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Lady Patriots blast Valley West for first win

Pittston Area scores eight late for 14-6 victory

Above, Pittston Area center fielder Kelly Keener, left, bobbles a fly ball but still managed to hold on for the out as right fielder Steph Bartz moves in. Below left, PA shortstop Kelsey Mundenar makes a throw to first. Below right, PA first baseman Grace O’Neill squeezes a pop up for an out against Dallas earlier this week.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Pittston Area scored eight times in the bottom of the sixth to win its first game of the season, a 14-6 decision over Wyoming Valley West on Friday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown.

The Lady Patriots trailed early as the Lady Spartans scored four in the top of the first. But PA answered with three in the bottom half of the opening stanza, and later tied the score at 5-5 with two runs in the bottom of the third.

Valley West took the lead with one in the fifth, but Pittston Area answered with a run in the bottom half to set the stage for its big sixth inning.

Grace O’Neill had the big hit for the Lady Patriots with a three-run triple. The junior first baseman also added a single.

Ali Slomba added two hits and two RBI for PA, and Antoinette Scialpi went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

Kelly Keener also smacked two hits for the Lady Patriots and Marissa Nardone chipped in with a triple.

Alyssa Talerico picked up the win for Pittston Area, scattering seven hits and six walks while surrendering just three earned runs.

WA 1, Dallas 3

Wyoming Area gave Wyoming Valley Conference Division I-West leader Dallas all it could handle in a 3-1 loss to the Mountaineers on Tuesday at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.

Alex Holtz pitched seven strong innings for the Lady Warriors, scattering four hits and seven walks in allowing just one earned run while striking out seven.

WA 0, Coughlin 2

Alex Holtz gave the Lady Warriors another strong effort in the circle, but Wyoming Area could not muster any offense in a 2-0 loss to Coughlin in a WVC Division I crossover at the Atlas Sports Complex on Monday in West Pittston.

Holtz threw a complete-game, scattering six hits and one walk, allowing two earned runs while striking out six for the Lady Warriors.

Kaitlyn Kross, Kat Sokirka, Adrienne Pryzbyla and Holtz each singled for Wyoming Area.

WA 5, Tunkhannock 12

Wyoming Area fell behind early and could not recover in a 12-5 loss to Tunkhannock on the road Thursday afternoon in Wyoming County.

Serra Degnan paced the Lady Warriors at the plate, smacking two singles.

Nicole Cumbo was dealt the loss, allowing 10 hits and four walks over six innings of work.

PA 0, Hazleton 2

Pittston Area got a strong pitching performance from Alyssa Talerico in a 2-0 loss to Hazleton Area on Tuesday afternoon in a WVC Division I-East game in Hazleton.

Talerico allowed just three hits and two walks without giving up an earned run. She also struck out two and added a triple at the plate for the Lady Patriots.

PA 1, Dallas 11

Pittston Area suffered its ninth loss of the season, an 11-1 defeat to WVC Division I-West leading Dallas, 11-1, on the road Monday in the Back Mountain.

Antoinette Scialpi, Ali Slomba and Kelsey Mundenar each had hits for the Lady Patriots.

PA 3, Hazleton 18

Pittston Area scored a quick three runs in the top of the first but that would be the only ray of sunshine for the Lady Patriots in Hazleton on Thursday afternoon as the Lady Cougars responded just as quickly in an 18-3, four inning victory.

Hazleton answered the Lady Patriots three first-inning runs with nine of their own in the bottom of the first to take command.

Antoinette Scialpi and Kelly Keener both had RBI singles for PA.

Alyssa Talerico was charged with the loss, allowing 11 hits and three walks in three innings of work.

OF 1, Lakeland 6

Old Forge managed just four singles in a 6-1 loss to Lakeland in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Thursday afternoon in Chapman Lake.

The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Chelsea Cadwalder drove home Taylor Nemetz.

But that would be the only offense Old Forge could muster for pitcher Kim Regan who allowed just three earned runs in seven innings of work.

Andi Alsalahat, Nicole Marianelli, Briah Carling and Sarah Fish all singled for the Blue Devils.

OF 4, Holy Cross 7

Old Forge let a 4-0 lead slip away as Holy Cross swept the season-series from the Blue Devils with a 7-4 win on Monday afternoon in a Lackawanna League Division II game at St. Anthony’s Playground in Dunmore.

Chelsea Cadwalder plated Andi Alsalahat and Nicole Marianelli with a two-run double in the top of the first, and Dana Bilski and Lindsay Regan drove in runs in the second and third inning to give Old Forge (3-6) a 4-0 lead.

But the Lady Crusaders responded with three runs in the third and fourth to take a 6-4 lead before tacking on a run in the fifth.

Briah Carling had two hits, including a double, for the Blue Devils, and Nicole Marianelli also added a double.

OF 1, Dunmore 4

Old Forge allowed three unearned runs in the top of the seventh as Dunmore rallied for a 4-1 win over the Blue Devils on Senior Parents Night on Sunday at the Old Forge Miles Street Community Park.

The Blue Devils led 1-0 in the fifth after Sarah Fish singled home Andi Alsalahat, but it would be the only run Old Forge managed as they left nine runners on base against the Lady Bucks.

Dunmore scored all four of its runs in its final at-bat, three on two passed balls and a wild pitch. It was the only blemish on an otherwise outstanding season debut for senior pitcher Nicole Marianelli.

Marianelli allowed just four hits while striking out nine in seven innings of work.

Taylor Nemetz, Lindsay Regan and Dana Bilski each had two hits for the Blue Devils who had a total of 10 hits on the night.

Standings

WVC Division I East

Nanticoke…10-0

Hazleton…9-1

Crestwood…6-5

Coughlin…3-8

Holy Redeemer…1-9

Pittston Area…1-9

WVC Division I West

Dallas…9-1

Tunkhannock…8-3

Berwick…6-4

Wyoming Area…2-8

Valley West…2-9

Lackawanna Division II

Valley View…10-0

Riverside…7-3

Lakeland…5-5

Carbondale…5-5

Dunmore…5-5

Old Forge…3-7

Holy Cross…3-7

Mid Valley…2-8

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA v. Nanticoke

WA v. Valley West

OF at Carbondale

Tuesday

WA v. Holy Redeemer

Thursday

PA v. Coughlin

WA at Dallas

OF v. Valley View

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