NANTICOKE — Allie Matulewski held Mid Valley to five hits and one earned run while pitching a complete game from the circle and added two hits with an RBI at the plate as the Trojans built a big early lead and coasted to a 6-3 victory in the opening round of the District 2 Class 2A girls softball playoffs at K.M. Smith Elementary School.
Matulewski pitched a pretty clean game, allowing just one walk while striking out four. The senior didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning and didn’t face much danger until Sam Evanina singled home one run for Mid Valley and scored another in the top of the seventh inning.
By that time, though, Nanticoke had built a commanding lead, on its way to the district semifinals Wednesday for a game at Hanover Area.
Baylee Steininger ripped a two-run single as the 12-4 Trojans scored three times in the first inning. Maddie O’Donohue added a run-scoring double in the third inning as Nanticoke scored twice to build its lead to 5-0, and after Mid Valley pulled within 5-1 in the top of the fifth, the Trojans answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.
Steininger finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Benjamin had two hits including the double, scored one run and drove home another.
Mid Valley0000102 — 3
Nanticoke302010x — 6
WP — Allie Matulewski 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. LP — Ashley Hanicak 6 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
2B — Kayla Benjamin (N), Maddie O’Donoghue (N), Matulewski (N).
Top Hitters — MV Sam Evanina 1-for-3, run scored, RBI; NAN Baylee Steininger 3-for-4, 2 RBI, run scored, Benjamin 2 hits, RBI, run scored; O’Donoghue RBI, Matulewski 2 hits, RBI, run scored.
Holy Cross 14, GAR 0
Lauren Leppo hit a grand slam to lead Holy Cross past GAR in five innings to advance in the District 2 Class 2A playoffs. Gabby Giordano hit two doubles for the Crusaders, and Erin Mackie allowed just one hit in Monday’s first-round game.
Mikayla Hoskins struck out 10 batters for the Grenadiers. Meghan O’Day supplied a double.
GAR00000 — 0
Holy Cross0536x — 14
WP — Erin Mackie 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K; LP — Mikayla Hoskins 4 IP, 10 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 7 BB. 10 K
2B — Meghan O’Day (GAR), Carrie Kobrynich (HC), Gabby Giordano (HC) 2. HR — Lauren Leppo (HC).
Holy Redeemer 16, Meyers 1
Kaya Swanek had an outstanding effort on the mound and at the plate for the Royals in a three-inning victory over the Mohawks. Swanek allowed just won run while striking out four in three innings. Swanek produced a double and three RBI.
Holy Redeemer’s Alexis Shemanski hit a triple and drove in two runs. Julie Kosik supplied two hits and an RBI.
Sarah McCann went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Meyers.
Meyers100 — 1
Holy Redeemer529 — 16
WP — Kaya Swanek 3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; LP — Gina Strillaci 3 IP, 6 H, 16 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K
2B — Swanek (HR). 3B — Alexi Shemanski (HR).
Top Hitters — MEY Sarah McCann 2-2 RBI; HR Julie Kosik 2-2 RBI, Alexis Shemanski 2 RBI, Swanek 3 RBI.
Hanover Area 14, Sem 0
Mary Kate Penczkowski struck out 10 batters in five innings pitched to propel Hanover Area over Wyoming Seminary in the District 2 Class 2A first round. Penczkowski yielded two hits and no runs.
The Hawkeyes produced doubles from Emily Rinehimer, Brittany McNair, Haylee Bobos and Tony Elick. Rinehimer and McNair both had three hits. Bobos and Elick each went 2-for-3.
Kelsey Atkinson and MacKenzie Gagliardi recorded each of Wyoming Seminary’s two hits.
Wyoming Seminary00000 — 0
Hanover Area2408x — 14
WP: Mary Kate Penczkowski 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 10 K; LP: Megan Bresnahan 4 IP, 13 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
2B — Emily Rinehimer (H), Brittany McNair (H), Haylee Bobos (H), Toni Elick (H).
Top Hitters — WS, Kelsey Atkinson 1-3, Mackenzie Gagliardi 1-3; HAN, Rinehimer 3-4, B.McNair 3-3, Bobos 2-3, Elick 2-3.
Blue Ridge 10, MMI Prep 0
Blue Ridge eliminated MMI Prep from the District 2 Class A quarterfinals in five innings. Kristine Carson kept the Preppers to two hits and no runs.
Both Prepper hits came from triples by Kirsten Young and Desiree Dinko.
MMI Prep00000 — 0
Blue Ridge4150x — 10
WP: Kristine Carson 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; LP: Kayla Karchner 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Kristen Purcell 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
2B — Taylor Hall (BR). 3B: Kirsten Young (MMI), Desiree Dinko (MMI), Decker (BR), Hall (BR), Cassidy Walters (BR). HR: Rupakus (BR).
Top Hitters — MMI, Young 1-2; ;Dinko 1-1. BR, Melody Carpenter 3-3 run, RBI; Hall 2-3 3 runs, 2 RBI; Walters 2-3 run, RBI.