Nick Spencer went 4-for-4 and drove in eight runs July 2 when Back Mountain National defeated Back Mountain American, 17-4, in a District 31 Little League Baseball 10-11-year-old tournament opener.
Bryan Osipower also had four hits and scored four runs. Cole Kaiser, who had a double, and Gary Weaver each went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Gavin Adamski had a double and scored twice.
Mike Cumbo struck out four.
Liam Hite doubled for BMA. Lucas Tirpak singled and drove in a run.
BMN added a 13-0 shutout of Kingston the next night to get off to a 2-0 start in the six-team round-robin to determine four semifinalists.
Spencer and Ryan Borton combined on a two-hitter for BMN.
Adamski was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI while Osipower was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
Kaiser had two hits and an RBI. Weaver had a double and three RBI while Spencer had a double and RBI.
BMA came back with a 15-12 win over West Pittston.
Harveys Lake got off to an 0-2 start, losing to West Pittston, 16-15, and Northwest, 17-4.
The round-robin portion of the tournament was scheduled to continue July 6, 8 and 10, followed by semifinals and finals July 13 and 15 at Nanticoke.
District 31 9-10 baseball
Back Mountain American went 3-0 to win Pool A and reach the July 8 semifinals as a home team.
The tournament finals are scheduled for July 10 at Exeter.
Zach Paczewski and Sam Barrouk combined on a no-hitter June 30 when BMA shut out West Pittston, 15-0.
Joey Peters, Jude Nocito and Aiden Burkhardt each had two hits in the win.
Back Mountain National went 2-2 in Pool B missing out on a chance to advance July 3 when it fell to Exeter, 13-8, on the final day of pool play.
J.J. Rischawy had four hits when BMN pounded Swoyersville, 17-2, June 30.
Zack Williams, Chris Sholtis and Seth Berry also had at least two hits to back winning pitcher Sam Finarelli.
Kingston/Forty Fort, which won the pool, defeated BMN, 8-5, June 29.
Finarelli led BMN with two hits.
Exeter took second to qualify for the semifinal game at BMA.
Section 5 senior baseball
Back Mountain is representing District 31 in the four-team, double-elimination tournament, which was scheduled to be conducted July 6-9 at Dallas High School and Shoemaker Field in West Wyoming.
Section 5 major (11-12) softball
Tripp Park shut out District 31 champion Back Mountain, 8-0, Tuesday in an opener of the four-team, double-elimination tournament, scheduled to continue through July 9 at Old Forge.
District 31 9-10 softball
Back Mountain and Harveys Lake are part of the four-team, double-elimination tournament, which was scheduled to begin July 6 and continue through July 13.
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