Adams pitching, Mihalka’s clutch hit spark Pittston Area Little League softball wins

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Greater Wyoming Area shortstop Ellie Parra and her teammates cheer from the dugout in the District 31 Little League Major softball championshop game againt Back Mountain in Dallas June 30. - Bill Tarutis | for Sunday Dispatch
Greater Wyoming Area third baseman Ava Vacula catches a pop-up against Back Mountain in the District 31 Little League Major softball championship game. - Bill Tarutis | for Sunday Dispatch
Greater Wyoming Area right fielder Morgan Slusser looks to throw to the infield after a Back Mountain base hit in the District 31 Little League Major softball championship game. - Bill Tarutis | for Sunday Dispatch

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.

Greater Wyoming Area shortstop Ellie Parra and her teammates cheer from the dugout in the District 31 Little League Major softball championshop game againt Back Mountain in Dallas June 30.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_PSD070818GWA-BM-LLSB_1.jpgGreater Wyoming Area shortstop Ellie Parra and her teammates cheer from the dugout in the District 31 Little League Major softball championshop game againt Back Mountain in Dallas June 30. Bill Tarutis | for Sunday Dispatch

Greater Wyoming Area third baseman Ava Vacula catches a pop-up against Back Mountain in the District 31 Little League Major softball championship game.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_PSD070818GWA-BM-LLSB_2.jpgGreater Wyoming Area third baseman Ava Vacula catches a pop-up against Back Mountain in the District 31 Little League Major softball championship game. Bill Tarutis | for Sunday Dispatch

Greater Wyoming Area right fielder Morgan Slusser looks to throw to the infield after a Back Mountain base hit in the District 31 Little League Major softball championship game.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_PSD070818GWA-BM-LLSB_3.jpgGreater Wyoming Area right fielder Morgan Slusser looks to throw to the infield after a Back Mountain base hit in the District 31 Little League Major softball championship game. Bill Tarutis | for Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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