Pittston Area coach Vito Quaglia has been waiting for this moment all season — for his Patriots to play a full seven innings of softball.
They did on Monday.
Pittston Area knocked off defending District 2 Class AAA champions and state quarterfinalists Nanticoke, 5-0, behind the hitting and pitching of senior Taylor Baloga. The win avenged a loss to the Trojans in last year’s district quarterfinals when Nanticoke beat Pittston Area, 2-1.
Baloga pitched a complete game shutout and belted a two-run home run to lead the Patriots. Pittston Area also got three RBI from Nina Cencetti, who had two hits. Alexa McHugh had two hits for the Patriots. Baloga walked three and struck out three, while giving up just seven hits.
Pittston Area (5-4) travels to Berwick on Monday and Dallas on Tuesday.
The Warriors (5-4) didn’t play a game this week after beating Pittston Area on Saturday, April 30.
Wyoming Area’s game with Crestwood, originally scheduled for Friday, May 6, was postponed to Thursday, May 12. The Warriors will travel to Lake-Lehman on Monday and Tunkhannock on Wednesday.
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