KINGSTON — Blankets. Winter hats and coats. And a nasty wind tossed in to make things a little colder and a little more miserable.
One thing, though, was able to heat up in the mid-30 degree temperatures Tuesday — Holy Redeemer’s offense.
Every player in the lineup contributed in one way or another as the Royals opened their Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 softball season with a 16-1 three-inning victory over Meyers at the Kingston Rec Center.
Pitcher Kaya Swanek was the best of the bunch, although she had plenty of competition from her teammates. The sophomore allowed two hits and recorded eight of the nine outs via strikeouts. She also had two hits and three RBI.
Chelsea Skrepenak, Swanek’s battery mate, added a two-run homer. Jen Ringsdorf and Alexis Shemanski had triples. Kaitlyn Kaluzny had a double, two RBI and two stolen bases. Julie Kosik added two RBI.
“Kaya, fantastic for how cold it is outside,” Redeemer coach Mark Senchak said. “I can’t complain.”
But he did find a fault — albeit a small one considering the outcome.
“We started off slow,” Senchak said. “I would have liked to start off a little quicker. We made some adjustments in the box and were able to move forward from there.”
Meyers struck first as consecutive one-out singles by Bri DiMaggio and Leah Merrick gave the Mohawks a 1-0 lead. DiMaggio then retired the Royals in order in the bottom of the first.
Redeemer made that 1-2-3 inning a distant memory during its next trip to the plate. The first eight Royals reached base in the nine-run outburst. Ringsdorf and Shemanski had RBI triples, Kaluzny had a two-run double and Kosik knocked in two with a single.
The damage continued in the third, so much so that the game ended due to the 15-run rule. Skrepenak’s two-run homer, a gap shot to right-center field, and Swanek’s two-run single were the highlights. Kaluzny eventually crossed the plate with the 16th run, reaching second on a fielder’s choice and throwing error and scoring after two wild pitches.
“The first inning was fine,” Meyers coach Nicole Hoskins said. “After the first inning, we let things slip. We eased up a little bit. But we’re going to recover. We’re going to work harder at practice, we’re going to do more drills and prepare ourselves for games like this.”
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Northwest 14, Wyoming Seminary 3
Emily Buerger and Hailey Chapin recorded two hits apiece to lead Northwest to a victory over Wyoming Seminary.
Chapin added three RBI, while Buerger chipped in two and a two-run homer.
Mackenzie Gagliardi led Wyoming Seminary with two hits.
WP - Kelsey Yustat 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. LP - Megan Bresnahan 6 IP, 9 H, 14 R, 4 ER, 13 BB, 2 K. 2B: NW- Bomboy. 3B: NW- Mendegro. HR: NW- Buerger. Top Hitters - NW, Emily Buerger 2-for-3. Hailey Chapin 2-for-2. SEM, Mackenzie Gagliardi 2-for-3.
Hanover Area 15, GAR 0
Haylee Bobos led Hanover Area with three hits, including a single and two doubles, and three RBI as Hanover Area cruised to a victory over GAR in two innings.
Emily Rinehimer added two hits and an RBI for Hanover Area, while Kim Pericci chipped in a double and three RBIs.
Mary Kate Penczkowski recorded three strikeouts and earned the victory for Hanover Area.
Lindsey Quinn pitched for GAR and gave up nine hits and five walks in two innings.
Postponements, schedule changes
Three games were postponed. Wyoming Valley West at Crestwood will be today. Pittston Area at Nanticoke will be Friday. The Coughlin at Hazleton Area game hasn’t been rescheduled.
Also, Thursday’s Coughlin vs. Pittston Area game has been moved to Coughlin’s home field at the Plains Township Municipal Park. The May 3 rematch will now be played at Pittston Area.