Gabby Para, Alexis Dunn and Gabby Fione each singled. Nanticoke’s Brinley Sobeck struck out 10 batters. Katie King led the way at the plate with a triple, while Stephanie Layland and Lauren Mullery both had doubles.
Jenkins Township 5
Meredith Purcell pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and contributed a double and single at the plate as Jenkins Township held off Plains, 5-3, in District 16 Major Softball action Tuesday.
Gabby Para had two hits and Gabby Stone, Alexus Dunn, Halle Gronka, Abby Pecha, Abby Rosso, and Gwen Balavage all had hits for Jenkins.
Morgan Gayton and Meredythe had two hits for Plains.
Mountain Top 12
Jenkins Twp. 2
Loren Gronka provided a two-run single, but it wasn’t enough as Jenkins Twp. was eliminated from District 16 Major Softball play on Thursday.
Sarah Richards struck out six batters and gave up three hits in the win for Mountain Top. Cameron O’Neill had an RBI double.
Bob Horlacher 11
Greater Wyoming Area 1
After winning its first two games of the District 31 Major Softball bracket, Greater Wyoming Area fell to Bob Horlacher, 11-1. The loss moves GWA to the loser’s bracket, where they faced Back Mountain Saturday. The results were not available as of press time.
If the locals won that game, they will play Bob Horlacher again, on Monday.
Greater Wyoming Area 4
Back Mountain 1
Nicole Silinskie tripled and drove in two runs to lift GWA in an opening-round win over Back Mountain in District 31 Major Softball action on Sunday.
Hannah Doran drove in the lone run for Back Mountain.
Greater Wyoming Area 5
Harveys Lake/Northwest 0
Kari Melinberger threw a three-hit shutout for GWA in the 5-0 win over Harveys Lake/Northwest in District 31 Major Softball action on Tuesday.
Brianna Pizano and Abby Gober also had two hits a piece for the winners.