Hazleton Area had to rally twice against Wyoming Area before finally pulling out a 7-6 softball victory in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional game Monday.
Hazleton Area won its ninth in a row to improve to 10-1 in Division 1. The Cougars also gained a game on Nanticoke (7-3 Div. 1), which lost to Wyoming Valley West.
Wyoming Area had a streak going as well, but not a good one. The Warriors lost their second in a row and dropped to third place in Division 2, where four teams are separated by two games in the standings.
Celine Podlesney knocked in what proved to be the winning run in the sixth with a single to left. The run that tied the score 6-6 came across on a throwing error.
Wyoming Area had nine hits until Podlesney entered in relief, including an RBI double by Nicole Turner and an RBI single by Sarah Coolbaugh in the fifth.
“She changed speeds and located the ball,” Wyoming Area coach John McNeil said. “The first (pitcher), she has a lot of potential but we were able to see the ball better. We were able to focus on the first pitcher.”
Hazleton Area’s streak looked in jeopardy earlier as Wyoming Area’s Emily Wolfgang swatted a homer, Coolbaugh drove in a run and Adrienne Przybyla knocked in two more with a single for a 4-0 lead after one inning.
Things continued to fall in place for the Warriors in the second as center fielder Bree Bednarski helped cut off a possible big inning by Hazleton Area. First, she retreated all the way to the fence to catch a flyball off the bat of Mikaela Browdy. A few fans said the catch robbed what would have been a three-run homer.
Wyoming Area 1
Berwick scored five times in the first inning to upend Wyoming Area Friday.
The Warriors were held to just three hits. Sarah Coolbaugh provided the only run with a double in the seventh inning, driving home Nicole Turner. Turner and Bree Bednarski had the other hits for Wyoming Area.
Valley West 8
Pittston Area 1
Pittston Area’s Abbey Bradigan and Lauren Dragon were each 2-for-3 but is wasn’t enough in a loss to Wyoming Valley West on Thursday.
Kasen Heim surrendered only one run in the top of the seventh as the Spartans defeated the Patriots. Leanne Dellarte led the Wyoming Valley West offense with four RBI.
Pittston Area was led by Abbey Bradigan and Lauren Dragon, who both were 2-for-3.
Pittston Area 11
Pittston Area’s Taylor Baloga proved she can carry the load for a young Pittston Area team on Wednesday.
The Patriot sophomore fired a complete game six-hitter and struck out 11 in the Pittston Area win. She had three hits at the plate, finishing the day a double shy of the cycle.
Julie Lieback also had three hits, while Lauren Dragon had two including a double for the winners.
Pittston Area had control most of the game. They did, however, give up four runs over the final two innings of play to make the score a little closer that it actually was.
Hazleton Area 11
Pittston Area 0 (5 inn.)
Winning pitcher Celine Podlesny gave up only three hits in the shutout win over the Patriots. Theresa Domasasky had a double for Pittston Area.
Wyoming Area 1
In the top of the seventh inning, Kelly Snyder hit a single to left field to bring in Samantha Missal for the game-winning run for the Mountaineers Monday.
Emily Wolfgang produced the only run for the Warriors with a single in the bottom of the first. Nicole Cumbo piched a solid game, giving up just six hits and surrendering no walks.
The opening round of the PIAA District 2 Chamionship will be on Monday, May 19.
The tournament will be an open competition for the 2013-14 school year. In all rounds of the tournament the highest seeded team of the pairing will be the home team.
In all rounds except the finals, the game will be played at the home field of the highest seeded team. There will be no admission charge. The finals will be played at a neutral site and admission will be charged.