OLD FORGE — Mel Raskiewicz struck out seven and Audi Welles was 3 for 3 with a three-run homer as Kingston/Forty Fort defeated Old Forge 16-4 in Section 5 Junior Softball on Thursday.
KFF can win the title with a victory at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Forge Little League. It will play the winner of tonight’s game between Old Forge and Nanticoke.
Tia Margiewicz, Loren Pizano and Mandi Zawadzki had two hits each for KFF.
Kierstyn Breig, Kiersten Kemler, Lexi Manzo and Sierra Santareiero each had a hit for Old Forge.
Green Ridge 5, Plains 3
Ryan Dougalas had two doubles and one single as Plains fell to Green Ridge in an elimination bracket game. Matt Monagahan also had two hits while Andy Lenkofosky added with a double.
Green Ridge and North Pocono play at 5:30 p.m. today at Shoemaker Field in West Wyoming in the elimination bracket final.
Northwest 7, North Pocono 2
Winning pitcher Tyler Harry struck out nine and had two hits of his own in the win for Northwest. Hunter Nice had three hits while Tyler Kolb and Eric Evans each had two hits apiece.
Pat Noon had two hits for North Pocono.
Northwest will play against the winner of today’s North Pocono-Green Ridge elimination bracket game at 1 p.m. at Shoemaker Field on Saturday.
Back Mtn. National 6,
North Pocono 2
Max Paczewski went 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored in the victory for Back Mountain National. Luke Spencer (double, tw0 RBI) and Zack Holthaus each had two hits. Michael Ropietski and Ty Osipower both had hits while Kyle Sincavage added with a double.
Ty Federici threw two scoreless innings in the winning effort.
Jake Millan had two hits for North Pocono.
National will play on the road against Mountain Top in the winners bracket at 5:30 p.m today.
Mountain Top 5, Archbald 2
Pitcher Aiden Murphy struck out seven in five innings and also a two-run double in the Mountain Top victory. Nick Ruggeri had an RBI while Shea Makowski, Michael Zaleski and Logan Arnold all had two hits. Max Albee and Ryan Hardin also had hits for Mountain Top.
Aiden Alco and TJ Noto had doubles for Archbald while Max Hanyon had a hit.
Nanticoke 7, West Side 6
Winning pitcher Kasidy Slusser had nine strikeouts and two hits of her own in a close win for Nanticoke. Abigail Cullen had two hits and two RBI while Abecka Jones (double), Olivia Nice, Krystin Montgomery and Makenzie Casey each had an RBI. Jenna Baron (double), Nina Zendarski and Myla Vnuk all had hits for Nanticoke.
Sara Hoskins had three singles for West Side while Morgan Shedeltsky had two singles and Karlee Peters added one.
Back Mountain 10, North Pocono 9 (7 inn.)
Abby Jayne and Summer Zier-Norris (single, two RBI) combined for 10 strikeouts as Back Mountain squeaked out the win. Kaci Hockenberry had three singles with two RBI. Kaylie Rollman hit a single and a double with two RBI. Sidney Thomas also had two singles for Back Mountain.
Pitcher Samantha Zaic struck out 13 and had two singles for North Pocono.
JUNIOR LEGION BASEBALL
Plains 7, Swoyersville 3
Plains was led by the solid pitching of Jacob Lupas and Robbie McClay, who combined to hold a powerful Swoyersville team to three runs over seven innings in the first round of Junior Legion playoffs held on Wednesday.
Tim Cavanaugh led off with a double in the bottom of the sixth inning to spark a six-run outburst to propel Plains to the victory. Leroy Fettig, T.J. Wozniak, Steven Dressler and Tony Egidio all contributed key hits to help secure the win for Plains.
Swoyersville was led by Josh Montalvo and Tyler Yankoski at the plate.
The Wyoming Valley Junior Legion playoffs will continue at Roosevelt Field through Sunday with the top two teams advancing to Regional Tournament play.
Hanover 11, Swoyersville 1
Hanover’s Hunter Thompson, Connor Hummer and Evan Materna combined on a two-hitter to defeat Swoyersville. Thompson and Hummer also added two hits apiece while Todd Kolbicka added a triple and two runs scored. Nate Dudeck and Joe Sholtis had hits for Swoyersville and Matt Zasada aslo scored run.
West Side 3, South Wilkes-Barre 1
Tyler O’Kane had two hits and two runs scored to lead West Side on Wednesday. Tyler Wyberski and Jake Shusta each had two hits. Steve Zeske generated six strikeouts in the win.
Cole Cherkas and Ryan Casey had two hits each for SWB. Anthony Macko added a single and run scored. Luke Bottger had four strikeouts in the loss.