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Holy Redeemer outfielder Jen Ringsdorf, right, catches a fly ball hit by Hanover Area's Haylee Bobos as Holy Redeemer teammate Julie Kosik (2) looks on during Wednesday's WVC high school girls softball game in Hanover Township.
Holy Redeemer outfielder Jen Ringsdorf, right, catches a fly ball hit by Hanover Area's Haylee Bobos as Holy Redeemer teammate Julie Kosik (2) looks on during Wednesday's WVC high school girls softball game in Hanover Township.
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HANOVER TWP. — Last time it ended on a sour note. Nine hits and five runs over the last two innings. The saving grace was Holy Redeemer was able to hold on for a victory.

Holy Redeemer pitcher Kaya Swanek wasn’t going to repeat that performance on Wednesday, almost a month later. Instead, she handcuffed Hanover Area batters, limiting them to three hits as the Royals prevailed 5-1 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 softball game.

Back on April 14, Swanek surrendered 13 hits and struck out just three in a 6-5 win over Hanover Area. On Wednesday, she fanned five and retired 12 of 13 batters at one point, with that Hawkeye reaching on an error.

“I would compare this game to most of the beginning of the season,” Swanek said. “I started off not very strong and trying to depend on myself (more) than my team. But I know I can depend on my team 100 percent.”

Swanek added her strong performance against Northwest on Monday was a confidence booster. The two wins over their top divisional rivals moved the Royals to 8-0 in Division 3. Moreover, they’re up by two games in the loss column to second-place Hanover Area (8-2) with four to play.

Redeemer defeated two of those future opponents — GAR and Wyomng Seminary — by 17-0 scores earlier in the season. The Royals also have a doubleheader Monday against one-win MMI Prep. So while the division title seems a certainty, Redeemer isn’t proceeding as if things are locked up.

“We take nobody lightly. We take nobody for granted,” Redeemer co-coach John Bryan said. “You don’t play on paper. You have to come out and play between the white lines. Until they tell us we have the division wrapped up, for us it’s one game at a time.”

Wednesday’s victory, though, was a biggie. It started off well as a couple Hanover Area miscues led to a Redeemer 2-0 lead in the first inning.

“I love away games,” Swanek said. “I love when we bat first. On my travel team, I love to hit first because once I have runs I feel a lot more confident and my team feels a lot more confident.”

Hanover Area got a run back in the second when Haylee Bobos slugged a solo homer to left field, her fourth of the season. Redeemer, though, came back with three runs in the top of the third, with Chelsea Skrepenak supplying an RBI double and Swanek a sacrifice fly.

After Bobos’ homer, Hanover Area didn’t get a hit until Michelle McNair doubled in the sixth. Caitlyn Bogart added a single in the seventh for the Hawkeyes’ final hit.

The lack of hitting from the only team to score over 100 runs this season left Hanover Area coach Tami Thomas a bit perplexed.

“I don’t know. I can’t answer that,” Thomas said. “We’ve been hitting all year. Today we hit, but we just hit to them. We didn’t find the gaps today.”

MMI Prep 3, GAR 2

Kristen Purcell threw seven innings and struck out 10 as the Preppers edged the Grenadiers. Desiree Dinko picked up the only hit for MMI Prep.

Pittston Area 11, Lake-Lehman 6

Taylor Baloga had a big day for the Patriots, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and picking up the win against the Black Knights. Julie Lieback also had three hits on the day.

Britney Meeker and Jordan Hodle both had two hits for the Black Knights.

Coughlin 5, Wyoming Valley West 1

Coughlin’s five-run outburst in the fifth innning, along with a Liz Ellsworth home run, sparked the Crusaders to the win over the Spartans. Marissa Ross also went 2-for-2 for the Crusaders.

Colleen Cwalina went 1-for-3 with a home run for Wyoming Valley West.

Meyers 9, Wyoming Seminary 3

Sarah McCann and Brittany Delcastillo led the Mohawks with three hits in their win over the Blue Knights. Brittany DiMaggio also had two hits.

Mackenzie Gagliardi went 2-for-3 with a triple for the Blue Knights.


Holy Redeemer 5, Hanover Area 1

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Chelsea Skrepenak c`3`2`2`1`1`0`0

Jen Ringsdorf cf`3`2`0`0`0`0`0

Julie Kosik lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Olivia Menning dp`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kaitlyn Kaluzny 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Katie Gushka 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kristen Coffay ss`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

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

Lydia Lawson rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


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

Emily Rinehimer 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Brittany McNair 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Haylee Bobos c`3`1`1`1`0`0`1

Caitlyn Bogart cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

MK Penczkowski p`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kim Pericci 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Brianna Dixon lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Holy Redeemer`203`000`0`—`5

Hanover Area`010`000`0`—`1


Swanek (W)`7`3`1`1`0`5

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

Penczkowski (L)`7`4`5`2`2`2

MMI Prep 3, GAR 2

MMI Prep`010`101`0`—`3


Pitching — MMI, Kristen Purcell, 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 3 BB 10K,; GAR, Mikayla Hoskins, 7IP, 1H,3R, 1ER, 5 BB 8K.

Top hitters — MMI, Desiree Dinko 1-for-3. GAR, Mikayla Hoskins 3-for-3; Kaitlin Kofchak 2-for-4.

Pittston Area 11, Lake-Lehman 6

Pittston Area`013`222`1`—`11


Pitching — PIT, Taylor Baloga, 7IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 5BB, 11K; LL, Jordan Hodle, 7IP 14H, 11R, 6ER 1BB, 3K.

2B — PIT, Lauren Dragon; LL Britney Meeker; Kaley Egan. 3B — PIT, Taylor Baloga. HR — PIT, Taylor Baloga.

Top hitters — PIT, Taylor Baloga 3-for-4; Julie Lieback 3-for-4; Lauren Dragon 2-for-4. LL, Britney Meeker 2-for 4; Jordan Hodle 2-for-4.

Coughlin 5, Wyoming Valley West 1

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Pitching — WVW, Chole Ruckle, 5.2IP, 6H 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, Kasen Heim, 0.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 0K ;COU Julie Suchoski, 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1 ER 1BB 5K.

2B — COU, Keighlyn Oliver. HR — WVW, Colleen Cwalina; COU, Liz Ellsworth.

Top hitters — WVW, Colleen Cwalina 1-for-3; Haley Gayoski 1-for-3. COU, Marissa Ross 2-for-2; Liz Ellsworth 1-for-3.

Meyers 9, Wyoming Seminary 3

Wyoming Seminary`012`000`0`—`3


Pitching — SEM, Megan Bresnahan (L), 6IP, 11H 9R, 9ER, 5BB, 1K; MEY, Gina Strillaci (W), 7IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER 5BB 6K.

2B — SEM Paige Allen; MEY Brittany Delcastillo. 3B — SEM; Mackenzie Gagliardi; MEY, Sarah McCann, Brianna DiMaggio. HR — MEY, Leah Merrick.

Top hitters — SEM, Mackenzie Gagliardi 2-for-3. MEY, Sarah McCann 3-for-4; Brittany Delcastillo 3-for-4; Brianna DiMaggio 2-for-2.

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