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HAZLETON — Becky Demko fired her seventh career no-hitter as Hazleton Area defeated Crestwood 8-0 on Thursday to clinch the Division 1 title in Wyoming Valley Conference softball.


Demko allowed just a fifth-inning walk — and that runner was picked off. She finished with nine strikeouts and helped her cause with two singles and a sacrifice fly for three RBI. She also threw a no-hitter against Dallas on April 22.


The Cougars (13-1) also got three hits from Lexi Wolk and two from Maria Trivelpiece. They conclude their regular season at Nanticoke on 11 a.m. Saturday. Crestwood fell to 5-8.


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WP — Becky Demko (10-1) 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. LP — Alyssa Davies (6-7) 6 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.


2B — Samantha Varela (H), Abby Sachse (H).


Top hitters — Demko 2 hits, 3 RBI; Lexi Wolk 3 hits, RBI; Maria Trivelpiece 2 hits.


Wyoming Valley West 8, Pittston Area 0


Chloe Ruckle threw her third shutout of the season and Casey Dolan had two hits as Valley West defeated Pittston Area.


The Spartans jumped out quickly, scoring six runs in the first inning.


Taylor Baloga had a double and single for Pittston Area. Alyssa Talerico had two hits and Antoinette Scialpi added a double.


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WP — Chloe Ruckle (6-7) 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. LP — Taylor Baloga (2-11) 7 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.


2B — Antointte Scialpi (PA), Baloga (PA).


Top hitters — WVW, Casey Dolan 2 hits; PA, Alyssa Talerico 2 hits; Baloga 2 hits.


Northwest 6, GAR 3


Down by three on the road, the Rangers pieced together three runs in the fifth to tie the game and then three more in the sixth to win it.


Kelsey Yustat went the distance for Northwest, striking out four without issuing a walk. Emily Buerger hit a solo home run while Maggie Murphy had two doubles.


Kariana Goicoechea went 2-for-3 to lead the Grenadiers.


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WP — Kelsey Yustat (8-2) 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; LP — Mikayla Hoskins (3-6) 7 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 1 K.


2B — Kate Agnello (NW), Maggie Murphy (NW) 2; 3B — Olivia McCorkel (NW), Brea Seabrook (GAR); HR — Emily Buerger (NW)


Top hitters — Kariana Goicoechea (GAR) 2-3


Nanticoke 6, Coughlin 0


Allie Matulewski tossed a two-hitter for Nanticoke, shutting out the visiting Crusaders. Kara Voyton slugged a two-run homer while Rachel Roccograndi added two hits.


Marissa Ross doubled for Coughlin.


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WP — Allie Matulewski (5-3) 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; LP — Julie Suchocki (4-10) 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.


2B — Marissa Ross (COU), Kayla Benjamin (NAN). HR — Kara Voyton (NAN).


Top hitters — Rachel Roccograndi (NAN) 2-4, run, RBI; Stevie Potoski (NAN) 1-3, RBI; Voyton RBI, 2 runs.


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