Upon Further Review: John Fonza’s game-winner helped Greater Pittston 16-year-olds in 1975

By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com | August 7th, 2015 2:02 pm

August 2005

The 9-10 year-old all-stars from Pittston Township won the District 16 championship with an 11-9 win over Back Mountain National.

Jordan Houseman threw six strong innings while adding three hits, including a two-run home run. Ian Tracy also had three hits. Ben Lombardo, Joe Giambra, Matt Mott and Frank Ardo had two hits each.

August 1995

Selenski Insurance, champions of the Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League, defeated Duryea American Legion, 14-10, and copped the 1995 Mall Merchant’s Tournament of Champions.

Selenski’s led, 12-2, in the fifth before Duryea mounted a comeback. Rich Kurridge eventually belted a two-run home run to make it 12-7.

Selenski’s had 16 hits and 10 walks in the win. Frank Marcum, Ed Mazza and Greg Confletti combined for seven hits. Selenski’s finished the tournament 4-0 and 18-4 overall.

August 1985

John Fonza belted a game-winning, two-run single in top of the sixth as Greater Pittston beat Mountain Top, 11-10, in the Wilkes-Barre Recreation Board 16-year-old tournament.

Greater Pittston was downm 10-6m heading into the final inning. With one out, John Wojcik and Chris Adams singled to start the rally in the sixth. Eric Liska then reached on an error and John Mondlak walked to force home the first run. Ed Bath’s fielder’s choice then made the score 10-8. A walk from Scalpi forced home another run and the local were down one.

Fonza then hit the game-winner. Ed Shandra closed out the game on the mound.

August 1975

The Duryea VFW Little League team was crowned champions.

The VFW won the first half of the season with Old Forge Bank winning the second half. A special playoff was necessary to determine a winner. VFW came out on top in that game. The VFW was coached by Joe Wudarski and Old Forge Bank was coached by Edmund Gromelski.

Greater Pittston’s John Fonzo hits a game-winning, two-run single in an 11-10 win over Mountain Top in the Wilkes-Barre Recreation board 16-year-old tournament.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_1985History3.jpgGreater Pittston’s John Fonzo hits a game-winning, two-run single in an 11-10 win over Mountain Top in the Wilkes-Barre Recreation board 16-year-old tournament.
The 9-10-year-old Pittston Township all-stars claimed the District 16 title with wins over Back Mountain National twice and South Wilkes-Barre.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_2005History1.jpgThe 9-10-year-old Pittston Township all-stars claimed the District 16 title with wins over Back Mountain National twice and South Wilkes-Barre.
The Selinski Insurance all-star team won the Mall Merchant’s Tournament of Champions in 1995. Team members are, from left, first row, Frank Marcum, James Mehalchick, Brandon Carey, Isaac Alston and Mike Pedley. Second row, coach John Appel, Ed Mazza, Ron Levi, John Appel, Shane Bolin, Stevey Selenski and Greg Confletti. Third row, manager Steve Selenski, coach Greg Mehalchick and coach Carmen Bolin. Absent from photo: Josh Shoemaker.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_1995History2.jpgThe Selinski Insurance all-star team won the Mall Merchant’s Tournament of Champions in 1995. Team members are, from left, first row, Frank Marcum, James Mehalchick, Brandon Carey, Isaac Alston and Mike Pedley. Second row, coach John Appel, Ed Mazza, Ron Levi, John Appel, Shane Bolin, Stevey Selenski and Greg Confletti. Third row, manager Steve Selenski, coach Greg Mehalchick and coach Carmen Bolin. Absent from photo: Josh Shoemaker.

By Nick Wagner

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