Little League: Pittston Area junior softball cops District 16 championship


Pittston Area juniors cop D16 softball title

By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



Starting Pittston Area pitcher, Bernadette Lieback, outlegs a toss from third.


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Pittston Area shortstop Tiara George puts the tag on Nanticoke’s Kasidy Slusser.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Tiara George slides home safely to score for Pittston Area.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Sage Wiedlich (2) beats the throw at second base.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

After second baseman Grace Giordina catches a pop fly for an out, she tosses out the Nanticoke runner at first for a double play.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

The Greater Pittston Junior Softball team won the District 16 championship over Nanticoke on Wednesday. From left, first row, Shayla Williams, Bailey Loyack, Lexi Felinski and Madisyn Antal. Second row, Hallie Gronka, Loren Gronka, Kristen Roselle, Syra Reza, Kaehler Kivler, Gwen Balavage, Alyvia Cook, Kylie Herbert, Brianna Pizzano and Tinsley Sarnak. Third row, coach Tony Cook, coach Ian Williams and coach Jeff Herbert.


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Tiara George slides home safely to score for Pittston Area.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Sage Wiedlich (2) beats the throw at second base.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

After second baseman Grace Giordina catches a pop fly for an out, she tosses out the Nanticoke runner at first for a double play.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area shortstop Tiara George puts the tag on Nanticoke’s Kasidy Slusser.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Starting Pittston Area pitcher, Bernadette Lieback, outlegs a toss from third.


Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

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On Saturday, June 25, the District 16 and 31 Major Baseball Championships began with several local teams starting pool play.

On Monday, in District 16 Pool A play, Duryea will play Nanticoke at 5:30 p.m. at Plains Little League. On Wednesday, North Wilkes-Barre/Avoca/Dupont/Pittston City will play Plains at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Duryea. Also on Wednesday, Duryea hosts Hanover at 7:30 p.m. In Pool B, Pittston City plays Pittston Township at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at South Wilkes-Barre. On Wednesday at Pittston Township, Mountain Top plays Pittston City at 5:30 p.m. and Jenkins Township plays Pittston Township at 7:30 p.m.

In District 31 Pool A play, West Pittston hosts West Side at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday at Back Mountain, West Pittston plays Harveys Lake at 5:30 p.m. and Exeter plays Back Mountain National at 7:30 p.m. In Pool B, Wyoming/West Wyoming travels to Northwest at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and little league brackets, visit www.padistrict16-31.com. To report little league scores, email reporter Nick Wagner at [email protected]

JENKINS TWP. — Pittston Area or Title Town?

When speaking of Little League softball in the area, Pittston Area has certainly made a name for itself over the past several years. Last year, the Pittston Area Senior Softball team won the District 16 title and advanced deep in the state tournament. The 10-11 team won the District 16 title as well.

Add another championship to the list.

The Pittston Area Junior Softball team copped the District 16 championship with a 13-3 win over Nanticoke on Wednesday in a game played at Jenkins Township Little League.The locals won the series opener, 3-1 on Monday, June 20.

After struggling for runs in the opener, Pittston Area exploded for 18 hits. Pitcher Tinsley Sarnak scattered six hits and walked one in her five innings of work to pick up the win. Maddisyn Antal homered to lead a big night at the plate for Pittston Area. The locals got hits out of eight different players.

Kylie Herbert pitched the final two innings without giving up a hit.

Antal finished with a three-hit day, which included her homer and a triple. Brianna Pizzano had four hits, including a double, while Bailey Loyack and Lexi Felinski each had three hits. Loren Gronka had two hits in the win.

In the first game of the series, Pittston Area only produced five hits – two from Herbert and one each from Pizzano, Loyack and Antal. However, the team scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure the win. Herbert pitched all seven innings giving up just five hits.

Nanticoke and Pittston Area were the only teams entered in the District 16 championships.

Pittston Area advances to play Northwest in the Section 5 Junior Softball Championship. The best-of-three series will begin Wednesday, July 6 at Northwest Little League field.

MAJOR SOFTBALL

Nanticoke takes title over GP

PITTSTON TWP. — After falling to Nanticoke 10-3 on Sunday, June 19, Greater Pittston played one of its better games to date. The locals, who were in a must-win situation in the three-game series, fell to Nanticoke 3-2 on Tuesday at Pittston Township Little League. Nanticoke locked up the District 12 Major Softball title.

Nanticoke’s Kasidy Slusser starred on the mound, striking out 13 for the win. She also had two hits and two RBI at the plate while scoring the winning run in the sixth inning.

Greater Pittston pitcher Bernadette Lieback struck out five and had a hit herself in the must-win game. Sage Wiedlich doubled. Nikki Dennis and Lexi Borthwick each singled.

In the opening game, Greater Pittston’s Dennis had three singles, while Tiara George tripled. Wiedlich had a pair of singles and drove in two runs.

GWA, West Pittston fall in D31

Greater Wyoming Area and West Pittston each dropped their openers in the District 31 Major Softball bracket.

West Pittston fell to Northwest, 11-2, on Sunday, June 19. GWA, who had a bye in the first round, fell to Back Mountain, 12-1, on Tuesday. The two losses led to a matchup of local teams on Thursday.

Greater Wyoming Area came home with a 12-2 win to eliminate West Pittston.

In Greater Wyoming Area’s final game of the season, Harveys Lake came out on the winning end, 11-6.

Starting Pittston Area pitcher, Bernadette Lieback, outlegs a toss from third.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-6.jpgStarting Pittston Area pitcher, Bernadette Lieback, outlegs a toss from third. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area shortstop Tiara George puts the tag on Nanticoke’s Kasidy Slusser.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-1.jpgPittston Area shortstop Tiara George puts the tag on Nanticoke’s Kasidy Slusser. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Tiara George slides home safely to score for Pittston Area.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-2.jpgTiara George slides home safely to score for Pittston Area. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Sage Wiedlich (2) beats the throw at second base.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-3.jpgSage Wiedlich (2) beats the throw at second base. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

After second baseman Grace Giordina catches a pop fly for an out, she tosses out the Nanticoke runner at first for a double play.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-5.jpgAfter second baseman Grace Giordina catches a pop fly for an out, she tosses out the Nanticoke runner at first for a double play. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

The Greater Pittston Junior Softball team won the District 16 championship over Nanticoke on Wednesday. From left, first row, Shayla Williams, Bailey Loyack, Lexi Felinski and Madisyn Antal. Second row, Hallie Gronka, Loren Gronka, Kristen Roselle, Syra Reza, Kaehler Kivler, Gwen Balavage, Alyvia Cook, Kylie Herbert, Brianna Pizzano and Tinsley Sarnak. Third row, coach Tony Cook, coach Ian Williams and coach Jeff Herbert.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PAsoftballChamps.jpgThe Greater Pittston Junior Softball team won the District 16 championship over Nanticoke on Wednesday. From left, first row, Shayla Williams, Bailey Loyack, Lexi Felinski and Madisyn Antal. Second row, Hallie Gronka, Loren Gronka, Kristen Roselle, Syra Reza, Kaehler Kivler, Gwen Balavage, Alyvia Cook, Kylie Herbert, Brianna Pizzano and Tinsley Sarnak. Third row, coach Tony Cook, coach Ian Williams and coach Jeff Herbert. Submitted photo

Tiara George slides home safely to score for Pittston Area.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-2_CMYK.jpgTiara George slides home safely to score for Pittston Area. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Sage Wiedlich (2) beats the throw at second base.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-3_CMYK.jpgSage Wiedlich (2) beats the throw at second base. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

After second baseman Grace Giordina catches a pop fly for an out, she tosses out the Nanticoke runner at first for a double play.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-5_CMYK.jpgAfter second baseman Grace Giordina catches a pop fly for an out, she tosses out the Nanticoke runner at first for a double play. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area shortstop Tiara George puts the tag on Nanticoke’s Kasidy Slusser.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-1-1-_CMYK.jpgPittston Area shortstop Tiara George puts the tag on Nanticoke’s Kasidy Slusser. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Starting Pittston Area pitcher, Bernadette Lieback, outlegs a toss from third.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_PA-vs-Nanticoke-LLSB-6_CMYK.jpgStarting Pittston Area pitcher, Bernadette Lieback, outlegs a toss from third. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area juniors cop D16 softball title

By Nick Wagner

[email protected]

Coming up next

On Saturday, June 25, the District 16 and 31 Major Baseball Championships began with several local teams starting pool play.

On Monday, in District 16 Pool A play, Duryea will play Nanticoke at 5:30 p.m. at Plains Little League. On Wednesday, North Wilkes-Barre/Avoca/Dupont/Pittston City will play Plains at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Duryea. Also on Wednesday, Duryea hosts Hanover at 7:30 p.m. In Pool B, Pittston City plays Pittston Township at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at South Wilkes-Barre. On Wednesday at Pittston Township, Mountain Top plays Pittston City at 5:30 p.m. and Jenkins Township plays Pittston Township at 7:30 p.m.

In District 31 Pool A play, West Pittston hosts West Side at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday at Back Mountain, West Pittston plays Harveys Lake at 5:30 p.m. and Exeter plays Back Mountain National at 7:30 p.m. In Pool B, Wyoming/West Wyoming travels to Northwest at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and little league brackets, visit www.padistrict16-31.com. To report little league scores, email reporter Nick Wagner at [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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