Forfeit secures third seed for Greater Pittston

July 11th, 2015 3:57 pm

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

NANTICOKE – The start of the Wyoming Valley Senior American Legion baseball playoffs was pushed back a day to Sunday, following a series of postponements during the week, then Greater Pittston landed the third seed without even taking the field Saturday.

Greater Pittston was supposed to play Mountain Post in the regular-season finale. That game was postponed Thursday because of threating weather and again Friday because of reported drainage problems at the field. The game was moved to Nanticoke’s Honey Pot field for Saturday morning – but Mountain Post wound up forfeiting instead.

Prior to the forfeit, Greater Pittston (12-6) needed only to beat Mountain Post (6-12) to take the third seed. If it had lost, it would have had a chance in another playoff game to secure the fourth and final seed.

That was no longer necessary. Greater Pittston opens the Wyoming Valley playoffs Sunday at 4 p.m. vs. defending state champion Swoyersville (15-3).

The entire tournament is scheduled for Mountain Post’s field in Rice Township, assuming it is playable.

Valley and Tunkhannock, both 11-7, were playing meeting in a Saturday afternoon playoff game to determine the fourth seed. The winner will face top-seeded Nanticoke (16-2) Sunday at 1.

The double-elimination tournament determines the Wyoming Valley’s two qualifiers for regional tournament play.

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