Collaboration results in District 16 Junior title for Greater Pittston Little League

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
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The five Greater Pittston Little Leagues got together on the Junior level in baseball for the first time this season with positive results.

Pittston Area had two teams entered in the league of District 16 and 31 teams that combine to form regular-season competition and both produced winning records.

The all-star team formed from those two squads became the last Little League baseball team standing from the Greater Pittston area after winning the District 16 title and making it to the final three teams in Section 5 entering Friday’s action.

Pittston Area also won the District 16 Junior baseball title – the division for 13- and 14-year-olds – in 2016, but that was before Avoca/Dupont and Pittston City joined Jenkins Township, Pittston Township and Duryea in the effort.

“This championship was the collaboration of all these little local leagues,” Pittston Area manager Jamie Binker said.

SECTION 5 JUNIORS

Eric Pisack delivered a three-run double and winning pitcher Nicholas Cerasaro had three hits when Pittston Area fought off elimination Thursday with a 12-8 victory over Carbondale in a game at Hilldale.

Starting pitcher Connor Mulhern worked five innings and had two hits.

“He gave us a good solid pitching performance,” Binker said.

Jack Locker got the final two outs to secure the win.

Abington defeated Pittston Area, 14-2, in a first-round game Wednesday.

DISTRICT 16 JUNIORS

Winning pitcher Ethan Clarke scored twice July 13 when Pittston Area defeated Hanover Area, 10-9, to claim the championship.

Alex Hoban doubled and also scored twice.

Jack Walker got the last three outs for the save.

Pittston Area went 3-0 in the tournament with a pair of wins over Hanover Area. It scored 37 runs in the three games.

SECTION 5 MAJORS

Pittston City/Duryea’s tournament season came to an end with a pair of losses July 15 at home in Duryea.

The District 16 title, also in Duryea, put Pittston City/Duryea in position to host the four-team Section 5 tournament to determine a state tournament berth.

Pittston City/Duryea was the first team eliminated when it fell to Abington National, 14-4, in the completion of a game suspended because of rain and lightning July 14, then dropped a 13-5 decision to Green Ridge.

Green Ridge led, 5-0, before Pittston City/Duryea rallied to force a tie with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Nic Borgia singled in two runs after Dom Innamorati and Jake Dobrowalski drew bases-loaded walks.

Green Ridge went back in front in the fifth, then broke the game open with seven runs in the sixth.

SECTION 5 9-11-YEAR-OLDS

Township Baseball routed Archbald, 20-7, between a pair of losses that eliminated it from the tournament at Jenkins Township.

Winning pitcher Aiden Lynn and five other players had multiple hits in the four-inning rout of Archbald July 14.

Preston Rusyn, Drew Cisney, Chris Scavo, Ryan Flaim and Brycen Martin were the other players with multiple hits.

Dunmore beat Township Baseball, 2-1, in the July 13 opener, then posted a 15-6 win two days later in an elimination game.

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By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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