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Hanover Area's Michelle McNair lays down a bunt against Northwest in WVC softball action Friday afternoon in Hanover Township.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
Hanover Area's Michelle McNair lays down a bunt against Northwest in WVC softball action Friday afternoon in Hanover Township. BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
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HANOVER TWP. — The sound — that familar ping when the bat strikes the softball — wasn’t all that impressive. The result, though, was.

Caitlyn Bogart hit a walk-off two-run homer with one out in the eighth inning, giving Hanover Area a 3-2 victory over Northwest in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 game Friday.

Bogart’s connection with the pitch produced more of a thud noise and a liner that just cleared the right-field fence. A fairly strong wind blowing in that directions may have helped a bit.

“I never expected to hit a home run ever,” said Bogart, a junior center fielder. “I’ve hit them on other fields, but without fences.”

As Bogart ended one hectic situation and headed for another — her job at Chuck E. Cheese’s — Hanover Area could go into the weekend with a bit of relief. The Hawkeyes (5-1) remained on the heels of first-place Holy Redeemer (5-0), which had its game postponed Friday. They also sent Northwest (4-1) to its first loss.

Northwest had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth. Olivia McCorkel opened the inning with a single and Sara Gleco followed with a walk. A out later, McCorkel tagged up on a flyout. An errant throw to get Gleco going to second allowed McCorkel to score.

Emily Rinehimer opened the eighth for Hanover Area with a single and moved to second when the ball was misplayed. She was sacrificed to third on a bunt by Michelle McNair before Bogart ended the game.

“Caitlyn has been hitting the ball very, very well for me all season,” Hanover Area coach Tami Thomas said. “She’s been one of our top hitters for the year. I think the wind helped, but it doesn’t matter. We all played well as a team.”

In the other dugout, Northwest coach Karen May felt her team squandered some chances. The Rangers had a popout turn into a double play in the first inning. They had a runner at second with one out in the third and sixth innings. They also had the bases loaded in the fifth with two outs. All three times they failed to score.

Kristin Bomboy’s RBI single in the fourth accounted for Northwest’s other run.

“It’s very disappointing,” May said. “We handed them that game. Too many mistakes on base running. Doubled off in the first inning. We’re not a bad team, we just have to play a little smarter. We tell the girls every day we have to be smart.”


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