A triple-play helped Ed-Lark defeat West Pittston, 11-5, in an elimination game of the Januzzi’s 11-year-old All-Star tournament.
In the loss, Kyle Rogers and Mark Bugelholl each had two his. Two days earlier, West Pittston beat Mountain Top, 5-4. Chris Murphy’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth clinched the win. Murphy was also the winning pitcher.
The Greater Pittston American Legion team lost to Wilkes-Barre, 7-1, in the Wyoming Valley League championship.
By finishing second in the league with a 14-7 record, the team qualified for the regional playoffs. This was the team’s first trip to the regionals since 1990.
Members of the team were Robert Sauers, Tony Scatena, Charlie Walsh, Jim Soy, Rob Kaluzavich, Kevin Smith, Ray Bernardi, JP Gibbons, John Dymond, Jerry Ranieli, Bryan Smith, John Bartoli, Bill Dessoye, Terry McMahon, Bill Kroski, Mike Shimko, Adam Kowalczyk and Mike Colleran. The team was managed by Ron Musto and Del McDermott.
Jenkins Township American Legion team took down Mountain Top, 5-2, to advance to the District championship.
Ron Silinskie blooped a two-out, two-run single to left field to break a 2-2 tie and hand Jenkins the win. Mike Kundla picked up the win for Jenkins. In the fourth, Silinskie singled with two and was later driven in by brother Joe.
Pittston Junction’s Lou Lieback, playing in the teeners division, threw a no-hitter against North Division Champions Old Forge.
Lieback struck out 10 batters and walked just one. In the previous season, Junction won one game. The team finished 1975 at 5-10.
Youngsters from James Street, Pittston, received baseball advice from Steve Bilko, a former Major League Baseball player and coach at King’s College.
The Nanticoke native broke into the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. At the time, Bilko worked at the Woodlawn Dairy in Wilkes-Barre.
On Bilko’s dairy route, he gave advice to Frank Burton, Bob Burton, Bob Zielinski, Ray Maria, Guy Lombardo, Francis Solano and Jerry Linnen.