H.S. Softball: Redeemer delivers the key hits in win

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Hanover Area’s Mollie Corbett hits a single off of Holy Redeemer pitcher Morgan Bienkowski in the fourth inning Friday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Hanover Area starting pitcher Sarah Tuzinski and her teammates huddle with head coach Kathy Healey between innings during their softball game against Holy Redeemer Friday afternoon. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — When opportunities arise against Holy Redeemer softball, and there hasn’t been many over the years, an opponent needs to capitalize.

The result of not doing so usually looks like Friday’s outcome — Redeemer 5, Hanover Area 0.

The victory was Redeemer’s 75th in a row in Division 3 of the Wyoming Valley Conference. The Royals will try to complete their sixth consecutive WVC Division 3 unbeaten season Saturday — weather permitting.

And based on the forecast of a 100-percent chance of rain, weather could be a problem. Redeemer and Wyoming Seminary will attempt to complete their game suspended May 3 in the third inning with no score at 11 a.m. Saturday at Redeemer. If Redeemer’s field is unplayable, then the game will be moved to Seminary’s turf field at 3 p.m. if possible.

One way or another, the game needs to be finished to determine Redeemer’s seeding in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs and Seminary’s position in the D2-2A playoffs.

“It is what it is,” said Redeemer coach Jerry Paulukonis, whose team was tied with Montrose for the No. 1 seed entering Friday’s game. “You always want to have the top seed, but does it make a difference? I really don’t know.”

As for Friday’s game, the difference was hitting with two outs and runners on base. Hanover Area couldn’t push a run across in those situations, while Redeemer scored all five of its runs with two outs.

Hanover Area (9-5), which will play in the D2-3A playoffs, left Sarah Tuzinski stranded at third in the first inning after she singled and made it there on a error on the play. Then in the second, Kasidy Slusser walked and moved to third on Tiffany Eustice’s single to right. Again, nothing came of the threat.

“Definitely one little thing could have brought us up,” said Hanover Area coach Kathy Healey, whose team lost to Redeemer 2-1 on April 30. “It seemed like we couldn’t get over that hump to get us excited to be playing. It wasn’t our normal team today. I don’t know why.”

After that, the Hawkeyes had just one baserunner the rest of the game when Mollie Corbett singled with two outs in the fourth.

Redeemer pitcher Morgan Bienkowski finished with 10 strikeouts and knocked in the Royals’ first run in the second. Bailey McDermott walked with one out, was sacrificed to second and scored when Bienkowski’s single dropped in between three Hawkeyes in short left-center field.

Redeemer then opened up the game with four more runs in the fourth. Tiana Wren had a two-out RBI single, Taylor Josefowicz followed with a two-run triple to right and McKenna Dolan brought the final run across when her flyball was misplayed.

“That was fantastic,” Paulukonis said of Josefowicz’s three-bagger. “It was great to see her make some good contact with the ball and build up some confidence.”

Nanticoke Area 10, Wyo. Valley West 0 (5 inn.)

Katie King had three RBI and Brinley Sobeck knocked in two runs as Nanticoke Area secured the third seed in the upcoming D2-4A playoffs.

Miranda Bohn threw a two-hitter with six strikeouts.

Mandy Zawadzki doubled and Julia Franks singled for Valley West, which ended its WVC season at 2-12. The Spartans failed to qualify for the D2/11-5A playoffs.

Meyers 9, MMI Prep 2

Meyers secured the eighth seed in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs with a victory over MMI Prep.

Ashley Bruno was 3-for-4 with a homer for Meyers. Bailey Smallcomb and Emma Barker added two RBI each.

MMI finished its WVC season at 1-13 and missed the District 2/11-A playoffs. Gabby Kupsho had two RBI for the Preppers.

Tunkhannock 7, Towanda 2

Hailey Farr had three RBI and Jena Simmons added two more in the Tigers’ non-conference victory.

Hope Jones and Kendra Schultz limited Towanda to two hits while striking out 13.

Holy Redeemer 5, Hanover Area 0

Hanover`AB`R`H`BI

Whitesell cf`3`0`0`0

Mangan lf`3`0`0`0

Tuzinski p-ss`3`0`1`0

Bobos 3b`3`0`0`0

Mendygral 1b`3`0`0`0

Corbett 2b`3`0`1`0

Slusser ss-p`2`0`0`0

Eustice c`2`0`1`0

Tighe dp`2`0`0`0

Myers rf`0`0`0`0

Totals`24`0`3`0

Redeemer`AB`R`H`BI

Bienkowski`3`0`3`1

Rajza ss`4`1`0`0

Wren c`3`1`2`1

Josefowicz 1b`3`1`1`2

Dolan 2b`4`0`1`0

Laiuvara cf`4`0`0`0

Skoronski 3b`3`0`0`0

McDermott lf`1`2`1`0

Murray rf`2`0`0`0

Totals`27`5`8`4

Hanover Area`000`000`0 — 0

Holy Redeemer`010`400`x — 5

3B — Josefowicz.

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

Tuzinski L`2.0`2`1`1`2`3

Slusser`4.0`6`4`3`0`2

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

Bienkowski W`7.0`3`0`0`1`10

Nanticoke Area 10, Wyo. Valley West 0 (5 inn.)

Wyo. Val. West`000`00 — 0

Nanticoke`302`05 — 10

Pitching — WVW, Makayla Kobusky L (4.2 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO). NAN, Miranda Bohn W (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO).

Top Hitters — WVW, Mandi Zawadzki 2B; Julia Franks 1-2; NAN, Gabby Rakowski 2-4, RBI; Brinley Sobeck 2-4, 2 RBI 2 runs; Megan Murphy 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Katie King 1-3, 3 RBI; Olivia Nice 1-2, RBI, run.

Meyers 9, MMI Prep 2

Meyers`410`300`1 — 9

MMI`000`020`0 — 2

Pitching — MEY, Ashley Bruno W (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 8 SO); Emma Barker (3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO); MMI, Gabby Kupsho L (5 IP, 15 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO); Julia Snyder (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO); Abby Paul (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO).

Top Hitters — Bruno 3-5; Dakota Zyskowski 3-5; Bruno 3-4, 2 RBI; Bailey Smallcomb 2-4, 2 RBI; Alexis Semanek 2-3, RBI; MMI, Kupsho 1-2, 2 RBI.

Hanover Area’s Mollie Corbett hits a single off of Holy Redeemer pitcher Morgan Bienkowski in the fourth inning Friday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051918Redeemer-HanoverSB_4.jpgHanover Area’s Mollie Corbett hits a single off of Holy Redeemer pitcher Morgan Bienkowski in the fourth inning Friday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Hanover Area starting pitcher Sarah Tuzinski and her teammates huddle with head coach Kathy Healey between innings during their softball game against Holy Redeemer Friday afternoon.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051918Redeemer-HanoverSB_5.jpgHanover Area starting pitcher Sarah Tuzinski and her teammates huddle with head coach Kathy Healey between innings during their softball game against Holy Redeemer Friday afternoon. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Royals score all five runs with two outs in win

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