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Holy Redeemer's Jen Ringsdorf celebrates as she rounds the bases after hitting a game-winning home run in the seventh inning Saturday. Redeemer defeated Dunmore 1-0 to advance to the District 2 Class 2A championship game on Wednesday against Holy Cross.
Holy Redeemer's Jen Ringsdorf celebrates as she rounds the bases after hitting a game-winning home run in the seventh inning Saturday. Redeemer defeated Dunmore 1-0 to advance to the District 2 Class 2A championship game on Wednesday against Holy Cross.
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WILKES-BARRE — Dunmore pitcher Sarah Ross overpowered Holy Redeemer hitters through six innings Saturday afternoon.
One pitch in the seventh and one swing from Jen Ringsdorf changed everything.
Ringsdorf blasted a home run into the trees beyond the left-field fence, giving the Royals a 1-0 victory and a spot in the District 2 Class 2A softball championship game.
Defending champ Redeemer (15-0) will play Holy Cross (14-1) at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wilkes University for the title. It's a rematch of last year's title game won 4-3 by Redeemer in eight innings.
Ross entered the game averaging over 13 strikeouts per game and was living up to that status. She had fanned 10 Royals through six innings and allowed one hit — a double to Kristen Coffay in the third that would have probably been a single if Dunmore left fielder Gabrielle Summa didn't slip.
With Redeemer pitcher Kaya Swanek also dominant after some early struggles, the game appeared destined for extra innings. Then Ringsdorf came to the plate to start the bottom of the seventh.
“Jen went up to bat,” Redeemer co-coach John Bryan said, “and I said to her, 'Listen, she is going to get ahead of you. If it's down the middle, you know what, let's see your best swing and the game is over.' ”
The ball ended up in the same clump of trees where Ringsdorf hit a three-run homer in a 6-5 victory over Nanticoke on Wednesday.
“It felt great coming off my bat,” Ringsdorf said. “I didn't know it was going to go out. I thought it was going to be a single or a double. But when I saw it go over the fence, that was the best.”
And for Dunmore (11-4), it was last year's D2-2A semifinals all over again. The Bucks fell in the same round last year to Holy Cross 4-2 in nine innings on a three-run home run.
“Sarah gave us an awful lot in four years,” Dunmore coach Ryan Ferguson said of his pitching ace. “Over 500 strikeouts. Carried the program on her back. I couldn't be any more proud of her.”
Dunmore finished with six hits, but five came in the first two innings. The Bucks had first-and-second in the first and second innings. They also had first-and-third in the fifth.
Redeemer's biggest sigh of relief came in the second with the bases empty. Dunmore's Lauren Domiano launched a pitch foul down the left-field line that just missed being a homer.
“Six inches,” Ferguson said. “By six inches.”
Swanek wasn't overpowering over the final five innings, recording just one strikeout. But she retired the side in order in three of those innings and received flawless defense, especially from freshman third baseman Victoria Steinetz who had a team-high six assists.
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D2-2A Semifinal
Holy Redeemer 1, Dunmore 0
Dunmore`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR
Brianna Frable dp`3`0`1`0`0`0`0
Maggie Scalzo c`3`0`1`0`1`0`0
Sarah Ross p`2`0`2`0`0`0`0
Gina Tallo rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Carly Tallo 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Ally Borgia cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Lauren Domiano 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Gabrielle Summa lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0
Marina Pegula 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0
Julie Cardillo ss`1`0`0`0`0`0`0
Totals`27`0`6`0`1`0`0
Redeemer`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR
Chelsea Skrepenak c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0
Jen Ringsdorf cf`3`1`1`1`0`0`1
Julie Kosik lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Kaya Swanek p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Olivia Mennig dp`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Kaitlyn Kaluzny 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Victoria Steinetz 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Lydia Lawson rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0
Kristen Coffay ss`2`0`1`0`1`0`0
Katie Gushka 1b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0
Totals`20`1`2`1`1`0`1
Dunmore`000`000`0`—`0
Holy Redeemer`000`000`1`—`1
Dunmore`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO
Ross (L)`6.0`2`1`1`0`10
Redeemer`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO
Swanek (W)`7.0`6`0`0`1`4
DISTRICT 2 SOFTBALL GLANCE
CLASS 4A
(one team to states)
Monday's Result
Williamsport 8, Wallenpaupack 1
Tuesday's Result
Wyo. Valley West 3, Scranton 2 (10 inn.)
Wednesday's Result
Semifinals
Williamsport 4, Delaware Valley 2
Friday's Result
Semifinals
Hazleton Area 11, Wyo. Valley West 1
Tuesday, May 27
Championship
No. 3 Williamsport (12-8) vs. No. 1 Hazleton Area (14-2), 4:30 p.m. at Wilkes University
Thursday, May 29
(If Williamsport wins tournament)
D2-4A championship
Hazleton Area vs. Delaware Valley site & time TBA
CLASS 3A
(one team to states)
Monday's Results
Dallas 9, Scranton Prep 0
North Pocono 2, Crestwood 0
Tunkhannock 10, Western Wayne 0 (6 inn.)
Abington Heights 9, Lake-Lehman 0
Wyoming Area 10, Coughlin 1
Honesdale 16, Pittston Area 1 (3 inn.)
Berwick 7, West Scranton 0
Wednesday's Results
Quarterfinals
Valley View 3, Dallas 0
Tunkhannock 3, North Pocono 2
Wyoming Area 2, Abington Heights 1
Berwick 1, Honesdale 0
Friday's Results
Semifinals
Tunkhannock 2, Valley View 0 (game called after 6 innings)
Berwick 8, Wyoming Area 7
Wednesday, May 28
Championship
No. 4 Tunkhannock (12-5) vs. No. 2 Berwick (14-3), 5 p.m. at Wilkes University
CLASS 2A
(one team to states)
Monday's Results
Holy Redeemer 15, Wyoming Seminary 1 (5 inn.)
Nanticoke 6, Riverside 1
Northwest 10, Elk Lake 1 (4 inn.)
Dunmore 5, Mid Valley 0
Montrose 11, GAR 1 ( 5 inn.)
Hanover Area 17, Meyers 0 (4 inn.)
Mt. View 5, Lakeland 4
Holy Cross 4, Carbondale 0
Tuesday's Result
Quarterfinals
Holy Cross 5, Mt. View 0
Wednesday's Results
Quarterfinals
Holy Redeemer 6, Nanticoke 5
Dunmore 4, Northwest 0
Thursday's Results
Quarterfinals
Hanover Area 6, Montrose 0
Friday's Results
Semifinals
Dunmore at Holy Redeemer, ppd.
Holy Cross 10, Hanover Area 1
Saturday's Result
Semifinals
Holy Redeemer 1, Dunmore 0
Wednesday, May 28
Championship
No. 1 Holy Redeemer (15-0) vs. No. 2 Holy Cross (14-1), 2:30 p.m. at Wilkes University
CLASS A
(one team to states)
Tuesday's Results
Blue Ridge 8, MMI Prep 5
Old Forge 9, Forest City 1
Thursday's Result
Semifinals
Susquehanna 2, Blue Ridge 1
Friday's Result
Semifinals
Old Forge 8, Lackawanna Trail 7
Tuesday, May 27
Championship
No. 1 Susquehanna (10-3) vs. No. 3 Old Forge (4-10), 4:30 p.m. at Mid Valley H.S.

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