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Holy Redeemer's Abbey Shorts slides across home plate, scoring a run as Hanover Area pitcher MaryKate Penczkowski covers the plate during Monday's WVC softball game in Kingston.
Holy Redeemer's Abbey Shorts slides across home plate, scoring a run as Hanover Area pitcher MaryKate Penczkowski covers the plate during Monday's WVC softball game in Kingston.
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KINGSTON — It’s a moment catchers live for the first time they strap on the equipment — a play at the plate.

Sure it could mean the difference between a run scoring, but when that moment comes it’s about as exciting as it gets.

Holy Redeemer catcher Chelsea Skrepenak had one Monday afternoon that was huge.

Skrepenak made the tag at the plate for the final out, securing Redeemer’s 6-5 victory over Hanover Area in a key Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 softball game.

Redeemer (3-0) took over sole possession of first place while Hanover Area fell to 3-1.

It appeared a matter of three outs for Redeemer to secure a victory heading into the seventh as the Royals held a 6-1 lead.

Then came a single by MaryKate Penczkowski to start the seventh. Michaela Halesey was then hit by a pitch, and Brianna Dixon followed with an RBI double and Emily Rinehimer with an RBI single to make it 6-3.

After a strikeout, Michelle McNair and Haylee Bobos hit RBI singles to move the Hawkeyes within 6-5. After Cailtyn Bogart reached on a fielder’s choice, giving Redeemer a second out, the rally fizzled abruptly.

Brittany McNair smoked a grounder to Redeemer shortstop Kristen Coffay, who was able only to prevent the ball from reaching the outfield. Bobos tried to score all the way from second, but Coffay retrieved the ball and fired a strike to Skrepenak.

The much taller Bobos tried to leap over Skrepenak, but couldn’t avoid a tag on the leg. Game over.

“It’s something you can’t practice. It’s spur of the moment,” Skrepenak said. “It just comes with experience and chemistry on the field. I knew she was coming home because it was a rivalry game and it was all or nothing because they scored a couple runs that inning.”

Coffay, a freshman, did exactly what she was told — keep the ball in the infield at all costs.

“It was 6-1, it got to 6-5 and I could see them getting their heads down a little bit,” Redeemer co-coach John Bryan said. “I went out there and said ‘Ladies, it’s 6-5 here. We’re still winning the game.’ I told the infield if you can’t get it at least knock it down. And you saw the last play.”

The rally led to another disappointment by Hanover Area at the hands of Redeemer. The Hawkeyes’ three losses last season in WVC and district play were all to the Royals.

“They had heart and showed a lot of determination today,” Hanover Area coach Tami Thomas said. “I was very proud of them on the comeback. We had a couple mistakes in the game.”

And a key call that didn’t go Hanover Area’s way. That occurred in the third with Redeemer leading 1-0. Michelle McNair hit a one-out fly to center that was caught by Jen Ringsdorf. Ringsdorf threw home to get Dixon tagging up from third. The play was extremely close.

Redeemer finished with six hits, with Julie Kosik having two as well as two RBI. Skrepenak scored three times.

Rinehimer and Michelle McNair had three hits each for Hanover Area. Bobos knocked in two runs.

Lake-Lehman 3, Hazleton Area 2

Jordan Hodle pitched a complete game and helped out her own cause with a double for Lake-Lehman as it upset Hazleton Area.

Lacey Miller led the Black Knights with three hits, including a double.

Sam Valera went 1-for-3 for the Cougars.

Crestwood 1, Dallas 0

Crestwood’s Coleen Borum threw a two-hitter in the Comets’ victory. Alyssa Davis and Meghan Waite each had a double for Crestwood.

Taylor Kelley and Katy Comitz pounded out the only two hits for Dallas.

Meyers 6, Wyoming Seminary 5

Sarah McCann hit a home run in the Mohawks’ win over the Blue Knights. Leah Merrick also went 2-for-4 for Meyers.

Mackenzie Gagliardi had two hits and a triple for Wyoming Seminary.

Berwick 12, Wyoming Valley West 1 (6 inn.)

Moriah Lynn gave up three hits on one run in the Bulldogs rout of the Spartans. Kylene Walsh went 2-for-4 with a triple.

Colleen Cwalina led the Spartans with two hits, including a double.

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Holy Redeemer 6, Hanover Area 5

Hanover Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Emily Rinehimer 2b`4`2`3`1`0`0`0

Kim Pericci 1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Morgan Konek ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Michelle McNair ss`4`0`3`1`0`0`0

Haylee Bobos c`4`0`2`2`0`0`0

Caitlyn Bogart cf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Brittany McNair 3b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

MaryKate Penczkowski p`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

Emily Zagami cr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

Michaela Halesey rf`2`1`0`0`0`0`0

Brianna Dixon lf`3`1`2`1`1`0`0



Chelsea Skrepenak c`3`3`1`0`0`0`0

Jen Ringsdorf cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Julie Kosik lf`3`1`2`2`0`0`0

Kaya Swanek p`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Randie Kuhar cr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kristen Coffay 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kaitlyn Kaluzny ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Victoria Steinetz 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Katie Gushka 1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Britney Hebda pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Olivia Menning rf`3`1`2`0`0`0`0

Abbey Shorts pr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0


Hanover Area`000`001`4`—`5

Holy Redeemer`103`020`x`—`6

Hanover Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Penczkowski (L)`6`6`6`1`4`2



Crestwood 1, Dallas 0



WP — Colleen Borum, 7 IP, 2H, 5K, 1 BB; LP — Maddie Kelley 5.1IP, 2H, 4BB, 7K,; Sydeny Kern .2 IP 2 BB.

2B — CRE, Alyssa Davies, Meghan Waite.

Top hitters — DAL; Taylor Kelley 1-for-3, Katy Comitz 1-for-3. CRE, Meghan Waite 1-for-2, Alyssa Davies 1-for-3.

Meyers 6, Wyoming Seminary 5



WP —Gina Strillacci, 7IP, 4H, 5R, 3 ER, 9 BB, 5K; LP — Megan Bresnahan, 7 IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 3 BB, 3K.

2B — MEY, Brittany Delcastillo. 3B — SEM, Mackenzie Gagliardi. HR — MEY, Sarah McCann.

Top hitters — MEY, Leah Merrick 2-for-4. SEM, Mackenzie Gagliardi 2-for-3.

Berwick 12, Wyoming Valley West 1 (6 inn.)


Wyoming Valley West`100`000`—`1

WP — Moriah. Lynn 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 3K, 5BB; LP — Chloe Ruckel 4IP, 7H, 7R, 5ER, 0K, 0 BB, Kasen Hein 2IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 0K, 0BB.

2B — BER, Courtney Hummel; WVW Colelen Cwalina. 3B — BER, Kylene Welsh.

Top hitters — BER, Kylene Welsh 2-for-4, Courtney Hummel 1-for-4; WVW, Colleen Cwalina 2-for-3, Melinda Holena 1-for-2.

Lake-Lehman 3, Hazleton Area 2


Hazleton Area`200`000`0`—`2

WP — Jordan Hodle 7IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 1 BB, 1K; LP — Maria Trivelpiece 1IP, 3H, 2 R, 2ER, 1 BB, 0K, Podlesney 6IP, 7H 1R, 1ER, 5K, 0BB .

2B — LL Brit Meeker, Lacey Miller, Jordan Hodel.

Top hitters — LL, Lacey Miller 3-for-4, Lexi Opinger 2-for-4; HAZ, Maria Trivelpiece 1-for-3, Sam Valera 1-for-3.

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