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Challenger LL celebrates 20th year at PTLL

Former major league pitcher Andy Ashby addresses the crowd.

Challenger Little League founder Fred DeSanto, right, is honored with a gift by current league president Dave Howells.

Challenger Little League founder Fred DeSanto, right, greets original 1991 team member Joey Wychoskie as he is introduced.


The local Challenger Little League celebrated its 20th season recently with a reunion of the league’s original members at the Pittston Township Little League where the organization plays its games.

The Wyoming Valley Challenger Little League was the second one chartered in Pennsylvania when it was organized in 1991. Only Williamsport had a chartered CLL before the local one.

District 16/31 Little League Administrator and former Pittston Township Little League president Fred DeSanto helped form the CLL and is considered to be the local chapter’s founder.

Greater Pittston LL

West Side Auto 7, PT Red Sox 5

West Side Auto beat the Pittston Twp Red Sox 7-5 on Wednesday in West Pittston.

Jake Hogan was 2 for 2 for West Side Auto; Jim Eslick belted a triple for West Side Auto

Trevor Tigue was 3 for 4 with 3 singles for the PT Red Sox

Joe Carchilla was 2 for 3 with a triple and a single for the PT Red Sox.

West Side Auto 7, PT Red Sox 6

Jake Hogan singled, scored three runs and picked up the win on the mound as West Pittston West Side Auto edged Pittston Twp. Dr. Jeff Walker’s Red Sox, 7-6.

Eddie Eslick doubled and scored twice for West Side.

Kolton Zaffuto doubled and singled for the PT Red Sox, and Joe Carchilla also doubled.

Pittston K of C 10, Avoca VFW 9

Pittston City Knights of Columbus defeated Avoca VFW, 10-9 in extra innings.

Dylan Spurlin and Noah Strucke each had three hits. Holden Prescott and Pat Mitchell contributed with two hits apiece for K of C. Winning pitcher was Justin Fitzpatrick.

Hitters for Avoca were Albert Zuba with three, and Alex McAndrew had two. Jacob Schwartz and Tim Murphy each had a hit.

Exeter Yankees 10, PT Red Sox 0

Alex Gusha smashed three hits as the Exeter Yankees beat the PT Red Sox, 10-0.

Jake Weisner picked up the pitching win, and Max Reynolds stroked two hits for the Yanks.

Kolton Zaffuto had the only hit for the Red Sox.

Exeter Yankees 13, West Side Auto 1

Alex Chronowski belted a home run to help lead the Aamco Transmission Exeter Yankees to a 13-1 win over West Pittston West Side Auto.

Colin Barletta doubled and Nick Athmann had two hits to lead the Yankees offense. Kyle Musto got the win on the mound, and also singled and scored two runs.

Zach Nossavage scored on a past ball for West Side Auto and Jake Hogan singled.

JT Phillies 12, Duryea Legion 2

Winning pitcher Nick Allardyce smacked two triples and two singles to lead Jenkins Township Milazzo Phillies to a 12-2 win over the Duryea American Legion.

Steve Shamnoski added a homer and a single for the Phillies, and Zach Mlodzienski also homered. Other Jenkins hitters contributing to the offence were Santo Insalaco with a double, Dominic Stella and Jonathon Bone with a pair of singles each, and Johnny Jones and Ryan Zelonis with singles.

Hitting for Duryea were Malampy, Wright, Pliska, DeBoard, and Powers.

JT Phillies 15, Duryea VFW 1

Zach Mlodzienski struck out 10 to pick up the win as the JT Phillies beat Duryea VFW, 15-1. Mlodzienski also homered twice and singled.

Nick Allardyce also homered and singled for the Phillies, and Steve Shamnoski went 3-for-3. Dominic Stella tripled and singled for JT, Johnny Jones smacked two singles.

Hitters for Duryea were Matt Starinsky with a double, Jordan Black and Josh Mies each with a pair of singles, and Nick Barbieri with a single.

Dupont VFW 7, Pittston Legion 2

Winning pitcher Aidan Jopling went the distance, striking out 11 and retiring the last 17 batters he faced to lead Dupont VFW to a 7-2 win over Pittston City Sons of the American Legion.

Walter Coles had two hits for Dupont, and Anthony Zimmerman chipped in with two hits and two runs batted in.

Tyler Jackson and CJ Pisack both had hits and scored runs for Pittston.

Dupont VFW 13, PT Red Sox 3

Dupont VFW defeated the Pittston Twp Red Sox 13-3 as Chris Merithew picked up the win on the mound by pitching a complete game and striking out eight batters.

Aidan Jopling blasted a three-run homerun in the second inning for Dupont, and Brandon Baldrica,Brian Miller, Anthony Zimmerman, Eric Fritz and Kevin Krawczyk all added hits.

For the Red Sox, Kolton Zaffuto and Phil Cocco each had two hits.

Old Forge LL

Mariotti Lumber 10, Arcaro’s 4

Cooper Califano smacked three hits to lead Mariotti Lumber to a 10-4 win over Arcaro’s in an Old Forge LL/Taylor LL crossover game.

Shane Smith struck out seven in picking up the win for the Lumbermen, and Ben Grochowski added two hits.

Mariotti Lumber 10, Taylor Post 306 5

Winning-pitcher Copper Califano had two hits to lead Mariotti’s to a 10-5 win over Taylor Post 306.

DJ Megotz, Shane Smith, and Nick Krenitsky each added two hits for the winners, and Ben Grochowski clubbed a home run.

Greater Pittston Youth Softball

JT Tony’s Pizza 15, Bear/Buck 5

Taryn Ashby, Abbey Bradigan, Taylor Baloga, Mary Silinskie and Kayla Miller each had a hit to lead Jenkins Township Tony’s Pizza to a 15-5 win over Bear/Buck.

Baloga got the win on the mound while Silinskie, Ashby and Dominique Quaglia each pitched an inning of relief.

JT Tony’s Pizza 19, Plains Wild Things 9

Mindina Lieback and Taylor Baloga each homered and doubled to lead JT Tony’s Pizza to a 19-9 win over the Plains Wild Things.

Baloga also added a single and struck out 10 in four innings of relief to pick up the victory.

Taryn Ashby added three hits, including a double for Tony’s Pizza, and Dominique Quaglia and Kayla Mille chipped in with two hits each.

Jordan Cegelka also blasted a home run for JT.

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