Bryce Martin strikes out 13 to lead Township Baseball to 9-11 Little League title

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
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Bryce Martin struck out 13 in five innings July 7 at Northwest to lead Township Baseball to an 11-2 victory over Mountain Top in the District 16 Little League Baseball 9-11-year-old championship game.

Preston Rusyn pitched the final inning.

Township Baseball used the win to reach the Section 5 Tournament, which it is hosting through Tuesday. The section tournament, which also includes Back Mountain National, Dunmore and Archbald, was scheduled to open Friday.

Rusyn, Drew Cisney, Jake Aftewicz, Xzayvier Blackshear and Chris Scavo all had multiple hits as part of Township Baseball’s 14-hit attack in the championship game.

DISTRICT 31 JUNIOR BASEBALL

DALLAS – Tuesday’s rain cut short the opener and forced Greater Wyoming Area to play 12 of the 15 innings in the best-of-three championship series on Back Mountain’s home field.

Back Mountain used a 13-10, eight-inning victory in the game played Tuesday and Wednesday, then an 11-6 victory Thursday to sweep the series.

Greater Wyoming Area saw leads slip away in both games.

The opener was suspended with Greater Wyoming Area leading, 2-1, after three innings. It was moved to Dallas High School the next day where the teams were scheduled to complete Game One and play Game Two.

Both managers maneuvered pitchers to try to get through the scheduled doubleheader, but then as the game became too long and it was decided only Game One would be played, it changed the target pitch limits they were facing to keep pitchers eligible for later games in the series.

Greater Wyoming Area appeared to take control with a five-run fifth inning for an 8-3 lead, but Back Mountain answered with seven runs in the top of the sixth.

After getting the last two outs of the scheduled seven-inning game with the GWA bases loaded and the winning run on third base, Back Mountain won it in the eighth.

Jude Janosky, who had a sacrifice fly to put GWA ahead in the fifth, and Henry Rosen each had two hits.

Owen Hizynski had a two-run homer for GWA in the top of the first inning of Game Two. Sean Petroski and Kyle Scuttack each had two hits.

DISTRICT 16 JUNIOR BASEBALL

Pittston rolled over the tournament’s other two opponents to get through the winners’ bracket and earn two shots at the championship.

The victories in the first two games of the tournament meant that Pittston would have two shots to beat the Hanover/South Wilkes-Barre survivor for the championship.

Pittston opened the tournament Tuesday with an 11-8 win over Hanover, then defeated South Wilkes-Barre, 16-1, in four innings Wednesday.

Winning pitcher Eric Pisack had a three-run double in the first inning to get the tournament off to a strong start Tuesday.

Nick Cerasiro got the save and contributed a hit and run on offense. Alex Hoban scored twice and had a hit.

Hoban had three hits and three runs in Wednesday’s win.

Connor Mulhern threw a three-hitter with two strikeouts.

Brayden Powers, who scored three times, and Kyle Breymeier, who scored twice, each had a hit.

DISTRICT 31 8-10 BASEBALL

Greater Wyoming Area reached the district semifinals where it lost, 18-6, to Kingston/Forty Fort Wednesday.

Alex Vacula had two hits in the loss.

Greater Wyoming Area defeated Back Mountain American, 12-2, in four innings July 8 to finish unbeaten in Pool B.

The game matched 2-0 teams and decided first place in the pool.

GWA outscored its pool play opponents, 40-3.

Luke Kopetchny threw a two-hit shutout July 6 when GWA defeated West Side, 10-0, in four innings.

Jacob Snyder and Nick Ciampi each had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Kopetchny had a hit and scored twice. Ben Rogish had a hit, run and RBI.

DISTRICT 16 8-10 BASEBALL

Township Baseball and Pittston City/Duryea reached the district semifinals, but both were eliminated there Wednesday.

Plains defeated Township Baseball, 6-2, despite a 3-for-3 effort by Paul Ferentino.

Elijah Barr homered in the loss.

Mountain Top downed Pittston City/Duryea, 10-6.

Lucas Lopresto scored twice and had a hit for Pittston City/Duryea.

Township Baseball and Pittston City/Duryea each had gone unbeaten to finish first in their pools.

Township Baseball went 3-0 in Pool B by a total of 51-8.

Pittston City/Duryea was 2-0 in Pool A.

Township Baseball finished up by beating Mountain Top, 12-4, July 6 and Bear Creek/North Wilkes-Barre, 21-1, two days later.

Jacob Harnen drove in five runs against Mountain Top.

Pittston City/Duryea played its only two pool games on those same dates. It beat Avoca/Dupont, 11-1, in four innings, then beat Plains, 6-3, to decide first place.

Jacob Innamorati had three hits against Avoca/Dupont.

Nico Cielo, who had a double, and Dom Salvo had two hits each. Kyle Franchetti tripled.

Bobby Smith was the winning pitcher.

Michael Wiendkoski scored the only run for Avoca/Dupont, which finished 0-2.

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GWA Juniors fall; Pittston earns title shot

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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