Rain shortened the schedule for the week, limiting both Wyoming Area and Pittston Area to a single game from Saturday through Friday.
Both teams came up with shutout wins Thursday with the Warriors using their victory to clinch no worse than a tie for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 title.
Wyoming Area 1, Berwick 0
Cory Lescavage threw a two-hit shutout in the 1-0 win at Berwick as Wyoming Area moved into position to repeat as division champion.
The win improved the Warriors to 8-1 with four games remaining. Only Dallas (5-5) and Lake-Lehman (4-5) remained alive mathematically.
Mike Bonita had three hits in the win and played a strong game defensively in center field.
Lescavage needed just 87 pitches to go the distance and did not allow a runner into scoring position until one out in the seventh inning. He walked three and struck out three.
The Warriors had scoring opportunities get away in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings. They produced the game’s only run in the top of the fourth when Tyler Dougherty beat out a potential inning-ending double play for an RBI fielder’s choice.
Marc Minichello, who has been working his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in football season, made his first start at third base and was part of another strong defensive effort by the Warriors.
Wyoming Area was scheduled to return to Tunkhannock Saturday for the completion of a game that was suspended in the eighth inning, tied 4-4. A win in that, or any other game, would clinch the title repeat. The Warriors could also lock up the championship by having both Dallas and Lake-Lehman lose.
Pittston Area 9, Coughlin 0
Tyler Jackson scattered seven hits and Pittston Area also got plenty of offense when it blanked Coughlin, 9-0, in a WVC Division 1 game.
Alex McAndrew and Dylan Spurlin each had big offensive days that included a pair of doubles. McAndrew went 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Spurlin was 3-for-4 and scored three times.
Jackson walked one and struck out three in his shutout.
Kyle O’Fier added two hits while Jackson and C.J. Pisack added doubles.