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Holtz, Lady Warriors handle Pittston Area

Riverside gets historic win over Old Forge

Above, Pittston Area’s Grace O’Neill, left, slides safely into third base after hitting a triple under the tag of Wyoming Area’s Lexi Coolbaugh. Far left, Wyoming Area’s Kat Sokirka rounds third base against Pittston Area.

Photos by Bill Tarutis

Above, Pittston Area’s Grace O’Neill, left, slides safely into third base after hitting a triple under the tag of Wyoming Area’s Lexi Coolbaugh. Far left, Wyoming Area’s Kat Sokirka rounds third base against Pittston Area.

Photos by Bill Tarutis

Top, Wyoming Area starting pitcher Alex Holtz prepares to fire to a Pittston Area batter. Above, Wyoming Area second baseman Nicole Turner, right, goes for the ball as Pittston Area’s Kelly Keener makes it back safely. Left, Pittston Area third baseman Antoinette Scialpi throws to first base over pitcher Heather Marsico.

Top, Wyoming Area starting pitcher Alex Holtz prepares to fire to a Pittston Area batter. Above, Wyoming Area second baseman Nicole Turner, right, goes for the ball as Pittston Area’s Kelly Keener makes it back safely. Left, Pittston Area third baseman Antoinette Scialpi throws to first base over pitcher Heather Marsico.

Top, Wyoming Area starting pitcher Alex Holtz prepares to fire to a Pittston Area batter. Above, Wyoming Area second baseman Nicole Turner, right, goes for the ball as Pittston Area’s Kelly Keener makes it back safely. Left, Pittston Area third baseman Antoinette Scialpi throws to first base over pitcher Heather Marsico.

Alex Holtz received all the run support any pitcher could dream of. Behind 16 hits including three triples, the Warriors cruised 11-2 over the Pittston Area Patriots Tuesday afternoon at Pittston Area Primary School in Hughestown.

“The team today came very focused. We lost three in a row which were all well played games. We committed zero errors which were the key to our team,” said Warriors Head Coach Ted Kross.

Although Holtz showed signs of fatigue through the middle innings, Kross felt confident in his hurler.

“Holtz got a little tired but when she hit the seventh inning she stayed around the strike zone and had a lot of strikeouts.”

In a strong effort to tack runs on early, the Warriors tallied four runs on five straight hits from its first five batters in the lineup in the top of the first. Melissa Eipper highlighted the inning with a two-run single to right giving the Warriors an early advantage. Lexi Coolbaugh followed two batters later with an RBI fielder’s choice to short scoring Eipper from third.

With the Patriots on the ropes early, Holtz keep firing on all cylinders - striking out four in the first two innings of work - including keeping Patriots leading hitter Marissa Nardone from reaching base.

“We tried to stay away from her. She is their best hitter and we know what she is capably of doing. We mixed it up with her a bit and tried to keep her off-balanced” said Kross.

The Warriors kept the pressure on the PA in the top of the second. Table setters Serra Degnan and Nicole Turner led off with back-to-back bunt singles. One batter later, Eipper ripped an RBI groundout to first scoring Degnan from third. WA tallied another run in the inning after an RBI single by Riley Thomas chasing Turner home thus giving WA a 6-0 lead after two.

In the Patriots home half of the fourth, PA was able to find the break they needed. After Holtz retired the first batter, Nardone drilled a double to left center and was chased home on a Grace O’Niell RBI triple.

WA increased its large lead in the seventh inning with four runs on three hits. After Thomas and Holtz reached on an error and a fielder’s choice, Rachel Campbell launched an RBI triple to left chasing in Holtz. Lexi Coolbaugh then followed with her third RBI on the afternoon with an infield single to short. After an RBI triple by Kait Kross, Degnan lined a fielder’s choice RBI to end the Warriors scoring threat.

The Patriots mustered only five total hits on the afternoon. Kelsey Mundenear Nardone, O’Neill, Talerico and Steph Bartz carried the only hits for PA. Nardone accounted for two of the runs scored for PA

Heather Marsico suffered the loss scattering eight hits while fanning one over four innngs.

Turner went 4-5 with two runs scored. Holtz went the complete game surrendering five hits while fanning seven.

The Lady Warriors game against Dallas has been rescheduled for Tuesday at Dallas.

Old Forge loses to RV, first time this century

In a year of dubious firsts for the Old Forge softball team, the Blue Devils were on the wrong end of another one - a defeat at the hands of arch-rival Riverside. For the first time under the watch of Coach Pat Revello - a span of 20 games and 12 years - the Lady Vikes beat Old Forge, 12-2, in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Monday night at the Old Forge Miles Street Community Park.

Riverside’s last win over the Blue Devils came in 1999. Riverside wasted no time getting on the board, scoring two, two-out runs in the top of the first on an RBI-triple by Heather Derenick and an RBI single by Ana Sottile. The Lady Vikes scored their first five runs with two out.

Old Forge responded with an unearned run in their half of the first on an RBI-single by Nicole Marianelli that scored Lindsay Regan who walked to leadoff the inning. Riverside extended its lead to 4-1 in the second on a Kayla Cavanaugh two-run home run, and to 5-1 in the third on an RBI-single by Sam Eiden. The Lady Vikes added two unearned runs in the fifth for a 7-1 lead as the Blue Devils committed three errors in the frame. Riverside scored just four earned runs off Old Forge starter Kim Regan as the Blue Devils committed an uncharacteristic eight errors on the night.

Old Forge tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth as Andi Alsalahat singled, and Marianelli doubled to start the inning. But the Blue Devils managed just one run on an RBI groundout by Dana Bilski. Derenick set down the next three hitters in order.

Riverside tacked on five unearned runs in the top of the seventh as Old Forge (3-4) committed three more errors. Alsalahat and Marianelli each finished with two hits for the Blue Devils, and Taylor Nemetz walked twice. Sottile and Bethany Mickavitz each had three hits for the Lady Vikes who had six players with at least two hits.

The Old Forge game against Dunmore High School postponed Thursday is scheduled for today, Sunday, May 1.

Tunkhannock 4, PA 2

Jamie Hampsey went the distance for the win for the Tigers, allowing just three hits while striking out seven. Alyssa Talerico pitched well for PA giving up five hits put was tagged with the loss. Grace O’Neill doubled to lead the Patriots and Keener had a single.

Hazleton Area 7, WA 2

The Cougars trailed 2-0 after two innings, but rallied for seven runs to get the victory as Nicole Gasser belted two doubles and Candace VanHorn doubled and tripled. Holtz pitched a complete game for WA giving up four earned and striking out five.

Lexi Coolbaugh and Kaitlyn Kross were each 2-for-3 for the Warriors.

Nanticoke 7, WA 0

Sarah Bertoni pitched a perfect game for Nanticoke against the Lady Warriors on Friday in Nanticoke. She struck out six in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 crossover game.

Holtz struck out seven for WA.

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