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Lackawanna Trail joins rankings

Lackawanna League Division 4 leader Lackawanna Trail won three times during the week to extend its winning streak to six games and move into the Riverfront Sports Super Six Baseball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The new rankings were released Saturday morning.

Lackawanna Trail has won six straight since an opening loss, allowing just seven runs during that time. The streak allowed the Lions to grab the sixth spot among Small Schools, making them the only new team in this week’s rankings.

North Pocono and Pittston Area, in Big Schools, and Scranton Prep, in Small Schools, all moved up this week.

Hazleton Area continues to lead the Big School rankings while Riverside is still on top of the Small Schools.

Both teams have lost just once with Lackawanna Division 3 and District 2 Class 2A seedings race leader Riverside on an 11-game winning streak while Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional leader Hazleton Area has won nine straight.

Wallenpaupack and Lake-Lehman, two more teams leading both divisional and playoff seeding races, continue to hold down the second spots.

Lackawanna Division 2 leader Wallenpaupack is second among Big Schools. The unbeaten Buckhorns lead the district playoff ratings and have clinched a berth in the District Class 2-4 Class 5A Subregional.

Lake-Lehman won a first-place battle with Wyoming Area in WVC Division 2 and leads the District 2 Class 3A playoff race.

North Pocono and Wyoming Area swapped places among Big Schools with North Pocono taking over third after the Trojans clinched a Class 5A playoff berth. Wyoming Area lost twice, both in nine-inning games against first-place teams, Lake-Lehman and Riverside.

Pittston Area and Abington Heights also traded positions with the Patriots winning three teams to take over fifth. The Comets lost twice to ranked opponents and dropped to sixth.

Old Forge remains third among Small Schools.

Scranton Prep moved ahead of Holy Cross, taking over fourth with the help of a win over Lackawanna Division 1 leader Abington Heights.

Holy Cross split its games, losing for the second time to Riverside.

Mid Valley dropped out of the rankings after losing twice.

The full baseball rankings, with last week’s rankings and current records:


Big Schools

RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Hazleton Area19-1
3North Pocono410-2
4Wyoming Area38-2
5Pittston Area68-2
6Abington Heights57-3

Small Schools

RankTeamLast RankRecord
3Old Forge37-4
4Scranton Prep54-6
5Holy Cross45-3
6Lackawanna TrailNR6-1

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