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GWA wins District 31 Seniors championship

At top, Austin Smithonic watches his pitch to the plate during Avoca/Dupont’s game against Jenkins Twp. Above, Steve Shamnoski delivers to the plate for Jenkins Twp.

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The District 31 Seniors All-Star Champion Greater Wyoming Area.

Pittston Township first baseman Phil Cocco makes a leaping grab at North Wilkes-Barre Tuesday evening.


Jenkins Twp. Cody Noone drops down a bunt against Avoca/Dupont.

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Jenkins Twp/’s Johnny Jones slides safely into home in a win over Avoca/Dupont.

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District 31 Seniors

GWA 10, West Side 0

Greater Wyoming Area claimed the District 31 Seniors All-Star title with a convincing two-game sweep of West Side on Friday afternoon in West Wyoming. GWA shutout West Side, 10-0, in the second game of a tentative three-game series to advance to the Section 5 Tournament.

Bart Chupka blasted a three-run home run, and Erik Walkowski collected three singles to lead GWA at the plate, and back Adam Romanowski who pitched the complete-game shutout.

Mike Carey added two hits and two RBI for the winner who will play at either North Pocono or West Scranton on July 20 at 5:30 p.m. to open the Section 5 Tournament. North Pocono and West played for the District 17 title yesterday.

GWA 12, West Side 0

Adam Romanowski, Jake Granteed and Erik Walkowiak combined on a one-hit shutout to lead Greater Wyoming Area to a 12-0 win over West Side in the opening round of the District 31 Seniors All-Star tourney.

Bart Chupka smacked two singles for GWA, and Trent Grove added three RBI.

District 31 Juniors

GWA 16, West Side 0

Zach Lopatka twirled a three-hit shutout to lead Greater Wyoming Area to a 16-0 win over West Side on Thursday in a District 31 Junior All-Star Tournament semifinal game.

Jeremy Zezza smacked three hits for GWA, and Lopatka, Cory Lascavage, Tyler Resciniti and Kevin Carroll added two hits each. Tyler Mitchell chipped in with a double.

GWA 8, Swoyersville 1

In the opening round of the District 31 Junior Baseball Tournament, Greater Wyoming Area clubbed Swoyersville, 8-1, behind the four-hit pitching of Jeremy Zezza.

Zezza struck out five in six innings of work and also added two hits to his performance.

Tyler Mitchell belted a three-run homer for GWA, and Cory Lascavage and Zach Lopatka each contributed two hits.

West Pittston 1, BMA 7

West Pittston opened District 31 Junior All-Star action with a 7-1 loss to Back Mountain American last Saturday.

Jake Hogan had two hits for WP.

District 31 Majors

W/WW 18, West Side 15

Wyoming/West Wyoming won an 18-15 slugfest on Tuesday with West Side to reach the District 31 Majors Winner’s Bracket Final.

Matt Slinskie homered and doubled twice to lead the Wyomings at the plate.

Winning pitcher Brandon Charney added a double for W/WW, and Cole Keating, Aaron Lee and Blaise Erzar each chipped in with singles.

Exeter 3, BMN 9

Exeter was eliminated from District 31 Majors Tournament play in a 9-3 loss to Back Mountain National in the Elimination Bracket semifinal on Wednesday evening.

Matt Wright’s RBI single led Exeter. Collin Barletta added a single for Exeter.

Exeter 2, KFF 10

Exeter fell into the Elimination Bracket in a 10-2 loss to Kingston/Forty Fort on Tuesday afternoon in a District 31 Majors Winner’s Bracket Semifinal.

Matt Wright doubled and single for Exeter, and Steve Homza added a single.

District 31 Mid Majors

West Pittston 7, K/FF 0

West Pittston moved into tomorrow’s District 31 10-11 All-Star Tournament Winner’s Bracket Final with a 7-0 win over Kingston/Forty Fort on Thursday.

Dylan Melberger pitched a two-hit shutout to lead WP, and Sam Greenfield hit his first career home run – a grand slam – as part of a three hit day.

District 31 Minors

West Pittston 7, BMA 12

West Pittston fell in the District 31 Minors title game, 12-7, to Back Mt. American on Thursday afternoon.

Kyre Zielenski had three hits and three RBI for West Pittston whose only two losses in the tournament came at the hands of Back Mt. American.

District 16 Seniors

Duryea/PT 14, Pittston 5

Duryea/Pittston Twp advanced to the semifinals of the District 16 Seniors All-Star Tournament with a 14-5 win over neighboring Pittston on Friday evening in Pittston Twp.

Andrew Mies pitched a complete-game for the victory and struck out nine.

Frankie Ardo and Jordan Houseman each smacked three hits for D/PT.

Nick Bolka and Cody Rowan each tripled for Pittston.

Duryea/PT 8, Nanticoke 3

Duryea/Pittston Twp. scored five runs in the top of the seventh to open District 16 Seniors All-Star play with an 8-3 win over Nanticoke on Wednesday.

Mark Prebish fanned 10 to earn the win for D/PT.

John Kramer collected two hits for the winners, and Frankie Ardo scored three runs.

Pittston 8, NWB 7

Evan Hahn doubled twice and singled to lead Pittston to an 8-7, nine-inning win over North Wilkes-Barre in a District 16 Seniors All-Star Tournament game on Wednesday evening.

Mark Setter also smacked three hits for Pittston, and winning-pitcher Cody Rowan and Matt Seyer each added two hits.

District 16 Juniors

Jenkins Twp. 21, Avoca/Pittston-2 9

Danny Castellino smacked two doubles in a 21-9 win for Jenkins Twp. over Avoca/Pittston-2 in a District 16 Juniors Tournament first-round game on Thursday.

Matt Miller and Jesse Vaxmonsky also added doubles for JT.

Mike Carey tripled for Avoca/Pittston-2.

Duryea/PT 13, NWB 6

Duryea/Pittston Twp. avoided elimination in the District 16 Juniors Tournament with a 13-6 win over North Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

Justin Renfer smacked three hits, including a triple, and Jay Fagotti added a double to pace D/PT.

Duryea/PT 2, Plains 5

Duryea/Pittston Twp. opened District 16 Juniors All-Star action with a 5-2 loss to Plains on Tuesday.

Pete Kulick had two hits for D/PT, including a double. Justin Renfer also doubled for Duryea/PT.

Avoca/Pittston-1 4, SWB 10

Avoca/Pittston dropped its opening game of the District 16 Juniors All-Star Tournament with a 10-4 loss to South Wilkes-Barre.

Bernie Kurtinitis smacked two doubles and a single for A/P, and Bobby Joyce added two hits and two RBI. Nick Solfanelli also singled twice for Avoca/Pittston.

District 16 Majors

Pittston Twp. 3, SWB 11

Pittston Twp. was eliminated from the District 16 Majors Tournament in an 11-3 loss to South Wilkes-Barre on Thursday afternoon in the Elimination Bracket semifinal.

Joe DeLucca had two hits to pace PT in the loss.

Pittston Twp. 4, Nanticoke 2

Pittston Twp. stayed alive in the District 16 Majors Elimination Bracket on Wednesday with a 4-2 win over Nanticoke in an Elimination Bracket semi.

Joe DeLucca smacked a two-run homer to back winner Andy Adkins who fanned six and allowed just four hits to earn the decision.

Pittston Twp. 2, NWB 0

Joe DeLucca pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout to lead Pittston Twp. to a 2-0 win over North Wilkes-Barre in a District 16 Majors Elimination on Tuesday.

DeLucca fanned 14 in six innings of work and contributed an inside-the-park home run on offense.

Jo Jo Carchilla had the only other hit for PT.

JT 10, SWB 20

Jenkins Township was eliminated from District 16 Majors Tournament play in a 20-10 loss to South Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday evening.

Matt Havrilla smacked three hits for three RBI for JT, and Jonathan Winters cracked a two-run home run.

JT 14, Avoca/Dupont 13

Steve Shamnoski hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh to lead Jenkins Township to a wild, 14-13 win over Avoca/Dupont in a District 16 Majors Elimination game on Tuesday afternoon.

Nick Allardyce added three hits, including a two-run home run for JT, and Ryan Zelonis also added three hits.

Winning-pitcher Zach Mlodzienski chipped in with two hits for Jenkins Twp.

Aidan Jopling, Anthony Zimmerman and Chris Merithew all homered for Avoca/Dupont.

District 16 Mid Majors

Duryea 0, Plains 7

Duryea was shutout in the District 16 10-11 Tournament second round by Plains, 7-0, on Thursday.

Nick Margo had two hits for Duryea who faced Nanticoke yesterday in the first round of the Elimination Bracket.

Duryea 7, SWB 6

Hunter Ralston struck out seven in six innings to pick up the win as Duryea edged South Wilkes-Barre, 7-6, in the opening round of the District 16 10-11 All-Star tourney.

Nick Maglio added two hits and two RBI for Duryea.

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