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Pittston Area wins second straight

Blue Devils snap six-game losing streak, WA loses finale

Above, Old Forge pitcher Nicole Marianelli is in the top of her windup in the bottom of the first inning on Thursday afternoon against Riverside. Below left, OF left fielder Jess Casey throws a ball into second base from the outfield. Below right, Blue Devils third baseman Lindsay Regan makes a throw to first base for an out.

photos by rick notari

Pittston Area won its second consecutive game of the season with a 5-0 victory over Holy Redeemer on Monday in Wilkes-Barre.

Alyssa Talerico pitched the complete-game shutout for the Lady Patriots, scattering six hits and five walks over seven innings to earn the victory.

Marissa Nardone tripled and drove in two runs for Pittston Area (3-11).

The Lady Patriots will complete their Wyoming Valley Conference Division I schedule today at Crestwood at 1 p.m. The game has District 2 Class 3A playoff implications, as did many games being played this weekend, in terms of seeding spots for the upcoming tournament which was slated to begin on Tuesday or Wednesday.

WA 6, Berwick 8

Wyoming Area dropped its WVC Division 2 finale against Berwick, 8-6, on Monday afternoon in Columbia County.

The Lady Warriors had a rally stopped short in the top of the seventh when they scored three runs to close to within the final.

Melissa Eipper led Wyoming Area at the plate with three hits and an RBI. Kaitlyn Kross added two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, and Nicole Turner smacked a two-run home run among her two hits.

Adrianne Pryzbyla and Serra Degnan also added two hits and an RBI each, and Kayla Kross and Riley Thomas each chipped in with two hits for the Lady Warriors (4-10).

OF 4, Mid Valley 2

Old Forge snapped its longest losing streak in over a decade when it stopped a six-game slide with a 4-2 win over Mid Valley in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Monday night in Throop.

Nicole Marianelli picked up her first career win for the Blue Devils, allowing just four hits and three walks in seven innings on the mound. The senior also struck out four and added two hits at the plate for Old Forge (4-9).

The Blue Devils took advantage of three unearned runs in the second inning to give Marianelli a 3-0 cushion. Andi Alsalahat, Lauren Casey and Taylor Nemetz each scored runs in the inning for Old Forge.

Lindsay Regan knocked in Alsalahat in the fourth with an insurance run after the Spartanettes scored two in the bottom of the third to get within, 3-2.

Chelsea Cadwalder smashed three hits and drove in a run for the Blue Devils, and Carey added a double.

Dana Bilski, Sara Fish, Jess Casey and Nemetz all chipped in with singles for Old Forge.

Old Forge completing game today

The completion of the Old Forge/Riverside game at the Taylor Softball Complex will take place today at 3:30 p.m. The Blue Devils trailed the Lady Vikes, 5-1, in the top of the second with one out and a runner on second base.

Standings

WVC Division I East

Nanticoke…13-0

Hazleton…12-2

Crestwood…7-6

Coughlin…4-10

Pittston Area…3-11

Holy Redeemer…2-12

WVC Division I West

Dallas…10-3

Tunkhannock…9-4

Berwick…8-5

Wyoming Area…4-10

Valley West…2-11

Lackawanna Division II

Valley View…13-0

Riverside…8-5

Lakeland…7-5

Carbondale…6-7

Dunmore…6-6

Holy Cross…5-8

Old Forge…4-9

Mid Valley…2-11

This week’s schedule

Sunday

PA at Crestwood, 1

OF at Riverside, 3:30

Tuesday

District 2 Class 3A Playoffs

Wednesday

District 2 Class 1A Playoffs

Thursday

District 2 Class 3A Playoffs

Friday

District 2 Class 1A Playoffs

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