Pittston Area rolls past Hanover for District 16 Junior Baseball title


Pittston Area rolls past Hanover for D16 junior title

By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



Pittston Area winning pitcher Tyler Granahan delivers the ball to a Hanover Area batter in the District 16 Junior Little League championship game Friday evening in Hughestown.


HUGHESTOWN — Heading into Friday night’s game with Hanover, not a single player from Pittston Area’s Junior Baseball team has ever won a district championship.

That all changed at about 7 p.m.

Tyler Granahan threw five innings and allowed two runs, while Gino Marriggi’s two-run double in the first inning sparked Pittston Area to a 13-2, five-inning win over Hanover in the District 16 Junior Baseball championship game. The win puts Pittston Area in the Section 5 tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 20.

“They’ve never been able to experience holding this banner,” coach Tom Granahan said. “It took them 14 years to be able to do this. It’s just fantastic.”

Tyler Granahan finished with eight strikeouts and allowed just six hits against Hanover. He got into two separate jams, including the seventh inning, but was able to work around them.

“This banner means everything,” Tyler said. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Pittston Area got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. Mike Nocito and Matt Rinaldi each walked to set the stage for Marriggi. Marriggi’s two-run double over the center fielder’s head plated the game’s first runs.

After the second inning, Pittston Area led 5-0. Ian Kochanowski started the rally with a single up the middle. After a passed ball, Jake Morreale brought home Kochanowski. Two walks and two Hanover errors produced two more Pittston Area runs.

Matt Cardinale and Joe Silinski each produced an RBI in the five-run third. To get to the 10-run rule, Pittston Area’s PJ Pisano and Kochanowski each drove in runs in the fourth.

Tyler Granahan didn’t allow a baserunner past first until the fourth inning when Hanover’s Hunter Thompson, who was injured earlier in the game, blasted a triple to left field with one out. He would score on Tony Metric’s single. Following a Jamie Cunard single, Aiden Geisinger hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Metric.

In the fifth, when Pittston Area needed just three outs to close the ball game, a walk and a single by Evan Materna put two runners on with no out. Granahan got out of it by striking out the next three batters.

“The biggest thing with Tyler is his composure,” Tom Granahan said. “He never lets it get to him. He knew he had to come back and pitch his game.”

The win pits Pittston Area against the District 17 champions on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

Pittston Area 13, Hanover 2

Hanover`AB`R`H`BI

Rowley cf`2`0`0`0

Materna p`3`0`1`0

Stefanowicz 2b`3`0`1`0

Thompson`3`1`1`0

Metric 1b`3`1`2`1

Cunard 3b`2`0`1`0

Stefanski rf`1`0`0`0

Geisinger rf`1`0`0`1

George 2b`1`0`0`0

Jasler`2`0`0`0

Totals `21`2`6`2

Pittston Area`AB`R`H`BI

Krawczyk cf`1`0`0`0

Pisano cf`3`1`0`1

Nocito ss`2`2`0`0

Granahan p`3`0`1`0

Rinaldi 2b`3`1`0`0

Marriggi 3b`2`0`1`2

Murtha ph`1`1`0`0

Cardinale c`3`1`1`1

Kochanowski 1b`2`1`1`1

Morreale rf`2`1`2`1

McGlynn ph`0`1`0`0

Cebula rf`0`1`0`0

Silinskie lf`1`3`1`1

Totals `23`13`7`7

Visitor`000`40 —`2

Pittston Area`235`3x —`13

2B — Marriggi, Cardinale. 3B — Thompson. SAC — Kochanowski.

Hanover`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Materna, L`2`1`3`2`3`2

Jasler`0.1`1`4`1`2`0

Stefanowicz`1.2`3`4`2`1`0

Pittston Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Granahan, W`5`6`2`2`1`8

Pittston Area winning pitcher Tyler Granahan delivers the ball to a Hanover Area batter in the District 16 Junior Little League championship game Friday evening in Hughestown.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_TTL071616JrLittleLeague_1-1-1-1.jpgPittston Area winning pitcher Tyler Granahan delivers the ball to a Hanover Area batter in the District 16 Junior Little League championship game Friday evening in Hughestown.
Pittston Area rolls past Hanover for D16 junior title

By Nick Wagner

[email protected]

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

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