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KINGSTON — Bad breaks and bad luck couldn’t continue for both Wyoming Valley West and Lake-Lehman on Wednesday. After all, they had to play each other in a matchup of snake-bitten softball teams.

And good fortune finally shined on the Spartans.

Valley West jumped out quickly then supported freshman Chloe Ruckle’s pitching with flawless defense as the Spartans posted an 8-0 victory over Lehman in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional contest.

“Everybody did their job,” Valley West coach Desiree Hooper said. “We had an inspirational speaker yesterday in (former player and cancer survivor) Jess Ras and the girls really took it to heart. They wanted it as bad as anybody could want anything.”

Valley West (3-5 Div. 1) entered the game with three losses by one run and two more by two runs.

But the Spartans broke out of the gates quickly as singles by Sabrina Hamersley, Kelcie Senchak and Casey Dolan — along with two Lehman errors — meant a 3-0 lead after one inning. Danielle Grega and Senchak each tripled and scored in the third for a 5-0 lead.

Senchak’s triple was indicative of Lehman’s season as the ball skimmed off the top of the outfielder’s glove. The Black Knights (0-8 Div. 2) have had things go wrong too many times, leaving them one of two WVC teams without a victory.

Like Wednesday. Lehman hit plenty of balls hard, but right at Valley West fielders. Dolan, the Valley West shortstop, ended up with six assists on groundouts and three putouts on pop-ups. Earlier in the week, it was a 2-1 loss to Nanticoke.

“We’re hitting the ball hard, but we’re hitting it at them,” Lehman coach Wayne Oplinger said. “Every ball the other team hits falls in between us, goes an inch over our glove, goes an inch below our glove. Those are facts. How do we change that? I don’t know.”

Lehman had a couple scoring chances, the final with one out in the seventh when Vickey Cadwalader doubled. Ruckle, though, got the next two batters to post her second shutout in four games.


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