April 14, 2019

With rain in the forecast, organizers for the seventh annual Bill Howerton VsCancer baseball event were forced to postpone the tripleheader scheduled for today at the University of Scranton’s Volpe Field. Three teams from outside the area were scheduled to face three Lackawanna League teams. Valley View was to take on Burke Catholic from Goshen, New York, in the first game. Scranton Prep was to meet Philadelphia Catholic League power St. Joseph’s Prep in the middle game. North Pocono was to play New Jersey power Bergen Catholic in the nightcap. However, North Pocono coach and Howerton VsCancer co-chairman Brian Jardine said as a courtesy to those teams, the games were postponed to prevent them from traveling here, only to have the game possibly rained out. Jardine said they will try to make up the games later this season. The rest of today’s Howerton VsCancer schedule is on, weather permitting. Three games are scheduled for Keystone College: Mid Valley vs. Mountain View at 11 a.m.; Tunkhannock vs. Riverside at 1 p.m.; and Dallas vs. Hanover Area at 4 p.m. Honesdale meets Lakeland at Marywood University at 1 p.m. Carbondale Area takes on Northwest at Misericordia University at 2 p.m. Holy Cross and Holy Redeemer play at PNC Field at 4:30 p.m. Plus one Holy Cross junior Jenna Bradley came within two batters of a perfect week, retiring 21 of 22 she faced in a 5-0 no-hit win over Lakeland, and 18 of the 19 she faced in a 15-0, six-inning win over Carbondale Area. Kassidy Chuff reached on an error for Lakeland and Mya Casey singled for Carbondale. Bradley struck out 30 in 13 innings and didn’t walk anyone. At the plate, she went 5 for 6 with two homers, a triple, a double and nine RBIs. Big numbers Eye popping stats from the some of the top hitters in softball’s Division I, II and III, where Abington Heights’ Catherine Anne Kupinski, North Pocono’s Dayle Smith and Mid Valley’s Lucy Harrington are producing in big ways. Kupinski is hitting .650 through five games with 13 hits, eight for extra bases (1.300 slugging). Smith is raking at a .696 clip with 15 RBIs in six starts, and Harrington is batting .727 (1.409 slugging) with an area-best 20 RBIs in seven games, one RBI more than teammate Emily Morano. Welcome back When Scranton Prep’s Megan Woronko singled against North Pocono two weeks ago, it was a huge hit for the Classics senior. Woronko missed all of her junior season because of shoulder surgery, and missed the first four games of this season with another health issue. “It took a little bit for us to get a doctor’s release but we finally did for hitting,” Prep coach Stacey Lutkowski said of the RBI single that put Prep ahead in the bottom of the sixth of an eventual 5-3 loss. “That was a big hit for us and a big hit for her.” Contact the writers: sports@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter