Tim Cavanaugh had four hits, including a pair of doubles, when Plains defeated Mountain Post 10-3 in the championship game of the Wyoming Valley American Legion Youth baseball playoffs July 21.
The Wyoming Valley League gets three qualifiers for spots in the four Pennsylvania eastern regional tournaments that started Saturday, July 26. Greater Pittston already claimed one by winning the regular-season title with a 21-2 record. Mountain Post (18-6), Plains (17-7), Swoyersville (15-8) and Nanticoke (13-11) entered a playoff for the other two berths.
Plains and Mountain Post earned those spots by placing first and second in the playoffs.
Robb McClay allowed three hits over 5 2/3 innings and had a pair of doubles for Plains in the deciding game.
Plains won the playoff for the second straight year by recovering from an earlier loss to beat Mountain Post two straight times with the title on the line.
Kyle Ofier had three hits in the final game, while Chase Nowak added a double.
Plains played at Connell Park in South Scranton when that regional tournament opened Saturday, July 26. Greater Pittston was placed in Radnor, in the Philadelphia suburbs, and Mountain Post was sent to West Lawn, near Reading.
Plains defeated Swoyersville, 7-3, to open the playoffs, then lost to Mountain Post, 5-4. It came back to beat Mountain Post, 5-4, to set up the winner-take-all game July 21.
Mountain Post defeated Nanticoke, 11-5, and eliminated Swoyersville, 8-1. Nanticoke was out in two games after also losing to Swoyersville, 6-3.
After the other teams took part in their playoff, Greater Pittston ended its layoff and tuned up for regional play by posting a pair of convincing shutout wins in an exhibition doubleheader with West Scranton on Tuesday at PNC Field, Moosic.
Greater Pittston showed off its championship form at the home stadium of the Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the top farm team of the New York Yankees.
Manager Ron Silinskie used the doubleheader to get each of his pitchers a little work without tiring any of them before the regional tournament.
Anthony Nardell and C.J. Pisack had three hits each in the five-inning opener. Tyler Jackson, Pisack, Dylan Melberger and Robbie Wychock combined on a four-hitter.
Steve Homza, Brandon Charney, Matt Wright, Aaron Lee, Dylan Spurlin and Jackson all had multiple hits as part of the 16-hit attack in the seven-inning game that followed.
Lucas Jurchak, Josh Kopcza, Wright and Cole Keating combined on a five-hitter.
A story in last week’s Sunday Dispatch misidentified the two catchers that help anchor the team’s outstanding defense. They are Spurlin and Lee.