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With win Wednesday , GP 5-0 into Saturday

Above, Greater Pittston’s Chris Murphy, right, slides into third base against Swoyersville on Monday afternoon. Below, Greater Pittston first baseman Cody Nowicki makes the catch for an out.

Photos by Bill tarutis

Above, Greater Pittston’s Chris Murphy, right, slides into third base against Swoyersville on Monday afternoon. Below, Greater Pittston first baseman Cody Nowicki makes the catch for an out.

Photos by Bill tarutis

Top Plains RJ Emmett, a Pittston Area graduate tags out Old Forge centerfielder Long out at second. base Monday in Hilldale. Above, Avvisato takes a cut for Old Forge. Plains won the game 9-2.

Photos by Tony callaio

Top Plains RJ Emmett, a Pittston Area graduate tags out Old Forge centerfielder Long out at second. base Monday in Hilldale. Above, Avvisato takes a cut for Old Forge. Plains won the game 9-2.

Photos by Tony callaio

On Wednesday, at Atlas field, the power-hitting GP Legion team showed that they don’t need to hit the ball out of the park to win.

Greater Pittston won its 5th game of the year against Mountain Post, 3 to 2, and most of it was due to the great outing by pitcher Anthony Bellino.

Belino went 6 and 2/3 innings, giving up 9 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run. He struck out 5.

Greater Pittston scored in the first inning when Chris Murphy hit a line drive into the gap at center to score Ryan Casey. In the third inning, greater Pittston got their second run when the catcher of Mountain Post tried to pick off Randy McDermott stealing second. He succeeded; however, Murphy was on third and stole home, advancing on the throw.

Murphy had one of his best games going 2 for 3 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base. He even helped out on defense by getting the final out as a pitcher.

“I just felt confident coming into the game,” said Murphy. “I wanted to do whatever I could to help.”

In the fourth inning, a Mountain Post throwing error put David Drahus on base. He scored the game winning run when Casey hit an RBI single with two outs.

Bellino gave up one earned run in the fifth then ran into some trouble in the sixth. He gave up two hits and found himself with a man on first and a man on third with two outs. All of a sudden catcher Kody Nowicki threw a bullet to third base to tag out a leaning Mountain Post player.

“I told Ryan (third baseman) if he is jumping down the line I’m coming second pitch,” said Nowicki. “So I gave him the nod and he gave me a nod and I just went after him.”

Bellino returned to pitch the seventh inning and attempt a complete game. After getting two outs, a throwing error scored an unearned run. With one out left, Coach Sobeski came out and had Murphy relieve Bellino. Murphy then recorded the last out of the game and sealed the win for Greater Pittston.

“Every pitcher wants the ball but Murphy is a great closer and no one deserves it more,” said Bellino about leaving the game early. “It was hot and I was feeling it. I was definitely fatigued.”

With a solid outing by Bellino and timely hitting, Greater Pittston remains undefeated and Coach Sobeski is happy about it.

“It’s nice. The team is playing well and we have a great amount of teamwork,” said Sobeski. “It is great when you have so many players who can play multiple positions.”

GP played Northwest yesterday, too late for our deadline.

The Plains American Legion team used a three-run first and a four-run third inning and a solid six-inning pitching performance by Bobby Sorokas to power past Old Forge Post 513 9-2 at Hilldale baseball Complex Monday afternoon.

Post 513 stranded eight runners on the base paths, failing to connect on that key hit to jump start their already stalled offense.

In home half of the first Jordan Bone and Jim Graziosi reached on back-to-back singles to start ta Plains rally. After a groundout by Josh Savakinas and a walk to Anthony Grillini, Joe Parsnik cleared the bases with a three-run RBI double to center giving Plains and early 3-0 advantage.

In the top half of the secon, after back-to-back strikeouts by Sorokas to start the inning, Billy Preston drew a walk and Pittston Area’s Tyler Loftus launched a double to left for OF. Both runners were stranded as Sorokas managed to retire the final batter via the strikeout to end the threat.

OF scored in the third. AJ Phillips led off the third with a sharp single to left. After a sacrifice bunt by Michael Long, BJ Bocchichio launched an RBI double to right chasing Phillips home. However Sorokas induced a pop fly and a strikeout to end Post 513’s threat.

Clinging to a 3-1 lead entering the third, Plains put the game out of reach helped by shaky infield defense. Graziosi led off with a single to left followed by Savakinas and Grillini who both reached on infield errors. Parsnik then hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Graziosi from third. Sorokas reached on another infield error. After a strikeout and a walk to Dom Gulius, Dylan Cancini hit a two-run RBI double to left for a 7-1 Plains lead.

Post 513 scored a run in the fourth. Preston reached on a HBP went to third on a single by Loftus, and scored on a Chuck Bressler fielder’s choice grounder to make it 7-2.

Plains added two more runs in the fourth on a Grillini RBI single to left and an RBI groundout by Sorokas, ultimately putting the game out of reach for Post 513. Sorokas and James Castellino combined to shut down the Old Forge bats for the win.

BJ Bocchichio carried Old Forge with three hits and an RBI. Tyler Loftus chipped in with two hits.

Chuck Bressler took the loss allowing seven hits while fanning three in four innings of work. Ian Nementz went two innings in relief while issuing only one hit while strikeout out three.

For Plains, Bone and Graziosi chipped in with two hits and two runs scored each. Parsnik drilled in four RBI.

Sorokas got the win scattering seven hits while strikeout out seven.

Old Forge played Wilkes-Barre Saturday in Old Forge. The game was too late for our deadline.

OF, Plains games this week (5:45 unless noted)

Today

Bk. Mountain at Old Forge (2:30 make up)

Bk. Mountain at Old Forge (5:45, Bk. Mtn. home)

Plains at Nanticoke

Monday

Old Forge at Swoyersville

Wednesday

Greater Pittston at Old Forge

Swoyersville at Plains

Thursday

Hazleton at Plains

Friday

Plains at Greater Pittston

Hazleton at Old Forge

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