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DIST. 2 SOFTBALL: Mid Valley Wheels Into Class 3A Semifinals

May 22, 2019

THROOP — It wasn’t its sharpest performance, but it is was more than enough.

Sisters Danielle and Lindsey Jason ignited things with their blazing speed at the top of the lineup, Lacy Harrington and Emily Morano also doubled, and MacKenzie Mitchko tossed a two-hitter as second-seeded Mid Valley advanced to Thursday’s District 2 Class 3A semifinal, blanking Montrose, 10-0, in five innings Tuesday night.

Mid Valley will host rival Dunmore, an 8-3 winner over Meyers, at 3 p.m.

Danielle Jason got the ball rolling in the bottom of the first — literally. The lefty slapped a slow grounder to short and never stopped running, reaching first before the throw was on its way and then just kept running, turning it into a standup double.

“I’m always looking for the base ahead,” Danielle said. “If I get a single, that’s great, but I’m always looking for second.

“It puts a lot of pressure on the opposing team. Especially with me as a slap hitter, I can slap, I can bunt or I can just swing away.”

A wild pitch moved her to third, and Lindsey Jason kept up the pressure, easily beating out an RBI grounder to third for the first run, then swiping second and going to third on a throwing error.

“Coach always goes over baserunning almost every practice,” Lindsey Jason said. “He really encourages us to be aggressive baserunners and it shows in the game.”

Harrington rocked a double to left center to make it 2-0, and three walks and two hit batters later it was 5-0 in a 15-minute bottom of the first.

But it wasn’t the sharpest effort for the Spartanettes, who hit into a pair of double plays to end the first and second, with Montrose throwing out runners at third to complete the twin killings.

“Definitely not, but we picked each other up, we kept a positive attitude and we carried ourselves through the game,” Danielle Jason said. “And our practice will be very intense next time to clean up those little things.”

A four-run fourth, highlighted by Morano, who celebrated her birthday with a stinging RBI double, and Zoe Zelinski’s RBI single, clinched the win.

Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; @mmyersTT on Twitter

Montrose Mid Valley

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Schillinger p 3 0 0 0 Jason 2b 3 2 2 0

Short c 2 0 0 0 Jason 3b 3 3 2 2

Amorino 3b 2 0 1 0 Harrington 1b 2 1 1 1

Riordan rf 2 0 0 0 Morano ss 3 1 1 2

Furman 2b 2 0 0 0 Mitchko p 2 1 0 0

Thompson lf 2 0 0 0 Popko c 2 2 0 0

Weidow dp 2 0 1 0 Zelinski lf 1 0 1 2

Smith pr 0 0 0 0 Terranella dp 2 0 0 1

Hare 1b 1 0 0 0 Kobylanski cf 1 0 0 1

Diaz ss 1 0 0 0 Kobylanski rf 0 0 0 0

Strickland ph 1 0 0 0

Flynn cf 0 0 0 0

Totals 15 0 1 0 Totals 19 10 7 9

Montrose 000 00 — 0

Mid Valley 510 4x — 10

2B: Emily Morano (MV), Danielle Jason (MV), Lacy Harrington (MV), Lindsey Jason (MV).

Montrose IP H R ER BB SO

Schillinger, LP 4 10 10 7 4 1

Mid Valley IP H R ER BB SO

Mitchko, WP 5 2 0 0 1 3

Records: MON 4-13, MV 15-3

Holy Redeemer 14, Lakeland 6

At Wilkes-Barre, Alesha Pekarovski went 5 for 5 with two doubles and five RBIs to lead No. 4 Holy Redeemer.

Aniesa Dragwa had three hits and two runs for No. 5 Lakeland.

Holy Redeemer will play at No. 1 Wyoming Seminary on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Wyoming Seminary had a bye in the first round.

Lakeland Holy Redeemer

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Stalter 3 1 0 0 Dolan 3 2 1 0

Pollack 3 1 1 2 Pekarovski 5 1 5 5

Dragwa 4 2 3 0 Laiuvara 3 1 2 2

Telesco 2 0 0 0 Josefowicz 5 1 2 1

Cunningham 3 0 0 1 McDermott 5 1 2 2

Tancredi 4 0 1 1 Santuk 4 0 0 0

White 1 1 0 0 Baird 2 3 2 0

Budzinski 1 0 0 0 Stochla 2 1 0 0

Boles 1 1 0 0 Murray 3 2 2 1

Frazier 1 0 0 0 McIngvale 0 2 0 0

Snyder 0 0 0 0 McHale 0 0 0 0

Essig 2 0 0 0

Hoover 1 0 0 0

Totals 26 6 5 4 Totals 32 14 16 11

Lakeland 200 300 1 — 6

Holy Redeemer 210 272 x — 14

2B: Allyson Laiuvara (HR) 2, Alesha Pekarovski (HR) 2, Bailey McDermott (HR).

3B: Emily Pollack (LAK).

Lakeland IP H R ER BB SO

Telesco, LP 4.2 13 10 10 4 3

Budzinski 1.1 3 4 1 3 1

Holy Redeemer IP H R ER BB SO

Santuk, WP 7 5 6 5 5 6

Records: HR 10-11; LAK 7-10.

Class 1A

MMI Prep used two hits each from Kaylee Witner, Gina Galada and Sydney Kohl to post a 7-3 win over No. 5 Susquehanna in a District 2 Class 1A first round game.

Witner drove in two runs for the fourth-seeded Preppers and Kohl scored twice and drove in one.

Mackenzie Heath had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs for Susquehanna.

MMI Prep will play play at No. 1 Blue Ridge at 4:30 p.m. in Friday’s semifinals. Blue Ridge had a bye in the first round.

Susquehanna MMI Prep

ab r h bi ab r h bi

MeDecker 4 2 2 0 Warner 3 1 1 0

Heath 4 0 3 2 Dalesandro 1 1 1 1

Kiernan 4 0 2 1 Altmiller 2 0 0 1

Conklin 4 0 0 0 Witner 4 0 2 2

Benson 3 0 0 0 Gallagher 4 1 0 0

Towner 3 0 0 0 Snyder 3 0 0 0

MaDecker 2 1 1 0 Minzola 4 1 1 0

Hackett 3 0 0 0 Galada 4 1 2 0

Bennett 3 0 0 0 Kohl 3 2 2 1

Totals 30 3 8 3 Totals 28 7 9 5

Susquehanna 001 000 2 — 3

MMI Prep 010 060 x — 7

2B: Mackenzie Heath (SUS).

Susquehanna IP H R ER BB SO

Bennett, LP 6 9 7 0 9 6

MMI Prep IP H R ER BB SO

Witner, WP 7 8 3 1 1 14

Records: MMI 5-16; SUS 4-16.

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