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Holtz, Kross lead WA to opening win

Old Forge wins opener, PA loses to Nanticoke

At right, Wyoming Area’s Serra Degnan leaps out of the way of an errant Tunkhannock pitch in a rain shortened game on Friday. Below left, Antoinette Scialpi watches a ball she hit foul. Below right, Old Forge’s Lindsay Regan makes a play to first, and her sister Kim Regan fires a pitch to the plate against Dunmore

WA/PA photos by BILL TARUTIS OF photos by rick notari

Pictured above, Pittston Area’s Heather Marsico delivers a pitch against Nanticoke on Monday afternoon. Below left, Wyoming Area sophomore Alex Holtz fires a pitch in a rain-shortened game against Tunkhannock on Friday. Below right, Old Forge rightfielder Taylor Nemetz throws out a Dunmore runner at first base.

PA and WA photo by BILL TARUTIS/OF photos by rick notari

Wyoming Area used a 14-hit attack to win its WVC Division I West opener over Wyoming Valley West, 4-1, on Monday afternoon in Kingston.

The Lady Warriors got three hits each from centerfielder Kayla Kross and winning-pitcher Alex Holtz, but it was freshman Nicole Turner who got things started for Wyoming Area.

Turner stroked a one-out single before Kross singled behind the WA second baseman. A groundout to second by Melissa Eipper moved the runners, and Riley Thomas followed with a two-run double to give the Lady Warriors a 2-0 lead.

Wyoming Area added two more in the second as Kaitlyn Kross singled to left with one out, and Serra Degnan singled to give the Lady Warriors first-and-second with Turner coming to the plate.

Turner delivered her second single of the game to score Kaitlyn Kross, and two batters later, Eipper delivered an RBI single to score Degnan for the 4-0 lead.

Holtz made the four runs stand up with seven strong innings of two-hit pitching. The sophomore also struck out seven while walking three.

Thomas added another hit for the Lady Warriors, and Eipper also smacked a second single.

The Lady Warriors game with Tunkhannock was called in the bottom of the first on Friday with Wyoming Area leading 2-0 with runners on first and second and one out. The game will be picked up on Tuesday at Atlas Field from the point of interruption.

OF 2, Dunmore 1

Old Forge rallied with two runs in the final two innings to edge Dunmore, 2-1, in the Blue Devils Lackawanna League Division II opener on Monday afternoon in Dunmore.

Nicole Marianelli started the rally in the sixth inning by reaching on an error. The senior centerfielder then stole second base and moved to third on a single by Dana Bilski. Marianelli then scored on a Chelsea Cadwalder fielder’s choice to knot the score at 1-1.

In the top of the seventh, Marianelli drove home Andi Alsalahat with the eventual game-winning run on a single to centerfield. Alsalahat reached on an infield single and then moved to second on an error before scoring easily on Marianelli’s hit.

Sophomore Kim Regan picked up her first varsity win in allowing just three hits and an unearned run while surrendering just one walk. She struck out five.

PA 1, Nanticoke 9

Pittston Area opened its season with a 9-1 loss to Nanticoke on the road on Monday in a WVC Division I East affair.

The Trojanettes got out to a 7-0 lead after the first three innings as they touched PA starter Heather Marsico for three home runs among their 10 hits.

Marissa Nardone smacked two singles for the Lady Patriots, and drove in her team’s only run with a sixth-inning single to score Kelsey Mundenar who singled and stole second to start the inning.

Grace O’Neill added a double and a walk for PA, and Antoinette Scialpi chipped in with a single.

Standings

WVC Division I East

Nanticoke…1-0

Coughlin…1-0

Crestwood…0-0

Hazleton…0-0

Pittston Area…0-1

Holy Redeemer…0-1

WVC Division I West

Wyoming Area…1-0

Tunkhannock…1-0

Dallas…0-0

Berwick…0-1

Valley West…0-1

LL Division II

Old Forge…1-0

Valley View…1-0

Riverside…1-0

Carbondale…1-0

Lakeland…0-1

Dunmore…0-1

Mid Valley…0-1

Holy Cross…0-1

This week’s schedule

Monday

PA v. Holy Redeemer

WA v. Berwick

OF v. Lakeland

Tuesday

PA at Coughlin

WA v. Tunkhannock, sspd.

OF v. Holy Cross

Thursday

PA v. Crestwood

OF v. Carbondale

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