This week brought a close to most of the area teams. While all the teams worked hard at practices and in games, the ultimate winners are the athletes who continue to play their sport throughout the summer.
The District 15 majors softball champions headed to the majors softball Section 3 tournament in Williamsport.
The Tunkhannock minors boys battled through the loser’s bracket to fight for the title against Athens, and the SusCo boys won the Joe Shaw Tournament for the second time in as many years.
The Tunkhannock majors softball won Section 3. Please see separate story for a recount of the games.
The SusCo girls looked to repeat as the Jackie West Memorial Tournament champs this week.
Facing an unbeaten Towanda team on July 3, the SusCo girls pulled out the win, 8-6. After battling back in the loser’s bracket, with its only loss at the hands of Towanda on June 29, the SusCo squad was ready for the final game on July 5 in Wellsboro.
The season would end there for the SusCo girls, with an 11-3 loss in the finals.
On Monday, the RTL minors girls were shutout by Troy, 15-0. They hosted and beat Wellsboro, 12-8, on Thursday before concluding pool play with an even 2-2 record and setting up for tournament brackets.
Minors baseball in Tunkhannock clapped back at Allegheny Mountain on Monday, taking the 17-10 win and advancing to play at Sayre on Thursday. On Saturday, the young Tigers battled back to win the lower half of the bracket, beating Wellsboro, 11-2, and earning the right to face off in Athens on Monday. After losing in their first round, the Tunkhannock minors boys won four straight games to advance. The Tunkhannock boys finished the bracket in second place after a 13-1 loss Monday night to end their season.
SusCo minors boys are were still battling in the Joe Shaw Memorial tournament, and headed to Southern Tioga on Thursday. Edging out the win by one run, 10-9, the minors boys played under the lights in Athens against Towanda. SusCo sent Towanda to the loser’s bracket, and beat them for the second time in the tournament to repeat as champions of the Shaw Tournament.
The boys in orange and black won their first game of pool play on Thursday, topping Tioga/Lawrenceville 16-6 at home. Even with the home field advantage, Tunkhannock fell to Southern Tioga 8-7 on Thursday and then again on Saturday, 16-5, to Athens, before heading to Tioga/Lawrenceville on Monday.
In the Daniel Aquilo consolation bracket, the Susquehanna County majors team ended their run with an 8-4 loss to Canton in the Championship game on July 3.
RTL fell to Wellsboro on July 3, 4-0, and was bumped down to the loser’s bracket. They head back to Lime Hill on Thursday to face Athens for the chance to head to the final game.
In a defensive gem, RTL would advance to the finals with a 1-0 victory. But in the Championship game, Wellsboro would prove to be too much, and took the Championship title with a 10-4 win.
Only teams with zero or one loss advanced to the double elimination tournament, ending Christy Mathewson’s post-season with a 2-2 record in pool play.
The tournament bracket pits Abington National (5-0)against North Pocono (4-0) for a three game series. Each team won its away game in the bracket, with game three going to Abington National for the title.