JERMYN — A trio of heartbreaking extra-inning losses in the District 2 semifinals ended the softball seasons of Nanticoke, Bishop Hoban and Dallas.
The Trojans dropped a 3-2 decision to Lakeland in nine innings, while the Argents fell to Carbondale 2-1 in 10 innings. Both came in the Class 2A semifinals.
In 3A action, top-seeded Dallas fell to Abington Heights.
Lakeland (16-3) will face Carbondale (16-2) in Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A title game. Abington will take on Valley View for the 3A championship on Wednesday.
Nanticoke (13-4) held a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth, but Chiefs’ pitcher Arielle Pruzinsky, who struck out 12 in the complete-game win, kept the Trojans off-balance with her rising fastball.
Jen Harnischfeger walked in the top of the third and stole two bases then came around to score on an RBI single by Jess Higgins. The hit by Higgins was the only one Nanticoke would muster off the standout pitcher.
Kristy Talarico doubled in Lindsay Kraky to get Lakeland’s first run in the sixth inning. Lakeland tied the score in the bottom of the seventh and won the game with two outs in the ninth when Talarico drove in Kraky – this time with a bloop single behind third base.
The Trojans played solid defense and got out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning to force a ninth.
Higgins pitched all nine innings. She allowed seven hits and two walks, while fanning three.
The Argents (12-5) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Rachel Keefe singled and Kayla Kotch hit an RBI-double. But those were the only two hits Hoban would get all game.
The Chargerettes’ Brittany Mang scored on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Cantanazarro in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 1.
The winning run scored when Jen Loomis blooped a single to right field with two outs scoring Maryanna Adams.
Kim Orloski pitched all 10 innings for the Argents and only allowed three hits, while striking out seven.
Tamara Wagner hit a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to lead third-seeded Williamsport (16-4) into the District 2 Class 4A championship game against fourth-seeded Wyoming Valley West.
Williamsport catcher Janelle Lukens led off the game with a solo home run.
Delaware Valley took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI-double by Tine Martines and a Rachel Fredell single.
The Black Knights jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one and made it stand up for a victory in the District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals.
Mike Prater and Mike Eckman each drove in a pair of runs for Lehman (13-3), which will host sixth-seeded Dunmore in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Scott Davis struck out three and walked none in six innings of work for the No. 2 Knights, who beat the Hawkeyes (11-5) for the third time this season.
Senior A.J. Albee led seventh-seeded Hanover at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Chargers rightfielder Nick Mazza made a diving catch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to save the game for Carbondale in a Class 2A quarterfinal.
With the bases loaded and the fourth-seeded Grenadiers down to their final out, Steve Galella (2-for-4) hit a shot to right that nearly fell in to perhaps win the game for GAR (12-4).
Chargers starter Lou Montione was strong on the hill, scattering six hits in the complete-game victory.
Adam Wayman went the distance for GAR, striking out five. Chris Kish had two hits.
The second-seeded Blue Devils punched their ticket to the Class A finals by upending No. 3 Bishop Hafey in the semis.
Old Forge (16-2) will face top-seeded Northwest Area in Wednesday’s title game at a site and time to be determined.
The Vikings (12-5) played in their final game, as Bishop Hafey closes its doors at the end of the school year.
Mark Covert and Drew Slocum won twice on Friday to advance to the second and final day of competition at the PIAA Class 2A doubles tournament at Hershey Racquet club.
The Mountaineers tandem knocked off the Wyomissing team of Jesse Macadangdang and Robert Early, 6-3, 6-1, in the opening round.
Covert and Slocum, the top seed from District 2, then rallied to beat Ryan Baxter and David Brown of Montoursville, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarters.
They will take on the Fairview team of Drew Baer and Jerry Eighmy in today’s semifinals, with the championship match scheduled for 1 p.m.