Little League: Back Mountain National captures Section 5 major championship

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Back Mountain National second baseman Jude Nocito fields a grounder against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National third baseman Gavin Adamski throws to first base after fielding a high bounce against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National’s Gavin Adamski dives safely to the bag as Green Ridge first baseman Dan Santaniello waits for the throw in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National starting pitcher Zach Paczewski collects his thoughts between pitches against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Back Mountain National first baseman Mike Cumbo takes a cut on a Green Ridge pitch in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

DURYEA — When the goal was achieved, what does waiting a few extra hours matter.

Back Mountain National had to wait out a day-long rain, then having its championship game pushed back two hours before earning a spot in the Little League Major Baseball state tournament.

BMN got the berth by defeating Green Ridge 3-1 at Duryea Little League for the Section 5 championship in a game scheduled for 6 p.m. but moved to 8 p.m. to allow volunteers to prep the field.

Maybe that was why starting pitcher Zach Paczewski was a little shaky in the first inning, speculated BMN manager Gary Peters, allowing an RBI triple and a single. But after that, Paczewski retired 15 of the next 17 batters, including 12 in a row to end the game.

“It was probably a little nerves, the Section 5 championship game,” Peters said of Paczewski. “Obviously, we had to start late and game time changes and stuff like that. Not your typical routine. We got there and had to rush through batting practice because it’s still raining. We had to rush through infield. We didn’t do our normal routine.

“But after the first inning, he calmed right down and he was the Zach of old, being pretty commanding of his pitches and stuff like that.”

District 32 champion Green Ridge had Roman Valvano’s RBI triple hold up until the third inning where weather played a part in District 31 champ BMN scoring twice.

Gavin Adamski opened the BMN third inning with a grounder to left that under normal conditions would have likely been a single. But the ball died in the wet grass, allowing Adamski to dash to second for a double. After moving up to third on a groundout, he scored when Paczewski hit an infield single off the outstretch glove of Green Ridge third baseman Grace McCormick.

Paczewski went first-to-third when Mike Cumbo ripped a double to left and scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 lead.

Then in the fourth, BMN got a big hit from a reserve for the second consecutive game. With one out, J.J. Rischawy blasted a triple over the right fielder’s head. He scored on a wild pitch when Adamski, the next batter, was at the plate.

“I’ve been say this for a month,” Peters said. “It’s 13 guys, and when their number is called, it’s time for them to step up to the plate. Today it was J.J.’s turn. We’re a complete team.”

Most of the players will be making their third trip to states, having gone there in the 9-10 and 10-11 year-old age groups. This trek will be an easy one as the state tournament will be held at Berwick Little League. BMN will play 2:30 p.m. Sunday against the Section 2 champion, which will come from the southwest part of the state.

Both of Green Ridge’s losses in the Section 5 tournament were to BMN.

“We saw them two years ago in 9-10’s and we knew it would be a tough battle,” Green Ridge manager Eddie Decker said. “We come from a Little League of 22 12-year-olds. So for us, from what they’re drawing from and what they’re pulling it’s a big difference. We knew we had to play the perfect game.”

STATE TOURNAMENT

8-10 SOFTBALL

Back Mountain 12, Yough 0

Nina Barrouk pitched a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 13 of the game’s 15 outs, leading Back Mountain to a victory over Section 2 champion Yough, from the Pittsburgh area, in a Pennsylvania State Little League 8-10 Softball Tournament game at Christy Mathewson Little League.

Barrouk also had two hits at the plate in the win, while Hannah Chipego and Kiersten Finarelli also had two hits in the win.

Back Mountain will advance to face Avon Grove, from the Philadelphia area, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as the state tourney continues in Nicholson.

SECTION 5 MAJOR BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Back Mountain National 3, Green Ridge 1

Green Ridge`AB`R`H`BI

Decker ss`3`0`0`0

Rupp c`3`0`0`0

Stallman p`3`1`1`0

Valvano 2b`2`0`1`1

Scanlan cf`2`0`0`0

G.McCormick 3b`1`0`0`0

Haggerty ph`1`0`0`0

Santanello 1b`1`0`0`0

Pabst ph`1`0`0`0

Pappas lf`1`0`0`0

McDonald ph`1`0`0`0

B.McCormick rf`1`0`0`0

Gola ph`1`0`0`0

Totals`20`1`2`1

Back Mtn. Nat.`AB`R`H`BI

Adamski 3b`3`1`1`0

Peters c`2`0`0`0

Hinsdale ph`1`0`0`0

Paczewski p`2`1`2`1

Cumbo 1b`3`0`1`0

Barrouk ss`1`0`0`0

Kugler ph`1`0`0`0

Nocito 2b`3`0`1`0

Coyne lf`2`0`0`0

Burkhardt cf`0`0`0`0

Timinski ph`1`0`0`0

Lisman rf`1`0`0`0

Rischawy ph`1`1`1`0

Totals`21`3`6`1

Green Ridge`100`000 — 1

Back Mtn. Nat.`002`10x — 3

2B — Cumbo. 3B — Stallman, Rischawy.

Green Ridge`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Stallman L`4.2`5`3`3`3`6

Rupp`0.1`1`0`0`0`0

Back Mtn. Nat.`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Paczewski W`6.0`2`1`1`1`4

Back Mountain National second baseman Jude Nocito fields a grounder against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL071818BMN-GreenRidgeLLBB_3.jpgBack Mountain National second baseman Jude Nocito fields a grounder against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National third baseman Gavin Adamski throws to first base after fielding a high bounce against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL071818BMN-GreenRidgeLLBB_4.jpgBack Mountain National third baseman Gavin Adamski throws to first base after fielding a high bounce against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National’s Gavin Adamski dives safely to the bag as Green Ridge first baseman Dan Santaniello waits for the throw in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL071818BMN-GreenRidgeLLBB_2.jpgBack Mountain National’s Gavin Adamski dives safely to the bag as Green Ridge first baseman Dan Santaniello waits for the throw in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National starting pitcher Zach Paczewski collects his thoughts between pitches against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL071818BMN-GreenRidgeLLBB_1.jpgBack Mountain National starting pitcher Zach Paczewski collects his thoughts between pitches against Green Ridge in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Back Mountain National first baseman Mike Cumbo takes a cut on a Green Ridge pitch in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL071818BMN-GreenRidgeLLBB_5.jpgBack Mountain National first baseman Mike Cumbo takes a cut on a Green Ridge pitch in the Section 5 Little League Major Baseball championship Tuesday in Duryea. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By John Erzar

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Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar