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Lady Warriors’ winning streak snapped

Old Forge loses rare back-to-back games

PA outfielder Kelly Keener settles in under a flyball for an out against Crestwood.

PA photo by tony callaio

Wyoming Area shortstop Serra Degnan, left, catches the ball late as Berwick’s Margaret Bridge steals second base.

Above, Wyoming Area second baseman Nicole Turner makes a throw to first base for an out.

WA photos by BILL TARUTIS

Pictured clockwise from top, Wyoming Area third baseman Lexi Coolbaugh tags out a Berwick runner. Pittston Area pitcher Heather Marsico fires a pitch to the plate against Holy Redeemer. WA pitcher Alex Holtz is about to deliver a strike against Berwick. PA shortstop Kelsey Mundenar makes a play to first base for an out.

WA Photos by BILL TARUTIS PA photos by tony callaio

Wyoming Area dropped its first Wyoming Valley Conference Division I West game of the season, a 2-1 decision to Berwick, at the Atlas Sports Complex on Monday afternoon in West Pittston.

The Lady Warriors managed just five hits against the Lady Dawgs in the loss.

Alex Holtz singled home Riley Thomas in the bottom of the sixth to cut the WA deficit to 2-1, but the Lady Warriors would get non closer. Thomas had singled earlier in the inning before moving to second on a ground out.

Kaitlyn Kross added a double for Wyoming Area (6-2 overall, 1-2 WVC), and Nicole Turner and Adrianne Pryzbyla both added singles.

Holtz was charged with the loss after scattering seven hits and four walks while striking out two.

WA 6, Tunkhannock 11

Wyoming Area jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning but could not hold on as Tunkhannock rallied for the 11-6 victory in a WVC Division I West game on Friday afternoon at the Atlas Sports Complex in West Pittston.

Nicole Turner and Serra Degnan paced the Lady Warriors at the plate.

Turner went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, and Degnan went 2-for-3 for the Lady Warriors.

PA 1, Crestwood 4

Heather Marsico gave Pittston Area her best effort of the season on the mound but it was not enough as the Lady Patriots lost 4-1 to Crestwood in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I East game on Thursday at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown.

Marsico allowed just six hits and two earned runs while walking just one and striking out six in being charged with the loss.

Marissa Nardone smacked two hits and scored the lone Pittston Area (0-4) run.

PA 6, Coughlin 8

Pittston Area took an early three-run lead but could not hold on as Coughlin scored eight runs in four innings as the Lady Patriots lost its third straight game to open the season, 8-6, to the Lady Crusaders in a WVC Division I East game on Tuesday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.

Marissa Nardone homered and tripled for PA as the Lady Patriots took a 3-0 lead after the top of the third inning.

But Coughlin responded with three in the bottom of the third, and scored five more runs over the next three innings before Pittston Area scored three in the top of the seventh to close within 8-6 before the door was shut on its comeback attempt.

Grace O’Neill finished with three hits, including a double for Pittston Area (0-3).

OF 7, Lakeland 4

Andi Alsalahat blasted a sixth-inning grand slam to rally Old Forge to a 7-4 victory over Lakeland in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Monday night at the Old Forge Miles Street Community Park.

Trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Briah Carling dumped a single into left field before freshman Taylor Nemetz beat out a sacrifice bunt for an infield single to give the Blue Devils first-and-second with no outs.

After Jess Casey moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt, leadoff hitter Lindsay Regan drew a walk after a 10-pitch at-bat in which the senior fouled off five pitches to keep her at-bat alive.

Then on a 1-0 pitch, Alsalahat drilled a waist-high fastball approximately 220-feet over the centerfield fence for her second home run of the night.

The senior also gave Old Forge (2-0) its first run of the night on a one-out homer in the top of the first inning. The Blue Devils went back-to-back in their first at-bat when Nicole Marianelli roped a line drive over the right centerfield fence for a 2-0 lead.

Lakeland took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, but Old Forge tied the score in its half of the inning when Chelsea Cadwalder singled in Alsalahat who had singled to lead off the inning.

The Lady Chiefs retook the lead in the fourth when they manufactured a run on an infield single and a single to center by Dana Prudente.

Alsalahat finished 4-for-4 on the night with three runs scored and five RBI for Old Forge, and Marianelli and Nemetz both came up with two hits for the Blue Devils.

Kim Regan fought off a bit of wildness to pick up her second win of the season. The junior allowed just two earned runs and seven hits while walking four. Regan also struck out eight, including the top three hitters in the Lakeland lineup in the top of the seventh.

OF 4, Holy Cross 18

Old Forge suffered its most lopsided defeat in over a decade, allowing 16 runs in the final two innings of an 18-4, six-inning loss to Holy Cross on Tuesday night at the Old Forge Miles Street Community Park.

The Blue Devils led 3-2 entering the fifth inning, but the Lady Crusaders would send 24 batters to the plate as they batted around in both the fifth and six innings to invoke the 10-run rule. Two Old Forge pitchers allowed 10 hits and issued seven walks during the onslaught.

Chelsea Cadwalder drove in two runs for the Blue Devils with a one-out single in the first inning when Old Forge (2-1) took a 3-0 lead.

Sarah Fish added an RBI double for the Blue Devils, and Dana Bilski drew two walks and scored two runs.

OF 0, Carbondale 1

Two days after allowing 16 runs, Old Forge bounced back and allowed just one. But its second straight loss was just as crushing as the first as the Blue Devils were no-hit by Carbondale’s Mackenzie Lynn in a 1-0, eight-inning defeat on Thursday night at the Old Forge Miles Street Community Park.

It’s the first time in over five years Old Forge (1-2) has lost back-to-back Lackawanna League games.

Lynn was untouchable through the first three innings, striking out the first nine Blue Devils.

Old Forge’s Kim Regan was equal to the task, allowing only two runners to reach on an error and a walk during the first four innings of play. The sophomore allowed Carbondale’s first hit in the fifth which was quickly erased by a ground-ball double play.

Regan struck out nine hitters on the night, including the side in the third.

But CA got to the first-year starter in the eighth on a walk, bunt single, a passed ball and a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.

Sarah Fish gave the Blue Devils their only runner when she drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the eighth. Pinch-runner Michelle Giacometti stole second but was stranded there when Lynn fanned her 16th batter to end the game.

Standings

WVC Division I East

Nanticoke…4-0

Crestwood…3-1

Hazleton…2-1

Coughlin…2-2

Holy Redeemer…1-4

Pittston Area…0-4

WVC Division I West

Dallas…2-0

Tunkhannock…3-1

Berwick…2-1

Wyoming Area…1-2

Valley West…0-4

LL Division II

Valley View…4-0

Carbondale…3-1

Riverside…2-1

Old Forge…2-2

Mid Valley…1-2

Lakeland…1-3

Dunmore…1-3

Holy Cross…1-3

This week’s schedule

Monday

WA at Crestwood

OF at Valley View

Tuesday

PA v. Valley West

WA v. Dallas

Wednesday

PA at Berwick

WA v. Holy Redeemer

OF v. Mid Valley

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