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Tunkhannock Softball Locks Up No. 1 Seed For Quarterfinal

August 12, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Tunkhannock all-stars had one goal when they took the field to wrap up their round-robin schedule Saturday morning at Alpenrose Dairy.

“We knew this was a big one. This was our comeback game. We wanted to be the No. 1 seed,” Tigers pitcher Kaya Hannon said.

Coming off a tough loss Friday, Tunkhannock toppled the West champs out of Kirkland, Washington, 12-2, on Saturday to secure the top spot out of Pool A heading into Monday’s quarterfinals.

Tunkhannock connected for five hits in the first inning. Leadoff batter Ella McNeff sparked the rally, beating out a slapper to the right side before stealing second base. Two batters later, Hannon sent a blooper to right field. McNeff made sure the ball would drop for a hit before sprinting home for the game’s first run.

Cali Wisnosky sent an RBI single down the left-field line that had Tunkhannock manager Tim Hannon waving his daughter Kaya home to make it 2-0.

Then, Sydney Huff hit a single to right field to score Paige Marabell. She was originally ruled out at first base, but coach Jason Wisnosky started waving his arms in protest.

“He and I have an agreement that if he sees a play he can signal me across the infield. He was trying to get my attention,” Tim Hannon said with a chuckle. “Jason was pretty confident about that one and it turned out he was right.”

The play went to video review and Huff kept her place at first base.

The East champs got it going again in the second inning when Hannah James sent a single into the right-field gap and scored on McNeff’s triple to left field. Julianna Roote dropped a sacrifice bunt that brought McNeff home to make it 5-0.

“It’s always easier to play with the lead,” Tim Hannon said. “It was good to get the bats going early and to bring the energy level up.”

Tunkhannock put up three more runs in the fourth inning with Elaina Kulsicavage and Wisnosky each connecting for doubles.

The team extended the lead to 12-0 in the sixth inning after five straight singles. Wisnosky and Huff brought runs across with their hits, while Erin Van Ness and Emily Patton drew bases-loaded walks for Tunkhannock’s last runs.

Wisnosky led the offense, hitting 4 for 4 with four RBIs, while McNeff, Hannon and Marabell each scored three times.

“It was cool to be able to help out my team,” Wisnosky said. “We were all getting excited and picking each other up.”

Meanwhile, Kirkland’s offense was stagnant.

Hannon threw an off-speed pitch to get Bella Ely swinging to complete a 1-2-3 first inning. The West champs didn’t get their first hit until late in the third inning and didn’t put a runner in scoring position until the fourth.

Hannon came up with another strikeout to turn back that scoring threat. She struck out eight for the game.

“Kaya’s pitching was really good, and we knew if they did hit the ball our defense could get the out,” James said.

With the game already out of reach, Kirkland broke up the shutout with two outs in the sixth inning. Kya Aldrich hit a double to center field to bring across a run, and Hailey Story followed with a roller through the middle to make the final 12-2.

Tunkhannock returns to Alpenrose to face the No. 4 finisher out of Pool B in Monday’s late 10 p.m. quarterfinal.

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Tunkhannock Kirkland

ab r h bi ab r h bi

McNeff 4 3 1 1 Minor 3 1 1 0

Kulsicavage 3 1 2 0 Caiola 2 0 0 0

Roote 0 0 0 1 McKeag 1 0 0 0

Hannon 4 3 3 2 Ely 3 0 0 0

Marabell 4 3 3 0 Aldrich 3 1 2 1

Wisnosky 4 1 4 4 Story 3 0 1 1

Huff 4 0 2 2 Cook 3 0 1 0

Van Ness 2 0 0 1 Roe 2 0 0 0

Robinson 1 0 0 0 Tarrach 1 0 0 0

Gilroy 1 0 0 0 Pascal 1 0 0 0

Patton 2 0 0 1 Nielson 2 0 1 0

James 1 1 1 0

Kerr 3 0 0 0

Totals 33 12 16 12 Totals 24 2 6 2

Tunkhannock 320 304 — 12

Kirkland 000 002 — 2

2B: Kulsicavage, Wisnosky, Aldrich. 3B: McNeff.

Tunkhannock IP H R ER BB SO

Hannon, WP 6 6 2 2 1 8

Kirkland IP H R ER BB SO

Minor, LP 4 8 5 4 0 4

Aldrich 2 8 7 7 3 1

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