Hazleton Area softball wins with walk-off double

By John Erzar - [email protected] | June 8th, 2017 10:59 pm

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP. — As Hazleton Area freshman Marissa Trivelpiece launched a two-out fly to left in the bottom of the seventh Thursday night, she felt the inevitable was about to take place.

“I though, ‘Crap, she’s going to catch it,’” Trivelpiece said. “I didn’t want the season to end for the seniors.”

The season didn’t. Instead, Trivelpiece’s drive fell in for a two-run double as Hazleton Area defeated Council Rock North 6-5 in a PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal game at Parkland High School.

District 2 champion Hazleton Area (21-3) advanced to the state semifinals for a second consecutive year and for the fourth time in the program’s 25-year history. The Cougars were in the 4A semifinals last year and in 2005 when the PIAA had four classifications in softball. They made the 3A semifinals in 2000 when there were only three classes.

The next step — finally making it to a state championship game — comes Monday against District 1 third seed Spring-Ford, which defeated D11 champion Bethlehem Liberty, 9-2, in the second game of the tripleheader at Parkland. The game will be an early start since Hazleton Area has graduation Monday night.

Hazleton Area’s game was scheduled for 6 p.m., but the first game went 10 innings and the second game ran long. So the Cougars and D1 fifth seed Council Rock North didn’t take the field until 8:16.

It turned into a wild night.

Council Rock North took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh as the Indians rocked Hazleton Area starter Erika Book for two runs via two doubles and a triple.

Hazleton Area, though, started its rally as Becca Rossi opened the bottom of the seventh with a single and stole second. An out later, Tiana Treon was hit by a pitch. Hope Kinney grounded out for the second out, but advanced the runners into scoring position and Trivelpiece delivered.

It was the second consecutive inning the Cougars rallied from a deficit. They trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, but surprising pickoff attempt of Kyra Antolick at first when awry, allowing Anotlick and courtesy runner Aleah Kost to move into scoring position. Aleah Kost was running for Book, who had singled. Antolick had reached on a fielder’s choice.

Taylor Kost then lined a single to center, scoring two runs to give the Cougars a 4-3 lead.

Treon had an RBI single to center in the first inning for Hazleton Area’s first run. Trivelpiece bounced an RBI single to center in the fourth to cut Council Rock North’s lead to 3-2.

Hazleton Area starter Erika Book delivers a pitch against Council Rock North.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Haz-CouncilRockSB_1CMYK.jpgHazleton Area starter Erika Book delivers a pitch against Council Rock North. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Hazleton Area’s Tiana Treon hits an RBI single to right field off Council Rock North pitcher Jenna Khantzian.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Haz-CouncilRockSB_2CMYK.jpgHazleton Area’s Tiana Treon hits an RBI single to right field off Council Rock North pitcher Jenna Khantzian. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Hazleton Area second baseman Taylor Kaschak throws to first after fielding a Council Rock North ground ball.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Haz-CouncilRockSB_3CMYK.jpgHazleton Area second baseman Taylor Kaschak throws to first after fielding a Council Rock North ground ball. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Hazleton Area shortstop Marissa Trivelpiece, right, gets congratulated by second baseman Taylor Kaschak after making a play against Council Rock North in PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal action at Parkland High School in Allentown on Thursday.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Haz-CouncilRockSB_4CMYK.jpgHazleton Area shortstop Marissa Trivelpiece, right, gets congratulated by second baseman Taylor Kaschak after making a play against Council Rock North in PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal action at Parkland High School in Allentown on Thursday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Hazleton Area’s Rebecca Rossi lays down a bunt off Council Rock North pitcher Jenna Khantzian.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_Haz-CouncilRockSB_5CMYK.jpgHazleton Area’s Rebecca Rossi lays down a bunt off Council Rock North pitcher Jenna Khantzian. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By John Erzar

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