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Hazleton Area's MacKenzie Yori fields a grounder at third base in the sixth inning during Thursday's WVC girls softball game against Coughlin.
Hazleton Area's MacKenzie Yori fields a grounder at third base in the sixth inning during Thursday's WVC girls softball game against Coughlin.
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PLAINS TWP. — Two things can happen after an unexpected loss. A team can let it affect the rest of the season or it can use it as a tough lesson.

Hazleton Area continued to do the latter Thursday afternoon as the Cougars posted their fourth consecutive WVC softball victory with a 7-3 decision over Coughlin.

The win came at The Pit, which was sort of fitting considering where the Cougars (5-1 Div. 1) were just 10 days prior. The defending Division 1 champs were upset 3-2 by Lake-Lehman, a one-win team a year ago that has allowed the second-most runs in the WVC this season.

Hazleton Area coach Vince Trivelpiece, though, rallied the troops by telling about a similar situation when he was the head coach of Berwick girls basketball. After an unexpected loss — ironically to Lehman — Trivelpiece challenged the girls and they responded with 18 consecutive victories.

That Berwick basketball team played for a state title the following season. Right now, the Hazleton Area softball team will take four in a row. The streak keeps the Cougars a game ahead of Nanticoke (4-2) for first place.

“That’s the thing, how do you rebound?” Trivelpiece said. “Are you going to rebound and go on a run? So far, so good. They’ve been playing pretty well.”

As for Coughlin (1-6), Thursday’s game had a familiar ring — one bad inning where things unraveled.

That was the third when Hazleton Area scored three runs, two of which were unearned. The Cougars pounded out five hits in the inning, but only one — a single by Lexi Wolk — resulted in an RBI. Five of the six runs Hazleton Area scored in the first three innings were unearned.

“Honestly, that’s our one big problem. We have one bad inning,” Coughlin coach Alice Lyons said. “In Division 1 and 2, you can’t have one bad inning. There’s no room for mistakes. I mean, after the third inning we held them to one run and that’s saying something.”

So did Coughlin’s rally attempt in the sixth that cut the deficit to 6-3. Liz Ellsworth singled with two outs and Marissa Ross followed with a walk. Samantha Conway then delivered a two-run triple to right, a sinking liner that rolled to the fence.

Hazleton Area, though, got a run back in the seventh on a RBI single by Hope Kinney. It was her third hit of the game. Wolk and MacKenzie Yori also had three hits for the Cougars. The duo was also part of aggressive baserunning as Hazleton Area stole nine bags — four by Yori and three by Mackenzie.

Hanover Area 13, GAR 3

Brittany McNair led the Hawkeyes’ offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the victory against the Grenadiers.

MaryKate Penczkowski earned the win in the circle, recording 11 strikeouts.

Mikayla Hoskins led GAR with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.

Northwest 11, Wyoming Seninary 0 (5 inn.)

Olivia McCokel, Keylsey Yustat and Emily Gleco each drove home a run in the Rangers’ shutout victory.

Nanticoke 4, Crestwood 3

The Trojans’ offense was led by a two-run home run from Jenna Lipowski in the victory against the Comets.

Leandra Ramos slammed a double and Kara Voyton went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Crestwood was led by one hit each from Ashley Oleginski and Coleen Borum.

Holy Redeemer 16, Meyers 1 (4 inn.)

Kaya Swanek earned the pitching win, striking out five batters in the Royals’ victory.

The Mohawks’ lone run was scored by Betsy Macko.

Wyoming Area 11, Wyoming Valley West 3

Sarah Coolbaugh and Adrienne Przybyla both had two RBI each while Nicole Cumbo pitched a complete game in the Warriors’ victory.

The Spartans were led by two RBI from Leanne Dellarte.

Berwick 5, Pittston Area 1

The Dawgs picked up a road win. Courtney Hummell had two RBI. Pitcher Moriah Lynn fanned eight.

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Hazleton Area 7, Coughlin 3

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

MacKenzie Yori 3b`4`2`3`0`0`0`0

Abby Sachse lf`4`1`2`0`1`0`0

Maria Trivelpiece 2b`4`1`0`0`0`0`0

Samantha Varela p`4`0`0`1`0`0`0

Lexi Wolk cf`4`2`3`1`0`0`0

Celine Podlesney dp`4`1`2`0`0`0`0

Hope Kinney c`3`0`3`2`0`0`0

Mikaela Browdy ss`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Renee Taylor 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Victoria Bernotas rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0



Tori Martin rf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Keighlyn Oliver lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Liz Ellsworth ss`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Marissa Ross cf`2`2`0`0`0`0`0

Samantha Conway 3b`3`0`2`2`0`1`0

Amber Colleran dp`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Megan Lercara 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kayla Cunningham 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Julie Suchoski p`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Teagan Bigelow c`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Hazleton Area`123`000`1`—`7


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

Varela (W)`7.0`4`3`2`2`5


Suchocki (L)`7.0`13`7`2`0`3

Hanover Area 13, GAR 3


Hanover Area`000`544`x`—`13

Pitching — GAR, Mikayla Hoskins (L) 6IP, 15H, 13R 11ER, 3BB, 4SO; HAN, MaryKate Penczkowski (W) 6IP, 3H, 3R, 1ER, 2BB, 11SO.

2B — HAN, Haylee Bobos 3. HR — HAN, Brittany McNair (2rbi)

Top hitters — GAR, Hoskins 2-for-3. HAN, Bobos 3-for-3, McNair 3-for-4 2RBI

Holy Redeemer 16, Meyers 1 (4 inn.)


Holy Redeemer`242`8`—`16

Pitching — MEY, Gina Strillacci (L) 3.2IP, 17H, 16R, 11ER, 4BB, 3SO; HR, Kaya Swanek (W) 3IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5SO; Kristin Coffee 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2SO.

2B — HR Chelsea Skrepenak, Kaitlyn Kaluzny, Jennifer Ringsdorf. 3B — HR Victoria Steinetz, Olivia Menning.

Top hitters — MEY, Betsy Macko 1-for-2. HR, Skrepenak 3-for-4, Steintz 2-for-2, Menning 3-for-3, Kaluzny 3-for-3, Ringsdorf 2-for-2.

Northwest 11, Wyoming Seminary 0 (5 inn.)


Wyoming Seminary`000`00`—`0

Pitching — NW, Kelsey Yustat, WP, 5IP, 3H, 0R; SEM, Megan Bresnahan, LP.

2B — NW, Susie Mendegro, Olivia McCokel. 3B — NW, Elizabeth Gurzinski. HR — NW, McCokel, Yustat, Emily Gleco

Top hitters — NW, McCokel 3-for-4 3RBI, Yustat 2-for-4 2RBI, Gurzynski 2-for-3 1RBI.

Nanticoke 4, Crestwood 3



Pitching — NAN, Leandra Ramos (W) 7IP, 2ER; CRE, Coleen Borum (L) 3 ER; Alyssa Davies 4.1IP, 3H, 5SO.

2B — NAN, Ramos; CRE Maddy Hellar. HR — NAN, Jenna Lipowski.

Top hitters — NAN, Ramos 2-for-4, Lipowski 2-for-4 2RBI, Kara Voyton 3-for-3 RBI. CRE, Hellar 3-for-4, Ashley Olenginski 1-for-4 RBI, Borum 1-for-3 RBI.

Wyoming Area 11, Wyoming Valley West 3

Wyoming Area`331`010`3`—`11

Wyoming Valley West`200`001`0`—`3

Pitching — WA, Nicole Combo WP; WVW, Chloe Ruckle, LP.

2B — WA, Sarah Coolbaugh, Adrienne Przybyla, Combo; WVW Danielle Grega. 3B — WA, Cumbo.

Top hitters — WA, Coolbaugh 2-for-2 2RBI, Pryzbyla 1-for-4 2RBI, Cumbo 2-for-4. WVW, Grega 2-for-3, Leanne Dellarte 1-for-3 2RBI.

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