H.S. Softball: Dallas shuts down Crestwood bats

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Samantha Kern stands on second base smiling after she drove in three runs in the fifth inning Tuesday against Crestwood. Fred Adams | for Times Leader Samantha Kern stands on second base smiling after she drove in three runs in the fifth inning Tuesday against Crestwood. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Dallas shortstop Christina Schappert tags out Crestwood’s Brooke Aton trying to steal second base in the sixth inning Tuesday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader Dallas shortstop Christina Schappert tags out Crestwood’s Brooke Aton trying to steal second base in the sixth inning Tuesday. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Dallas starting pitcher Sydney Hornlein threw a complete-game one-hitter against Crestwood on Tuesday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader Dallas starting pitcher Sydney Hornlein threw a complete-game one-hitter against Crestwood on Tuesday. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Crestwood’s Cameron O’Neill slides into second base as Dallas second baseman Lily Lombardo of Dallas waits for the ball Tuesday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader Crestwood’s Cameron O’Neill slides into second base as Dallas second baseman Lily Lombardo of Dallas waits for the ball Tuesday. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Dallas’ Lily Lombardo slides into third ahead of the throw to Crestwood third baseman Madyson Sobolewski in the fourth inning Tuesday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader Dallas’ Lily Lombardo slides into third ahead of the throw to Crestwood third baseman Madyson Sobolewski in the fourth inning Tuesday. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader

DALLAS TWP. — Every game counts now towards the District 2 softball playoffs.

Some games a little more than others. Like on Tuesday, when Dallas played Crestwood with both teams at the fringe of the D2-4A playoff field.

Dallas took the upper hand as the Mountaineers used the one-hit pitching of Sydney Hornlein and a four-RBI performance from Samantha Kern to defeat Crestwood 7-0 in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional game.

Dallas improved to 3-2 in Division 2 and 3-5 overall with the victory played in a light but steady rain and temperatures in the mid-50s. Crestwood fell to 2-3 in Division 1 and 2-6 overall.

Dallas entered the game eighth in the D2-4A standings. Crestwood was ninth. Only the top eight teams are locked into districts. Other teams can qualify with a winning record, but based on recent history it’s unlikely the field expands beyond eight teams.

Hornlein and Crestwood starter Jalyn Cook were in a pitchers’ duel through three innings before Dallas broke through with two runs in the fourth.

Kern led off the fourth with a double to right and scored on a bunt single by Hornlein after Hornlein got caught in a rundown between first and second bases. Lilly Lombardo followed with a single and scored on a double by Kaci Hockenberry into the left-center gap.

Dallas had just one hit — a single to center by Lombardo in the second — though the first three innings.

“We started swinging at strikes early on, the first strikes,” Dallas coach Joyce Tinner said. “We actually did better and hit the ball. Sometimes we think we’re umpires up there, but sometimes you have to swing at the first strike and be aggressive in the batter’s box.”

The aggression carried over to the fifth, where Dallas built its lead to 6-0. Christina Schappert was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Gianna Spaciano and Mia Dixon followed with bunt singles and Kern cleared the bases with a double to left. Kern later scored on an error.

The 6-0 advantage was more than enough the way Hornlein was pitching. She retired the first nine batters she faced before hitting Haley Naperkowski with a pitch to start the fourth. Brooke Aton led off the sixth with a single to left for the Comets’ only hit.

“She throws a nice ball,” Tinner said. “She had a lot movement today, which is good, and a lot of spin. So that kept them off track. It’s a shame we had to give up the one hit, but she did really well.”

Lake-Lehman 11, Meyers 5

The Black Knights took control with a six-run fifth inning to defeat visiting Meyers.

Savannah Purdy knocked in three runs and Corinna Scoblick and Emily Smith had two RBI each for Lehman (3-3 Div. 3, 4-6). Krista Scoblick pitched a complete game.

Emma Barker tripled in three runs for Meyers (1-5 Div. 3, 1-6) in the sixth inning. Ashley Bruno and Alexis Semanek had two hits each.

Tunkhannock 7, Wyoming Area 6

Tunkhannock rallied from a 6-2 deficit to defeat Wyoming Area and remain atop Division 2.

Hailey Farr was 3-for-4 with a triple, double and four RBI for Tunkhannock (4-1 Div. 2, 5-4). Makayla Quick added two RBI. Kendra Schultz struck out 15.

Nicole Silinskie knocked with three runs and doubled for Wyoming Area (2-3 Div. 2, 4-5). Kari Melberger had two RBI and Bri Pizzano had a double and single.

GAR 15, MMI Prep 0 (3 inn.)

Chloe Sromovski threw a no-hitter and GAR scored 12 times in the third inning to end the game by the 15-run rule.

Sromovski and Erin Leonard led GAR (1-4 Div. 3, 4-5) with three RBI each. MMI fell to 1-3 in Division 3 and 3-3 overall.

Berwick 7, Nanticoke Area 4

Berwick rallied with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to keep Nanticoke Area winless.

Katie Starr was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to lead Berwick (3-2 Div. 2, 4-2). Kelsey Caladie doubled and had an RBI. Rachael Shaftoe had a single and two RBI.

Allison Keener homered and Jen Kurkowski had two hits for Nanticoke Area (0-5 Div. 2, 0-10).

Hazleton Area 9, Wyoming Valley West 0

The Cougars jumped on Wyoming Valley West early, scoring two runs in the first inning.

Julia Mrochko and Julia Mooney each drove in two runs and scored once for the Cougars (4-0 Div. 1, 8-0). Mrochko finished the game 2-for-5 with a triple. Mooney finished 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.

Julia Franks went 1-for-2 with a double to lead the Spartans (2-3 Div. 1, 3-3).

Pittston Area 19, Coughlin 1 (5 inn.)

Tori Para held the Coughlin lineup to one run on one hit through five innings for Pittston Area (4-0 Div. 1, 8-0).

Bailey Loyack went 3-for-4 with a home run to lead the Pittston Area offense. Lexi Felinski also went 3-for-4 with two triples and four RBI. Alex McHugh added a home run for the Patriots.

Stacy Balent went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI for Coughlin (0-5 Div. 1, 1-8).

Dallas 7, Crestwood 0

Crestwood`AB`R`H`BI

Naperkowski ss`2`0`0`0

O’Neill c`3`0`0`0

Cook p`1`0`0`0

Kalinowski p`1`0`0`0

Truszkowski 1b`3`0`0`0

M.Sobolewski 3b`3`0`0`0

Waite lf`3`0`0`0

Leroy cf`2`0`0`0

B.Sobolewski rf`2`0`0`0

Aton 2b`2`0`1`0

Totals`22`0`1`0

Dallas`AB`R`H`BI

Schappert ss`3`2`0`0

Spaciano 3b`2`1`1`0

Dixon cf`4`1`1`0

Kern lf`4`2`2`4

S.Hornlein p`4`0`1`0

Lombardo p`3`1`2`0

Hockenberry c`2`0`1`1

Kocher rf`2`0`0`0

L.Hornlein 1b`3`0`0`0

Totals`27`7`8`5

Crestwood`000`000`0 — 0

Dallas`000`241`x — 7

2B: Kern 2, Hockenberry.

Crestwood`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Cook (L)`4.0`8`6`4`1`1

Kalinowski`2.0`0`1`0`2`1

Dallas`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

S.Hornlein (W)`7.0`1`0`0`1`6

Lake-Lehman 11, Meyers 5

Meyers`100`004`0 — 5

Lake-Lehman`000`362`x — 11

Top Hitters: MEY, Ashley Bruno 2-4, RBI, run; Lael Walker 2B; Alexis Semanek 2-4; Emma Barker 1-1, 3B, 3 RBI, run. LL, Krista Scoblick 2-4, run; Corinna Scoblick 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Hailey Evans 1-2, RBI, 2 runs; Emily Smith 1-2, 2 RBI, run; Savannah Purdy 2-3, 3 RBI; Jess Spencer 1-2 2 runs.

Pitching: MEY, Abbi Sattof (L) 6 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO; LL, K.Scoblick (W) 7 IP, 8 H, 5 Rm 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO.

Tunkhannock 7, Wyoming Area 6

Wyoming Area`004`200`0 — 6

Tunkhannock`110`023`x — 7

Top Hitters: WA, Bri Pizzano 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Kari Melberger 1-4, 2 RBI, run; Nicole Silinskie 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Stephanie Nowak 1-2, 2 runs. TUN, Faith Jones 1-3, 2 runs; Kendra Schultz 2-4, 2B, RBI, run; Jena Simmons 1-2, 2 runs; Hailey Farr 3-4, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, run; Makayla Quick 1-3, 2 RBI.

Pitching: WA, Jess Skladzien (L) 6 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 8 BB, 3 SO. TUN, K.Schultz (W) 7 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 15 SO.

GAR 15, MMI Prep 0 (3 inn.)

MMI Prep` ` `000 — 0

GAR` ` `30(12) — 15

Top Hitters: GAR, Oliva Prato 1-3, 2B, 2 runs; Erin Leonard 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Chloe Sromovski 3-3, 3B, 3 RBI, 3 runs; Skylar Elmy 3 runs; Espinal 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Sabrina Nunez 1-3, 2 RBI; Kelis Quiller 2-2, RBI, 2 runs.

Pitching: MMI, Alexis Dalessandro (L) 3 IP, 11 H, 15 R, 11 ER, 6 BB, 0 SO; GAR, Sromovski 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

Berwick 7, Nanticoke Area 4

Nanticoke Area`001`110`1 — 4

Berwick`001`100`5 — 7

Top Hitters: BER, Peyton Lipsey 1-4, run; Katie Starr 2-4, HR, 3 RBI; Emma Stoker 1-3; Kelsey Caladie 2-3, 2B, RBI; Rachael Shaftoe 1-2, 2 RBI, NAN, Jen Kurkowski 2-4; Allison Kemmer 1-3, HR; Jenna Baron 1-3; Liz Redenski 1-3, 2B; Olivia Nice 1-3, run.

Pitching: WP, Emily Novicki. LP, Brinley Sobeck.

Hazleton Area 9, Wyoming Valley West 0

Hazleton Area`210`330`0 — 9

Wyo. Val. West`000`000`0 — 0

Hitting — HA, Julia Mrochko 2-5, 3B, 1 run, 2 RBI; Julia Mooney 1-3, 3B, 1 run, 2 RBI. WVW, Julia Franks 1-2, 1 2B.

Pitching — HA, Caitlyn Katchur 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. WVW, Sara Hoskins 7 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.

Pittston 19, Coughlin 1 (5 inn.)

Pittston Area` `227`35 — 19

Coughlin` `010`00 — 1

Hitting — PA, Alexa McHugh 1-4, HR; Bailey Loyak 3-4, HR, 2B; Lexi Felinski 3-4, 4 RBI, (2) 3B. COU Stacy Ealent 1-2 2B, 1 RBI.

Pitching — PA, Tori Para 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. COU, Jordan Pugh 5 IP, 15 H, 19 R, 17 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO.

Samantha Kern stands on second base smiling after she drove in three runs in the fifth inning Tuesday against Crestwood.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_dal_crest2_faa.jpgSamantha Kern stands on second base smiling after she drove in three runs in the fifth inning Tuesday against Crestwood. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Dallas shortstop Christina Schappert tags out Crestwood’s Brooke Aton trying to steal second base in the sixth inning Tuesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_dal_crest3_faa.jpgDallas shortstop Christina Schappert tags out Crestwood’s Brooke Aton trying to steal second base in the sixth inning Tuesday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Dallas starting pitcher Sydney Hornlein threw a complete-game one-hitter against Crestwood on Tuesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_dalCrest5_faa.jpgDallas starting pitcher Sydney Hornlein threw a complete-game one-hitter against Crestwood on Tuesday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Crestwood’s Cameron O’Neill slides into second base as Dallas second baseman Lily Lombardo of Dallas waits for the ball Tuesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_dal_crest4_faa.jpgCrestwood’s Cameron O’Neill slides into second base as Dallas second baseman Lily Lombardo of Dallas waits for the ball Tuesday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Dallas’ Lily Lombardo slides into third ahead of the throw to Crestwood third baseman Madyson Sobolewski in the fourth inning Tuesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/web1_dal_crest1_faa.jpgDallas’ Lily Lombardo slides into third ahead of the throw to Crestwood third baseman Madyson Sobolewski in the fourth inning Tuesday. 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