Upon Further Review: Former big leaguer Steve Bilko visited Pittston youngsters in 1965

By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com | July 24th, 2015 10:26 am

July 2005

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.

July 1995

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.

July 1985

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.

July 1975

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.

July 1965

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.

Former Major League Baseball player Steve Bilko gave advice to Pittston youngsters in the summer of 1965. From left, kneeling, are Frank Burton, Bob Burton and Bob Zielinski. Standing, Ray Maria, Guy Lombardo, Bilko, Francis Solano and Jerry Linnen.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_726history3.jpgFormer Major League Baseball player Steve Bilko gave advice to Pittston youngsters in the summer of 1965. From left, kneeling, are Frank Burton, Bob Burton and Bob Zielinski. Standing, Ray Maria, Guy Lombardo, Bilko, Francis Solano and Jerry Linnen. Sunday Dispatch File Photo
Members of the 1995 Greater Pittston American Legion team were, from left, first row, Robert Sauers, Tony Scatena, Charlie Walsh, Jim Soy, Rob Kaluzavich and Kevin Smith. Second row, manager Rob Musto, Ray Bernardi, JP Gibbons, John Dymond, Jerry Ranieli, Bryan Smith, John Bartoli and coach Del McDermott.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_726history4.jpgMembers of the 1995 Greater Pittston American Legion team were, from left, first row, Robert Sauers, Tony Scatena, Charlie Walsh, Jim Soy, Rob Kaluzavich and Kevin Smith. Second row, manager Rob Musto, Ray Bernardi, JP Gibbons, John Dymond, Jerry Ranieli, Bryan Smith, John Bartoli and coach Del McDermott. Sunday Dispatch File Photo
Jenkins Township American Legion’s Steve Fritz crosses home plate against Mountain Top in 1985.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_726history2.jpgJenkins Township American Legion’s Steve Fritz crosses home plate against Mountain Top in 1985. Sunday Dispatch File Photo
West Pittston’s Matt Carroll drags a bunt during a game against Ed-Lark in the Januzzi’s tournament in 2005.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_726history1.jpgWest Pittston’s Matt Carroll drags a bunt during a game against Ed-Lark in the Januzzi’s tournament in 2005. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

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