Duryea Little League to host televised championship doubleheader

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
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Duryea Little League will host the locally televised championship doubleheader at the end of a pair of district baseball tournaments for 12-year-olds.

Districts 16 and 31 of Pennsylvania Little League baseball and softball have set their tournament schedules.

The district tournaments culminate in a Major baseball championship doubleheader July 9 in Duryea. District 31, for teams west of the Susquehanna River, will be decided at 6 p.m, followed by District 16, for teams east of the river, in games on WQMY-TV.

The Major division is for 12-year-old. It is the division that advances teams to the famous Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport in August.

Duryea’s team won the District 16 baseball title on the 9-10-year-old level last season.

Softball schedules run about a week ahead of baseball.

The District 31 Major softball tournament was scheduled to begin action Saturday with two games, including West Pittston at Kingston/Forty Fort.

There are five teams in each pool for District 31 Major baseball, which starts June 23. West Pittston is part of Pool A and Exeter is in Pool B.

West Pittston hosts a doubleheader June 25 and Exeter hosts one June 27.

Duryea/Pittston City and Avoca/Dupont are each part of the four-team Pool A in District 16 Major baseball. Township Baseball, made up of Jenkins Township and Pittston Township, is part of Pool B.

The tournament begins June 27 and includes a doubleheader in Avoca June 29.

The semifinals in both districts are scheduled for July 5.

Duryea/Pittston City is one of three teams in Pool A of 10-11-year-old baseball in District 16. It will have a home game in Pittston against Plains to open the tournament June 28.

Township Baseball is one of four teams in Pool B. It hosts a doubleheader July 2 at Jenkins Township.

Semifinals are set for July 5 with the final July 7 at Northwest.

The 10-11-year-old baseball tournament in District 31 has a pair of three-team pools. West Pittston is in Pool A and Greater Wyoming Area is in Pool B. Each gets one home game during round-robin play to set up the July 5 semifinals.

Avoca/Dupont and Duryea/Pittston City are among the three teams in Pool A of the 9-10-year-old District 16 tournament and play each other in Duryea July 6. Township Baseball is part of a four-team Pool B and hosts a doubleheader July 3.

The semifinals are July 11 to determine teams for the July 14 final at South Wilkes-Barre.

Greater Wyoming Area is one of the four teams in 9-10-year-old District 31. The tournament opens July 3, has semifinals July 11 and a final July 14.

Pittston Area won the Section 5 and District 16 softball titles for 10-11-year-olds last summer. It also was the District 16 champions in Major softball and Junior softball.

Greater Wyoming Area won the District 31 softball champ on the 10-11 level.

The District 16 Major softball title will be determined in a three-game championship series between Nanticoke and Pittston Area. The series opens June 24 at Jenkins Township and continues June 26 in Nanticoke. If needed, the third game will be June 28 at Pittston.

District 31 has five Major softball teams, including West Pittston and Greater Wyoming Area.

Following round-robin play, the final will be June 27 at the higher seed.

Pittston Area is one of three teams in 9-10-year-old softball in District 16. It hosts the Mountain Top/Plains winner June 28 at Pittston Township in a double-elimination game. The tournament concludes July 1.

Greater Wyoming Area is one of four teams in 9-10-year-old softball for District 31. The tournament begins June 25 and concludes July 1 on the field of the higher seed.

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By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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