DALLAS — West Pittston did what it could to get there. But once it got there, Back Mountain National had its own plans.
National scored seven times in the third inning, erasing a three-run deficit in the process as it defeated West Pittston, 13-3, in five innings in the District 31 10-11 baseball championship on July 13.
Faced with must-win situations in the two previous games, West Pittston used its best pitchers just to make it to the title game. That left the team shorthanded going into Monday’s game and Henry Rosen got the start.
Rosen hadn’t pitched much during the regular season and didn’t throw as hard as previous pitchers National had faced. That had the National batters perplexed early.
West Pittston took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third as Jude Janosky and Nick Ross hit singles and Rosen walked. All three scored when National became wobbly on defense.
National, though, showed the first time it played West Pittston — a 10-0 win to start pool play — it could hit. And the bats awoke in the third.
National banged out six hits in the third, scoring seven times. The highlights were a two-run double by Nick Finarelli and a three-run homer by Chris Killian that took one hop after clearing the fence and hit the windshield of a car.
The same couldn’t be said for West Pittston, which had trouble all night with National starter Killian. Killian struck out 11 in his complete game. After Ross singled off him in the third, he retired the final nine batters he faced.
Back Mountain 6
Greater Wyoming Area 4
Steve Lucas and John Angelella each had two hits in a losing effort for Greater Wyoming Area in the championship of the District 31 Junior Baseball championship on July 13.
Back Mountain’s Freddie Lombardo went 2-for-3 with a double, C.J. Cercone doubled and registered two RBI and Darren Kerdesky went 1-for-2, batting in a single run as Back Mountain captured the title.
Kerdesky was credited with the win having pitched five innings and Mark Roginski was credited with the save for Back Mountain.
South Wilkes-Barre 11
Pittston Area 6
Pittston Area fell to South Wilkes-Barre in the championship of the District 16 Junior Baseball championships on July 17.