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KINGSTON — Young teams can look really good at times and at others … well, Pittston Area lived the other extreme in the fifth inning Thursday afternoon.


The Patriots, though, overcame an error-filled disastrous fifth to hang on for a 6-5 victory over Wyoming Valley West in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game at Third Street Elementary.


“We haven’t scored much this season,” Pittston Area coach Dave DeLuca said. “Our goal today was to come in and score first and try to manufacture one run at least every inning.”


Mission accomplished pretty much. Taylor Baloga had an RBI triple and Julie Silinskie and Liz Cappelloni had RBI singles as the Patriots (1-3) scored in four of their first five trips to the plate. And with Baloga cruising in the circle for the most part, the 6-0 lead looked fairly safe.


Of course, there’s a caveat when a team starts five freshmen like Pittston Area does.


“Playing with the lead, they had a bit more confidence, ” DeLuca said. “But of course being freshmen and being young, we do have that one inning usually where we start to bleed and it’s tough to stop it.”


That inning was the fifth. It started with a flesh wound — a throwing error. Three more errors occurred and Pittston Area was searching for a tourniquet. Valley West (1-3) sent 10 batters to the plate as Kymber Letteer and Kelcie Senchak each had an RBI. All five runs were unearned.


It looked bleak again in the sixth as two more errors put Valley West runners on first and second with two outs. Baloga, though, recorded her second strikeout of the game to end the inning and retired the Spartans in order in the seventh.


The loss was Valley West’s third in a row by one run. The Spartans had six hits with three of them — singles by Sarah Fugate, Casey Dolan and Sabrina Hamersley — coming in the fifth inning.


“We crush Crestwood 7-1, then we lose to Nanticoke in the seventh inning 2-1,” Valley West coach Desiree Hooper said. “Hazleton Area, we’re winning 3-0 and they come back in the final inning and win 4-3. We just don’t have that extra mile.”


Pittston Area finished with nine hits. Kaitlyn Simyan had a double and single, while Mindina Lieback had two singles. Baloga had a triple and two RBI.


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


Mindina Lieback lf`4`1`2`0`0`0`0


Theresa Domarasky rf`1`1`0`1`0`0`0


Lauren Dragon c`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Taylor Baloga p`4`1`1`2`0`1`0


Antionette Scalpi ss`4`0`1`1`0`0`0


Kaitlyn Simyan 1b`3`1`2`0`1`0`0


Kassity Roche lf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Adison Hazlet 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Julie Silinskie cf`3`1`1`1`0`0`0


Liz Cappelloni 3b`3`0`1`1`0`0`0


Totals`29`6`9`6`1`1`0


Valley West`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Danielle Grega 2b`4`1`0`0`0`0`0


Megan Kane 1b`4`1`1`0`1`0`0


Kymber Letteer c`3`0`0`1`0`0`0


Kelcie Senchak lf`4`0`0`1`0`0`0


Sarah Fugate 3b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Casey Dolan ss`4`0`2`0`0`0`0


Leanne Dellarte lf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Sabrina Hamersley rf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Haley Gayloski dp`3`1`0`0`0`0`0


Chloe Ruckle fx`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`32`5`6`2`1`0`0


Pittston Area`121`020`0 — 6


Wyoming Valley West`000`050`0 — 5


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


Taylor Baloga (W, 1-3)`7`6`5`0`0`2


Valley West`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Chloe Ruckle (L, 1-3)`7`9`6`3`0`4



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