After an eventful season of Little League ball last summer, the area teams are gearing up to get onto their home turf.
The Tunkhannock girls All Stars thrust our small town onto the world stage, and the talent levels throughout all five of the local organizations is world class.
New faces will adorn the same uniforms, providing another summer of fun in the sun.
The 62nd season of Little League ball at Sunnyside fields launched the annual chorus of ‘Play Ball.’
Over the next eight weeks and beyond that with All-Stars, fans of all ages will enjoy our national pastime.
Tunkhannock Little League will kick off its season today, Wednesday, April 24, with games in both the softball and baseball divisions.
The organization features numerous tee-ball and coach pitch teams, minor softball teams, minor baseball teams, major boys teams, major softball teams, and teeners teams. The league has around 325 youths registered this season, with 100 in baseball, 62 in softball, and the rest in the teeball and instructional leagues.
The Tunkhannock Baseball Association had success with its Quest for the Cup Tournament for majors and minors boys in last season’s inaugural year. During its Memorial Day festivities, the tournament will coincide with the annual chicken BBQ.
The tournament will start on Thursday, May 23, with the minors games’ winners moving on to the championship round on Memorial Day and the losing team playing a consolation game on the same day.
On Friday, May 24, there will be the same format for the majors’ division. After the games there will be an award ceremony.
Monday, the championship for the majors will be played at 1 p.m. on Robinson with the consolation game for the minors division on Robinson at the same time.
The championship for minors will be at 3 p.m. on Monday at Keefer and the majors consolation game will be on Robinson, also at 3 p.m.
During the traditional celebration, the girls Little League World Series runner-ups are scheduled to receive their championship banner. More information will be available in the middle of May concerning the particulars.
According to second year league president, Jerry Hannon, the league will not hold the “Daily Mega Prize Drawing” this season.
“We just don’t have the board members, or the help. There aren’t enough bodies to go around,” said Hannon. “We are always looking for people to join the board.”
Softball commissioner Joy Howell agreed, saying, “We are going to try to do it every other year, but we’ll see.”
Another volunteer opportunity available for TBA is umpiring. Baseball commisioner Nick Aiello said, “We desperately need umpires for the majors boys games. We will train people if they want to learn and help us. Anyone can call me at 570-240-6437 for more information.”
More information for the Tunkhannock Little League Baseball Association can be found at www.eteamz.com/Tunkhannock and on its Facebook page.
Games for the Tunkhannock Little League are played on the following fields:
*Art Keefer Memorial Field, Sunnyside Drive, Tunkhannock. Keefer Field is the lower field.
*Denny Robinson Memorial Field, Sunnyside Drive, Tunkhannock. Robinson Field is the upper field.
These fields are primarily used for tee ball, minor and little league baseball games, with the occasional softball game played there.
*Bob Schultz teener field and Chris Strumski softball field, a quarter mile south of Rt. 6 bypass intersection on Rt. 92 South, past Bartron Supply and Dept. of Agriculture. This is where most of the softball games are played.
According to multiple sources, including the namesake of the league’s Dale Wright field, the Bob Horlacher Little League will not field any teams this season.
Some of the players will play for Back Mountain, while others will suit up for Tunkhannock.
The Christy Mathewson Little League features teams from Benton, Dalton, Factoryville, Lake Winola and Nicholson.
This year CM will have seven coed tee ball teams and seven coed coach pitch teams. Baseball will roster five minors teams and three in the majors division.
League President Phil Evans said that there are no girls minors or majors teams in the league this season, as the Christy girls have gone to the Amateur Softball Association, or ASA.
“There was no one left to play,” said Evans. “In District 17/32 it was us, Old Forge, and North Pocono. Old Forge pulled out early and left us with just North Pocono. There was really no competition for the girls, since two teams advance in the all stars bracket. Now, in ASA, they are hoping to get upwards of 30 games a year.”
The boys teams from Dalton and Nicholson are combining this year, with interleague games being played at the Nicholson fields, and league games being hosted by Dalton. Interleague games are against the Pioneer League teams, including teams from Carbondale, Lakeland, Archbald, and Western Wayne.
More league information, including schedules, can be found at www.christyll.com or by contacting league president Phil Evans at PE@christyll.com.
Christy Mathewson plays its games at the following fields:
*Benton Field, Routes 407 and 107, Fleetville; phone, 570-945-3866. Follow Route 107 to Fleetville. At the caution light take a left onto Route 407. Field is located to the left behind the Benton Civic Center.
*Dalton Field, Main Street and Winola Road, Dalton; phone, 570-563-1994. Off of Mill Street, Dalton, take a right onto Main Street. Follow Main Street under Route 6/11. Main Street will come to a Y in the road. Bear to the right onto Winola Road. Field will be located to the left.
*Factoryville Field, 179 College Ave., Factoryville; phone, 570-945-5195. Field is located on the left behind the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center. Park in the school parking lot and walk over the covered bridge to the field.
*Lake Winola Field, Route 307/Hawk Road, Mill City; phone, 570-587-5014. Turn onto Hawk Road (dirt road) in Mill City. The field will be on the right.
*Nicholson Field, State Street and Main Street, Nicholson; phone, 570-942-6153. Take Route 92 into Nicholson. Look for sign on right to Nicholson Carnival Grounds. Take that right. At the end of this street, bear right and field will be just down over the hill on the left.
President Rob Tuttle is rostering about 250 kids again this season in the Roosevelt Trail League, which is consistent with last season’s numbers. RTL features teams from Laceyville, Wyalusing, New Albany and Camptown.
RTL offers tee ball, instructional teams in both boys and girls divisions, minor and major baseball, minor and major softball and possibly teeners baseball.
“We are still working on teeners, we don’t know if the numbers will work out for it this season,” said Tuttle.
The teams inter-league but also play district 15 games, too.
Opening day for RTL will be held on Saturday, May 18, complete with a full slate of games, a Lucky Lotto fundraiser, and a chicken BBQ.
More information for the Roosevelt Trail League can be found at www.rtlball.com.
RTL hosts all of its games at the Boro Park fields in Wyalusing, except for minor and major baseball games, which are held at the Lime Hill Complex off Rt. 6 just outside of Wyalusing.
FWM Little League has about 30 kids this season on their rosters, and offers two tee ball teams and a baseball coach pitch coed team. Players from the FWM service area also play on minor and major league ball teams with the Tunkhannock organization.
Opening day for FWM is may 4, at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, contact league president Eugene Adams at 570-240-0536.
*Home fields for the FWM League are now the Forkston Field at Forkston Four Corners.
*The ballfield at the old Mehoopany School on Schoolhouse Road is also used as a practice field.
The Susquehanna County Little League has teams in every division from tee ball through teeners in both baseball and softball.
Opening days for the 2019 summer season are April 26 for majors, and all other divisions open April 29.
According to league president, Jamie Orlandini, the league will have 372 ball players on the opening day rosters.
“Bill Serfass, district 15 administrator, said that was the highest number across all the district,” said Orlandini.
The SCLL inter-leagues in the upper divisions as well as the instructional level of coach pitch. The coach pitch coed and tee ball teams play in-house. Some leagues SCLL will face include RTL, NEBall, and Tunkhannock.
Traditionally, each individual league holds its own fundraising events. This year, though, there will be a league wide fundraiser of a butchered pig raffle. The pig was donated by Brett Flynn, and the butchering was donated by Stepniak’s Beef.
The winning name will be drawn on July 7 at the Susquehanna County Championship boys majors game. Tickets are $10.
Auburn will host its annual chicken BBQ on June 1 and Choconut will hold its Bonanza on June 8.
Auburn Little League has been working closely with Meshoppen Borough to have more games played in the park.
Depending on weather and field availability, the Auburn teams are able to take advantage of the boro park.
*Auburn Little League plays baseball at the Burke Memorial Field (upper) and softball on the Township Field (lower) at the fields off of Rt. 267 at the Auburn Township Building. Auburn sometimes plays at the Meshoppen Borough Park field off of Route 6 in Meshoppen. Check their facebook page for schedule updates.
*Choconut Baseball Association plays at the Choconut Elementary School in Montrose school district.
*Springville/Dimock Little League plays its games behind the old Springville Schoolhouse off of Rt 29 in Springville.
*Rush Little League hosts games at the Field of Dreams ball complex at the intersection of routes 267 and 706 in Lawton Township. Teeners games are scheduled to be held at LaRues Park field, across from Fylnn’s Castle.