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Hazleton Area's MacKenzie Yori hits a single in bottom of the sixth inning Monday against Lower Dauphin.
Hazleton Area's MacKenzie Yori hits a single in bottom of the sixth inning Monday against Lower Dauphin.
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EDWARDSVILLE — There would be no heroic seventh-inning comeback again. Like the previous six innings, anything Hazleton Area hit — be it hard or not — seemed to find a fielder’s glove.

Hazleton Area was held to two hits and a couple errors led to a pair of unearned runs as Lower Dauphin defeated the Cougars 2-0 Monday in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A softball playoffs.

District 2 champion Hazleton Area (20-3) was retired in order three times by Lower Dauphin freshman Ava Bottiglia. The final time was in the seventh and the second out epitomized the Cougars’ bad luck. Samantha Varela hit a drive into the left-center gap that Lower Dauphin center fielder Kayla Holl ran down.

“Seven shots to the warning track,” Hazleton Area acting head coach Ted Treon said. “We hit it hard all day long right at them.”

It didn’t help the D3 runner-up Lower Dauphin (19-5) positioned its outfield on the edge of the warning track at Wilkes University, where Hazleton Area rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Williamsport 4-3 last Tuesday.

“For our outfielders, we have a lot of speed and they have pretty good arms,” said Lower Dauphin assistant coach Kate Farber, who ran the team in the absence of head coach Steve Alcorn. “So we rely on not letting the ball get behind us. As long as we can keep the ball in front of us, we’ve have a good shot at throwing people out and keeping them to the smallest amount of bases that we can.”

Bottiglia had a no-hitter through five innings before Hazleton Area’s MacKenzie Yori fluttered a weak pop-up over the head of third baseman Emily Lingle for a hit to start the sixth. Abby Sachse followed with an infield single, but Bottiglia retired six in a row to preserve the win.

Bottiglia entered the game with 144 strikeouts in 85 innings. She fanned only three Monday. The closest Hazleton Area came to scoring was in the fourth when Lexi Wolk reached third with two outs, only to be stranded. The Cougars were shut out for the first time since the D2/4-4A championship game in 2013.

It didn’t help matters that the normally stout Hazleton Area defense committed two costly errors.

The first miscue came with the bases loaded in the fourth that gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead. The other came in the sixth when a grounder was booted then thrown wide of first, allowing Lower Dauphin’s Maddi Kotchey to reach second base. She scored when Holl followed with a single up the middle.

“We had a few uncharacteristic errors from our top defenders,” Treon said. “It was costly.”

On the bright side, Hazleton Area should enter the 2015 season as the favorites to repeat as the district champion.

“Everyone is back,” Treon said. “We’ll be bigger, stronger and faster and hungrier.”


PIAA Class 4A First Round

Lower Dauphin 2, Hazleton Area 0

Lower Dauphin`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Maddie Lilliock 2b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Kaylee Stoner ss`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Emily Lingle 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sam Gorman dp`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kelly Palmer pr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

Maddi Kotchey 1b`3`1`1`0`1`0`0

Kayla Hall cf`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Leah Decker lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Shelby Alcorn c`3`0`1`0`1`0`0

Jamie Knaub rf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Ava Bottiglia p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Hazleton Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Mackenzie Yori 3b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Abby Sachse lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Maria Trivelpiece 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Lexi Wolk cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Megan Trivelpiece dp`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Celine Podlesney p`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Samantha Varela 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Hope Kinney c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Mikaela Browdy ss`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Victoria Bernotas rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Lower Dauphin`000`101`0`—`2

Hazleton Area`000`000`0`—`0

E: Lower Dauphin 1, Haz Area 3. LOB: Lower Dauphin 7, Haz Area 5. SB: Ma.Trivelpiece, Wolk 2.

Lower Dauphin`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Bottiglia (W)`7.0`1`0`0`2`3

Haz Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Varela (L)`2.0`3`2`0`2`2


Numbers before each teams are district and seed.


Monday’s Results

Avon Grove 5, Central 0

Parkland 5, Spring-Ford 0

Archbishop Ryan 6, North Penn 0

Lower Dauphin 2, Hazleton Area 0

Souderton 12, Cumberland Valley 3

Central Mountain 7, Manheim Twp. 6

Latrobe 6, Shaler 4

DuBois 5, Canon McMillan 4



(Sites & times TBA)

• D1-1 Avon Grove vs. D11-1 Parkland

• D12-1 Archbishop Ryan vs. D3-2 Lower Dauphin

• D1-3 Souderton vs. D6-1 Central Mountain

• D7-3 Latrobe vs. D9-1 DuBois

Monday, June 9


• Avon Grove/Parkland winner vs. Archbishop Ryan/Lower Dauphin winner

• Souderton/Cent. Mountain winner vs. Latrobe/DuBois

Friday, June 13

Championship, 12:30 p.m. Penn State University



Monday’s Results

Radnor 10, Franklin Towne Charter 0

Bethlehem Catholic 3, Lampeter Strasburg 2

Lansdale Catholic 8, Donegal 4

Berwick 18, Mifflinburg 12

Springfield-Delco 4, Shippensburg 2

St. Mary’s 5, Mars 4

Thomas Jefferson 8, Bellefonte 3

Greensburg Salem 2, Warren 0

Thursday’s Games


(Sites & times TBA)

• D1-1 Radnor vs. D11-1 Bethlehem Catholic

• D12-1 Lansdale Catholic vs. D2-1 Berwick

• D1-2 Springfield-Delco vs. D9-1 St. Mary’s

• D7-1 Thomas Jefferson vs. D7-3 Greensburg Salem

Monday, June 9


• Radnor/Beth. Catholic winner vs. Lansdale Cath./Berwick winner

• Springfield-Delco/St. Mary’s winner vs. Jefferson/Greensburg Salem winner

Friday, June 13

Championship, 5:30 p.m. Penn State University



Monday’s Results

Susquenita 10, Swenson 1

Pen Argyl 3, St. Basil’s 2

Delone Catholic 7, Conwell Egan 6

Central Columbia 5, Holy Cross 4

Beaver 6, Everett 0

Phillipsburg-Osceola 19, Moniteau 6

D6-1 Bald Eagle Area vs. D7-3 Seton LaSalle, night

Wilmington 8, Deer Lakes 7

Thursday’s Games


(Sites & times TBA)

• D3-1 Susquenita vs. D11-1 Pen Argyl

• D3-2 Delone Catholic vs. D4-1 Central Columbia

• D7-1 Beaver vs. D6-2 Phillipsburg-Osceola

• Bald Eagle/Seton LaSalle winner vs. D10-1 Wilmington

Monday, June 9


• Susquenita/Pen Argyl winner vs. Delone Cath./Cent. Columbia winner

• Beaver/Phillipsburg-Osceola winner vs. Bald Eagle/Seton LaSalle/Wilmington winner

Friday, June 13

Championship, 10 a.m. Penn State University



Monday’s Results

Bristol 24, GAMP 0

South Williamsport 5, Old Forge 3

Minersville 13, Bloomsburg 3

Halifax 5, Hope of Hyndman 0

Neshannock 11, Smethport 1

Burgettstown 6, Southern Huntington 4

Claysburg Kimmel 8, DuBois Cent. Cath. 2

Iroquois 10, Southside Beaver 7

Thursday’s Games


(Sites & times TBA)

• D1-1 Bristol vs. D4-1 South Williamsport

• D11-1 Minersville vs. D3-1 Halifax

• D7-1 Neshannock vs. D7-3 Burgettstown

• D6-2 Claysburg Kimmel vs. D10-1 Iroquois

Monday, June 9


• Bristol/South Williamsport winner vs. Minersville/Halifax winner

• Neshannock/Burgettstown winner vs. Claysburg Kimmel/Iroquois winner

Friday, June 13

Championship, 3 p.m. Penn State University

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