School: Holy Redeemer
All in the Family: Chelsea, 16, is the daughter of Matt Skrepenak of Dallas. Her dad, who she calls her role model, is the head baseball coach at Meyers High School and her uncle Greg was a starting NFL offensive lineman.
Stats: Skrepenak batted .667 in two games, drove home nine runs and scored four more from the leadoff position as the Royals remained unbeaten with victories over Hanover Area and Meyers. Her week included two triples, a double and her third homer in four games this season. For the year, Skrepenak is batting .714 with a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.857 slugging percentage.
Catch this: Skrepenak accomplished a sports rarity by hitting for the cycle - collecting a single, double, triple and homer in the same game - during her seven RBI-game in a five-inning victory Wednesday against Wyoming Seminary. Needing a home run to complete the feat, she first flew out in her fourth at-bat that day before blasting a round tripper in her final time at the plate. She also scored three times, accounting for 10 of Holy Redeemer’s 17 runs. That performance came a day after Skrepenak had two hits and drove home two runs in victory over Hanover Area, which she began by belting a triple and alertly continuing home when the relay throw was mishandled.
Coach’s corner: “What’s not to say? She’s a dynamic player,” gushed Holy Redeemer coach Mark Senchak. “I see her as a future leader of this team. She can change the momentum, the attitude, just the overall feeling of the game with something she says or pure hustle on the field. She started the Hanover game with a leadoff triple, the ball was thrown to third, the girl mishandled the ball and Chelsea just popped up and run home. Probably not a risk I would have taken that early, but she’s smart. She knows when she could make it. I’ve said this before, I’m glad she plays for me.”
Did you know? In her spare time, Skrepenak blows off some steam by writing poetry - “Words to myself, just about life,” she says - and sometimes re-reads those works to help motivate herself before games.
From her angle: “It’s definitely something you want to achieve in your career,” Skrepenak said about going for the cycle. “It was an unforgettable moment. My final at-bat, I knew I needed a home run. I tried not to swing out of my shoes. I’ve been training with my dad a lot, that’s who gave me the ability to succeed and achieve what I did. Every game, I focused and just did what I’ve learned from my dad.”
Week in review: Skrepenak isn’t the only girl bringing a hot bat to the softball field. For the second time on the young season, Northwest’s Olivia McCorkel unloaded two home runs in the same game durin ga victory over GAR. … Hanover Area’s Caitlyn Bogart beat Northwest, 3-2, with a two-run walk-off homer Friday. … And Morgan Malone’s two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning lifted Wyoming Seminary to a 4-3 victory over Meyers. … There was plenty of pitching going on, also, as Crestwood’s Alyssa Davies struck out 14 batters during a three-hit shutout of Pittston Area, MMI Prep’s Kristen Purcell struck out 10 against Meyers and Coughlin’s Julie Suchocki shut out Dallas, 1-0 on Friday. … Pitching was pretty good on the baseball field, also, where Coughlin’s Josh Featherman tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout at Wyoming Area on Sunday at PNC Field. … Earlier in the week, Berwick’s Alex Klinger pitched a six-inning one-hitter in his first career varsity start. … Wyoming Valley West is starting to come around, thanks to a big week from Jeremy Sabecky, who had four hits including a triple, four RBI and two runs scored in two Spartans victories. … Dan Sales made sure Coughlin picked up two victories on the boys volleyball court, where he put up a combined 54 assists and 38 service points in matches against Crestwood and Hazleton Area. … Crestwood’s Nick Bonos blasted 21 kills and 16 digs in defeat to Coughlin, then came up with 13 kills and 11 assists against Dallas.. … Nanticoke Area’s John Pietrzyk made 19 kills and 14 blocks while leading the Trojans past Hazleton Area. … The new leader in Coughlin’s pole vault record books is Kylee McGrane, who set a new standard by clearing nine feet agaisnt Dallas. … Madison Mimaugh broke Pittston Area’s 1600 meter run record with a winning time of 5:10, while teammate Catherine Lombardo buried the school’s old 800 meter run record by winning in 2:22. The Patriots 3200 relay team also set a school record in the victory. … Northwest girls Amanda Jimcosky and Hannah Retherford both won three individual events, and Holy Redeemer’s Fallyn Boich won all three of her throwing events. … Despite a Meyers loss, Raheem Twyman kept the boys meet against Holy Redeemer in suspense by winning the 110 and 300 hurdles, the long jump and running on the winning 400 relay team. … Crestwood’s Ross Gladey continues to cruise on the tennis court, where he didn’t surrender a point during a striaght-set victory over Coughlin. … Coughlin really brought the Wood in a girls lacrosse victory over Dallas, as Caitlyn Wood scored five goals and Brigid Wood recorded a hat trick and added two assists in a victory over Dallas. Coughlin’s Kaitlyn Lukashewski also scored five goals in that game. … Lake-Lehman’s Alyssa Adams did them all one better, scoring six times in a victory over Dallas.