PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — Heading into the top of the sixth, Duryea found itself in a tough spot — down five runs in the final inning.
Perseverance came through, and so did the team’s bats.
Duryea scored five runs in the top of the sixth to force extra innings and eventually pulled out a 21-13 win over Pittston Township in District 16 9-10 baseball action on Thursday at Pittston Township Little League field.
Chase Montigney led the charge for Duryea by finishing with four hits and four runs scored. Nick Borgia and Marshal Gordon each had three hits, while Lou Lussi provided two hits and three runs.
It was a back and fourth type of game until the final two innings. In the sixth, down by five, Duryea’s Gordon had a two-run triple while Dominic Innamorati singled home two runs. In the seventh, Duryea broke it open with a Bobby Davidson two-run single and a Devon Cerasaro two-run single.
Luke Snyder picked up the win for Duryea.
For Pittston Township, Matt Mesaris led the charge with three hits, while Ryan Hintze and Elijah Barr each had two hits.
Pool play continues for District 16 and 31 over the weekend. The top team in each pool will advance to the semifinals, which are scheduled for Thursday, July 7 at Exeter Little League.
Jack Mihalchik and Jordan Wychock combined on a two-hitter in a four-inning victory. Wychock went 3 for 3 with three runs scored, and Max Gregor made a highlight catch to end the game for Plains.
Duryea’s Derek Ferri hit an RBI single and scored a run.
Jenkins Twp. 4
Daniel Garrison was 3 for 3 and Tyler Garrison was 2 for 2 as Hanover improved to 3-0 in Pool B.
Josh Jones was 3 for 3 for Jenkins Township. Keegan Salts and Paul McGarry each had a hit.
Pittston Twp. 4
Landon Lore piled five RBI in a 3 for 4 day at the plate. Nanticoke’s Payton Kepp hit safely in both at-bats with three RBI. Liam Mullery received the win on the hill.
Ryan Hintze went 3 for 3 for Pittston Township.
Mountain Top 18,
Jenkins Twp. 8
Mountain Top received multi-hit games from Chaz Wright, Logan Rolls, Gauge Burnett and Ben Keil.
Jenkins Township had multiple hits from Drew Cisney.
Pittston City 1
Colin Whitman and Nathan Tomceak had two hits apiece while Cole Whitman picked up the win for Hanover.
Aiden O’Haire had a hit for Pittston City.
Pittston Twp. 1
Plains’ Jack Mihalchik went 3 for 4 at the plate and picked up the victory on the mound by allowing a hit and a run with two strikeouts.
Pittston Township’s Andrew Bittman had an RBI single. Ryan Hintze scored a run.
Payton Kepp struck out 12 in a four-inning performance for Nanticoke. Kepp went 2 for 2 at the plate.
Pittston City 11,
South Wilkes-Barre 2
Pittston City was led by Jeff Mazonis’ four-hit game with a two-run home run. He also went five strong innings, giving up two hits and two earned.
Silvio Giardina had three hits, including two doubles and four RBI. Aiden O’Haire hit a single and a double. Tyler Reynolds doubled twice in the win.
Back Mountain Am. 15,
West Pittston 0
Zach Paczewski and Sam Barrouk tossed a combined no-hitter for Back Mountain American as it defeated West Pittston Thursday.
Kingston/Forty Fort 14,
Sean Murach threw a one-hitter as KFF (3-0 Pool B) clinched a berth in the semifinals.
Jacob Stevens and Davis Motyka had three hits each for KFF. Luke Kopec, Mason Natello and Aiden Connell added two hits apiece.
West Side 4,
West Pittston 3
Dan Fenney and Nick Scalzo each had two hits in West Pittston’s loss to the West Side. West Side’s Micahel Dubaskas scored the game-winner on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.
Exeter pitchers combined for a four-inning, no hitter against Northwest on Wednesday.
Dane Schutter, Brady Noone and Tyler Sciandra took to the mound and kept Northwest at bay. Schutter pitched the first two innings and was followed by Noone, who then gave way to Sciandra.