Lou Falzone doubling up as Legion baseball manager; Greater Pittston downs Plains

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch

Lou Falzone, already managing the second-place Greater Pittston Junior Legion team, has also taken over duties managing the Senior team that has a winning record and is in playoff contention.

The Junior Legion team is 9-4 and trailing only Stars & Stripes from Hazleton (7-2) in the nine-team league.

After a 9-2 victory over Plains Friday night, Greater Pittston is 6-4 and in fourth place in the Senior standings.

Jon Woytach, who was in his first season, had started out as the Greater Pittston manager.

Falzone, who had filled in four games when Woytach was unavailable because of other commitments, will manage both teams because the two teams do not play at the same time for the remainder of the season.


Greater Pittston’s Hunter Ralston pitched a complete game in Friday’s victory over Plains.

Steve Homza went 2-for-4 with three RBI while Tyler Jackson was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the win.

Ryan Petrucci had two hits while Dylan Melberger had a hit and RBI.

Plains fell to 0-8.

Greater Pittston shut out Back Mountain, 7-0, then lost to Swoyersville, 6-5.

Homza and Alex McAndrew each went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs for Back Mountain, which used a six-run third inning to break away against Back Mountain.

Cole Cherkas pitched five inning sin the win. Melberger finished off the shutout.


The Greater Pittston Junior team can clinch a bye in the league playoffs if it wins two of its last three games.

Falzone said he is pleased with the young, inexperienced team playing beyond expectations.

“The kids are playing great,” he said.

Greater Pittston is on a four-game winning streak.

Plains (1-10) has dropped five straight.


By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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