WVC softball: Nanticoke edges Wyoming Area in nine innings

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Nanticoke Area right fielder Jen Kurkowski grabs a foul ball hit by Wyoming Area’s Bri Pizzano in the third inning Monday. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Wyoming Area third baseman Kristi Skok gets under flyball hit by Nanticoke Area’s Brinley Sobeck in the first inning Monday. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Wyoming Area’s Gwen Glatz is tagged out by Nanticoke Area third baseball Megan Murphy after oversliding third base on a triple in the sixth inning Monday. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Nanticokes second baseman Brinley Sobeck catches a pop hit by Wyoming Area’s Kari Melberger to end the game in the ninth inning Monday. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Holy Redeemer senior pitcher Morgan Bienkowski recorded her 500th career strikeout Monday in a 9-0 win over Meyers. Pictured with Bienkowski are her mother, Nikki Bienkowski, and her father, Ed Bienkowski. - - Submitted photo
Nanticoke Area’s Megan Murphy reacts to crossing home plate with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning against Wyoming Area on Monday. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader

WEST PITTSTON — After being lifted for a pinch runner a second time, Nanticoke Area junior Jilann Baron hit the bench for good Monday.

Her replacement earned some bragging rights within the family.

Jenna Baron, who subbed for her older sister, knocked in the game-winning run with a ground-ball single up the middle as the Trojanettes edged Wyoming Area 2-1 in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball.

Wyoming Area (7-5) entered the game second in the WVC Division 2 and District 2 Class 4A standings. Any chance of a divisional title was dashed with the loss, which gave Tunkhannock the championship. The second spot in the D2-4A standings also took a hit as the Warriors were just two games ahead of eighth-place Dallas and are now tied with Nanticoke Area (7-5).

“It’s a logjam,” Wyoming Area coach John McNeil said.

A logjam that probably won’t be solved until the D2-4A teams wrap up their regular seasons on Wednesday, weather permitting.

Nanticoke Area led 1-0 in the second after Megan Murphy led off with a double and scored on Liz Redenski’s double an out later. Wyoming Area tied it in the third, using singles by Kari Melberger and Annie Karcutskie to put runners on the corners. Melberger scored on a sac fly by Bri Pizzano.

Both teams had scoring chances after that before Nanticoke Area finally pushed across a run in the ninth.

Murphy led off with a single, stole second on a strikeout for the second out and then scored when Jenna Baron bounced a single up the middle.

“It’s all credit to Jenna,” Nanticoke Area coach Ryan Stetz said. “We’re all so proud of her. … And grateful, very grateful.”

Wyoming Area managed to get runners on first and second in the bottom of the inning with one out as Kristi Skok was hit with a pitch and Jess Parente singled. Nanticoke Area pitcher Miranda Bohn got the final two outs to end the game.

Bohn allowed six hits, but only three after the third inning. She fanned five.

“Every game I’m working as hard as I could,” Bohn said, “but I have a lot of trust in my defense. And I know on offense we’ll come around and score the runs we need to win the game.”

Hanover Area 6, Northwest 5

Alessia Mangan hit a grand slam in the second inning and Hanover Area broke a tie in the sixth to prevail.

Kasidy Slusser added a homer for the Hawkeyes.

Brooke Harvey was 4-for-4 with a triple and RBI for Northwest. Trista Babcock had two hits and two RBI.

Tunkhannock 5, Dallas 0

Hope Jones threw a three-hitter to help the Tigers clinch the Division 2 title and the No. 1 overall seed in next week’s District 2 Class 4A tournament. Hailey Farr (double) and Kendra Schultz drove in two runs apiece.

Gianna Spaciano led the Mountaineers with two hits.

Holy Redeemer 9, Meyers 0

Royals ace Morgan Bienkowski struck out 13 to top 500 for her career in a two-hit shutout. She and Sam Rajza both had three hits apiece at the plate while Tiana Wren drove in three runs.

Erin Morris and Alexis Semanek both doubled for the Mohawks.

Pittston Area 1, Wyoming Valley West 0

Alexa McHugh turned in a gem, throwing a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk for the Patriots. Madisyn Antal drove in the game’s only run in the top of the fifth.

For the Spartans, Makayla Kobusky held Pittston Area to one run on six hits.

Crestwood 12, Coughlin 2

Cameron O’Neill finished 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI in the Comets’ six-inning win. Abby Waite went the distance and struck out six.

Amanda Smith and Montana Raggi doubled for the Crusaders.

Lake-Lehman 10, MMI 0

Lake-Lehman 11, MMI 1

Abbey Hogan struck out 23 over two games as Lake-Lehman swept MMI Prep in a doubleheader.

Chloe VanGorder paced Lehman in the opening, going 4-for-4 with a homer and double. Hogan added three RBI.

Hogan drove in two runs in the nightcap. Hayley Evans was 2-for-3 with a triple and double.

Hazleton Area 12, Berwick 2 (6 inn.)

The Cougars scored seven times in the first inning to finish the regular season 12-1 and as the Division 1 champions. They will be the top seed in the District 2/4 Class 6A playoffs.

Berwick finished the regular season at 7-6 and will be in the D2-4A playoffs next week.

Nanticoke Area 2, Wyoming Area 1 (9 inn.)

Nanticoke Area`010`000`001 — 2

Wyoming Area`001`000`000 — 1

Pitching — NA, Miranda Bohn W (9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO); WA, Gwen Glatz L (9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO).

Top Hitters — NA, Gabby Rakowski 2B; Megan Murphy 2-4, 2 runs, 2B; Liz Redenski 2B; Jilann Baron 2-3; Jenna Baron 1-1, RBI; WA, Glatz 3B; Kristi Skok 1-3, Kari Melberger 1-3, run; Bri Pizzano RBI.

Hanover Area 6, Northwest 5

Northwest`200`021`0 — 5

Hanover Area`140`001`x — 6

Pitching NWT, Nicole Cragle (2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO), Brooke Harvey L (4 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO); HA, Sarah Tuzinski W (2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO); Kasidy Slusser (4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 12 SO).

Top Hitters NWT, Harvey 4-4, 3B, RBI; Trista Babcock 2-4, 2 RBI; HA, Alessia Mangan 2-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB; Lindsey Mendygral 1-3; Slusser 2-3, HR, RBI.

Tunkhannock 5, Dallas 0

Dallas`000`000`0 — 0

Tunkhannock`101`030`x — 5

Pitching — DAL, Abby Jayne L (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K); Sydney Hornlein (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K). TUN, Hope Jones W (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K).

Top Hitters — DAL, Gianna Spaciano 2-3. TUN, Faith Jones 2B, RBI; Hailey Farr 2B, 2 RBI; Kendra Schultz 2 RBI; Gina Walsh 2-3, 2B.

Holy Redeemer 9, Meyers 0

Redeemer`201`020`4 — 9

Meyers`000`000`0 — 0

Pitching — HR, Morgan Bienkowski W (7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K). MEY, Abbi Sattof L (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 3 K); Lexi Bruno (2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K).

Top Hitters — HR, Bienkowski 3-5, 2B, 2 runs; Sam Rajza 3-4, 2B, run, 2 RBI; Tiana Wren 2B, 3 RBI, 3 runs. MEY, Erin Morris 2B; Alexis Semanek 2B.

Pittston Area 1, Wyo. Valley West 0

Pittston Area`000`010`0 — 1

Valley West`000`000`0 — 0

Pitching — PA, Alexa McHugh W (7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K). WVW, Makayla Kobusky L (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K).

Top Hitters — PA, Gabby Para H; Lexi Felinski H; McHugh H; Nina Cencetti H; Madisyn Antal RBI; Morgan Mesaris H; Bailey Loyack H. WVW, Mandi Zawadzki H; Andi Blaski H.

Crestwood 12, Coughlin 2, 6 inn.

Coughlin` `000`200 — 2

Crestwood` `011`442 — 12

Pitching — COU, Amanda Smith L (5.0 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 4 BB, 2 K); Montana Raggi (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER 2 BB, 0 K). CRE, Abby Waite W (6.o IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).

Top Hitters — COU, Raggi 2B; Smith 2B. CRE, Morghan Murphy 2 H, 2 RBI; Katie Thomas 2 RBI; Cameron O’Neill 3-3, 3B, 2 RBI

Lake-Lehman 10, MMI Prep (6 inn.)

First Game

Pitching — LL, Abby Hogan W (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 SO); MMI, Gabby Kupsho L (6 IP, 17 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO).

Top Hitters — LL, Chloe VanGorder 4-4, 4 RBI, 2B, HR; Annika Meeker 2-2, 2 runs; Abbey Hogan 3-4, 3 RBI; Jess Spencer 2-4. MMI, M.Gallagher 2B.

Lake-Lehman 11, MMI Prep 1 (5 inn).

Second Game

Pitching — LL, Abbey Hogan (5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO); MMI, Alexis Dalessandro L (4.1 IP, 7 H, 11 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO).

Top Hitters — LL, Hogan 1-3, 2 RBI, 2B; Hayley Evans 2-3, 2 runs, 2B, 3B; MMI, Maddie Perchal 2-3, 2B; Caelyn McGran 1-3, RBI.

Nanticoke Area right fielder Jen Kurkowski grabs a foul ball hit by Wyoming Area’s Bri Pizzano in the third inning Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_wa_na2_faa-1.jpgNanticoke Area right fielder Jen Kurkowski grabs a foul ball hit by Wyoming Area’s Bri Pizzano in the third inning Monday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Wyoming Area third baseman Kristi Skok gets under flyball hit by Nanticoke Area’s Brinley Sobeck in the first inning Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_wa_na3_faa-1.jpgWyoming Area third baseman Kristi Skok gets under flyball hit by Nanticoke Area’s Brinley Sobeck in the first inning Monday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Wyoming Area’s Gwen Glatz is tagged out by Nanticoke Area third baseball Megan Murphy after oversliding third base on a triple in the sixth inning Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_wa_na4_faa-1.jpgWyoming Area’s Gwen Glatz is tagged out by Nanticoke Area third baseball Megan Murphy after oversliding third base on a triple in the sixth inning Monday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Nanticokes second baseman Brinley Sobeck catches a pop hit by Wyoming Area’s Kari Melberger to end the game in the ninth inning Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_wa_na5_faa-1.jpgNanticokes second baseman Brinley Sobeck catches a pop hit by Wyoming Area’s Kari Melberger to end the game in the ninth inning Monday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Holy Redeemer senior pitcher Morgan Bienkowski recorded her 500th career strikeout Monday in a 9-0 win over Meyers. Pictured with Bienkowski are her mother, Nikki Bienkowski, and her father, Ed Bienkowski.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Bienkowski_CMYK-1.jpgHoly Redeemer senior pitcher Morgan Bienkowski recorded her 500th career strikeout Monday in a 9-0 win over Meyers. Pictured with Bienkowski are her mother, Nikki Bienkowski, and her father, Ed Bienkowski. Submitted photo

Nanticoke Area’s Megan Murphy reacts to crossing home plate with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning against Wyoming Area on Monday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_wa_na1_faa-1.jpgNanticoke Area’s Megan Murphy reacts to crossing home plate with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning against Wyoming Area on Monday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

By John Erzar

[email protected]

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar