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District 2 Softball Championships Preview

May 28, 2019

Class 6A

(1) Hazleton Area (19-1) vs. (3) Delaware Valley (10-10)

When: 4:30 p.m. today

Where: Pittston Area Primary Center

How they got here: Hazleton Area beat No. 4 Scranton, 11-1, in the semifinals. Delaware Valley beat No. 2 Williamsport, 12-11, in the semifinals.

Online: Follow @Seamon SaysSport on Twitter for live updates.

Up next: Winner advances to the PIAA state tournament and will play District 1’s No. 4 seed June 3. Loser is eliminated.

Scouting: This a rematch from last year’s district semifinals, which Hazleton Area won 15-0. Hazleton Area won the next game, too, earning its seventh consecutive district championship … Hazleton Area’s Marissa Trivelpiece (.483), Julia Mrochko (.472), Olivia Wolk (.451), Kyra Antolick (.423), Aleah Kost (.416) and Tiana Treon (.409) are just a few players who had stellar regular seasons. Kost, the pitcher, was 10-1 with a 1.94 ERA before the playoffs started. … Hazleton Area’s only loss was May 14, 6-2, at Berwick. … Hazleton Area has scored at least nine runs in 14 games. The Cougars also won six games via shutouts. … Delaware Valley cleanup hitter Hanah Koger, a junior, was 3 for 4 with five RBIs and a home run against Williamsport. Koger is batting .413 on the season, while senior Amber Recksiek is hitting .511. Senior Mia Machado is batting .465. … Del Val’s best wins include Western Wayne, Scranton, West Scranton, Wallenpaupack and Honesdale. The Warriors have lost against Scranton Prep, Abington Heights and Valley View.

Class 3A

(1) Wyoming Seminary (18-3) vs. (2) Mid Valley (16-3)

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Pittston Area Primary Center

How they got here: Wyoming Seminary had a bye in the quarterfinals and beat No. 4 Holy Redeemer, 7-5, in the semifinals. Mid Valley beat No. 7 Montrose, 10-0, in the quarterfinals; and No. 3 Dunmore, 9-7, in the semifinals.

Online: Follow @CVBufano on Twitter for live updates.

Up next: Winner advances to the PIAA state tournament and will play the District 4 champion June 3. Loser is eliminated.

Scouting: Wyoming Seminary was the regular season champion in WVC Division 3. … This is undoubtedly Sem’s best softball team in many years, led by junior pitcher Delaney Romanchick, who closed the regular season with a 16-3 record, 1.90 ERA and about 1.3 strikeouts per inning. Romanchick is a Drexel recruit, while senior shortstop Tiana Wren will play at Providence. Wren (.400), Aubrey Mytych (.436) and Campbell Kelly (.479) were Sem’s best hitters in the regular season. … Sem is on a 12-game win streak. The only teams the Blue Knights have lost to are Tunkhannock, Hazleton Area and Lake-Lehman. Sem averaged 3.3 runs per game in those losses. … While Sem has struggled in the playoffs before this season, Mid Valley is a consistent contender. Mid Valley was a district semifinalist last season and it won the District 2 Class 3A championship in 2017. … Mid Valley senior Danielle Jason is batting .580 and junior Lacy Harrington .621. … Mid Valley has lost twice against Holy Cross and once against Scranton Prep. Mid Valley’s three losses are by a combined five runs, while Sem’s three losses are by a combined nine runs.

Class 2A

(1) Holy Cross (16-5) vs. (3) Northwest (14-8)

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: University of Scranton

How they got here: Holy Cross had a bye in the quarterfinals and beat No. 4 Mountain View, 2-0, in the semifinals. Northwest beat No. 6 Lackawanna Trail, 15-0, in the quarterfinals; and No. 2 Elk Lake, 11-0, in the semifinals.

Online: Follow @mmyersTT on Twitter for live updates.

Up next: Winner advances to the PIAA state tournament and will play the District 12 champion June 3. Loser is eliminated.

Scouting: Holy Cross was the regular season champion of Lackawanna League Division 3, edging Mid Valley by a game. … Holy Cross lost its season-opener at Scranton Prep, 6-5, but then went on an 11-game win streak. Other than Scranton Prep, Dunmore is the only District 2 team that’s beaten Holy Cross. … Holy Cross is the two-time reigning champion in this bracket, beating Riverside in 2017 and Old Forge in ’18 for the title. … Holy Cross junior Jenna Bradley has had an amazing and historic season, striking out 272 batters, including 16 in the semifinals against Mountain View. Bradley is also hitting .532 with seven home runs. Olivia Krupski is batting .364 with five home runs, while Carly Wywoda is batting .373 with five homers. … Northwest has been and up and down all season, but head coach Kevin Harvey’s Rangers are definitely playing at their highest level in recent games. Outscoring opponents in the first two games 26-0 was an ideal start to the playoffs. … Northwest is 6-1 in its last seven games, including an 8-0 shutout against last year’s District 2 Class 3A champion Holy Redeemer. … Twin sisters and seniors Courtney Cragle (.416) and Nicole Cragle (.403) led Northwest in batting this regular season. … Northwest has five doubles, two triples and three home runs in two playoff games, so no game is out of reach when Northwest’s offense is able to get going. … Nicole Cragle threw a five-inning shutout in the most recent win against Elk Lake.

— MATT BUFANO

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