Times Leader 2009 softball all-stars
Jenn Harnischfeger, shortstop Nanticoke, junior
The slick-fielding shortstop played a key role
in Nanticokes run to the Division I East title. Harnischfeger
displayed excellent range and an accurate throwing arm. She batted .367,
including two home runs and two doubles. A hard-nosed competitor, she
served as a leader on the field for coach Gary Williams squad.
Amanda Cardone, catcher Nanticoke, junior
The strong-armed Cardone was one of the best
defensive catchers in the WVC, allowing just two stolen bases. She was
a solid performer on offense, providing several key hits to help battery
mate Sarah Bertoni. Shes a very steady player with good
instincts, said Nanticoke coach Gary Williams, whose team was
12-5 and won the WVC Division I East title.
Sarah Bertoni, pitcher Nanticoke, sophomore
A budding superstar, Bertoni had a sensational
rookie season for the Trojanettes The 5-2 right-hander threw a perfect
game and followed it with a no-hitter. She posted a 12-4 record, with
143 strikeouts in 104 innings, and walked just 22. Bertoni also was
one the best fielding pitchers in the WVC, and her coolness under fire
made her an intimidating presence.
Nanticoke Area wins Division I East title
Steve Bennett - Citizens Voice
Sarah Bertonis first mistake of the day put the
Nanticoke Area softball team in a one-run hole that, at the time, appeared
to be too big of a one to dig out of, particularly the way Hazleton
Areas Shannon Salvaterra was pitching .Her
second mistake is one that she will certainly have no trouble dealing
Bertonis fielders choice to third
base with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Angela
Hillan with the deciding run in Nanticoke Areas 3-2 victory, Saturday
afternoon at Hanover Area High School. The wins gives the Trojans the
Division I East championship and the second seed in next weeks
District 2 Class AA tournament. With the loss, Hazleton Area drops to
the No. 3 seed in the Class AAAA tournament.
I was really nervous, I knew I had to hit
the ball hard, Bertoni said. I was trying to hit the ball
to the right side but it didnt really work out that way.
On the mound, Bertoni was perfect through the
first three innings before giving up a leadoff infield single to Candice
VanHorn to start the fourth. Two batters later, Bertoni left a pitch
up over the plate to Salvaterra who belted it over the left field fence
for a two-run homer and a 2-1 Hazleton Area lead.
We tried to keep the ball off the plate
as much as possible, Nanticoke Area coach Gary Williams said.
We try to throw a lot of different pitches, we didnt throw
as many fastballs today. Every pitcher is allowed to make one mistake.
Salvaterras homer came an inning after
Nanticoke Area took a 1-0 lead when Jen Harnischfeger scored on a two-out
hit by Amanda Cardone. Following the Cardone hit, Salvaterra settled
in and retired 11 of the next 12 batters before pinch-hitter Katie Wolfe
reached on an error with one out in the seventh.
Hillan singled to right to put runners on first
and second and Harnischfeger tied the game with a double to the gap
in left-center to put runners on second and third. Hazleton Area coach
Vince Trivelpiece attempted to protect against the ground ball by bringing
in an outfielder to play the infield before intentionally walking Sammi
Gow to load the bases.
That brought Bertoni to the plate who hit a ground
ball to third and, after Hillan got a great jump from the bag, slid
in to beat the throw from the third baseman with the game-winning run.
We came through like we had to, Williams
said. We got the clutch hit when we needed it. That ground ball
at the end was just enough to get the job done.
Citizens' Voice Athlete of the Week
Family: Parents, Eileen and Bob Bertoni; Brother,
Accomplishment: Bertoni was unhittable last week. She
threw the first perfect game of her high school career in Nanticoke
Areas 10-0 win over Tunkhannock. Four dayslater, Bertoni pitched
a seven-inning no-hitter to give the Trojans a 2-0 win over Crestwood
and sole possession of first place in Division I East. She combined
to strike out 19 batters in the two games.
GETTING TO KNOW SARAH BERTONI
Favorite subject: English
Favorite book: A Child Called It
Favorite movie: Yes Man
Favorite singer: Beyonce
Favorite food: Chicken tenders
Favorite junk food: Funfetti cookies
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite team: Philadelphia Phillies
Favorite athlete: Jimmy Rollins
Sarahs dream prom date: Channing Tatum
Away from softball, Sarah enjoys . . . hanging
out with friends and family.
If Sarah could switch places with any athlete
for one day, shed like to swap spots with . . . Olympian Shawn
Sarahs favorite thing about softball is
. . . winning.
Sarah thinks the hardest thing about softball
is . . . staying in shape.
Sarahs biggest nemesis in the conference
is . . . Coughlins Kendra Hayward.
The game this season that Sarah is most looking
forward to . . . District 2 final.
If Sarah could strike out any batter in history,
shed like to fan . . . her brother.
Sarahs biggest role model has been . .
. her dad.
On the horizon for Sarah . . . attend college
and study to become a physical therapist.
Sarahs perfect day would be . . . winning
the lottery, going on a shopping spree, pitching a perfect game and
getting a puppy.
Trojanette Softball Outlook
Head coach: Gary Williams
2008 record: 11-4, District 2 Class AA champion
Outlook: The Trojanettes lost pitcher
Jess Higgins and Shannon Kowalski at first base, but they return seven
starters from last years district championship team. Depth and
experience will be key factors for Nanticoke as will the return of Jenn
Harnischfeger (shortstop), Amanda Cardone (catcher) and Sara Bertoni
Trojanettes are team to beat
Jill Snowdon - Citizens' Voice
With 16 underclassmen on its roster, Nanticoke Area might not be the
team one would expect to be the favorite in Wyoming Valley Conference
softball. But those underclassmen enter the varsity level with a 45-0
junior high record. Add in a solid group of returning players and the
Trojanettes are the unanimous choice among conference coaches to make
a run at another District 2 title.
We have freshman and sophomores who have
won two District 2 titles in junior high, Nanticoke Area coach
Gary Williams. I think we should have a pretty good year.
Sophomore Sara Bertoni has shown promise in her
first two starts on the mound for the Trojanettes. Jenn Harnischfeger
is one of the best athletes in the area and she returns at shortstop,
while Amanda Cardone is a retuning catcher.
I think were solid all the way around,
Williams said. Sara is pitching extremely well. Were solid
defensively and we have good depth. We have kids who can step in if
anyone gets hurt.
Watch for Hazleton Area to make a push for the
top spot in the Division I East standings. The Cougars have a new coach,
excellent hitters and a tough defense.
Dallas is coming off an 11-3 record and a District
2 Class AAA title, but coach Joyce Tinner said her team isnt necessarily
the team to beat in Division I West.
Ill be honest, were very green
in a lot of areas, Tinner said. We have three sophomore
pitchers and a freshman pitcher and as they go, we go. This is a rebuilding
year for us and I like the way our league is set up because every game
is competitive. It makes the whole season productive.
Valley West is the early favorite in the West.
The Spartans defeated Dallas three times last season and welcome back
a talented pitcher in Maria Langan.
Like Nanticoke Area, Northwest Area has a number
of quality underclassmen who have playoff experience. The Rangers return
five key starters in Michelle Cragle (pitcher), Mandi Black (pitcher/third
base), Jess Campbell (first base), Kayla Rutkoski (second base) and
Michelle and Mandi are comfortable on the
mound because they know they have each other and they have a good defense
behind them, Northwest Area coach Ryan Miner said. It gives
you more confidence when you have a solid defense behind you. Right
now we are a little hesitant in the batters box. We have to get
more aggressive on offense.
Lake-Lehman has just 13 players on its roster
but the Black Knights are a solid contender in Division 2, while Hanover
Area also returns a bevy of talent making the Hawkeyes a darkhorse in