Last updated: April 16. 2013 12:18AM - 2626 Views
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#3 Sydney Kotch of Holy Redeemer misses the ball as # 8 Brittany McNair of Hanover gets ready to run for home plate.
#3 Sydney Kotch of Holy Redeemer misses the ball as # 8 Brittany McNair of Hanover gets ready to run for home plate.
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HANOVER TWP. — Holy Redeemer played more innings Monday than in its two previous games combined.

And while the offensive outburst wasn’t as spectacular, it was effective nonetheless.

The Royals banged out five hits in a four-run second inning and Kayla Swanek fell a triple short of the cycle as they defeated Hanover Area 8-1 in Division 3 of Wyoming Valley Conference softball.

Swanek paced Redeemer (3-0) with a double to start the four-run inning. She added a two-run homer over the left-center field fence in the fifth, pushing the lead to 8-0. She was also the winning pitcher, with the only Hanover Area run being unearned.

About the only thing missing from Swanek’s 3-for-4 performance at the plate was a triple. But Redeemer coach Mark Senchak wasn’t going to ask for anything more from the sophomore.

“Nothing,” Senchak said of Swanek, who had six assists on groundouts. “There’s nothing more Kayla could have done today. She was commanding in the circle.I know she has higher expectations, but she did what I wanted her to do and that was keep the game where we had a chance to win it.”

RBI singles by Kaitlyn Kaluzny and Jen Ringsdorf brought in two runs in the fourth. Kasey Miller plated another on a fielder’s choice, while Biz Eaton singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Meanwhile, Hanover Area (3-1) didn’t generate much offense until Caitlyn Bogart and Haylee Bobos hit consecutive singles in the fourth. Toni Elick and Morgan Konek did the same in the fifth. Both times, though, saw those one-out opportunities go unfulfilled.

“If we would have played them a couple more innings, we were definitely getting around (on Swanek). It would have been a different game if we could have got around to a third time,” Hanover Area coach Tami Thomas said.

Instead, Hanover Area managed a lone run in the sixth thanks to an errant throw. Brittany McNair hit a one-out double for Hanover Area and moved to third on a steal. She got caught in a rundown between third and home and while diving back to third the throw ricocheted off her helmet and into left field.

Redeemer scored its first run when lead-off hitter Chelsea Skrepenak tripled and scored on an off-line throw to the infield.

“She’s always a spark plug and gets this team going,” Senchak said. “Speed kills. Sometimes it can kill you, but that time it worked in our favor.”

Holy Redeemer`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Chelsea Skrepenak c`4`1`2`2`0`1`0

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

Audrey Zavada ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sydney Kotch ss`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Alexis Shemanski 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kayla Swanek p`4`2`3`2`1`0`1

Kaitlyn Kuluzny 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Kasey Miller 1b`3`1`1`1`0`0`0

Biz Eaton cf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Jen Ringsdorf rf`3`2`2`1`0`1`0


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

Emily Rinehimer 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

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

Haylee Bobos c`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

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

Kim Pericci lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Michaela Halesey 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Tony Elick rf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Morgan Konek dp`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Mary Kate Penczkowski p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Holy Redeemer`140`120`0` — 8

Hanover Area`000`001`0` —1

Holy Redeemer`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Swanek (W, 2-0)`7`6`1`0`0`5

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

Penczkowski (L, 2-1)`7`11`8`7`1`2

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