DALLAS TWP. – Allison Vitanovec, Abby Cruz and Amber Zimmerman were part of Back Mountain teams that finished fifth in the state in 8-10-year-old Little League softball each of the past two seasons.
They are reunited this year with a half-dozen other players from their District 31 and Section 5 championship squad of 2017, including Victoria Spaciano, who spent the 2018 all-star season leading the Back Mountain Majors (11-12-year-olds) team to another district championship.
The winning combination working together again was too much for the rest of the district early in the Majors softball tournament.
Back Mountain set itself up for another district title game appearance – only the most minute of mathematical possibilities of keeping the team out remained after Wednesday’s action – by outscoring its first three round-robin opponents, 43-0, in games that lasted a total of just 10 innings.
With two 15-run rule wins in the minimum of three innings and another 10-run rule shutout win in four innings, Back Mountain overwhelmed the competition.
Back Mountain is home with Greater Wyoming Area Sunday at 8 p.m. in a game likely to decide the home team when the top two teams in the pool meet for the district championship and a section tournament berth.
Going into the weekend, Back Mountain was 3-0, Greater Wyoming Area 2-0, Kingston/Forty Fort 1-1, Northwest 0-2 and West Pittston 0-3.
The only thing standing in the way of Back Mountain and Greater Wyoming Area playing twice in a row – with the June 27 game deciding the title – is if Kingston/Forty Fort could beat Greater Wyoming Area in a game scheduled to be played Friday night.
Brenna Hunt, Ava Hudak, Abby Beyer, Chelcie Strobel and Ava Smith joined Vitanovec, Cruz, Zimmerman and Spaciano as the players who were first together on the 2017 championship team.
“It’s a great team,” Back Mountain manager George Vitanovec said. “They work well together.
“I think what helps out is that they play hard against each other all season, then they come together on the all-stars and they have a common bond together.”
Spaciano has been outstanding in the circle, throwing a perfect game and two one-hitters. In 10 innings, she is unscored upon and has struck out 29.
“The pitching has been phenomenal,” George Vitanovec said.
Hudak has had multiple hits in all three games.
Back Mountain 15
West Pittston 0
Spaciano was too much for West Pittston Wednesday night in Back Mountain’s first home game of the tournament.
She threw a three-inning perfect game, striking out eight and fielding the grounder on the only ball put in play, and also led the offense.
Spaciano was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI.
Back Mountain scored seven times in the first inning, including six times before West Pittston recorded the first out of the game.
Spaciano and Strobel each had two-run singles.
Back Mountain completed its scoring when it batted around again in the second inning. Spaciano had two hits in the inning, which was highlighted by Vitanovec’s two-run single.
Beyer had two hits and two RBI.
Back Mountain 16
Kingston/Forty Fort 0
Vitanovec, Hudak, Strobel, Spaciano and Jordan Porasky each had multiple hits in the three-inning victory.
Spaciano threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Vitanovec’s hits included a triple.
Back Mountain 12
Back Mountain opened the tournament with a four-inning victory.
Spaciano struck out 11 in her one-hitter.
Hudak, Vitanovec and Cruz each had two hits.
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