By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch

Both Greater Pittston American Legion teams made the playoffs and Pittston Area’s new artificial turf infield is being put to use as the school’s field in Hughestown serves as host site of the Senior tournament.

Greater Pittston’s Senior team closed out the Wyoming Valley League season with consecutive shutout victories.

The wins left the team with a 10-6 record in fourth place in the nine-team league where six teams qualified for the playoffs.

Tyler Jackson threw the shutout in a 6-0 victory over Nanticoke July 6.

Anthony Nardell was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Dylan Melberger had a double while John Angelella had a hit and an RBI.

Melberger, Chase Yochem, Angelella and Toby Hallman combined on the pitching duties in Monday’s 3-0 win over Mountain Post, the league’s second-place team during the regular season.

Swoyersville and Mountain Post earned byes into Saturday’s semifinals and were guaranteed to still be playing Sunday.

Stripes & Strikes from Hazleton, Greater Pittston, Tunkhannock and Wilkes-Barre all needed to get through Friday’s quarterfinal to make it into the modified double-elimination portion of the tournament and into Saturday’s semifinals.

There are three games scheduled for Sunday in Hughestown. The losers’ bracket game is set for 11 a.m., the championship game is at 2 p.m. and a second-place game will be played at 5 p.m. between the 11 a.m. game’s winner and the 2 p.m. game’s loser.

The top teams advance into the Region 5 tournament July 20-24, hosted by Dickson City at Washington Street Park in Throop and Mid Valley High School.

Jacob Lupas threw a four-hit shutout when Plains closed out the season at 1-15, picking up its only win in Wednesday’s finale by defeatin Wilkes-Barre, 5-0.

Pedro Betancourt led the Plains offense by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Lupas, Cameron Krugel and John Vernagis all drove in runs.

Greater Pittston went 12-4 in Junior Legion play to finish tied for second in the league and entered the six-team playoffs at Mountain Post as the second seed.

A 4-3 victory over Mountain Post in the Thursday quarterfinals advanced Greater Pittston as one of the final four teams in the playoffs.

The Plains Junior team also finished with a win, completing a 4-12 season.

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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