Nanticoke’s Junior softball team is getting ready to head west.
Nanticoke claimed the Section 5 championship banner Saturday, defeating North Pocono 8-4 in the Junior division Little League softball final.
Kiera Brown had two triples during a 3 for 4 day, driving in four runs for Nanticoke. Jenna Lipowski (triple, two RBI) and Elizabeth Moore (two runs) both had two hits in the win.
Sarah Rinehamer added an RBI and Vanessa Tocket was the winning pitcher.
Chloe Pehanick and Cerria Santini each had three hits for North Pocono.
Nanticoke begins state tournament play Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Section 8 champion at West Point Little League in Greensburg.
STATE SENIOR SOFTBALL
Plains 11, Bristol 7
Plains moved onto the state semifinals with an 11-7 victory over Bristol to complete pool play.
Marissa Ross had a three-run double in the first inning for Plains, and Samantha Conway had two hits and two RBI in the win. Elizabeth Ellsworth and Abby Shorts both had a double and an RBI.
Julie Suchocki (four innings pitched) and Madison Pugh (three innings) each gave up two hits during their time in the circle. Samantha Rajza added a run-scoring single for Plains, which will face Bristol again today at 3.
Plains reached the semifinals with a 27-6 win over Stroudsburg and a 13-0 victory over Wellsboro sandwiched around a 19-6 loss to St. Mary’s during the tourney.
WILKES-BARRE 9-10 BASEBALL
Nanticoke 14, Hanover 4
Derek Cease brought home five runs and scored three times during a three-hit night as Nanticoke won the tourney title.
Nick Matson, Jake Krupinski and Collin Piestrak each had two hits in the victory. Matson earned the win on the mound.
Jaime Cunard had a pair of doubles for Hanover, and Cole Hummer and Todd Kolbicka also had two hits.
JENKINS TWP. 9-10 SOFTBALL
West Side 12, Swoyersville 1
Sara Hoskins fanned seven and picked up the win for West Side.
Jillian Bonczewski and Makayla Kobusky each had two hits in the win, and Hoskins also had a single.
Gabby Razvillas hit a home run for Swoyersville.
HANOVER 8-9 BASEBALL
Back Mountain Navy 14, Kingston/Forty Fort 3
Mike Murray pitched Back Mountain to victory and collected a pair of doubles.
Chris Killian paced the Navy squad with three hits, while Nick Nocito, Ty Federici and Lily Lombardo each added two hits in the win.
Kevin McNulty had two hits and two RBI for Kingston/Forty Fort.
SECTION 5 JUNIOR SOFTBALL
North Pocono 14, Bob Horlacher 3
Rachel Johnson led Bob Horlacher with two singles in its loss to North Pocono on Friday.
Chloe Pehanock powered the North Pocono offense with three hits, including a double, while Casey Carpenter, Cierra Fantini and Ashley Walsh smacked three singles apiece in the win.
Katie McNulty earned the victory from the circle and added a double and a single on offense.
SECTION 5 10-11 BASEBALL
Back Mountain American 18, Mountain Top 7
Frankie Nockley had a home run and a triple to lead Back Mountain American past Mountain Top in the winner’s bracket final Friday night.
Jake Connolly picked up the win for American while contributing a double and three runs at the plate.
Will McCrum (four hits including a double), Michael Starbucks (three hits including a triple) and Todd Phillips (two doubles) also got in on the offensive surge for American.
Mountain Top was led by Stew Caladie (two hits including a double), Connor Olenginski (two hits) and Evan Priest (home run).