KINGSTON — Thanks to West Side’s victory over Wyoming/West Wyoming in the opener at Kingston Little League on Monday, West Pittston secured a spot in the District 31 Little League Major Baseball semifinals.
All West Pittston and Kingston/Forty Fort needed to do in the nightcap was decide the first and second seed out of Pool B.
They took their sweet time doing so.
In a game that lasted 2 hours and 50 minutes and ended just before 11 p.m., West Pittston outlasted KFF 13-5.
The win gave West Pittston (3-1) the Pool B top seed and a home game Saturday where it will host Pool A second seed Back Mountain National (3-1) at 2 p.m. KFF (3-1) will travel to Pool A champion Back Mountain American (4-0) also for a 2 p.m. game Saturday.
Ethan Kozden and Caden Bonita each had two RBI for West Pittston, which sent 11 batters to the plate twice and 44 for the game. KKF sent 29 batters to the plate a combined 73 plate appearances.
The fourth inning alone lasted 37 minutes. The game started about 30 minutes late because of the length of West Side’s 13-8 victory. It was bogged down by 18 walks, numerous errors and enough trips to the mound to require reseeding.
J.J. Hood was the winning pitcher. He threw three innings and struck out five. But like all pitchers, he was bit by the walk bug and allowed five base on balls.
Christian Michak had a solo homer to start KFF’s first inning. Nate Dudeck added an RBI double in the inning for a 2-0 lead.
Things, though, unraveled in the second for KFF. West Pittston used four hits and five walks to scored six runs.
West Pittston broke open the game with a five-run fifth. Hood had an RBI double in the inning and two errors on a grounder allowed two more runs to score.