The spring sports season is finally in bloom and Triboro rivals will square off on Thursday. The regular season started for Riverside and Old Forge baseball and softball on Tuesday.
The baseball teams will face off at the Moosic Teener Field in Moosic at 4:30 p.m. followed by the girls softball game at Union Street Playground in Taylor at 7:30 p.m.
Last season was the first time in a long time that neither the Old Forge baseball team nor the girls softball team won District 2 Class A championships, so both will be hungry for a win this year. Last year, the baseball team advanced to the title game, but lost to Lackawanna Trail.
The Old Forge baseball team is a senior- led squad with several experienced players including senior pitcher David Chromey, who is expected to be one of the top pitchers in the Lackawanna League.
The Blue Devils are looking to grab the Lackawanna Division III title, last year Old Forge was 10-4 in league play. Derek Drasba and Tyler Cavalari are two pitchers who will be expected to contribute in a big way. Old Forge will have a solid infield with Mike Vieira at third, Brenden Wahl at shortstop, Matt Mancuso at second base and Paul Papi at third.
Riverside baseball coach Dan Digwood will have his team ready to play after a 2-12 season last year. Riverside has a young team featuring two seniors in Alec Parchinski, who will play shortstop and outfielder John Segilia. However, the Vikings do have some underclassmen with experience, such as Tyler Piccotti, Joe Orloski, both juniors, along with Brian Roche and Andrew Panek, both sophomores.
The Lady Vikes will be a very young team with no returning seniors on the roster. Last year they finished 3-11, but will bring back sophomore Lacee Collins, who is one of the best young players in Lackawanna Division III. She pitched all last season and had a nice season as a freshman. She will return along with juniors Ashley Buffton, Abbey Wzorek, Bethany Mickavicz, Melia Garcia and Kayleigh Kempa.
The Old Forge girls' softball team finished 5-9 last season. Most of the players on the softball team have the taste of winning as several of the players were a part of the girls' basketball team, which is coming off a season with just one loss.
Chelsea Cadwalder, Kim Regan, Vicki Lee and Samantha Talarico are four seniors with experience. Taylor Nemetz, Lauren Carey, Rhyan Barnic, Kayla Florovito and Rachelle Yaros are a few key juniors, while Nina Pascolini and Tori Tansley are sophomores.