Last updated: April 26. 2014 12:26AM - 2546 Views
By - jerzar@timesleader.com

Third baseman Kara Voyton of Nanticoke gets ready to throw a ball to first base during Friday's WVC softball game with Dallas.
Third baseman Kara Voyton of Nanticoke gets ready to throw a ball to first base during Friday's WVC softball game with Dallas.
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NANTICOKE — Kelsey Rinehamer’s three-run homer was the icing on the cake Friday. Sort of like the icing smeared on the Nanticoke senior’s face during a post-game birthday celebration.

The birthday girl’s blast in the fifth inning allowed the Trojanettes to pull away for a 7-2 victory over Dallas in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional softball game.

Nanticoke (5-2) won for a fourth consecutive time to pull within one-half game of idle Hazleton Area (5-1) for the top spot in Division 1. The Trojanettes have scored 32 runs during the streak, compared to 11 in their first three games.

“We’re really starting to come together as a team,” Nanticoke coach Ryan Stetz said. “The girls have a really good attitude and we’re in a good spot right now. Dallas is a very good team.”

The attitude part was evident after cupcakes were brought onto the field as part of Rinehamer 18th birthday Friday. Some were eaten and some were rubbed on her face, making her look like a clown who was caught in a downpour without an umbrella.

“I think it was all of them caught me,” Rinehamer said. “It’s even in my nose.”

As for the homer, it was a no-doubter. Rinehamer jacked her shot over the left field fence with one out.

“It was pretty awesome,” Rinehamer said. “It was inside, I turned my hips and I just drove it.”

Nanticoke also scored four times in the first, with Jenna Lipowski and Ari Grabowski hitting RBI singles. Rachel Roccograndi started the game with a double as part of her two-hit day.

Dallas (3-4 Div. 2) scored a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Sydney Kern. The Mountaineers, though, saw an excellent chance to make more noise in the sixth squashed by an unorthodox double play.

With one out in the sixth, Dallas’ Taylor Kelley doubled and scored on Maddie Perez’s single. Katy Comitz then reached on an error, putting runners on first and second. But instead of getting the bases loaded when Kern reached on a fielder’s choice, Dallas headed into the dugout because of the odd double play.

The twin killing started when Kern hit a comebacker to Nanticoke pitcher Leandra Ramos. Ramos threw to third baseman Kara Voyton for an apparent force out, and Voyton threw across the diamond in an attempt to complete a more traditional double play.

The problem was Voyton didn’t have her foot on third base and there was no force out. Perez didn’t know that and headed back to the dugout down the third-base line, trotting well into foul territory. Comitz tried to score all the way from second, passing Perez on the way to touching home plate. Perez was ruled out for being passed on the basepaths and Comitz was ruled out for scoring an illegal run.

End of rally attempt.

“We beat ourselves, we beat ourselves today,” said Dallas coach Joyce Tinner, whose team allowed four unearned runs. “She didn’t have her foot on the base. It was a good call, but my girl didn’t listen to me and run. She thought she was out. Then the other girl passed her.”

Crestwood 5, Lake-Lehman 4

Coleen Borum was 3-for-3 with three RBI as Crestwood pulled out a one-run win after losing three this season by a run.

Jordan Hodle had three RBI for Lehman, which led 4-a after five innings.

Tunkhannock 8, Coughlin 1

The Tigers scored four times in the fifth inning to take control.

Ashley Knott was 3-for-4 with a double and a home run for Tunkhannock. Traci Kromko added three hits.

Marissa Ross had a double for Coughlin.


Nanticoke 7, Dallas 2


Taylor Kelley ss`3`2`1`0`1`0`0

Maddie Perez dp`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Katy Comitz lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sydney Kern p`3`0`1`1`1`0`0

Abby Burger 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sam Missal cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sadie Trudgen 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kylee Saba 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Maddie Slacktish rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0



Rachel Roccograndi ss`3`1`2`0`1`0`0

Leandra Ramos p`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kayla Gronkowski cr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

Jenna Lipowski 1b`3`2`1`1`0`0`0

Kara Voyton 3b`3`1`2`0`0`0`0

Kelsey Rinehamer dp`3`1`1`3`0`0`1

Maddy O’Donohue c`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Ari Grabowski rf`3`0`1`1`0`0`0

A.R. Grohowski 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jessica Sedorchuk lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Taylor Briggs cf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0





Kern (L)`6.0`8`7`3`2`2


Ramos (W)`7.0`3`2`1`0`2

Crestwood 5, Lake-Lehman 4



Pitching — LL, Jordan Hodle (L) 7IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 2SO; CRE, Alyssa Davies 2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 5SO; Coleen Borum (W) 4.2IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 1SO.

2B — CRE, Abby Murphy. 3B — CRE, Jordan Olenginski.

Top hitters — LL, Hodle 2-for-4 3RBI. CRE, Borum 3-for-3 3 RBI, Jordan Olenginski 2-for-4

Tunkhannock 8, Coughlin 1



Pitching — TUNK, Erin Smith (W) 7IP, 7H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 7SO; COU, Julie Suchocki (L) 7IP, 13H, 8R, 5ER, 2BB, 1SO.

2B — TUNK, Ashley Knott; COU, Marissa Ross. HR —TUNK, Knott.

Top hitters — TUNK, Traci Kromko 3-for-5, Ryleigh Fitch 2-for-3, Knott 3-for-4.

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