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AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADERHoly Redeemer players celebrate after answering a three-run first inning by Hanover Area with three runs of their own. The Royals scored 11 unanswered to advance to the district title game.
AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADERHoly Redeemer players celebrate after answering a three-run first inning by Hanover Area with three runs of their own. The Royals scored 11 unanswered to advance to the district title game.
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KINGSTON — First came a triple. Then an RBI single. Then a two-run homer.


Then a proclamation.


“We’re going to win this,” Holy Redeemer pitcher Kaya Swanek said to no teammate in particular as she exited the field after an uncharacteristically horrendous first inning.


She was right.


Redeemer bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the first and kept scoring to defeat Hanover Area 11-3 in a District 2 Class 2A softball semifinal game Friday at the Kingston Rec Center.


“I knew in my heart and I knew in that first inning after we came back,” said Swanek, a sophomore who ran her record to 11-0 in WVC and district play. “That comeback right there, this was our game.”


The top-seeded Royals (15-0) advanced to a district title game for the first time in their six-season history. They will play the winner of today’s game between third-seeded Holy Cross (11-4) and 10th-seeded Dunmore (9-5) on Tuesday. The likely site will be either King’s College or Wilkes University.


To get there, Redeemer had to overcome a rare first-inning deficit against fourth-seeded Hanover Area (12-3). Emily Rinehimer opened the game with a triple to the right-center gap. Michelle McNair followed with a bloop RBI single to the edge of the dirt just short of left field. An out later, Caitlyn Bogart crushed a pitch to left-center for a two-run homer.


Just like that, Swanek had surrendered three earned runs after allowing just five the entire WVC season.


“A couple times this year she was hit in the first inning and rebounded well afterward,” Redeemer coach Mark Senchak said. “Sometimes you come in and are a little hyped up and you overthrow a little bit. But once she gets settled down, she does a great job.”


After that, Swanek surrendered just three more hits, with two being infield singles. Hanover Area had just four baserunners after the first inning and only two moved as far as second base. Only two of the last 24 Hawkeye batter hit the ball out of the infield.


“The first inning started off well,” Hanover Area coach Tami Thomas said, “and then the bats just got flat.”


Meanwhile, the Redeemer hitters started off hot on the blustery 45-degree day and stayed that way.


Syndey Kotch hit a two-run triple in the first for Redeemer and then scored when the throw into the infield went awry, evening the score 3-3. The Royals picked up single runs in the second and third before scoring three more times in the fourth to take an 8-3 lead.


Alexis Shemanski had an RBI triple in the fourth, one of three three-baggers by the Royals. Swanek and Biz Eaton added RBI singles. Eaton later added a two-run single in the three-run sixth.


NOTE: Although District 2 has been starting most games at 4:30 p.m., the D2-2A championship game on Tuesday might be an earlier start. Redeemer has its baccalaureate mass at 7 p.m. that day.


District 2 Class 2A Semifinal


Hanover Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Emily Rinehimer 2b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Michelle McNair ss`3`1`3`1`0`0`0


Brittany McNair 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Caitlyn Bogart cf`3`1`1`2`0`0`1


Haylee Bobos c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kim Pericci lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Michaela Halesey 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Toni Elick rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Morgan Konek dp`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Mary Kate Penczkowski p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`26`3`6`3`0`0`1


Holy Redeemer`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Chelsea Skrepenak c`4`2`1`0`0`1`0


Jen Ringsdorf rf`2`1`0`0`0`0`0


Sydney Kotch ss`4`2`2`2`0`1`0


Alexis Shemanski 3b`4`2`3`1`0`1`0


Kaya Swanek p`3`1`1`1`0`0`0


Kaitlyn Kaulzny 2b`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Kasey Miller 1b`3`2`1`0`0`0`0


Biz Eaton cf`4`0`3`3`0`0`0


Julie Kosik lf`4`0`1`1`0`0`0


Totals 32`11`13`8`0`3`0


Hanover Area`300`000`0` — 3


Holy Reedeemer`311`303`x — 11


E — Hanover Area 3, Redeemer 1. DP — Hanover Area 1. LOB — Hanover Area 3, Redeemer 8. SAC — Halesey, Miller.


Hanover Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Penczkowski (L, 12-3)`6`13`11`9`4`3


Redeemer`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Swanek (W, 11-0)`7`6`3`3`0`5


HBP — Skrepenak (by Penczkowski)


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