Taylor Baloga set the tone last Friday when the Pittston Area pitcher struck out the first batter of the Lady Patriots junior high softball game with Wyoming Valley West.
Baloga would allow just five earned runs on the afternoon as Pittston Area won its first game in over two years, 12-10, over the Lady Spartans. The Lady Patriots did not play a complete, 7-inning game a season ago.
According to Coach Stephanie Griffin, the victory was long overdue.
“We came out ready to play today. They were aggressive, and they wanted to win it,” said Griffin.
The Lady Patriots scored two quick runs on a Megan Karuzie home run, and added another on an RBI double from Lauren Dragon. PA then broke the game open with RBIs from Allie Barber, Baloga and Karuzie.
Valley West rallied to take the lead, 10-9, in the fourth inning, but the Lady Patriots would not be denied.
Pittston Area scored three runs in the sixth as Julie Lieback, Theresa Domarasky, Mindina Lieback, Dragon and Baloga all game up with RBI hits. Domarasky’s two-run single put the Lady Patriots ahead for good.
Adison Hazlet and Amanda Radginski also added two hits each to the PA attack.
“The girls played well,” said Coach Amy Hazlet. “When they got down, they rallied back to win. Their effort was outstanding.”
Patriots faced off against Berwick on Monday, but lost 8-3. Baloga picked up five more strikeouts, and Allie Barber, Amanda Radginski, and Mindina Lieback scored the Patriots three runs on RBIs by Megan Karuzie and Theresa Domarasky.
To round off the week the Lady Patriots picked up their second win of the season besting Crestwood in a 3-inning shutout.
Lauren Dragon went 3-for- 3 with a double, and Taylor Baloga added a triple to the PA’s 13 hits on the day.
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