Greater Wyoming Area softball opens with back-to-back, 12-1 wins

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
After catching pop up, West Pittston third baseman Allie Resetar checks the Back Mountain runner at first base. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
West Pittston catcher Samara Campenni juggles a pop up but hangs on for an out against Back Mountain 11-12 all-star team played at Back Mt. field. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Greater Wyoming Area got its District 31 Little League Major Softball tournament schedule underway Tuesday with a 12-1 win over its neighbor, West Pittston.

The first week of the local all-star tournament season continued on the same path for both teams.

Greater Wyoming Area won a pair of 12-1 games to take a 2-0 record into the weekend. West Pittston fell to the bottom of the round-robin standings with three straight losses.

Jillian Graham allowed just one hit in two wins for Greater Wyoming Area.

Graham threw a one-hitter and struck out five in Tuesday’s four-inning win over West Pittston. She also had two hits, drove in three runs and scored one in the win.

Greater Wyoming Area won in four innings again the next night when Graham struck out five in a no-hitter.

Graham got help from errorless defense in the win over West Pittston.

Eliana Parra led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Morgan Janeski was 2-for-2 with a double, three runs and five stolen bases. Kim Leo tripled, drove in a run and scored three times. Morgan Slusser doubled and scored. Ella Rau, who scored twice, and Ava Vacula, who drove in two runs, also had hits.

Kayla Leo led the offense against Northwest, singling in a run in the first inning and finishing 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Janeski was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Morgan Slusser had two hits, two runs and an RBI.

Parra, Slusser, Rau, Janeski and Leo all drove in runs during a six-run third inning that put Greater Wyoming Area in control.

Greater Wyoming Area was in second in the standings in the five-team, round-robin competition heading into Friday’s game against third-place Kingston/Forty Fort. It is scheduled to play at defending champion Back Mountain (3-0) Sunday. The top two teams from the round-robin play for the championship Wednesday at the home field of the team that finishes first.

The Greater Wyoming Area-Back Mountain game is part of a doubleheader. The 9-10-year-old teams from the two leagues play in the opener of that District 31 tournament’s round-robin play at 5:45.

DISTRICT 16 SOFTBALL

The best-of-three Majors championship series in the district gets underway between Nanticoke and Pittston Area Sunday at Jenkins Township at 6.

Pittston Area opens play in the 8-10-year-old division with a home game Tuesday against the winner of a game between Mountain Top and Plains, the other two teams in the event.

PENNSYLVANIA REGION 5 SOFTBALL

Pittston Area, the 2017 champion, is unopposed in the 10-11-year-old division this year so it will represent the district in the Region 5 tournament July 19-22.

U.S. EASTERN REGIONAL SOFTBALL

Jenkins Township has been selected as the host site for the U.S. Eastern Regional 8-10-year-old softball tournament July 28-August 4.

The event is the highest level competed at for Little League players of that age group.

DISTRICT 16 BASEBALL

The district’s Major baseball tournament, the one that advances teams toward the Little League World Series in Williamsport, opens Wednesday.

Duryea/Pittston City, Avoca/Dupont and Township Baseball (Pittston Township and Jenkins Township) are among the entries.

The 10-11-year-old tournament gets started the next night.

DISTRICT 31 BASEBALL

The district’s Major baseball tournament, which includes teams from West Pittston and Exeter, was scheduled to get underway Saturday and continue with more games Monday.

The 10-11-year-old division begins its tournament Thursday.

After catching pop up, West Pittston third baseman Allie Resetar checks the Back Mountain runner at first base.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_WPgirls1.jpgAfter catching pop up, West Pittston third baseman Allie Resetar checks the Back Mountain runner at first base. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

West Pittston catcher Samara Campenni juggles a pop up but hangs on for an out against Back Mountain 11-12 all-star team played at Back Mt. field.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_WPgirls2.jpgWest Pittston catcher Samara Campenni juggles a pop up but hangs on for an out against Back Mountain 11-12 all-star team played at Back Mt. field. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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