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King’s College-bound Kayley Schinski shines in Senior All-Star Game


June 22. 2013 1:22AM

By - psokoloski@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6392






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DALLAS - After a couple weeks of inactivity on the softball field, Kayley Schinski worried about her performance at the plate.


It didn’t take her long to find out her fears were unfounded.


Shinski shook off some rust by shaking the fence with a first-inning shot, then blasting a ball over it on another swing while leading the East to a 15-4 victory over the West and earning the East team MVP award in the Robert L. Dolbear Senior Girls All-Star Softball Game at W.W. Kubis Memorial Field.


“It’s funny, because I didn’t hit in so long,” said Schinski, who starred for Nanticoke Area during the past four years and will play for King’s College next season. “I definitely thought I was going to be rusty.”


Think again.


Batting third in a potent East lineup, Schinski smashed a double high off the left field wall, and later scored on a single by Hazleton Area’s Justine Rossi as part of a five-run first inning.


“I was looking at my first base coach, he thought it was gone,” Schinski said of her first hit. “I just kept running.”


She left little doubt during her next crack.


Schinski sent a rocket over the center field fence in the second inning for her first home run of the season and a 6-0 East lead.


“That one felt pretty good,” smiled Schinski, who wasn’t known as a power threat during her days at Nanticoke Area.


“Today, I just shocked the heck out of myself.”


Two swings for Schinski, two long extra-base hits. No wonder the West didn’t seem anxious to pitch to her after that. Schinski drew three straight walks during her ensuing trips to the plate, and scored after the first two of them to help the East build a 14-0 lead after five innings.


The East also featured some strong pitching, with Hazleton Area starter Becky Demko working three innings of one-hit shutout ball while fanning four during her time on the mound.


“Usually, you’re trying to win all the time,” Schinski said. “It’s nice to have a fun game once in awhile.”


Her old Nanticoke Area teammate Allie Matulewski had singles in her first four at-bats, drove home two runs and scored three during that five-inning outburst, Pittston Area’s Antoinette Scialpi added a two-run double in the first inning and Hazleton Area’s Justine Rossi had RBI singles in the first and third innings.


“We have a lot of great players,” said Schinski, who also added an assist and putout from the shortstop position and made a nice running catch while playing center field. “I knew we were going to do well.”


That made the pitching performance by West team MVP Kristen Gilpin of Tunkhannock pretty impressive.


Gilpin, who was a stalwart for Tunkhannock, held the East to one run on two hits over the final four innings while striking out four.


“When I pitch, I just do my thing,” said Gilpin, who is headed to Keystone College.


She also got the West on the board in the sixth inning, ripping an RBI single to center field to score Wyoming Valley West’s Kelcie Senchak, helping secure Gilpin’s MVP award.


“I didn’t expect this at all,” Gilpin said. “Coach told me to listen (to the MVP announcements), and I said, ‘Why?’ It was really unexpected.”


Also for the West, Senchak reached base twice and Casey Dolan of Wyoming Valley West had two hits - including a double for the team’s only extra-base hit. Senchak also made three nice running plays in right field, all in the eighth inning. Emily Forba of Tunkhannock added an RBI single in the seventh inning and Dallas’ Taylor Baker singled and scored the West’s final run in the ninth inning.


“I’m definitely going to miss the team I played with,” Gilpin said. “These girls, we got to meet for the first time.”


East`AB`R`H`RBI`2B`3B`HR


Rachael Ritz, Cres`2`2`2`0`1`0`0


Hailey Kendall, Haz`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Juliet Wotherspoon, Cres`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Baylee Steininger, Nan`1`1`0`0`0`0`0


Kayley Schinski, Nan`3`4`2`1`1`0`1


Allie Matulewski, Nan`5`3`4`3`0`0`0


Justine Rossi, Haz`2`0`2`2`0`0`0


Cassy Vukovich,Cou`1`1`0`0`0`0`0


Becky Demko, Haz`3`1`2`2`0`0`0


Chrissy Shonk, Mey`2`1`1`1`0`0`0


Kirsten Young, MMI`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Antoinette Scialpi, PA`3`1`1`2`0`0`0


Kayla Benjamin, Nan`3`0`1`2`0`0`0


Melanie Snyder, Cres`2`1`1`0`0`0`0


Juliann Leco, GAR`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Alice Moses, Mey`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kayla Kelly, Cou`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Eilish Hoban, Mey`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Totals`41`15`18`13`2`0`1


West`AB`R`H`RBI`2B`3B`HR


Alicia Spudis, Tun`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kelcie Senchak, WVW`2`1`0`0`0`0`0


Kymber Letteer, WVW`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Sarah Stacey, LL`2`1`1`0`0`0`0


Sydney Kotch, HR`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kristen Gilpin, Tun`2`0`1`1`0`0`0


Serra Degnan, WA`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Alexis Shemanski, HR`2`0`0`1`0`0`0


Brandie Brennan, LL`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Biz Eaton, HR`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor Baker, Dal`2`1`1`0`0`0`0


Casey Dolan, WVW`2`1`2`0`1`0`0


Kasey Miller, HR`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Jess Brennan, Tun`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Hannah Gabriel, Sem`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kate Kross, WA`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Vicky Cadwalder, LL`2`0`1`0`0`0`0


Emily Forba, Tun`2`0`1`1`0`0`0


Totals`37`4`7`3`1`0`0


East`523`040`010-15


West`000`002`101-4


East`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Becky Demko, W`3`1`0`0“0`4


Allie Matulewski`4 2/3`5`3`1`0`3


Rachael Ritz`1 1/3`1`1`1`0`1


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


Taylor Baker`3`12`10`10`4`5


Kelcie Senchak`2`4`4`4`4`1


Kristen Gilpin`4`2`1`1`3`4


 


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