NEPA Sports Nation

TUESDAY RECAP: Lions take title; Cougars, Vikings still perfect

PHOTO: Hazleton Area pitcher Nick Biasi.

Jacob Whiteduck scored four runs and drove in three Tuesday as Lackawanna Trail clinched the Lackawanna Division 4 title with a 14-1, five-inning win over Forest City.

The Lions finished 10-2 in the division.

Ray Melnikoff added two hits and two RBI.

Lackawanna Trail scored five runs each in the second and third innings, then four in the fourth to win the game early on the 10-run rule without having to bat in the fifth inning.


North Pocono clinched at least a tie for first place in Lackawanna Division 2 when it defeated Delaware Valley, 12-6, by rallying for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Zach Walsh homered, singled and drove in four runs.

Jake Millan, who scored twice, also homered and singled.

Delaware Valley’s Aiden Oliver also had a homer, single and two RBI.

Nick Biasi struck out eight in three innings and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as Hazleton Area handled Berwick, 13-1, in six innings of a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game to finish unbeaten overall.

Scott Shamany had three hits, Brett Antolick had three RBI and Luke Russo scored three times to lead the offense.

Shamany also doubled, scored and drove in a run.

Russo was 2-for-2 with a triple.

Riverside rallied with five runs in the top of the sixth inning to finish unbeaten in Lackawanna Division 3 baseball with an 8-5 win at Western Wayne.

Michael Rickert doubled and drove in two runs to lead the Vikings, who completed a 14-0 division schedule and improved to 14-0 overall.

Western Wayne, which fell into third place at 10-4 and 10-6, scored three times in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead that it carried into the sixth.

Jason Janesko had a double and a run scored for Riverside while R.J. Santarsiero singled, drew two walks and scored twice.

Santarsiero also struck out seven without issuing a walk while giving up just a run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Hazleton Area (13-0, 19-0) will try to complete a perfect regular season when it plays at Berwick (2-7, 2-9) in a WVC Division 1 game.

Elk Lake will finish no worse than tied for second place in Lackawanna Division 4 after its 9-6 victory over Blue Ridge.


Tori Para singled in Tiara George with the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Pittston Area avenge one of its two Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 losses by defeating Dallas, 4-3.

Gianna Adams struck out 12 without walking a batter while giving up three runs on six hits.

Bella Giardina’s inside-the-park homer helped Pittston Area build a 3-0 lead after three innings before Dallas recovered to tie the game in the fourth.

Kallie Booth, who drove in a run, and Sage Weidlich each had two hits in the top two spots in the order.

The only WVC game of the day kept the Lady Patriots in title contention at 10-2 in the division and 11-3 overall. Dallas is 6-7 and 7-9.

Elk Lake finished 12-0 in Lackawanna League Division 4, four games ahead of the pack with an 18-0 rout of Blue Ridge.

The Lady Warriors outscored division opponents, 161-32.


Boys Tennis: First round of state team tournament.

Boys Track and Field: District 2 Class 3A Championships.

Girls Track and Field: District 2 Class 3A Championships.

Track and Field Photos: The District 2 Class 3A Track
and Field Championship Photo Gallery.


Follow us on social media