Tunkhannock overpowered the competition while winning the Pennsylvania Little League Softball Major championship in Caln Township in Chester County to advance to East Region play in Bristol, Conn.
The state title left Tunkhannock one tournament victory away from playing in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore. Regional play is scheduled to begin Friday.
The state championship was the second in three years for many of the team members, who also won a title in the 8-10-year-old division in 2016.
Tunkhannock, managed by Tim Hannon, outscored state tournament opponents, 32-4, in four games.
Pittston Area finished second in the state, but was no match for Tunkhannock, which won the winners’ bracket final, 8-1, then took the championship with an 8-2 victory July 15.
STATE 8-10-YEAR-OLD SOFTBALL
Nina Barrouk got 13 of her 15 outs on strikeouts in a five-inning, no-hitter Tuesday when Back Mountain began pursuit of a state title with a 12-0 shutout of Yough at the Christy Mathewson Little League Field in Fleetville.
Barrouk, Hannah Chipego and Kirsten Finarelli all had two hits.
SECTION 5 8-10-YEAR-OLD SOFTBALL
Nina Barrouk tossed a four-hitter with 17 strikeouts July 12 when Back Mountain defeated Wallenpaupack, 12-4, for the section championship.
It was the second straight year that Barrouk had a dominant effort while getting the win in the section championship game.
Lia Riley came off the bench to deliver a two-run single in the eight-run fifth inning to break open what had been a 4-3 game.
Hannah Chipego and Carolyn Comitz each had two hits.
Back Mountain went 3-0 in the section tournament after going undefeated to win the District 31 championship.
Back Mountain opened with a 13-1, five-inning with over Wallenpaupack when Barrouk thew a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
Barrouk and Sophie Lenza each had three hits.
Kirsten Finarelli had two hits, including a homer.
Barrouk then threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 13-0, five-inning win over North Pocono.
Comitz, Finarelli and Barrouk all had three hits.
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