Upon Further Review: Greater Pittston American Legion team won Wyoming Valley League title in 1976


By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com



Exeter’s Tyler Mitchell delivers a pitch against Mountain Top during the 2006 Exeter Classic Little League Touranment.


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The 1996 West Pittston all-star team was eliminated from the Section 4 playoffs with a 2-0 loss to East Stroudsburg. From left, first row, Dave Yurko, Matt Cowher, Nathan Sompel, Aaron Giordano, Preston Parr, TC Mazar and Paul Finn. Second row, Manager Jim Manganiello Jr., Matt Dunnigan, Chris Trowbridge, Rich Overman, Brian Coleman, Andy Castanaro, Matt Mattei and scorekeeper Jim Manganiello. Third row, coaches Hal Parr and Andy Supey. Absent from photo: Brian Wrubel.


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Greater Pittston’s American Legion team won the 1976 Wyoming Valley League title. In the foreground, batboy “Spanky” Webb. First row, from left, Migsy Ardoline, Mike Hadock, Don Casey, Homer LoPresto, Joe Fasciana and Joe Limongelli. Second row, assistant manager Tom Puscavage Sr., Tom Puscavage Jr., Roy Cantrella, Bobby Simonson, Mike Perlock, Chick Andrewscavage, Harry Ardoline, statistician Bill Rowe and manager Mike Cefalo.


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July 2006

Thanks to solid pitching from Tyler Mitchell and Gavin Kross, Exeter advanced to the final of the Exeter Classic 8-9-year-old Little League Tournament with a 2-1 win over Mountain Top.

Mitchell and Kross combined to scatter seven hits and stuck out six. Mitchell was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double. Nick Gushka and Kross also added two hits.

July 1996

In the Section 4 playoffs, West Pittston’s road to a state title came to a halt with a 2-0 loss to East Stroudsburg. A week earlier, the locals won the District 16 title.

The loss put West Pittston at 1-2 in the section playoffs and an overall record of 10-3. Rich Overman and Matt Dunnigan started all but one game, and had a combined record of 10-1. The locals hit a total of 15 home runs with Brian Coleman delivering five.

Dave Yurko led the team with a .500 batting average, while Matt Cowher batted .469 and Coleman finished at .395.

July 1986

The Dupont Polish American Citizens Club Little League team recorded three wins and advanced to the finals of the Fourth Annual Savo’s Tournament of Champions.

John Luckasavage pitched a no-hitter in a 12-2 win over LaBarre’s of West Pittston. He struck out 13 and walked six. In the two previous games, Jim Luckasavage and Brian Brady each threw one-hitters. Brady’s bid for a perfect game was spoiled with two outs in the final inning.

July 1976

The Greater Pittston American Legion baseball team won the Wyoming Valley League championship with a 5-2 win over Mountain Top in a special playoff game.

The team finished 16-4 overall to advanced to the Regional Playoffs. It was the team’s second Wyoming Valley League title in four years. The locals finsihed with a team batting average of .390.

In the title game against Mountain Top, Bobby Simonson pitched a three-hitter while Chick Andrewscavage had two hits, including a double.

Exeter’s Tyler Mitchell delivers a pitch against Mountain Top during the 2006 Exeter Classic Little League Touranment.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Mitchell06.jpgExeter’s Tyler Mitchell delivers a pitch against Mountain Top during the 2006 Exeter Classic Little League Touranment. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

The 1996 West Pittston all-star team was eliminated from the Section 4 playoffs with a 2-0 loss to East Stroudsburg. From left, first row, Dave Yurko, Matt Cowher, Nathan Sompel, Aaron Giordano, Preston Parr, TC Mazar and Paul Finn. Second row, Manager Jim Manganiello Jr., Matt Dunnigan, Chris Trowbridge, Rich Overman, Brian Coleman, Andy Castanaro, Matt Mattei and scorekeeper Jim Manganiello. Third row, coaches Hal Parr and Andy Supey. Absent from photo: Brian Wrubel.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Westpittston96.jpgThe 1996 West Pittston all-star team was eliminated from the Section 4 playoffs with a 2-0 loss to East Stroudsburg. From left, first row, Dave Yurko, Matt Cowher, Nathan Sompel, Aaron Giordano, Preston Parr, TC Mazar and Paul Finn. Second row, Manager Jim Manganiello Jr., Matt Dunnigan, Chris Trowbridge, Rich Overman, Brian Coleman, Andy Castanaro, Matt Mattei and scorekeeper Jim Manganiello. Third row, coaches Hal Parr and Andy Supey. Absent from photo: Brian Wrubel. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Greater Pittston’s American Legion team won the 1976 Wyoming Valley League title. In the foreground, batboy “Spanky” Webb. First row, from left, Migsy Ardoline, Mike Hadock, Don Casey, Homer LoPresto, Joe Fasciana and Joe Limongelli. Second row, assistant manager Tom Puscavage Sr., Tom Puscavage Jr., Roy Cantrella, Bobby Simonson, Mike Perlock, Chick Andrewscavage, Harry Ardoline, statistician Bill Rowe and manager Mike Cefalo.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Legion76.jpgGreater Pittston’s American Legion team won the 1976 Wyoming Valley League title. In the foreground, batboy “Spanky” Webb. First row, from left, Migsy Ardoline, Mike Hadock, Don Casey, Homer LoPresto, Joe Fasciana and Joe Limongelli. Second row, assistant manager Tom Puscavage Sr., Tom Puscavage Jr., Roy Cantrella, Bobby Simonson, Mike Perlock, Chick Andrewscavage, Harry Ardoline, statistician Bill Rowe and manager Mike Cefalo. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

nwagner@timesleader.com

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

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