Rob Farrell was a double winner in the Scranton Tennis Club Championships held over the weekend. Farrell’s ground strokes enabled him to capture the Men’s A Singles title with a narrow 6-3, 5-7, (10-8) win over Tim Lionetti.
In the Men’s A Doubles, Farrell paired with Joe Bailey to defeat Joe McNulty and Burt Reese 6-1, 6-4.
To reach the singles final, Farrell ousted defending champion John Weiss 6-7(4), 6-2, (10-5), while Lionetti surprised second-seeded Robby Azzarelli 7-5, 6-0. In the Men’s A Doubles semifinals, Farrell and Bailey eliminated Paul DeLuca and Tim Aikman 6-4, 6-0, while McNulty and Reese came from behind to defeat Jim and Eamon Gibbons 3-6, 6-1, (10-5).
There was a new champion in the Women’s A Singles as former Abington Heights standout Cierra Beck knocked off top-seeded Joan MacDerment 6-3, 7-5 in the final. Beck upended defending champion Marion Reese 6-3, 6-3, and then eliminated Sarah Borowski 6-1, 6-2 in one semifinal. On the other side of the draw, MacDerment used her consistency and placement to defeat Ellen Boyer 7-6, 6-0.
In the Women’s B Singles final, Ann Lehman outlasted Kella Pacifico 7-5, 4-6, (10-6). In semifinal action, Lehman withstood a tough challenge from Brittany Creegan, winning 6-4, 6-3, while Pacifico got off to a good start and never looked back in defeating Brigitte Stuckart 6-0, 6-4.
The Men’s B Singles title went to Ben Strickland, who topped Jared Klepadlo for a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Strickland survived a tough challenge from his Scranton H.S. teammate Jamil Islam in one semifinal, winning 4-6, 6-3, (10-5). In the other semifinal, Klepadlo surprised Seth Kornfeld 6-1, 6-1.
In the Women’s A Doubles final, the third time was the charm for Kathleen McKenna and Marion Reese as they defeated Diane Bailey and Angie Kluss 6-3, 7-6(4) after losing their previous two finals matches against them. To reach the final Kluss and Bailey narrowly defeated Ellen Boyer and Cierra Beck 6-4, 1-6, (11-9), while McKenna and Reese had a somewhat easier time in defeating Connie Weiss and Sarah Borowski 6-3, 6-2.
12U baseball tournament
West Side 9, Kingston/FF 8
Kingston Forty-Fort hit four home runs, but it wasn’t enough as West Side defeated Kingston 9-8 in the first game of the championship series.
Jake Shusta had two hits and a run scored to pace West Side. Carson Canavan and Tyler O’Kane added two runs a piece. Matt Giza and Devin Hardin chipped in with hits. Tommy Federici, Rocky DiBernardo, Rocco Barchi and Brendon Woods had home runs while Alex Jaworski added two hits. Both teams face off again on Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.