Erika Book, Hazleton Area softball handles WVW


Book, Hazleton Area handles WVW

Wyoming Valley west center fielder Erin Gibbons holds up the ball after a diving catch in the seventh inning against Hazleton Area.


Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Hazleton Area right fielder Taylor Kost gets under a fly ball hit by Wyoming Valley West’s Colleen Cwalina in the second inning.


Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Wyoming Valley West shortstop Jaden Belles make the throw to second for an out in the seventh inning.


Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Hazleton Area catcher Hope Kinney looks to the bench for the signal.


Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Hazleton Area shortstop Marissa Trivelpiece fields a bouncing ground ball in the second inning on Thursday’s WVC Division 1 softball game against Wyoming Valley West.


Fred Adams | for Times Leader


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    KINGSTON — Even with four consecutive divisional championships, the Hazleton Area softball team came into the season with a big question to answer.

    Junior pitcher Erika Book appears to have solved it.

    Book was impressive once again in the circle, limiting Wyoming Valley West to three hits after a rough second inning as Hazleton Area defeated the Spartans 6-1 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game.

    Hazleton Area improved to 5-0. Valley West lost for the second consecutive time to fall to 2-2.

    Hazleton Area coach Heather Natt, who was Heather Dale last season, felt good about her team’s offense entering the season. Pitching, though, was an uncertainty. Celine Podlesney was the main hurler the past three seasons, but graduated and is now pitching for Wilkes University.

    Enter Book, who while not overpowering (50 innings, 22 strikeouts) has been effective. She had a 1.79 ERA going into the game and lowered it by allowing on run on a RBI single by Jaden Belles in the second inning.

    “Celine was a great role model and I still look up to her today,” Book said. “I just strive to do as well as she did and hopefully get to carry our team even farther.”

    The Spartans’ run put a small dent in a 4-0 lead Hazleton Area built in the top of the second thanks to five hits and a fortunate bounce — at least from the Cougars’ perspective — in the outfield.

    Hazleton Area loaded the bases in the second on consecutive one-out singles by Tiana Treon, Kyra Antolick and Kaitlyn Peters. An out later, Treon scored on Rebecca Rossi’s single to left. Then came the big blow.

    Megan Trivelpiece singled to right and as the ball bounced through an outfield dotted with tufts of grass of various lengths it abruptly rocketed past right fielder Kaitlyn Rincavage. All three runners scored.

    “That’s the way the game goes,” Valley West coach Jess Ras said. “It could have gone either way. They could have had a ball go past their right fielder. It’s just unfortunate it happened to ours.”

    Hazleton Area made it 5-1 on an RBI single by Peters in the third. Peters batted ninth and was part of a very productive lower part of the order along with fellow freshmen Treon and Antolick. The trio was 6 for 10 with three runs scored. Freshman Marissa Trivelpiece singled home the final run in the sixth.

    The victory ran Hazleton Area’s WVC regular-season winning streak to 27 games. The Cougars’ last regular-season loss was 7-3 to Nanticoke on April 24, 2015.

    “It’s a whole new team as far as personality,” Natt said, “so we don’t really like to base everything off of last season. That’s what we keep stressing. We can’t really ride on their victories. We take every game one at a time and learn from our mistakes because we’re young.”

    Dallas 4,

    Crestwood 3

    Gianna Spaciano tripled in two runs in the third inning as Dallas rallied to defeat Crestwood.

    Olivia Johnson was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Mountaineers.

    Haley Naperkowski and Sydney Sobolewski each had a double for Crestwood.

    Meyers 3,

    Lake-Lehman 2

    Lexi Bruno hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and drove home all three runs as Meyers defeated Lake-Lehman.

    Bruno also struck out nine in pitching a complete game.

    Cassie Konopki had two hits and an RBI for Lake-Lehman. Pitcher Abbey Hogan struck out 10.

    Wyo. Seminary 5,

    Hanover Area 4 (9 inn)

    Halle Kehl drove home the winning run with two outs in the final frame as the Blue Knights pulled out victory in extra innings.

    Aubrey Mytych had four hits for Sem, while Alicia Carr drove home two runs in victory. Delaney Romanchick went the distance in the circle to pick up the win for Sem, finishing with 12 strikeouts and just one walk.

    Karly Bennett had three hits and three RBI for the Hawkeyes, while Tiffany Eustice also had three hits in the defeat.

    Pittston Area 12,

    Coughlin 1

    Nina Cencetti doubled and drove home three runs and picked up the win in the circle to spark the Patriots to a five-inning victory.

    Morgan Mesaris had three hits, including a double, in the victory and Alexa McHugh added two hits with a double.

    Tori Martin homered in the fourth inning for Coughlin’s lone run.

    Northwest 10,

    MMI Prep 0

    Trista Babcock homered and drove home four runs as the Rangers rolled to a four-inning win.

    Babcock, who also scored twice, delivered a three-run shot as Northwest scored seven times in the third inning. Nicole Cragle added two doubles in the victory.

    Brooke Harvey allowed two hits in pitching the shutout.

    Nanticoke Area 4, Berwick 1

    Miranda Bohn homered and drove home two runs to lead the Trojanettes to victory.

    Bohn also picked up the victory in the circle, and Gabby Rakowski finished with double and scored a run for Nanticoke Area.

    Hazleton Area 6, Wyo. Val. West 1

    Haz. Area`AB`R`H`BI

    Kaschak 3b`5`1`2`0

    Rossi cf`3`1`1`1

    MeTrivlpiece 1b`4`0`2`1

    Kinney c`3`0`0`0

    MaTrivlpiece ss`4`0`2`1

    Book p`4`0`2`1

    Treon 3b`3`1`1`0

    Anotlick lf`4`1`3`0

    Peters dp`3`1`2`1

    AKost ph`1`1`0`0

    TKost rf`0`0`0`0

    Totals`34`6`14`4

    WVW`AB`R`H`BI

    Belles ss`4`0`2`1

    Zawadzki 1b`3`0`1`0

    Klosko 3b`3`0`0`0

    Welles c`2`0`0`0

    Boler 2b`3`0`0`0

    Cwalina dp`3`0`0`0

    Rincavage rf`3`1`1`0

    Blaski lf`3`0`1`0

    Gibbons cf`3`0`1`0

    Shedletsky p`0`0`0`

    Totals`27`1`6`1

    Hazleton Area`041`001`0`—`6

    Wyo. Val. West`010`000`0`—`1

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

    Book (W)`7.0`6`1`1`1`1

    WVW`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

    Shedletsky (L)`7.0`14`6`4`1`1

    Dallas 4, Crestwood 3

    Crestwood`021`000`0`—`3

    Dallas`013`000`x`—`4

    Pitching: CRE, Haley Naperkowski (L) 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. DAL, Maddie Kelley (W) 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.

    Top Hitters: CRE, Sydney Sobolewski 2-3, double; Naperkowski 1-3, double. DAL, Gianna Spaciano 1-3, triple, 2 RBI; Olivia Johnson 2-3, RBI.

    Meyers 3, Lake-Lehman 2

    Lehman`100`000`1`—`2

    Meyers`000`201`x`—`3

    Pitching: LL, Abbey Hogan (L) 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO). MEY, Lexi Bruno (W) 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO.

    Top Hitters: LL, Cassie Konopki 2-3, RBI; Hunter Kline 1-2, RBI. MEY, Bruno 2-3, homer, 3 RBI; Erin Morris 2-3, triple.

    Wyoming Seminary 5, Hanover Area 4 (9 innings)

    Hanover Area`011`020`000`—`4

    Wyoming Seminary`010`102`001`—`5

    Pitching — HAN, LP Sarah Tuzinski, 8.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO; SEM, WP Delaney Romanchik, 9 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO.

    Top hitters — HAN, Karly Bennett, 3 hits, 3 RBI, Tiffany Eustice, 3 hits; SEM, Aubrey Mytych 4 hits, Alicia Carr, 2 hits.

    Pittston Area 12, Coughlin 1

    Pittston Area`321`06—`12

    Coughlin`000`10—`1

    Pitching — PA, WP Nina Cencetti, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO; COU, Brittany Nastawa, 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, Montana Raggi, 4 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO.

    Top hitters — PA, Alexa McHugh 2 for 4, double, Nina Cencetti, 2 for 4, double, 3 RBI, Morgan Mesaris, 3 for 4, double. COU, Tori Martin, home run, Ashley Tomeo, double.

    Northwest 10, MMI Prep 0

    MMI Prep`000`0—`0

    Northwest`207`1—`10

    Pitching — MMI, LP Olivia Minzola, 4 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO; NW, WP Brooke Harvey, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO.

    Top hitters — NW, Trista Babcock, 2 hits, home run, 4 RBI, 2 runs, Nicole Cragle, 2 doubles.

    Nanticoke Area 4, Berwick 1

    Nanticoke Area`000`400`0`—`4

    Berwick`000`001`0`—`1

    Pitching — NAN, WP Miranda Bohn; BER, LP Kylie Levan.

    Top hitters — NAN, Miranda Bohn, 2 for 3, home run, 2 RBI, Gabby Rukowski, 2 for 3, double, run, Jenna Lipowski, 1 for 3, run, Kiera Brown, 1 for 3, RBI; BER, Kylie Levan, 3 for 3, 2 doubles, RBI, Sammi Starr, 1 hit, run, Sarah Dent, triple.

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    Wyoming Valley west center fielder Erin Gibbons holds up the ball after a diving catch in the seventh inning against Hazleton Area.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_wvw_haz1_faa.jpgWyoming Valley west center fielder Erin Gibbons holds up the ball after a diving catch in the seventh inning against Hazleton Area. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
    Hazleton Area right fielder Taylor Kost gets under a fly ball hit by Wyoming Valley West’s Colleen Cwalina in the second inning.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_wvw_haz2_faa-1.jpgHazleton Area right fielder Taylor Kost gets under a fly ball hit by Wyoming Valley West’s Colleen Cwalina in the second inning. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
    Wyoming Valley West shortstop Jaden Belles make the throw to second for an out in the seventh inning.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_wvw_haz3_faa-1.jpgWyoming Valley West shortstop Jaden Belles make the throw to second for an out in the seventh inning. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
    Hazleton Area catcher Hope Kinney looks to the bench for the signal.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_wvw_haz4_faa-1.jpgHazleton Area catcher Hope Kinney looks to the bench for the signal. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
    Hazleton Area shortstop Marissa Trivelpiece fields a bouncing ground ball in the second inning on Thursday’s WVC Division 1 softball game against Wyoming Valley West.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_wvw_haz5_faa.jpgHazleton Area shortstop Marissa Trivelpiece fields a bouncing ground ball in the second inning on Thursday’s WVC Division 1 softball game against Wyoming Valley West. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
    Book, Hazleton Area handles WVW

    By John Erzar

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    Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

    Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

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