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April 16. 2013 12:14AM
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HAZLETON — Hazleton Area score two runs in the third inning and held off a Nanticoke rally for a 2-1 victory Monday in a battle of unbeatens in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 softball.


Consecutive doubles by Rachel Roccograndi and Kayla Benjamin allowed Nanticoke to move within 2-1. Winning pitcher Becky Demko, though, got a groundout to end the game. Demko finished with nine strikeouts.


Hazleton Area scored its first run on a double steal by Maria Trivelpiece and Renee Taylor in the third. Taylor was running for Celine Podlesney, who opened the frame with a double and moved to third on Trivelpiece’s single. Later in the inning, MacKenzie Yori reached on a fielder’s choice. She then stole second and when the throw went into center field she was able to score.


Demko took a no-hitter into the seventh.


Nanticoke`000`000`1` — 1


Hazleton Area`002`000`x` — 2


WP — Becky Demko (3-0) 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. LP — Allie Matulewski (2-1) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.


2B — Kayla Benjamin (NAN), Rachel Roccograndi (NAN), Celine Podlesney (HA).


Tunkhannock 10, Dallas 4


The Tigers used a seven-run second inning to hand Dallas its first loss of the season.


Ashley Knott had two doubles and Ryleigh Fitch hit safely twice for Tunkhannock. Kirsten Gilpin pitched a complete game, shutting down the Mountaineers over the final three innings.


Abby Burger homered and Sadie Trudgen tripled for Dallas.


Tunkhannock`370`000`0` — 10


Dallas`201`100`0`0` — 4


WP — Kirsten Gilpin (2-1) 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. LP — Taylor Baker (3-1) 7 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.


2B — Ashley Knott (Tun) 2. 3B — Sadie Trudgen (Dal). HR — Abby Burger (Dal).


Top hitters — TUN, Ryleigh Fitch 2-4, Knott 2-4. DAL, Burger 2-3, Trudgen 2-3.


Wyoming Valley West 2, Coughlin 0


Chloe Ruckle pitched a shutout, allowing five hits and no walks over seven innings for the Spartans. Leanne Dellarte drove in both Wyoming Valley West runs with a single.


Coughlin’s Julie Suchocki came up short in the pitchers’ duel, yielding three hits and two runs while striking out two. Liz Ellsworth and Kayla Cunningham had a hit for Coughlin.


Wyoming Valley West`000`200`0 — 2


Coughlin`000`000`0 — 0


WP —Chloe Ruckle (2-3) 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. LP — Julie Suchocki (1-4) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K


Top hitters — WVW, Leanne Dellarte 1-3, 2 RBI; Megan Kane 1-3; COU, Marissa Ross 1-3, Katie Colleran 1-3


Crestwood 9, Pittston Area 0


Rachel Ritz and Mel Snyder each had a double as Crestwood’s offense broke out of a slump.


Snyder also singled and Juliet Wotherspoon had two hits for Crestwood, which had scored seven runs in its first four games. Alyssa Davies picked up the victory with a season-high 14 strikeouts.


Adison Hazlet, Mandina Lieback and Antoinette Scialpi had Pittston Area’s only hits.


WP — Alyssa Davies (2-3) 7 IP, 3 H, 0R 0ER, 3 BB, 14 K. LP — Taylor Baloga (1-4) 7 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.


2B — Rachel Ritz (Cre), Mel Snyder (Cre).


Top hitters — CRE, Snyder 2 hits; Juliet Wotherspoon 2 hits. PA, Mandina Lieback, single; Antoinete Scialpi, single; Adison Hazlet, single.


Wyoming Seminary 4, Meyers 3


Morgan Malone had a two-run triple in the top of the seventh as Wyoming Seminary rallied with three runs to edge Meyers.


Megan Bresnahan was the winning pitcher, striking out four while allowing no earned runs.


Becca Belch and Emily Gruver had two hits apiece for Meyers, which led 3-1 after four innings.


Wyoming Seminary`100`000`3` — 4


Meyers`000`300`0` — 3


WP — Megan Bresnahan (1-3) 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. LP — Sarah McCann (0-1) 7 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K.


3B — Morgan Malone (WS).


Top hitters — WS, Devin Holmes 1-4, Mackenzie Gagliardi 1-3. MEY, Becca Belch 2-3, run; Emily Gruver 2-3.


GAR 9, MMI Prep 7


Mikayla Hoskins pitched her second consecutive victory and helped out at the plate with four RBI as GAR downed MMI Prep.


Hoskins had a pair of doubles. Brea Seabrook added a triple.


Maria Carrato was 2-for-4 with two doubles for MMI. Desiree Dinko added a pair of hits.


MMI Prep`100`222`0` — 7


GAR`060`120`x` — 8


WP — Mikayla Hoskins (2-0) 7 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 3 K. LP — Desiree Dinko (0-1) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K; Kayla Karchner 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.


2B — Maria Carrato (MMI) 2, Hoskins (GAR) 2. 3B — Brea Seabrook (GAR).


Top hitters — MMI, Dinko 2-4, Carrato 2-4. GAR, Hoskins 2-4, Seabrook 2-3.


Berwick 10, Wyoming Area 3


Berwick took control with a six-run fifth inning.


Margaret Bridge, Moriah Lynn and Abbey Remley had two RBI each for Berwick.


Wyoming Area`001`110`0 `— 3


Berwick`103`060 `x ` — 10


WP — Margaret Bridge (2-2) 7 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. LP — Alexis Holtz (1-2) 6 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.


2B — Bre Bednarsky (WA), Emily Wolfgang (WA).


Top hitters: BER, Moriah Lynn, 2 singles, 2 RBI; Abbey Remley, 1-3, 2 RBI; Bridge, 1-2, 2 RBI.




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