Pittston Area made it through the winners’ bracket of the Section 5 Little League Softball Major tournament by defeating Old Forge, 11-1, Monday and Tripp Park, 3-2, Tuesday.
The victories game Pittston Area two shots, if needed, to win the section title and a state tournament berth. It was scheduled to play Back Mountain Friday night with the first chance to clinch.
Gianna Adams threw a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the opener against host Old Forge. She also had three hits.
Marian Antal had a triple and a single, Ava Callahan had a double and a single and Isabella Giardina also had two hits.
Alexa Mulrooney and Eliza Distasi had the Old Forge hits.
Laura Mihalka drove in the winning run with a two-run, sixth-inning single against Tripp Park.
Adams struck out 12 in the win and also had two hits.
Ava Callahan, who had a double, and Cassie Hintze had two hits each.
DISTRICT 31 MAJOR SOFTBALL
Back Mountain defeated visiting Greater Wyoming Area, 12-0, in four innings in the June 30 championship game.
Ella Rau lined a single to right, leading off the fourth inning, for the only Greater Wyoming Area hit.
DISTRICT 31 8-10-YEAR-OLD SOFTBALL
Ariana Gaylord and Rene Haddock had the only Greater Wyoming Area hits during a 12-0 loss to Back Mountain in four innings in the July 1 district championship game.
Greater Wyoming Area’s only two losses came to Back Mountain, which moved on to try to defend its Section 5 title.
DISTRICT 16 9-11-YEAR-OLD BASEBALL
Township Baseball went 3-0 in round-robin play, then defeated visiting Plains, 3-1, in Thursday’s semifinal to clinch a spot in the championship game that was scheduled to be played Saturday against Mountain Top.
Bryce Martin struck out six and did not allow a hit in 2 2/3 innings of a 19-0, three-inning rout of Nanticoke. Christopher Scavo went 3-for-3 to lead a 16-hit attack that also featured multiple hits from Aiden Lynn, Jake Aftewicz, Preston Rusyn and Drew Cisney.
DISTRICT 31 8-10-YEAR-OLD BASEBALL
Connor Krokoski and Luke Kopetchny had inside-the-park homers when Greater Wyoming Area routed Northwest, 18-1, to open pool play Tuesday.
Winning pitcher Jacob Schneider went 4-for-4 with a double. Schneider struck out eight in four innings.
Krokoski finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and Kopetchny had two hits.
Alex Zacula added two hits and an RBI.
Pool play continued Friday and was scheduled to conclude Sunday.
DISTRICT 16 8-10-YEAR-OLD BASEBALL
Paul Ferentino and Dominic Marranca combined on a three-inning, no-hitter when Township Baseball rolled over North Wilkes-Barre, 18-3, in Tuesday’s opener at Jenkins Township.
Beau Widdick and Brodie Martin each had two hits.
Avoca/Dupont also opened at home, but lost, 14-4, to Plains in five innings.
David Perks had the only Avoca/Dupont hit.
There were pool games scheduled for Friday and more are set for Sunday to determine two teams out of each pool for the semifinals.
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