Position: Pitcher, Third Base
All in the Family: Moriah is the daughter of Doug and Brenda Lynn of Briar Creek. Her older brother Kolton Lynn was a captain of Berwick’s football team during the final season of former head coach Gary Campbell.
Statistically Speaking: Lynn started her week by going 3-for-5 with a double, four RBI and three runs scored during Berwick’s wild 18-12 victory over Mifflinburg in a PIAA softball playoff opener. She finished it by holding Lansdale Catholic to two runs over six innings in the circle while absorbing a tough 2-1 loss in the state quarterfinals.
Attitude Adjustment: After getting roughed up as a pitcher in a game against Mifflinburg, Lynn didn’t let her troubles in the circle affect her swings at the plate. Which wasn’t easy considering Lynn was coming off a complete-game shutout in the District 2 Class 3A championship game and had been practically untouchable as a pitcher in the postseason. She certainly didn’t expect to surrender 10 runs in less than two innings against Mifflinburg, but when that happened, Lynn did her best to make up for it. She switched over to play third base and collected three hits at the plate, including a two-run double that capped a seven-run rally in the third inning for Berwick. Lynn finished that game with four RBI and scored three runs, meaning she was responsible for seven of the 18 runs the Bulldogs scored in their state playoff-opening victory. And in the state quarterfinals, her pitching form returned, as she allowed just two runs to hard-hitting Lansdale Catholic in a 2-1 Berwick loss.
Coach’s Corner: “She’s all about softball,” Berwick coach Brian Bridge said. “She plays all the time. She’s capable of playing any position on the field - she’s played all nine positions for our team at one time or another. Our first two, three games (this year), she was not the starting pitcher. (But) Moriah worked hard over the summer to make sure she was ready if needed to come in in relief. And she developed a lot of pitches. To her credit, she’s all about the team. She’ll do whatever it takes to make sure the team comes out on top, whether it’s running, hitting, pitching. A win to her is more important than any stat.”
Did you know? The softball field isn’t the only place where Lynn provides special deliveries. She’s worked at Scicchitano’s Pizza in the past, and after taking time off for the softball season, people in Berwick just may find Lynn working there again as a waitress and cashier. “It was a really good atmosphere working there, it was very friendly,” Lynn said. “I might go back. I’m really good friends with the owner, he’s a family friend. He’s been a really good fan of the Berwick softball program. I really enjoyed working there.”
From her angle: “That game was really bizarre,” Lynn said of the 18-12 slugfest Berwick pulled out against Mifflinburg after she was tagged for 10 runs. “Honestly, I didn’t let it bother me. And (reliever) Ashton (Mensinger) did well holding them down. I thought if I could be headstrong and come through with the bat, we could do well. I knew if she was going to be good in the circle, I had to be good in the box. I knew I couldn’t just lay down and die. It’s just tremendous, how far we went this year. I wish we could have gone farther. (But) I don’t think there’s anything else I could have done. I’m still astonished at how far we went. Yet, it was heartbreaking. I’m OK with that, holding them (Lansdale Catholic) to two runs through six innings. I wish I would have held them for the last one (inning), but things happen. I’m proud of how far we went.”
Week in Review: The Hazleton Area baseball team went where it’s never gone before, all the way to the PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal round. And before he heads off to play baseball for Penn State, Sal Biasi left one final mark. Biasi, probably the school’s most talented baseball/basketball star since current RailRiders slugger Russ Canzler played for the school, struck out two batters while pitching a hitless seventh inning and earning the save in a state-opening 4-3 victory over Hempfield. Fittingly, Biasi recorded the final out of Hazleton Area’s season, and his career, when he set down the only batter he faced during a 4-3 loss to La Salle High School in the state quarterfinals. His brother Dante Biasi is going to be someone to watch. The sophomore Biasi delivered a two-run double, then scored the tying run in the sixth inning against Hempfield. He also limited La Salle to three runs while striking out five in 4 2/3 innings during his start against La Salle. Their teammate Joe Baran had two hits and the lone RBI in that state quartefinal defeat. Matt DeMarco of Meyers made sure the Wyoming Valley Conference wasn’t going to suffer defeat at the hands of the Lacakwanna League. DeMarco ripped a two-run triple that put the WVC ahead to stay in the Field of Dreams Game between the two leagues, played by the senior all-stars from both conferences at PNC Field. Pittston Area’s Michael Schwab had a two-run single in that game, and polished off the WVC’s victory by pitching a scoreless inning. …
Lynn certainly wasn’t the only star in Berwick’s softball state run. Kylene Welsh had three hits, scored two runs and drove home another against Mifflinburg, then doubled and scored the team’s lone run in a 3-1 state quarterfinal loss. Ashton Mensinger brought some order to a wild 18-12 scoring affair by earning the pitching victory in relief by holding Mifflinburg scoreless over the final four innings and she also had three hits, scored two runs and drove home two more in that game. Abbey Remley accounted for five runs against Mifflinburg with three RBI and two runs scored - one after she tripled. And Hazleton Area’s Celine Podlesney pitched four shutout innings before she departed the team’s tough 2-0 PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal loss to Lower Dauphin. …
Mike Conlan set up 16 assists - no easy task against the hard-hitting and skilled blocking team he was facing - during Holy Redeemer’s 3-0 loss to defending state champion Northeastern in the PIAA Class 2A volleyball semifinals. Redeemer’s senior middle hitter Mike Prociak finished his career with nine kills and three blocks in that match, while Royals junor John Carr gave Northeastern problems with seven kills of his own.