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WVC SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Rain Suspends Matchup Of WVC Unbeatens

April 13, 2019

HAZLE TWP. — Hazleton Area couldn’t have scripted a better start to its Wyoming Valley Conference softball showdown against visiting Pittston Area Friday.

The finish, though, will have to wait.

Julia Mrochko led off the bottom of the first inning with a long home run and later doubled and scored a run as the Cougars jumped out to a 3-1 lead before a wind-swept rain blew through, forcing umpires to suspend the game with no outs in the bottom of the third.

Both coaches — Pittston Area’s Vito Quaglia and Hazleton Area’s Bob Bertoni — agreed that the players’ safety was the primary concern.

Initial plans are to resume play Monday with no base runners and Hazleton Area’s Tiana Treon facing Patriots’ ace Alexa McHugh ahead 2-0 in the count.

“We’ll be ready,’’ Bertoni said. “The kids are playing well and they’re hungry — they want to win. When you want to win, you play hard and you work hard. That’s what we’ve been doing.’’

Both teams entered the game unbeaten: Pittston Area, 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the WVC, and Hazleton Area, 5-0 and 3-0.

“Every game is important,’’ Bertoni said. “But when two teams see that zero in the second column of their opponent, that adds a little bit extra (fuel) to the game.’’

Cougars’ starting pitcher Aleah Kost worked out of a jam in the top of the first. Lexi Felinski hit a one-out single and moved up to second after a walk to Madisyn Antal, but Kost got Tori Para to look at a called third strike to end the threat.

Hazleton Area wasted little time jumping on McHugh in the botttom half as Mrochko drilled a 2-1 pitch over the fence in left field for a quick 1-0 lead.

The Patriots’ Shayla Williams got that run back with a solo home run to right-center field with one out in the second.

After the Cougars stranded two runners in the home second and Hazleton Area third baseman Tiana Treon made two sensational defensive plays in the top of the third, her top of the order went back to work.

Mrochko ripped a leadoff double and advanced to third on a wild pitch with Kost at bat. Kost drew a walk and kept running to second base. A throw to get her at second sailed to the outfield fence, allowing both Mrochko and Kost to score and make it 3-1.

Two pitches later, the game was halted.

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Meyers 22, GAR 0

At GAR, Meyers knocked 15 hits and drew nine walks in a rout of its city rival.

Abbi Sattof was the winning pitcher, as she threw a no-hitter in four innings. At the plate, she was 3 for 4 with three runs and five RBIs and a home run.

Ashley Bruno, Isabelle Davies and Lael Walker had two hits apiece for Meyers.

Meyers GAR

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Bruno 2 2 2 2 Prato 1 0 0 0

Davies 3 2 2 1 Leonard 2 0 0 0

Walker 3 2 2 2 Sromovski /p 1 0 0 0

Sattof 4 3 3 5 Youkoski /p 1 0 0 0

Zyskowski 4 2 1 0 Leach 1 0 0 0

Semanek 2 2 1 2 Hummell 0 0 0 0

Rhodes 3 3 1 1 Elmy 0 0 0 0

McFarlane 2 2 1 3 Mikawicz 1 0 0 0

Kasper 2 1 0 0 Espinal 0 0 0 0

Morris 0 1 0 1 Catina 1 0 0 0

Smallcomb 2 1 1 2 Nunez /p 1 0 0 0

Barker 1 1 1 1 Andrzejewski 0 0 0 0

Espinal 0 0 0 0 Team 1 0 0 0

Totals 28 22 15 20 Totals 10 0 0 0

Meyers 1004 80 — 22

GAR 000 00 — 0

2B: Lael Walker (Mey).

3B: Alexis Semanek (Mey).

HR: Abbi Sattof (Mey).

Meyers IP H R ER BB SO

Sattof, WP 4 0 0 0 5 3

GAR IP H R ER BB SO

Sromovski, LP 1/3 2 5 5 2 0

Youkoski 2 2/3 8 9 8 2 0

Nunez 1/3 3 7 7 4 0

Prato-Adolphus 2/3 2 1 1 1 0

Berwick 18, Coughlin 0

At Coughlin, Katie Starr finished a triple short of the cycle, as her 3-for-3 performance featured a single, a double and a home run in Berwick’s win.

Emma Stoker also hit a home run. She was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Emily Novicki was 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Sarah Dent was 2 for 3 with three runs.

Stoker was also the winning pitcher, as she tossed four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts to earn the win.

Berwick Coughlin

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lipsey rf 4 0 1 0 Tomeo cf 2 0 1 0

Starr cf 3 3 3 1 Gayton c 2 0 0 0

Dent ss 3 3 2 1 Pugh p/p 2 0 1 0

Novicki ep 4 3 3 1 Berecin 1b 2 0 0 0

Hess 3b 2 1 0 1 Balent 3b 2 0 0 0

Stoker p 4 1 2 3 Simonson ss 2 0 0 0

Caladie 1b 2 2 1 0 Giomboni lf 1 0 0 0

Weaver 1b 0 0 0 0 Weng 2b 1 0 1 0

Shaftoe lf 3 2 2 3 Kush rf 1 0 0 0

Waltman 2b 3 1 1 2

Gizenski 2b 1 2 0 0

Chavis 1 0 0 1

Auchter 0 0 0 0

Totals 30 18 15 13 Totals 15 0 3 0

Berwick 734 40 — 18

Coughlin 000 00 — 0

2B: Ashley Tomeo (Cou), Rachael Shaftoe (Ber), Sarah Dent (Ber), Emily Novicki (Ber), Katie Starr (Ber), Kelsey Caladie (Ber).

HR: Emma Stoker (Ber), Katie Starr (Ber).

Berwick IP H R ER BB SO

Stoker, WP 4 3 0 0 0 7

Coughlin IP H R ER BB SO

Pugh, LP 4 12 18 11 3 0

Tunkhannock 6, Nanticoke Area 2

At Nanticoke Area, Tunkhannock evened itself to a .500 winning percentage on the season, improving to 4-4 with a win.

Hope Jones and Hailey Farr led the Tigers, recording two hits apiece. Faith Jones and Jena Simmons each had a hit, a run and an RBI, while Kendra Schultz was the winning pitcher with 11 strikeouts.

Ali Keener was 1 for 2 with a run scored for Nanticoke Area. Olivia Nice had a hit and an RBI.

Tunkhannock Nanticoke Area

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Jones ep 4 1 1 1 Kurkowski rf 3 0 1 0

Jones ss 4 2 2 0 Rakowski ss 2 0 0 0

Schultz p 4 0 1 0 Keener 3b 2 1 1 0

Simmons 3b 4 1 1 1 Brown 3b 1 0 0 0

Farr c 4 0 2 1 Sobeck p/p 2 0 0 0

Quick 1b 4 1 1 0 Baron 1b 3 1 0 0

Walsh cf 4 0 1 1 Nice cf 3 0 1 1

Schultz 2b 3 0 0 0 King c 3 0 0 0

Howell 2b 0 0 0 0 Redenski lf 1 0 1 0

Dunn rf 3 1 0 0 Baron lf 2 0 0 0

Farber 0 0 0 0 Goss 2b 3 0 0 0

Cummings 0 0 0 0

Totals 34 6 9 4 Totals 25 2 4 1

Tunkhannock 101 220 0 — 6

Nanticoke Area 000 200 0 — 2

Tunkhannock IP H R ER BB SO

Schultz, WP 7 4 2 1 1 11

Nanticoke Area IP H R ER BB SO

Sobeck, LP 7 9 6 3 1 0