The regular season is over. The all-star teams are set. Little League baseball is officially in full swing.
The District 16 and District 31 championships will be held over the next several weeks and many Greater Pittston teams will vye for a championship.
Several local teams will compete in the District 16 and District 31 Major Baseball Championship. The tournament starts with pool play and the finals will be held Monday, July 11 at Pittston Township Little League.
In District 16 Pool A, local teams are Duryea and a team made of North Wilkes-Barre/Avoca/Dupont/Pittston City (NWADP) players. Duryea opens play at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Parsons Little League. NWADP will play Nanticoke at 4 p.m.
In Pool B, Pittston Township, Jenkins Township and Pittston City will compete. Jenkins Township will play South Wilkes-Barre at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Mountain Top. Pittston Township will be Mountain Top at 4 p.m. Pittston City will then play Pittston Township at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 27 at South Wilkes-Barre Little League.
In District 31 Pool A, West Pittston and Exeter face each other at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Harveys Lake. The finals are also Monday, July 11 at Pittston Township Little League.
In District 16 9-10 baseball, Pittston City and Jenkins Township will be in Pool A, while Duryea and Pittston Township will be in Pool B. On Sunday, June 26, Pittston City opens with South Wilkes-Barre at 2 p.m. in Mountain Top. At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, Jenkins Township will face Mountain Top at Pittston City. In Pool B, Pittston Township opens with Plains at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at Duryea. Duryea face Nanticoke at 4 p.m. The finals are set for Sunday, July 10 at Exeter Little League.
In District 31 9-10 baseball, West Pittston will compete in Pool A, while Exeter will compete in Pool B. West Pittston opens at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at Harveys Lake. Exeter will travel to Northwest at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. The finals will also be held on Sunday, July 10 at Exeter Little League.
Pittston Township and Avoca/Dupont will be competing in the District 16 10-11 tournament. The two teams will play each other top open pool play at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at Avoca/Dupont. The finals will be Friday, July 15 at Nanticoke.
In District 31 10-11 baseball, West Pittston will host Harveys Lake at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2. The finals will also be on Friday, July 15 at Nanticoke.
Little League softball
In District 16 Major Softball action, Greater Pittston will host Nanticoke in a best two-out-of-three series. The first game is Sunday, June 19 at Pittston Township.
District 31’s Major Softball championship will feature six teams. Greater Wyoming Area will host the winner of the Harveys Lake-Back Mountain game at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. West Pittston will play Northwest at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 19. The bracket is double elimination with the championship Wednesday, June 29.
The District 16 9-10 softball tournament will be played bracket-style. Greater Pittston, the lone team from the area, will play Nanticoke on Monday, July 6 at Duryea Little League. The tournament is a four-team, double elimination format. In District 31, Greater Wyoming Area will host Harveys Lake on Monday, July 6 at Exeter Little League. The tournament is a four-team, double elimination format.
In the District 16 10-11 tournament, Greater Pittston will host the winner of Mountain Top and Nanticoke on Monday, July 6 at Jenkins Township Little League. The tournament is double elimination and features three teams.
For more information on the District 16 and District 31 Little League brackets, visit www.padistrict16-31.com.
Pittston Area 9
Michael Nocito and Matthew Cardinale each drove in three runs as Pittston Area took care of Plains on Saturday, June 11. Andrew Krawczk, Anthony Thomas and Tyler Granahan each collected two hits in the win.
Gino Mariggi picked up the win in relief as the locals scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. In his two innings of work he struck out three Plains hitters.
Pittston Area 17
Hanover Area 7
Pounding out 17 hits, Pittston Area beat Hanover on Sunday, June 12. Anthony Thomas and Michael Nocito each had three hits. Nocito had three RBI, while Thomas, Matt Rinaldi and Josh McGlynn each had two RBI.
Gino Mariggi pitched four innings, giving up one hit and just one run while striking out 11.