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Bone gets win as Plains claims Region 5

Pittston Area lefty is solid out of pen in 7-4 win

Plains Joe Palsnick tosses the ball to RJ Emmett for the first out of a double play against Back Mountain.

Plains third baseman Josh Savakinas throws to first base for a putout against Back Mountain in Wednesday’s Region 5 championship game.

photos by fred Adams

Pittston Area grad Jordan Bone pitched 3.1 innings of solid relief as Plains captured the Region 5 American Legion championship with a 7-4 win over Back Mountain in the title game late Wednesday afternoon at Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg. It was the second time Plains beat the Wyoming Valley American Legion League champion on Wednesday after forcing a second game with a win in the first game of the championship series.

Bone relieved Anthony Grillini who was pitching in his second stint of the day. Grillini, a Coughlin product who is headed to Division I Binghamton in the fall, started Game 1 and pitched five innings in picking up the win before throwing four innings to start Game 2. But it was Bone who picked up the win in Game 2 after allowing just two earned runs on four hits in his time on the mound. The lefty also struck out three and did not allow a walk.

Josh Savakinus continued his offensive tear with two hits for Plains. The PA grad had nine hits in six games during the Region 5 event, and went 4-for-8 with six RBI and three runs scored in the Championship Series.

Bone was solid at the plate as well, smacked three hits in Game 2 to go with two runs scored. The Plains leadoff hitter was 5-for-8 with five runs scored on Wednesday.

The Region 5 title gives Plains a berth in American Legion State Championship, which begins Tuesday in West Lawn. Plains will face state power Boyertown, the Region 2 champion.

Plains 22, Back Mt. 12

Plains forced a second game in the Region 5 American Legion Tournament Championship Series with a 22-12 win over WVALL champ Back Mountain on Wednesday afternoon at Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg. It was the first time in six tries that Plains had beaten Back Mt. this season.

Pittston Area’s Josh Savakinus led the way for Plains, driving in six runs with a homer and a single as the WVALL runner-up pounded out 17 hits in nine innings.

Plains took a 14-1 lead in the game before Back Mt. battled back to within 14-8 heading to the top of the seventh. But the Purple Nine scored two in the seventh and six in the ninth to grab the victory.

Another PA grad, first baseman Jordan Bone, added two hits and three runs scored for Plains

Plains 13, Green Ridge 9

Plains advanced to the Region 5 American Legion Tournament Championship Series with a 13-9 win over Scranton Green Ridge at Central Columbia High School in on Tuesday afternoon in Bloomsburg.

It didn’t look good for the WVALL runner-up early on as Green Ridge scored three runs in the first inning to chase the Plains starting pitcher. But Pittston Area’s James Castellino took the ball out of the bullpen and put up three straight scoreless innings as Plains took a 11-3 lead entering the bottom of the sixth.

Green Ridge got to Castellino for four in the sixth, but the damage had been done and Plains (19-9) hung on for the victory.

“James Castellino came in and pitched his heart out for five innings and having him pitch those strong innings really propelled us to victory,” Plains manager Don Stark told the Times Leader after the game.”

Castellino scattered five hits and four walks over those five innings while striking out one.

While Castellino was holding Green Ridge at bay, PA teammates Jordan Bone and Josh Savakinus were doing damage at the plate.

Bone finished 4-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored, and Savakinus went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Both Patriots also doubled for Plains.

Plains 0, Back Mt. 10

Pittston Area grad James Castellino was the only Plains pitcher to have any success against Back Mt. in a 10-0 loss to the WVALL Champion in the Region 5 Winner’s Bracket Final on Monday afternoon in Bloomsburg.

Castellino pitched a perfect inning of relief for Plains striking out two.

Former Patriots teammates Jordan Bone and Josh Savakinus each singled for Pains in the loss.

Plains 13, Canton 2

Plains advanced to the Region 5 American Legion Winner’s Bracket Final with a 13-2 victory over Canton on Sunday afternoon at Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg.

Pittston Area grad Jordan Bone provided a well-rounded effort for Plains as the lefty went the distance, pitching seven innings of four-hit ball to earn the win, while smacked two hits, including a double at the plate. Bone also struck out eight in allowing just one earned run.

Josh Savakinus added an RBI single for Plains.

Plains 16, Bloomsburg 6

Plains opened the Region 5 American Legion Tournament with a 16-6 win over host Bloomsburg on Saturday afternoon at Central Columbia High School.

Pittston Area’ Jordan Bone led the way for Plains as the first baseman fell a double short of the cycle with two singles, a triple and a home run while driving in three. He also scored four runs.

PA teammate Josh Savakinus collected an RBI double and scored two runs for Plains.

Times Leader reporter Dave Rosengrant contributed to this report.

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