Back Mountain wins Junior Baseball sectionals


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Nanticoke starts title quest

District 16 and Section 5 champion Nanticoke will begin its journey for a Little League Major Baseball state championship when it plays at 10 a.m. Sunday against Section 8 champ Morrisville at the Rostraver Township Little League.

The eight-team, double-elimination tournament continues all week at the Rostraver Township complex, which is south of Pittsburgh.

If Nanticoke wins Sunday, it plays at 4 p.m. Monday against the winner of Sunday’s game between Section 6 champ Warwick Township and West Side. If it loses, it plays 10 a.m. Monday in an elimination game against the Warwick Twp./West Side loser.

All teams are guaranteed three games at the state tournament. The first two teams eliminated play at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a consolation game.

The Pennsylvania state champion advances to the Mid-Atlantic Championship Aug. 8-16 in Bristol, Connecticut.

Back Mountain swept a pair of games from Dunmore to capture the Section 5 Junior Baseball championship Saturday afternoon at Dallas High School and a berth in the state playoffs.

Back Mountain won the opener 8-6 by scoring four times with two outs in the seventh and clinched the title with an 18-8 victory in the nightcap. The team will head to Cranberry Little League and open the state tournament at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday against the Section 8 champion.

Jake Connolly sparked the win in the first game with a bases-loaded triple with two outs to put Back Mountain ahead. Sam Nocita had a double, single and two RBI. Todd Phillips added an RBI single. Alex Magdalinski was the winner, pitching in relief of Phillips.

Steve Borgia had a two-run double for Dunmore. Dan Walsh had three hits and an RBI.

Kyle Sincavage paced Back Mountain in the 18-8 victory with two hits and three RBI. Magdalinski had a double, single and an RBI. Andrew Martin added a two-run single.

Walsh had a two-run double for Dunmore. Tom Lewis knocked in two runs with a single. Frank Ruggiero added two hits.

SECTION 5

10-11 SOFTBALL

Pittston Area 10, Old Forge 5

Sofia Quaglia had three hits and Izzy Pisano and Taylor Bairera added two each as Pittston Area won the elimination bracket final.

Pitcher Ava Serino struck out seven for Pittston Area, which will play undefeated Archbald at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Old Forge Little League.

Kamera Parker had two hits for Old Forge.

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Times Leader

Nanticoke starts title quest

District 16 and Section 5 champion Nanticoke will begin its journey for a Little League Major Baseball state championship when it plays at 10 a.m. Sunday against Section 8 champ Morrisville at the Rostraver Township Little League.

The eight-team, double-elimination tournament continues all week at the Rostraver Township complex, which is south of Pittsburgh.

If Nanticoke wins Sunday, it plays at 4 p.m. Monday against the winner of Sunday’s game between Section 6 champ Warwick Township and West Side. If it loses, it plays 10 a.m. Monday in an elimination game against the Warwick Twp./West Side loser.

All teams are guaranteed three games at the state tournament. The first two teams eliminated play at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a consolation game.

The Pennsylvania state champion advances to the Mid-Atlantic Championship Aug. 8-16 in Bristol, Connecticut.

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