It just seems like they can’t be beaten. And now, the Jenkins Township senior girls softball team is heading to the state tournament.
The team wrapped up the District 16 title back on on July 5. But that was just the beginning.On Thursday, Jenkins beat Christy Matthewson in the Section 5 championship and will now be heading to states.
Mindina Lieback went a 4-for-4 with a double, scoring three times and adding three RBI, as Jenkins Township defeated Christy Mathewson 8-3.
Jenkins Township, as they have all season, played stellar defense. They worked themselves out of a bases loaded, no outs situation in the fourth inning to keep Christy Mathewson in check.
Julie Lieback doubled, while Abbey Bradigan, Jordan Cegelka added singles in support of winning pitcher Dominique Quaglia.
Alison Decker struck out seven and also had two hits, including a double, for Christy Mathewson. Taryn Matti and Aimee Melnikoff each had two hits for Christy Mathewson.
The state tournament begins Wednesday in Saegertown.
In the District 16 title game, Mindina Lieback led the offensive attack with three hits, scoring three times. Mia Barbieri, Abbey Bradigan and Julie Silinskie contributed two hits each and Shelby Gardner added a single in Jenkins Township’s offensive outburst.
Winning pitcher Dominique Quaglia went the distance for Jenkins.
Nanticoke 10, Duryea/Pittston Twp. 0
Nanticoke’s Elizabeth Mendrzycki pitched a complete game one-hitter with 10 strikouts in five innings to help Nanticoke claim the district championship Tuesday.
She helped her cause with two RBI. Tiffany Brogan had a triple, double and three RBI. Rebecca Ottensman, Josette Park and Trinity Belles supplied a hit.
Sam Quinn provided the lone hit for DPT in the title game.
Mountain Top 11, Pittston City 1
Adam Litchkofski had a hit in all three at-bats to finish with two RBI for Mountain Top on Tuesday. Litchkofski, Wills and Williams combined to allow three hits over four innings.
Ethan Ghannam, Eric Pisack and Andrew Hower each singled for Pittston City. With a win, Pittston City would have played Nanticoke for the District championship.
Pittston City 10, Hanover 4
Winning pitcher Devin Markert tossed five innings and struck out six as Pittston City defeated Hanover in an elimination game on Monday.
Markert and Nikki Dennis each had a double with two RBI. Ethan Ghannam had two hits and scored three runs while Eric Pisack added two hits for Pittston City.
Zach Murphy had a double and scored a run for Hanover. Jacob Mercadante and Gavin Iosopi each added a hit.
North Wilkes-Barre 6
In a game resumed from Monday because of darkness, JPA scored six runs in the top of the eighth to break open the extra innings affair on Tuesday.
Matt Costello hit a bases-clearing double in the eighth as part of a 3-for-5 performance. Costello also shut down North Wilkes-Barre for a scoreless eighth.
Riley Brody, Cody Noone and John Bernagis each had two hits for JPA. Noone started the rally with a leadoff single.
Back Mountain National 8,
West Pittston 7 (7 inn.)
In a game played Wednesday, Josh Noone hit a game-winning double in the seventh inning to score Evan Hrominsin. Back Mountain National’s Mike Murray had three hits. Chris Killian and Will Youngman each provided two hits.
West Pittston’s J.J. Hood hit a solo home run.
Kingston/Forty Fort defeated Back Mountain National on Thursday to win the District 31 championship.
West Pittston 13, Swoyersville 7
J.J. Hood, Jake Kelleher and Ethan Elmes all collected three hits in West Pittston’s win on Monday.
Nick Ross and Jason Wiedl both had two hits, including an RBI double for Wiedl, while Mickey Flynn drove home a run with a single.
Bradley Gill had two hits for Swoyersville.
Back Mountain National 14, West Pittston 7
Josh Noone had three hits for Back Mountain National, leading the charge in a game played Sunday. E.J. Matushek, Ryan Hunt and Evan Hromisin all had two hits in the victory.
Jude Janosky and Jason Wiedl both had three hits for West Pittston.
Back Mountain 15, Greater Wyoming Area 14
Kaci Hockenberry went 5 for 5 and was a home run shy of the cycle as Back Mountain won the District 31 championship game on Thursday.
Anna Wisnewski had 11 strikeouts and two singles for Greater Wyoming Area. Ella Schultz went 4 for 5 at the plate with four singles as Linzie Skoronski and Toni Menichello also had two singles apiece.
Mimi Bendick (4 for 4) and Sidney Thomas (3 for 3) had perfect days at the plate. Sommer Zier-Norris picked up the win for Back Mountain. Mia Fenske also went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple while Maura Verecin went 4 for 5 with four singles.
Greater Wyoming Area 11, Northwest/Harvey’s Lake 1 (4 inn.)
Pitcher Anna Wisnewski threw a one-hitter in the Greater Wyoming Area victory on Monday.
Danielle Meade, Linzie Skoronsko, Jocelyn Williams and Toni Emnichello all had singles, as Emnichello also added a double.