Pittston Area suffered a loss at the bats of Crestwood in Monday’s contest. The Lady Patriots never gave up coming within one run, but falling just short in the 5-4 loss.
The Lady Patriots jumped out to an early lead 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Crestwood then plated two on a triple to left center in the third. PA then tied the game when Taylor Baloga singled and scored on a Liz Cappelloni RBI single.
Crestwood answered back with three in the fifth but the Lady Patriots put up one last stand scoring two in the seventh inning off of hits by Theresa Domarasky, Julie Silinskie and Megan Karuzie. But the rally fell short.
Baloga suffered the loss giving up five earned runs and 10 hits, but struck out eight and didn’t allow a walk.
“It was a hard loss for us, but now we realize there is still more work to be done. We can’t just settle and be content. Other teams are getting better, so we have to get better,” said Coach Stephanie Griffin.
The team bounced back against Nanticoke on Tuesday in a 9-5 win. The Pats put up eight runs in the first three frames to Nanticoke’s one.
Theresa Domarasky and Adison Hazlet reached base to start the game and both scored on a Laruen Dragon single. Dragon, Hazlet, and Domarasky would prove as keys in the game all scoring twice.
Julie Silinskie, Mindina Lieback, and Allie Barber would account for the other three runs.
The Lady Patriots had seven hits in the game by Dragon, Karuzie, Lieback, and Allie Barber. Domarasky posted a perfect 3-for-3 day while adding a walk.
"I told them it was up to them what they wanted to do after yesterday’s game. Today they told me they wanted to keep working and win. We came out on fire, which was important, and I’m proud of the way they bounced back today," Griffin said.
Baloga threw a two-hit, shut out on Thursday when the Lady Patriots took on Coughlin.
Pittston Area put up nine runs on 12 hits. Lauren Dragon and Megan Karuzie had multiple hits in the game supplemented by hits from Adison Hazlet, Mindina Lieback, Liz Cappelloni and Kassity Roche.
Amanda Radginski added a homerun and Kaitlin Loftus tripled down the first base line for PA.
The Patriots are now 6-5 on the season and look to secure the first winning record for the Junior High in over four years when they play Berwick on Tuesday.