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K. Swanek pitches for Holy Redeemer. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 5/14/2013
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
K. Swanek pitches for Holy Redeemer. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 5/14/2013
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KINGSTON — The victory wasn’t as crisp as the previous 10, but it served its purpose.
Holy Redeemer is the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 softball champion.
Despite some uncharacteristic fielding mistakes and an offense that went quiet after three innings, the Royals defeated Northwest 8-5 Tuesday to lock up the title.
Redeemer (11-0) will finish its regular season today at MMI Prep. Regardless of that outcome, the Royals will be the top seed in next week’s District 2 Class 2A tournament as they will have the best winning percentage among 16 2A teams. That means home games throughout and a title game, if they get that far, in the Wilkes-Barre area.
“It’s always good to be home and have a home-field advantage,” Redeemer coach Mark Senchak said.
The Royals defeated Northwest 13-0 back on April 24. Tuesday’s game looked like it would play out similarly as the Royals took a 7-0 lead after three inOVERSET FOLLOWS:nings. Alexis Shemanski had a two-run double and Kaitlyn Kaluzny had an RBI single in the first for a 3-0 lead. Shemanski added an RBI double and Julie Kosik had an RBI single as part of a four-run third.
Things changed abruptly in the fifth. Redeemer pitcher Kaya Swanek, who pitched a four-inning perfect game her last time to the circle, was cruising at that point. But a couple errors and an infield single by Jaden Perrillo allowed Northwest to move within 7-3.
Even after Redeemer’s Chelsea Skrepenak swatted her WVC-leading eighth homer in the sixth, Northwest (8-4) didn’t fold. The Rangers came back with two runs in the seventh, one on a throwing error and another on an RBI single by Olivia McCorkel. Swanek, though, got a popout with runners on first and second to end the game.
“I had a gut feeling today we were going to face some adversity,” Senchak said. “We did and we responded like I felt we would respond to it.”
The late-inning offensive surge, along with the pitching of first-time starter Molly Hasay, left Northwest coach Karen May pleased. The Rangers will also be in the D2-2A playoffs and will land somewhere in the top-eight seeds, giving them a home game in the first round.
“I’m feeling better after today,” May said. “We were in a slump. Hanover handed us a big loss (Monday). It was very disappointing. We had a lot of errors. This team needed a game like today. I think it was a tone setter going into districts and I have a real good feeling that I didn’t have before today.”
Northwest AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
Emily Buerger cf 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jaden Perrillo ss 3 1 1 1 0 0 0
Liz Gurzynski pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maggie Murphy 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
Olivia McCorkel c 4 0 1 1 0 0 0
Sara Gleco 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
Hailey Chapin lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kate Agnello rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kristen Bomboy dp 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
Molly Hasay p 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tori Reinhart pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sue Mendegro 2b 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 29 5 5 2 0 0 0
Redeemer AB R H BI 2B 3B HR
Chelsea Skrepenak c 4 2 2 1 0 0 1
Jen Ringsdorf rf 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sydney Kotch ss 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Alexis Shemanski 3b 3 2 3 3 3 0 0
Kaya Swanek p 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kaitlyn Kaluzny 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Kasey Miller 1b 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Biz Eaton cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Julie Kosik lf 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 29 8 8 7 3 0 1
Northwest 000 030 2 — 5
Holy Redeemer 304 001 x — 8
Northwest IP H R ER BB SO
Hasay (L, 0-1) 6 7 8 5 2 0
Redeemer IP H R ER BB SO
Swanek (W, 8-0) 7 5 5 0 3 3
Lake-Lehman 5, Tunkhannock 4 (10 in.)
Vickey Cadwalader hit an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the 10th, completing Lake-Lehman’s three-run rally as the Black Knights posted their first victory of the season.
After Tunkhannock (9-5) scored twice in the top of the 10th, Lehman (1-13) started the bottom of the frame with Sara Schuler on second per the international tiebreaker rule. She scored when Korri Wandel led off with a triple. Brit Meeker followed with a single, scoring Wandel to tie the score 4-4. Cadwalader then hit the walk-off double.
Jess Brennan and Ryleigh Fitch each had a triple for Tunkhannock.
Tunkhannock 000 200 000 2 — 4
Lake-Lehman 000 011 000 3 — 5
WP — Jordan Hodle (1-11) 10 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. LP — Erin Smith (5-3) 9.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.
2B —Vickey Cadwalader (LL) 2. 3B — Jess Brennan (T), Ryleigh Fitch (T), Korri Wandel (LL).
Top hitters — TUN, Brennan 2-4. LL, Sara Schuler 2-5; Cadwalader 2-5, 2 RBI.

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