Back Mountain Little League Major teams win pools

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post

Back Mountain National and Back Mountain American each won their pools in the District 31 Major Baseball Little League tournament with the new Back Mountain North team making a major contribution with its only win.

Back Mountain National destroyed the field in Pool A, winning its four games by a total of 53-0.

Back Mountain American finished 3-1 then had to wait until the final day of pool play July 1 when Back Mountain North, the last-place team in the pool, upset West Side, keeping it out of a share of first place and paving the way for Back Mountain American to finish first in Pool B on a tiebreaker.

Nathan Heffron sprinted home on a dropped third strike for the winning run when Back Mountain North outlasted West Side, 9-8, in 10 innings while the heat index was above 100 degrees.

Ryan Vallach, Koehl Comiskey, Bryce Phillips, Zach Crahall and Heffron each had two hits in the win.

Back Mountain National completed its unscored-upon run through Pool A July 1 when Alan Lisman and Jude Nocito combined on a four-hitter in a 14-0 victory over Harveys Lake.

Joey Peters, Mike Cumbo and Gavin Adamski all hit home runs in the win. Brad Kugler added two hits.

Harveys Lake finished 0-4.

Earlier, Back Mountain National had shut out Kingston/Forty Fort, 8-0, June 28 and West Pittston, 14-0, in five innings the next night.

Cumbo and Aiden Burkhardt combined on a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Kingston/Forty Fort. Cumbo also had a home run.

Sam Barrouk, who homered, and Gavin Adamski had two hits.

Zach Paczewski, Barrouk and Lisman combined on a one-hitter against West Pittston. Gavin Adamski, Kaden Coyne and Lisman had two hits each while Barrouk, Cumbo and Burkhardt drove in three runs each.

West Side defeated Back Mountain American, 16-4, in four innings; Exeter shut out Back Mountain North, 10-0; and Swoyersville defeated Harveys Lake, 14-4, in other June 28 games. Back Mountain American defeated Exeter, 12-7, and Northwest routed Back Mountain North, 15-1, in other June 29 games.

Lucas Tirpak and Tucker Chesman each had two hits while Seth Berry scored twice for Back Mountain American against West Side.

Logan Sakulich allowed just two runs in five innings when Back Mountain American bounced back to defeat Exeter.

Chesman had a double, single, walk and two runs scored.

Gavin Wallace doubled for Harveys Lake against Swoyersville.

Winning their pools allowed Back Mountain National and American to host the district semifinal doubleheader that was scheduled for Thursday. They were trying to make it into the district championship game scheduled for Monday in Duryea.


Back Mountain National won Pool A and Back Mountain American finished second in Pool B to advance into the elimination brackets.

They were scheduled to play each other Thursday with the winner going to Saturday’s final.

Back Mountain National shut out West Pittston, 10-0, June 28 and Northwest, 11-1, Monday.

Chis Soltis threw a four-inning, no-hitter with seven strikeouts in the tournament opener.

Kyle Chesman had three hits, three RBI and three runs. Bryce Casey and Carter each had a hit and RBI.

Winning pitcher Kyle Chesman had a double and single against Northwest.

Zach Williams also had two hits. Sam Finarelli and Ben Wickenheiser each drove in three runs.

Back Mountain American edged Greater Wyoming Area, 3-2, June 28, then lost to Kingston/Forty Fort, 6-5, in eight innings June 30.

Conor Healey, Jake Bale, Cole Kutch, Matt Ferretti and A.J. Borchert each had two hits for Back Mountain American in the extra-inning loss.


Back Mountain American defeated visiting West Side, 11-7, when pool play opened Tuesday.

Andrew Morris, who pitched the final two innings for the save, had a two-run single in the sixth to help lock up the win.

Brady Eckenrode had a two-run single in the third inning.

Bobby Gallagher was the winning pitcher.

Ned Palka had the only Harveys Lake hit in an 11-1 loss to Kingston/Forty Fort.

Back Mountain National was scheduled to get into the action when it hosted a doubleheader with Back Mountain American Friday night.


Back Mountain will play Greater Wyoming Area in a best-of-three championship series that begins Tuesday at Greater Wyoming Area. Back Mountain hosts Wednesday’s game.

If a third game is necessary, a coin flip will be held to determine the home team for Thursday’s game.


Back Mountain lost its tournament opener, 2-0, to Tripp Park from Scranton Monday, but came back with a 4-0 victory to eliminate host Old Forge Tuesday.

Victoria Spaciano tossed a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and provided two hits and an RBI to the win.

Abby Byer and Autumn Palka each had a hit and an RBI.


Harveys Lake split the first two games of a best-of-three championship series with host Mountain Top.

After Mountain Top won the June 30 opener, 8-7, Harveys Lake won Tuesday’s game, 3-2, to set up a deciding game, which was scheduled for Friday.

Krista Scoblick doubled and combined with Amber Kocher on the pitching that held Mountain Top to two runs in Game Two.

Hailey Kline and Hannah Kline also had doubles.

Scoblick had five strikeouts in the first game loss.

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

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