Pittston Area’s baseball team won its second straight District 2 championship thanks to a 13-12 decision over Coughlin at then-Lackawanna County Stadium.
The 3 1/2 hour game featured 25 runs, 16 walks and 18 strikeouts. For Pittston Area, Sam Parente and Rob Timek finished with four RBI. With the game tied at 11 in the seventh, Parente hit a sacrifice fly and Timek hit an RBI single. Although Coughlin scored in the bottom of the seventh, the Patriots hung on for the win.
After allowing a single and a run-scoring double to make it 13-12 in the bottom of the seventh, PA sophomore Chris Kivak got the next three batters for the win. Pittston Area also won the district title in 2000 in coach Paul Zaffuto’s first season.
The Wyoming Area 3,200 relay team of Dave Ruggles, Scott Stoss, Pat Aritz and Dan Waszkiewicz brought home gold at the PIAA District 2 Class AA Track and Field Championships held at North Pocono.
Aritz and Waszkiewicz were double winners — Aritz won individual bronze in the 800, while Waszkiewicz took bronze as part of the WA 1,600 relay. Also winning medals were Matt Burke, Dave Sullivan, AJ Delucca, Russ Herron, Dave Brocca and Joe Wisnosky.
WA’s Kristie Siracuse won medals in the 300 hurdles and the long jump.
Jenkins Township American Legion edged Northwest Benton, 5-0, thanks to the solid pitching of John Baloga at Spadi Park in Inkerman.
Baloga threw a six-hitter and contributed an RBI single. Ron Silinskie had two hits, including a run-producing single, while John Wojcik had an RBI triple and John Mondlak a run-scoring single. Baloga walked three and struck out four as Jenkins improved to 2-3.
Pittston Area graduate Mary Ritzie, the 1975 Sunday Dispatch Student-Athlete Award winner, finished in second place at the Penn State Commonwealth Campus Tennis Tournament held at the Berks Campus.
Ritzie was a member of the Penn State Hazleton tennis team. During her freshman season, she was also a member of the volleyball team. During the tennis season, she won eight of 10 singles matches.