Todd Kolbicka scattered six hits and allowed one earned run over 6 2/3 innings Thursday as the Section 5 champion Hanover senior baseball team remained unbeaten in the Pennsylvania Little League state tourney with a 9-2 victory over Octorara, the Section 7 champion from Lancaster County, at Showers Field in DuBois.
Hanover will face a Montoursville team coached by former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees ace Mike Mussina in the state winner’s bracket finals at 7 p.m. Friday at Showers Field.
Kolbicka rapped out two hits and drove home two runs for Hanover, while Kevin Polanco, Jamie Cunard and Garrett Schiel all had a double and two RBI.
Augie George added a single and drove home a run in the victory.
Pittston Area 1
Tunkhannock advanced to the championship round of the Pennsylvania state tournament by winning handily.
Pittston Area dropped to the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will play again at 6 p.m. Saturday. The winner of that game will have to beat Tunkhannock twice, starting with a 6 p.m. game Sunday.
Back Mountain 12,
Nina Barrouk struck out 17 batters while pitching a four-hitter and stepped up to the plate with two hits as Back Mountain won the Section 5 championship.
Lia Riley ripped a two-run single in the fifth inning that helped Back Mountain break the game open and Hannah Chipego and Carolyn Comitz also had two hits apiece in the victory.
Back Mountain will advance to the Pennsylvana state tournament Tuesday at Christy Mathewson Field in Scranton.
Emily Yatstanski had three of Wallenpaupack’s four hits.
Back Mountain 11,
Greater Wyoming Area 6
Jacob Seymour picked up the win on the mound and drove home three runs as the plate, leading Back Mountain to the District 31 championship.
Ben Bradley had three hits, Justin Moss stole three bases and Mitch Burgess had two hits in the victory.
Jacob Koons came on in relief to lock down the save.
Owen Hizenski had a two-run home run in the first inning for Greater Wyoming Area and Sean Petroski and Kyle Scuttack both had multiple hits in the defeat.
Back Mountain 15, Tunkhannock 5
Max Paczewski rapped out three hits to lead a 16-hit attack that carried Back Mountain in a Wyoming Valley Junior American Legion playoff game.
Sam Leandri had a double among his two hits and finished with two RBI in the victory, Connor Morgan had two hits and two RBI and Evan Hromisin also had two hits in the victory.
Andrew Martin earned the pitching victory.
Devon Milkulka had two hits for Tunkhannock and Jake MacMillan slammed a long double in the loss.
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