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Defense leads GWA in opening state game

Zezza earns game MVP for defensive gems

Greater Wyoming Area won its first game in the Pennsylvania Little League Senior All-Star Tournament with a 9-3 win over Council Rock Northampton on Thursday night at the Cameron County Little League in Emporium, located in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Defense was the name of the game as GWA made play after play to stop various Council Rock rallies.

Jordan Zezza made major-league stops at third base throughout the game and was awarded the game MVP.

On the offensive side, Nick O’Brien led the game off with a towering home run, and was followed by the red hot hitting of Bart Chupka who blasted yet another home run for GWA.

Trent Grove, Jake Granteed and Bryant Clark had key hits throughout the game for Greater Wyoming Area.

GWA played its second game of East Pool play yesterday afternoon against Horsham. They continue East Pool play tonight at 7 against Coatesville. The semifinals and finals are scheduled for Monday.

Section 5 Juniors

GWA 13, Hanover 14

Greater Wyoming Area lost a two-run lead in the final inning as they dropped an elimination game in the Section 5 Little League Junior All-Star Tournament to Hanover/Ashley, 14-13, on Thursday at Connell Park in Scranton.

Nick Gushka led GWA with three hits, and Jeremy Zezza doubled twice. Tyler Resciniti and Zach Lopatka each added a double and single.

Exeter 8-9 Classic

Exeter 15, Pittston 5

Winning-pitcher Gavin Lahart pitched 4.2 strong innings, allowing just five hits as Exeter beat Pittston, 15-5, in the Exeter 8-9 Classic.

Caleb Graham pitched the last inning for the save, and Joe Gilroy, Kevin Claudio, Conner Spudis, Tristen Chronowski and Robin Wroblewski led the Exeter offense.

Booth, McCabe, Higgins, Rowan had hits for Pittston.

Exeter hosts Jenkins today at 1 p.m. in a battle of unbeatens.

Kingston 9-10 Tourney

WP 12, West Side 10

West Pittston won the winner’s bracket final with a 12-10 win over host West Side in the Tommy’s Pizza Corner 9-10 Tournament in Kingston.

Zach Nossavage smacked three hits, including a game-winning, three-run triple, and Gabe Slusser also added three hits and three RBI for West Pittston.

Curt Hannon added two hits and an RBI for WP, and Brycen Fox, Jake Hogan, Colby Thomas, Marc Minichello, Kyre Zielinski and Andrew Janosky each chipped in at the plate.

Thomas earned the win for West Pittston, and Hogan and Minichello added solid pitching in relief.

WP 11, Hanover 1

Colby Thomas cracked four hits and drove in two runs to led West Pittston to an 11-1 win over Hanover in the Tommy’s Pizza Corner Tournament in Kingston.

Jake Hogan added three hits and an RBI for WP, and winning pitcher Marc Minichello tripled, doubled and singled with three RBIs while allowing just one hit in five innings of work.

Gabe Slusser chipped in with three hits and two RBI, and Kyre Zielinski doubled for West Pittston.

WP 13, Pittston City 0

Winning-pitcher Marc Minichello singled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead West Pittston to a 13-0 win over Pittston City in the Tommy’s Pizza Corner Tournament in Kingston.

Colby Thomas and Kyre Zielinski each doubled and singled and drove in two runs, and Gabe Slusser added two hits for WP.

Jimmy Dillon had to hits for Pittston.

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