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Diamond post-season spots far from settled

Six local teams await word on opening round games

Countless days of delays and postponements from a rain-soaked April and May schedule have caught up with high school baseball and softball teams as we enter what was to be the first week of the District 2 playoffs.

Over 60 baseball and softball games were scheduled to be played between this past Friday and Monday in both the Wyoming Valley Conference and Lackawanna League as teams crammed to get in finals games before the D2 deadline. Some schools – like Western Wayne – had four softball games yet to be played, while others like Riverside had to schedule around its Friday prom.

And there was no guarantee that the weather was going to cooperate this weekend. So come this morning, it’s probably best to check either www.timesleader.com or www.piaad2.org to see exactly where the Dispatch-area teams stand.

Both the Wyoming Area baseball and softball teams had completed their seasons as of Friday with the Warriors posting a 7-7 record and the Lady Warriors finishing 4-10.

The Pittston Area baseball team played yesterday against Crestwood after Dispatch deadlines, and were set to face Holy Redeemer on Monday. A win in either game gave the WVC Division I-East championship to the Patriots.

The Old Forge baseball team was slated to complete its Lackawanna League Division II schedule yesterday after Dispatch deadlines against arch-rival Riverside, and the Blue Devils softball team is finishing up today against the Lady Vikes in a suspended game from Thursday.

Here are some projections as of the division standings on Friday afternoon.

Softball

In the District 2 3A tournament which will feature Wyoming Area and Pittston Area, the top spot was set with LLD2 champ Valley View (13-0). The No. 2 seed was up for grabs between Dallas (10-3) and Tunkhannock (9-4). Depending on their final games, the team with the better record would win the WVC Division I-West.

The Lady Warriors were in position to earn the No. 9 seed in the 14-team tournament. But if Honesdale (3-9) could bump WA with games left against Scranton (1-11) and West Scranton (6-7).

Should Wyoming Area remain the No. 9 team, they could take on North Pocono (6-6) or West Scranton (6-7) in Tuesday’s opening round. The Lady Warriors beat North Pocono in a pre-season game.

Pittston Area (3-11) looks to be the No. 13 seed heading into today’s game with Crestwood. If the Lady Patriots upset the Lady Comets they could bump up to the No. 12 seed.

PA would travel to Scranton to face Prep (8-4) as the No. 13 seed or Berwick (8-5) as the No. 12 seed.

In the District 2 1A tournament, things are just as unsettled.

Old Forge – the three-time defending champion – is the No. 6 seed as of Friday. A win by the Blue Devils against Riverside today would more than likely push them into the No. 5 slot. Forest City (4-8) is ahead of Old Forge (4-9) right now but could finish 4-10 with games left against Mt. View (5-6) and Montrose (8-4).

Regardless of the outcomes, Old Forge will be on the road on Wednesday against either Freeland MMI (7-6) or Mt. View. But where the Blue Devils finish is important as to whom they could face if they win their opening round game.

If Old Forge finishes sixth, they would be matched up with top-seeded Northwest (11-1) in a possible semifinal matchup. Should the Blue Devils finish fifth, they would matchup with small-school nemesis Blue Ridge (11-2) in the semis.

Baseball

In the District 2 3A tournament only Wyoming Area (7-7) and Valley View (13-1) had completed their seasons as of Friday. The Cougars were set to be the top-seed in the tournament while the Warriors could end up anywhere from seventh to tenth.

Should Pittston Area (10-3) win the WVC Division I-East, it could finish as the No. 2 seed at best and No. 4 seed at worse, but would probably project as the No. 3 seed looking at remaining opponents.

Now that you are hopelessly confused, here are the possibles for the Patriots and Warriors.

Valley View and Tunkhannock (11-2) look to be set at No. 1 and No. 2 with Pittston Area ready to earn the No. 3 seed unless West Scranton (11-2) can beat out Scranton (12-1) for the Lackawanna League Division I title. Scranton would need to lose to Honesdale (4-8).

So the Patriots are currently set to face Nanticoke (2-11) or Crestwood (2-11) on Tuesday when the tournament gets underway.

Wyoming Area is in a spot where they must wait on Dallas (8-5), Abington Heights (6-6), Scranton Prep (6-7) and North Pocono (6-7) to finish their scheduled. Should the Warriors remain at the No. 8 spot – where they were on Friday afternoon – they would host either Scranton Prep or North Pocono. Should they bump up to No. 7 or drop to No. 9 or No. 10, Wyoming Area would still face either the Cavaliers or Trojans, but could also see Abington Heights depending on the remaining schedule.

In the D2 Class 1A tournament, Old Forge – the four-time defending champions – will be seeded No. 2 and host winless Forest City (0-12) on Tuesday at Pagnotti Park at 4:30 p.m. The Blue Devils are seeded behind Lackawanna Trail (12-1), the LLD3 champs. Old Forge beat the Lions for last year’s title when Tony Goodall tossed a no-hitter.

Blue Ridge (7-6) is the third seed and will host Susquehanna (2-9). Freeland MMI (5-8) is the fourth seed and will host Wyoming Seminary (4-8).

A win by the Blue Devils would set up another home game against either Blue Ridge or Susquehanna.

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