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AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADERNanticoke's Kayley Schinski scores safely in the fourth inning ahead of the tag from Crestwood catcher Mel Snyder. The Trojanettes took a 2-1 lead on the play.
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADERNanticoke's Kayley Schinski scores safely in the fourth inning ahead of the tag from Crestwood catcher Mel Snyder. The Trojanettes took a 2-1 lead on the play.
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NANTICOKE — Two scoring chances, four runs. Seven scoring chances, one run.
Tuesday's Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 softball game ended up that way thanks in part to Allie Matulewski.
The Nanticoke senior had a pair of two-run singles and constantly pitched out of jams as the Trojanettes emerged with a 4-1 victory over Crestwood.
Matulewski had an infield single in the fourth, a grounder that Crestwood shortstop Rachel Ritz stopped in a cloud of dirt by sliding to her right. Rachel Roccograndi scored from third easily, while Kayley Schinski made it home from second by just beating the throw to the plate.
Matulewski then knocked in the same two girls in the sixth with a single to center on a 3-2 pitch with two outs.
“I actually hate hitting when I have to go right out (to pitch),” Matulewski said. “It has my adrenaline up so much. But when I can hit and get those runs in, it's so much better. I have my confidence up and know if I hit good, I'm going to pitch good. I have the good momentum and everything.”
Nanticoke didn't get a runner to second in any of the other four innings. In fact, Crestwood pitcher Alyssa Davies brought a perfect game into the fourth until Roccograndi broke it up with a single to left.
Then there was Crestwood (1-2). The Comets started well enough as Mel Snyder singled in Ritz in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. The other six trips to the plate were excruciating. The Comets stranded six runners at second base and two at third, and had another tagged out at home on a suicide squeeze attempt.
“Scoring position every time,” said Crestwood coach Bob Bertoni, whose team has scored a division-low six runs. “We didn't capitalize when we were supposed to. I'm just disappointed we're not producing runs when we should have.”
Crestwood's final at-bats were the epitome of an afternoon of frustration. Ritz led off with a walk and Ashley Casem singled to put runners on first and second. Snyder then scorched a liner down the first-base line … and right to Nanticoke first baseman Alexis Seery. Seery only needed to take one step to complete an unassisted double play.
Nanticoke improved to 3-0, remaining tied with Hazleton Area. The two meet Monday in Hazleton, but the Trojanettes aren't looking past a road game with Coughlin on Thursday.
“All we can take care of is our preparation,” Nanticoke first-year coach Ryan Stetz said. “Our girls have a positive attitude and we'll let the results fall where they may. We're not going to get caught up on a win or loss. We're sort of even-keeled. We enjoy being around each other and playing together.”
Rachel Ritz ss`3`1`2`0`1`0`0
Ashley Casem 2b`4`0`2`0`0`0`0
Mel Snyder c`4`0`1`1`0`0`0
Ashlee Oleginski 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Colleen Borum dp`4`0`1`0`0`0`0
Alyssa Davies p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Juliet Wotherspoon cf`3`0`2`0`0`0`0
Meghan Waite 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Chrissy Perry rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Kiana Thompson fx`0`0`0`0`0`0`0
Rachel Roccograndi 2b`3`2`2`0`0`0`0
Kayla Benjamin c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Kayley Schinski ss`3`2`2`0`1`0`0
Kara Voyton 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Allie Matulewski p`3`0`2`4`0`0`0
Baylee Steininger cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Kendell Schinski rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0
Arica Grabowski ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0
Jessica Sedorchuk dp`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Taylor Briggs cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Alexis Seery fx`0`0`0`0`0`0`0
Davies (L, 1-2)`6`6`4`4`0`4
Matulewski (W, 2-0)`7`8`1`1`3`2
Hanover Area 8, MMI Prep 7 (9 inn.)
Haylee Bobos went 3-5 at the plate and scored four runs to lead Hanover Area to an extra-inning victory over MMI Prep.
Michaela Halesey added three hits and an RBI for Hanover, while Emily Rinehimer chipped in two hits and three RBI.
Kirsten Young led MMI Prep with two doubles and two RBI.
Hanover Area`020`410`001`—`8
MMI Prep`310`300`000`—`7
WP — Morgan Konek (1-0) 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. LP — Kayla Karchner (0-2) 7 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
Top Hitters: HAN - Haylee Bobos, 3-5, 4 runs; Michaela Halesey 3-5, 1 run, 1 RBI; Emily Rinehimer 2-5, double, 3 RBI. MMI - Kirsten Young 4-5, 1 run, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs; Kayla Karchner 3-5, 3 runs, 1 double; Ellie Maduro 1-1.
GAR 13, Wyoming Seminary 12 (8 inn.)
Mikayla Hopkins earned the victory from the circle and recorded five hits on offense to lead GAR to a victory over Wyoming Seminary in eight innings.
Samantha Quinn and Lindsey Quinn added four hits apiece for GAR.
Mackenzie Gagliardi led Wyoming Seminary with two home runs and six RBIs.
Wyoming Seminary`513`300`00`—`12
WP - Mikayla Hopkins (1-0) 8 IP, 16 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 6 BB, 5 K; LP - Megan Bresnahan (0-3) 4 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Top Hitters: GAR - Hopkins 5-6, 5 singles; Samantha Bryan 4-6, 4 singles; Lindsey Quinn 4-6, 4 singles; Megan O'Day 3-5, 3 singles; Brea Seabrook 2-6, 1 double. SEM - Mackenzie Gagliardi 4-5, solo homer, three-run homer, 2-run double, 6 RBIs; Devin Holmes double; Bresnahan 3 hits; Lily Williams 2 hits; Kelsey Atkinson 2 hits.
Hazleton Area 12, Pittston Area 1 (6 inn.)
The Cougars scored in every inning in their six-inning victory. Lexi Wolk and Abby Sachse had two RBI each in the victory. Maria Trivelpiece picked up the win in relief.
Theresa Domalsky had two doubles for Pittston Area.
Hazleton Area`311`232`—`12
Pittston Area`010`000`—`1
WP - Maria Trivelpiece (1-0) 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K; Becky Demko 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; Sarah Varela 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. LP - Taylor Baloga (0-3) 6 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.
Top Hitters: HAZ - MacKenzie Yori 3 singles, 3 runs, RBI; Abby Sachse 2 singles, 2 RBI; Lexi Wolk 2 singles, 2 RBI; Samantha Varela 2 singles; Becky Demko double, RBI; Trivelpiece 3-4, double, RBI. PA - Theresa Domalsky 2 doubles.
Northwest 11, Meyers 0 (5 inn.)
Olivia McCorkel hit two home runs for Northwest, including a gram slam that ended the game after five innings.
Kelsey Yustat picked up the win in the circle. She tossed a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Meyers`000`00 — 0
Northwest`101`09 — 11
WP — Kelsey Yustat (3-0) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K. LP — Bri DiMaggio (0-2) 2 IP, 8 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 3 K.
Top hitters — NWT, Olivia McCorkel, 3-3, two home runs.

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