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Voice blog from the game:
Hola, its Tom Brolley live
here on a beautiful day in Shippensburg. Nanticoke and Philipsburg-Osceola will
be playing for the PIAA Class AA title shortly. The game will start probably after
2:15 as the Class AAA game ran a little long. P-O is out on the field first taking
ground balls. Nanticoke will take the field after them and then we will get started.
As soon as I get the lineups I will post them.
P-O will go
with Chelsea Rex on the mound, the Mounties hot hand throughout the playoffs.
lineup and the away team
Sammy Gow, 2b
Jenn Harnischfeger, ss
Amanda Cardone, c
Maggie Gola, 3b
Kayla Benjamin, rf
Lindsey Roberts, 1b
Kate Kowalski, lf
lineup and the home team
Kelsey Gonder, 3b
Mackenzie Wilson, ss
Taylor Harpster, c
Chelsea Rex, p
Morgan Coble, rf
Amanda Arnold, 1b
Amber Hockenberry, lf
Macy Harpster, cf/flex
umpires for todays are William K. Dithrich behind the plate, Hubert T. Flaherty
at first, Thomas E. McElhaney at second and Bryan E. Callan at third.
The captains and coaches are out on the field going over the ground rules and
were about ready to start.
TV timeout delaying
the start of the game, but the Nanticoke fans and bench start a Sammy
chant for leadoff hitter Sammy Gow. PCN must be getting some state senate reports
Gow fouls out to the third baseman.
Harnsichfeger strikes out on three
Bertoni draws a two-out walk, Kaylee Shinski is on as a courtesy runner.
grounds out to the first baseman.
The score is 0-0 through
a half inning.
Bertoni with a stab on a grounder
back up the middle to retire Gonder.
Bertoni strikes out Wilson with a pitch
in the dirt, Cardone throws down to first for the out.
Roberts makes a dive
to stop a grounder to first and then dives head first into the bag to retire Myers.
score though one inning is 0-0
Gola draws a full-count
walk to leadoff the second.
Benjamins sacrifice attempt results in a
force play at second to get Gola.
Hillan chops one to thrid baseman who forces
Benjamin at second.
Roberts fouls out to the third baseman.
score through an inning and a half, 0-0
draws a walk to start the inning.
Rex bunts Hapsters courtesy runner
to second on the sacrifice.
Coble grounds out to Harnischfeger, Harpsters
courtest runner advances to third.
Burge grounds out to Harnischfeger at short.
Roberts squeezes a high throw to keep the run from scoring.
two innings, 0-0
Kowalski strikes out looking
grounds out to third.
Harnischfeger strikes out swinging.
That inning saw
two questionable strike calls on what wouldve been a ball four to Kowalski
(high) and what was a second strike on Harnischfeger (low and inside). Believe
me, Ive got a view from my seat behind the plate.
two and a half innings, 0-0
Arnold fouls out
Hockenberry fouls out to Roberts.
Gonder flies out to the left
Through three innings, 0-0. Bertoni and Rex have each
allowed no hits so far.
Bertoni flies out to left
After a battle, Cardone pops out to the first baseman.
Through three and a half innings.
Wilson strikes out looking.
Myers goes down on strikes.
picks up the first hit of the game on a grounder between third and shortstop.
rebounds to get Rex to fly out on to first.
Through four innings,
Benjamin flies out to the pitcher.
drives a ball right to the left fielder for the second out.
Roberts flies out
to the right field.
As Jill Snowdon noted there have been a lot of pop ups
so far. Neither team has made real good contact yet. Hillans drive to left
was the closest thing to solid contact for either team.
four and a half, 0-0.
Coble strikes out on Bertonis
funny one, a.k.a. her off-speed pitch as one P-O fan called it.
drives one to left center but Kowalski is there to run it down.
The question is, which pitcher will blink first here?
five innings, 0-0
Kowalski strikes out swining.
out on a close play at first after her grounder to third.
Rexs no-hitter with a line drive past the third baseman.
out to second to end the inning.
Through five and a half, 0-0
Hockeberry reaches first on a tough break for Nanticoke. Hockenberrys
grounder took a big bounce and hit Harnischfeger in the throat for a base hit.
After a quick look, Harnischfeger will stay in the game.
Gonder moves the runner
to second on a ground out to Gow.
Wilson flies out to Gow, keeping Hockenberry
at second with two outs.
Myers lines out to Gola.
pitches herself out of a jam to keep the score at 0-0 heading into the the seventh.
Poker Face plays on the sound system between innings. A fitting song as
both teams have stared each other down through six innings. Who will be the first
Cardone flares on over the pitcher near second base and she races
for a leadoff hit.
Harpster makes sliding catch into the backstop and recovers
to throw Cardone out at second trying to tag up.
Benjamin grounds out to first
Through six and a half, 0-0
Bertoni gets a big out
as Harpster flies out to Gow.
Rex strikes out swinging.
Coble singles into
left field after the ball glances of Harnischfegers glove deep in the hole.
flies out to Gow.
Were going extras as the score remains
Hillan grounds out to shortstop.
strikes out looking.
Kowalski strikes out to end the inning.
seven and a half, the song remains the same.
flies out to Harnischfeger.
Hockenberry strikes out swining.
out to second.
If youre stuck in NEPA, there still maybe
time to see the end of this one. Its 0-0 through eight.
Gow drops one behind the shortstop for a leadoff hit.
drops a sacrifice bunt to advance Gow to second.
Bertoni singles up the middle
and Gow comes in from second. The Trojans have broken through, 1-0. Shinski comes
into run for Bertoni at second.
The Trojan bench comes alive and G-N-A chants
start from the outfield at Robb Field.
Cardone intentionally walked.
Grabowski comes into pinch hit for Gola.
Grabowski straikes out swinging.
flies out to the shortstop.
Nanticoke now leads 1-0 going into
the bottom of the ninth inning.
out to Roberts.
Myers lines one to the left of Gola to put the tying run on
Harpster sends a triple into deep right center past a lunging Hillan.
Myers courtesy runner comes into score the game at 1-1.
has come in to run for Harpster. Bertoni needs to regroup and get two outs to
Rex lines a grounder at Harnischfeger and she throws a perfect strike
Cardone to gun down Carly Gonder at the plate. Huge play
Coble grounds out
to second base.
Were at 1-1 through nine innings. What
a wild inning.
to the international tiebreaker. Benjamin, who made the last out, takes second
base with no outs.
Hillan lays down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Benjamin
Roberts tries to bunt Benjamin home but is unsuccessful. The Mounties
take the out at first and Benjamin stays at third.
Kowalski draws a walkAfte
to make it first and third.
Gow strikes out swinging in a full count.
nine and a half innings, its 1-1
tiebreaker in place, Coble starts at second base.
Harpster lays down a sacrifice
bunt to move Coble to third.
Heads up play by Bertoni, pump faked bunt to first
and got Coble in a rundown between third and home. Harnischfeger makes the tag
for the out. Big second out, Arnold does advance to second on the play.
grounds to Harnichfeger and is taken out by the baserunner for the third out.
the 11th, its 1-1
Gow starts at second because of the international tiebreaker.
pops up her bunt attempt, keeping Gow at second.
Bertoni will be intentionally
walked to bring up Cardone.
Cardone fouls out to the third baseman.
smacks a double into left center of the glove of the left fielder. Gow and Schinski
come around to score, Schinski beating a tag by Harpster to make it 3-1.
grounds out to end the inning.
Through 10 and a half innings
its 3-1 Nanticoke.
Bottom 11thNanticoke wins the PIAA
title with a 3-1 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola.
Theres a line
out to Harnischfeger.
Harnischfeger scoops up a grounder to get
fly out to seal the victory.
of the Week" - Citizens Voice
Family: Parents, Stephen and Tammy: Younger sister,
Accomplishment: Gola blasted a two-run double with two outs in
the top of the 11th to help lead Nanticoke Area to a 3-1 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola
for the PIAA Class AA championship.
GETTING TO KNOW MAGGIE GOLA
Favorite book: Twilight series
Favorite TV show: `The Vampire
Diaries' Favorite musician: Drake
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite sport: College
Favorite team: Tennessee
Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter
dream prom date: Channing Tatum Away from sports, Maggie enjoys hanging out with
friends and working at Main Bike World.
If Maggie could travel anywhere in
the world, she'd hop the next plane to ... Australia.
Maggie's favorite thing
about softball is ... batting.
Maggie thinks the hardest thing about softball
is ... fielding.
Maggie's favorite game from the past season is ... the state
If Maggie could hit a home run off any pitcher, she'd like
to blast one off ... Sarah Bertoni.
Maggie's biggest role models have been
... her parents and grandparents.
On the horizon... Maggie wants to play softball
score an A on final in determination Paul Sokoloski Opinion
an exhausting game intent on taxing the body and punishing the mind, one important
intangible allowed Nanticoke Area to survive an 11-inning state softball championship.
Trojans won it on willpower.
We were tired out
there, Nanticoke second baseman Sammi Gow said. It was such a hot
day. But we just had to keep playing.
this game so bad.
How much did it mean to Nanticoke?
fielder Kate Kowalski nearly leaped out of her shoes to snare a deep shot in the
fifth inning. That came after first baseman Lindsey Roberts not only stole away
a single with a diving play, but went face-first back to the bag to record the
final out of the first frame.
Those are the last two
batters in Nanticokes order, and neither one got so much as a dinky little
hit. But that didnt stop them from making a big impact any way they could
Friday in the biggest high school game of their lives, which the Trojans turned
into a 3-1 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola in the PIAA Class 2A state title game.
pick each other up, Trojans third baseman Maggie Gola said.
they pick themselves back up.
The Trojans selected her
No. 5 spot in the batting order as the place to put in a pinch hitter to bunt
with two runners on and one out in the ninth inning, getting Gola more than a
But her disappointment turned into Nanticokes
delight the next time she stepped to the plate, and struck gold with a two-run
double in the 11th inning that delivered a state championship to the Trojans.
figured Ill just hit the next time, Gola said of being replaced by
a pinch hitter.
Nobody was thinking of removing star
pitcher Sarah Bertoni from the mound, after she struck out seven and held one
of the states most potent offenses to a meager five hits. But for the first
time in a long time she not only surrendered a run, but it was the game-tying
run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Yet, she never
let her opponent celebrate the winning run, using a tricky fake throw to trap
a runner at third base into the 10th innings second out.
just do your best, Bertoni said.
You do it long
enough, and they wind up calling you a champion.
Harnischfeger did it at shortstop with a terrific defensive day, including a perfect
throw that cut down the would-be winning run at the plate in the bottom of the
Defense is what won the game,
Harnischfeger said. When they scored their run and tied it up, I guess we
all kind of put our heads down. But we all had to pull together and tighten up
Gola pulled out her inner resolve
and put it on display, with five flawless plays in the field and two runs scored
on the bases. And when they werent giving up at-bats for the good of the
team, catcher Amanda Cardone and outfielders Angie Hillan and Kayla Benjamin were
sacrificing their sweat on a strength-sapping 85-degree day in Shippensburg for
the sake of a state title.
They made a lot of
big-time plays, Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said. They just didnt
want to lose this one.
His team of Trojans used
extra effort to confirm it, with an unconquerable will that showed how much they
wanted to win.
Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports
columnist. You may reach him at 970-7109 or email him at email@example.com.
of a hurler doesnt crumble Paul Sokoloski Opinion
In one jarring
moment, Sarah Bertoni may have discovered more about herself than all of her strikeouts
and past playoff success could have showed.
out just how much mettle it takes to win a gold medal.
has been the golden girl of Nanticoke while pitching the Trojans through their
memorable postseason, making even the best hitting teams in Pennsylvania look
punchless. She surrendered just two runs through 41 playoff innings over six spectacular
games, and only one of those was earned.
She gave up
one more Friday.
And it nearly made Nanticoke surrender
the PIAA Class 2A state title.
Right after the Trojans
finally broke through for the first run in the top of the ninth inning of a marathon
title game played in strength-sapping heat, a rocket shot off Bertoni silenced
Chasity Myers laced a
one-out single, and here came powerful Taylor Harpster, the cleanup hitter in
Philipsburg-Osceolas lineup, with a booming RBI double to deep center field
that sent the tying run home and put the potential winning run on third base.
on the mound, wiping sweat from her eyes but never tears of surrender
Bertoni couldnt help but wonder if shed just blown the state championship.
yeah, admitted Bertoni, a junior. It crossed my mind a lot.
the winning run never crossed the plate for Philipsburg-Osceola, because Nanticokes
rock refused to crumble.
I just had to be confident,
She had to be brave enough to keep the
game going at the very instant her teams golden opportunity appeared to
So Bertoni went with what she knows best. She
leaned on her defense.
She induced a ground ball to
Jenn Harnischfeger, whose great throw from shortstop turned a bad baserunning
decision by Philipsburg-Osceola into the innings second out, at home plate.
Another soft grounder to smooth Sammi Gow at second ended the inning, along with
Sarah, I know she was
probably a little shaken up, Gow said. But Sarah has a real good mental
If she couldnt overpower a one-loss
Philipsburg-Osceola team, Bertoni sure could outsmart her opponent.
very next inning, when the teams went to international tiebreaker rules in the
10th by starting each at-bat with a runner on second, Bertoni made the play of
the state tournament. With the potential winning run on third base and one out
for the second straight inning, Bertoni wriggled out of danger again. She snagged
a grounder, faked a throw to first base and fired to third to trap the baserunner.
want to know why Maggie Gola was able to turn into a hero with a two-run double
that gave Nanticoke enough for a 3-1 victory and the Class 2A state title in the
top of the 11th?
Because Bertoni gave Gola and the rest
of her teammates that chance.
When her dreams were about
to be shattered, Bertoni refused to let them crack.
kind of feed off Sarah, Harnischfeger said. We would never have gotten
to achieve all this without her. Shes a great pitcher. This whole playoff
run, Sarah pitched almost perfect. Today was really the first day they got around
They might have finally flustered the
unbeatable Bertoni during her phenomenal postseason. But facing fear never forced
her to falter. Even if the idea of failure might have made her sweat.
Paul Sokoloski is a sports columnist and
reporter for the Times Leader. Reach him at (570) 970-7109 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
loaded for another run
Theres only 2 senior starters on title team. Star
pitcher Bertoni among 18 returnees.
It doesnt happen often that a high school team from Pennsylvania, no matter
what sport, repeats as a state champion.
When it comes
to softball in fact, the feat has only been accomplished three times in Class
2A, with the last coming in 1986 and 1987 when Minersville claimed back-to-back
Iroquois won consecutive crowns in 1982
and 1983 and Minersville was another back-to-back gold winner in 1979 and 1980.
with a boatload of underclassmen 18 to be exact and just a pair
of starting seniors, the Trojans sit in good position to be the fourth school
in Class 2A history to accomplish the feat.
Sarah Bertoni, who turned her pitching up a notch in the playoffs by only allowing
two earned runs in seven games, will return for her senior season. Not only that
but she led the team in hitting this season and had a big hit in Fridays
3-1, 11-inning title win over Philipsburg-Osceola in the PIAA Class 2A title game.
only two graduating starters are shortstop Jenn Harnischfeger and catcher Amanda
Im sure next year theyll
be back in this position with Sarah, said Harnischfeger, whose three-sport
standout career for the Trojans also included her impressive play in field hockey
Bertoni is the only junior on the Nanticoke
roster, and has the luxury of playing for a title team that includes 14 sophomores
and three freshmen.
Maggie Gola, who had the game-winning
hit on Friday, is just a sophomore. She led the team with four home runs and 19
RBI this season and hit well over .300.
and team catalyst Sammi Gow hit nearly .500 in the playoffs and is also just a
sophomore, along with speedster Ange Hillan, right fielder Kate Kowalski and first
baseman Lindsay Roberts.
I think we can come back
next year, Bertoni said. We still have a solid team. We lose two seniors,
but were still strong.
Kayla Benjamin, who
started as a freshman, had her offensive struggles during the playoffs but came
through big in the field. The outfielder made a wonderful diving catch in the
10-0 state semifinal win against Central Columbia and showed a great arm in the
field as well.
When you add in sophomore pitcher Hannah
Rubasky, who didnt allow a run all season in 38 innings, the Trojans might
be in the hunt for more state gold than just next season.
By Tom Brolley - Citizens Voice
Area pitcher Sarah Bertoni usually finds her catcher, Amanda Cardone, to hug first
after a victory.
But on Friday, Bertoni drifted toward the outfield as she
watched center fielder Angie Hillan squeeze the 33rd and final out.
was greeted by shortstop Jenn Harnischfeger, second baseman Sammy Gow and the
rest of the Nanticoke players as they piled right behind the circle that Bertoni
had dominated in for 11 innings.
Bertoni, a stalwart on the rubber all season,
didn't bend in a grueling 11-inning marathon that ended in a 3-1 victory over
Philipsburg-Osceola to give Nanticoke Area the PIAA Class AA state title.
knew it was over right when I saw it hit there because Ang is a fast runner and
she would track it down," Bertoni said. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm
glad we got this far and we wanted to win this."
Bertoni, hitting in the
third spot in the lineup, came up with what seemed like the game-winning RBI two
With Bertoni and Chelsea Rex going toe-to-toe on the mound
through eight innings, the Trojan junior slapped a hit up the middle that died
in the outfield to bring home Sammy Gow in from second for the game's first run.
Trojan bench erupted and chants of "G-N-A" came from the outfield bleachers
as Nanticoke Area was the first team to break through for a run.
didn't last long after P-O clean-up hitter Taylor Harpster smoked a RBI-triple
to the right field gap in the bottom half of the inning that just evaded the glove
of a lunging Hillan.
"I just had to go up to (Sarah) and tell her to relax.
I have all the confidence in the world in her," Cardone said. "She wasn't
rattled, she was just mad and furious. When she get's furious, she pitches like
With Harpster's courtesy runner, Carly Gonder, representing
the winning run at third with one out, Bertoni got a big play from two Trojan
Rex smacked a grounder at Harnischfeger who scooped and fired a perfect
strike to Cardone who applied the tag for the pivotal out of the ninth.
got a little nervous because I didn't want her to score," Bertoni said. "I
knew I just had to throw strikes. Our defense is really good and they'd been strong
the whole game."
After the ninth inning, the game went to the international
tiebreaker, which puts a runner on second base to start the inning.
failed to score in the top of the 10th, P-O successfully sacrificed its runner
With the title on the line and the winning run 60 feet away for the
second straight inning, Bertoni got the Trojans out of the jam with a trick-play
that went awry against Troy in the quarterfinals.
Bertoni fielded a squeeze
bunt and pumped a throw to first and turned back to third to find the P-O runner
halfway down the line.
After a brief rundown, Harnischfeger tagged the Mounties
runner out to end the threat, giving Maggie Gola the chance to win the game with
a two-run double in the 11th.
Bertoni failed to execute the "check-and-go,"
as Nanticoke coach Gary Williams called it, with a 3-0, seventh-inning lead against
Troy and the Trojans had to hold on for a 3-2 victory.
"I knew that she
couldn't score and I knew that was the only way that I could get her out,"
Bertoni said. "I just went for it. I've done it a couple times but I usually
mess it up."
Bertoni came into the state final allowing just three runs
and eight hits dating back to the District 2 final against Elk Lake.
in with even more impressive numbers as she threw three one-hit games in four
tries since the District 6 title game.
But Bertoni won the pitcher's duel with
seven strikeouts and only five Mounties' hits in 11 innings to cap off a memorable
"As the playoffs started, it seemed
like she got better every single game," Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said.
"That's a good team and she just stymied them. Granted, she didn't have a
lot of strikeouts but she had a lot of easy pop-ups and a lot easy ground balls."
in the making?
By Tom Brolley and Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
Nanticoke Area graduates just four seniors this year - Jenn Harnischfeger, Amanda
Cardone, Katie Brown and Jess McDermott.
The future looks bright for the Trojans
following their 3-1 win over Philipsburg-Osceola in the PIAA Class AA championship
The Trojans welcome back ace Sarah Bertoni, 15 up-and-coming juniors
and three sophomores-to-be.
"We're so young that this has to give the
kids coming back tremendous confidence for next year," Nanticoke Area coach
Gary Williams said. "And it's a great way to send out our seniors."
There was plenty of action unfolding in the extra innings of Friday's
game to overshadow some of the little things that happened early.
Area outfielder Katie Kowalski came up with a pair of defensive saves in the early-going.
sophomore made a nice grab in left field on a pop-up to record P-O's third out
of the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Kowalski chased down a hard hit shot
to left center by the Mounties' Katelynn Burge for the second out.
give Nanticoke a lot of credit because they got out of some jams and they made
the plays," P-O coach Jim Gonder said. "Defensively, they did a great
Nanticoke Area won its first state title
since 2003, a year the Trojans saw their fair share of extra-inning games, including
a 21-inning game against Mifflinburg.
The Trojans and Philipsburg-Osceola came
into Friday's state title game off of 10-0, mercy-rule victories but Williams
knew it would be a low-scoring game Friday.
He just didn't know it would take
to the 11th inning for a team to put an odd number up on the scoreboard.
game was the longest PIAA title game since 1989 when Baldwin beat Williamsport
1-0 in 12 innings.
has been playing softball since she was 9, but she's never pitched in a game that
went as long as Friday's contest.
Williams asked Bertoni
in the eighth if she was OK and feeling strong and the Trojans junior told the
coach she was good to go the rest of the way.
is the state championship," Bertoni said, "you have to put that all
behind you and I just threw as hard as I could."
PIAA CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS STATS
Nanticoke Trojans (25-1)
Coach: Gary Williams
Schedule and Results
March 30: Berwick
April 3: Old Forge
April 8: Coughlin
April 12: Pittston Area
15: Holy Redeemer
April 19: Hazleton Area
April 21: Wyoming Valley West
April 27: Wyoming Area
May 3: Tunkhannock
May 5: Dallas
May 8: Central Columbia
May 10: Coughlin
May 13: Pittston Area
May 17: Holy Redeemer
19: Hazleton Area
District 2 Playoffs
May 28: Northwest
June 2: Elk Lake
June 7: Pine Grove
June 14: Central Columbia
No. Name Grade
0 Hannah Rubasky So.
2 Ange Hillan So.
3 Liz Dougherty So.
4 Jenn Harnischfeger Sr.
7 Amanda Cardone Sr.
9 Bronwyn Perrins So.
10 Kayla Banjamin
11 Kate Wolfe So.
12 Kate Brown Sr.
13 Kayleigh Schinski Fr.
14 Ali Matulewski Fr.
16 Gabby Grabowski So.
17 Maggie Gola So.
Ashley Horoschock So.
22 Jess McDermott Sr.
23 Sammi Gow So.
32 Thomasina Watson So.
33 Brooke Chapin So.
66 Kelsey Rynkiewicz So.
W - L
bigger they are, harder they fall
Nanticoke has thrived on underdog role on
its path to state title game.
It seems like Nanticoke has been the underdog every
game this postseason.
PIAA Class 2A Championship
Nanticoke (25-1) vs.
2 p.m. at Shippensburg University
PIAA Softball Finalists from District 2
Class 2A Nanticoke vs. Philipsburg-Osceola
Class A Old Forge (L)
2006 Class A Blue
Ridge d. Iroquois, 1-0
2006 Class 2A Lakeland
2004 Class A Blue Ridge d. Sto-Rox, 2-0
2003 Class 2A Nanticoke Area d. Center, 4-0
2002 Class A Blue Ridge (L)
Class A Bishop OHara d. Sto-Rox, 3-1
Class 2A Valley View d. Philipsburg-Osceola, 1-0
five of six games, the Trojans have defeated the odds and came out victorious.
Some said that since Nanticoke lost to Dallas during the
regular season and the Mountaineers werent as strong as other years, the
Trojans wouldnt even get past Northwest in the District 2 Class 2A semifinals.
Well, Nanticoke defeated the Rangers to get to the finals.
Then came unbeaten Elk Lake and star pitcher Brooke Darling
in the D2 title game.
The Trojans not only beat the
Warriors, pitcher Sarah Bertoni hurled a no-hitter.
Nanticoke wont get out of the first round of states, some naysayers quipped.
Well, the team responded with three convincing wins to
become the ninth team from District 2 to advance to the state title game. The
Trojans (25-1) will try to claim the sixth gold medal for the district when they
take on District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola (25-1) today at 2 p.m. at Shippensburg
University. The last D2 team to win a state gold was Blue Ridge in 2006. With
a win, Nanticoke will tie the Red Raiders as the only team from D2 with a pair
of state titles. The Trojans claimed No. 1 in the state in 2003.
want to win really bad so Im going to go out there and warm up and take
my time and get ready for the game, Bertoni said. Weve been
in these types of games and a lot of us are in travel teams so we know what its
like. So were just going to go in like its another game.
It may be just another game for the Trojans, but it may
be a tough task and they most likely enter as underdog once again.
Mounties have a loaded offense, powerful pitching and three starters remaining
from a team that won the state title in 2007. They also come from a district which
has produced six of the last seven state finalists. Either P-O or Bald Eagle Area
have represented the western part of the state in the final game in all but one
year since 2004. Bald Eagle Area was the 2A state champion last year and the Mounties
defeated it twice this season. P-O also has a pair of wins against Bellefonte,
which is playing for the Class 3A state title this afternoon.
by head coach Jim Gonder, who has racked up 489 wins in 30 years of coaching,
P-O has only trailed for one half inning the entire postseason.
offense, the Mounties possess four batters who have batting averages over .400
with catcher Taylor Harpster leading the way hitting at a .487 clip with three
home runs and 24 RBI. She also boasts an outstanding .675 slugging percentage
and a .518 on base percentage. Overall, the team is hitting .381 and averaging
more than seven runs per game this season.
now, it seems like Sarah is just going to have to throw her fastball really well,
Trojans senior catcher Amanda Cardone said. She has to just pitch her heart
out out there, more than shes ever done before. She has to pitch the best
game, thats just it.
From the circle, Philipsburg-Osceola
has two tough pitchers. The Mounties probable starting pitcher is junior
Chelsea Rex, who enters the game with a 15-1 record, 174 strikeouts and an earned
run average of 0.91 in 107 innings of work. Rex has drawn comparisons to Elk Lakes
Darling and that didnt phase the Trojans too much as they grinded out three
runs and six hits off the ace.
Senior hurler Kelsey
Gonder is 10-0 with seven shutouts, 90 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.37 in 57 innings.
Were going to have our work cut out for us,
Trojans coach Gary Williams said. We need another solid game from Sarah
and we need to be able to put the ball in play like weve been preaching
to them all year long. We cant be in double digits in strikeouts.
Against tough pitchers in the postseason the Trojans struck
out 12 times each against Darling and Troys Kate Pratt. Both of games ended
in close victories for Nanticoke.
Even if they get
similar results this afternoon, the Trojans would probably gladly take it, along
with shiny new gold medals to show off to the entire state.
Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
Area assistant coach Diane James found the best thing possible to motivate the
Trojanettes softball team on the eve of their PIAA Class AA championship game.
And in the process it brought back a number of happy of
memories for the 24-year old.
James provided the Trojanettes
with an inspirational speech at Thursday's practice and proudly showed off her
PIAA gold medal.
"I brought out the gold because
I wanted them to see how special it still is to me and they have a chance to get
one of their own now," James said.
will get that opportunity at 2 today against Philipsburg-Osceola at Shippensburg
James was a junior third baseman for Nanticoke
Area when it won the AA state title in 2003. She now serves as an assistant coach,
along with fellow 2003 team members Leah Lavelle and Leann Harvey.
really takes me back to when I played," James said. "After the last
out against Central Columbia (in the AA semifinals), I started to cry. And when
we were at dinner as a team, I looked at Amanda (Cardone) and Sarah (Bertoni)
and I told them 'seven years ago it was me going through this and now it's your
In the days since Nanticoke has started
its state playoff run, James has flipped through her old scrapbooks and she's
been in touch with her former teammates.
in touch and are still friends," said James, who is now a Youth Service Specialist
with PA Child Care. "We had so much fun together that season and we did everything
together, whether it was sleepovers, going for pizza, going to the movies. And
everyone from that team is so proud of this group of girls. They have so much
support behind them."
It comes as no surprise
to former Nanticoke first baseman Kaylee Ziolkowski that Nanticoke is making another
run at the state title. In fact, Ziolkowski said it was just a matter of time
before they returned.
"Even when we were playing,
I remember hearing about Sammy Gow, Amanda Cardone, Lindsey Roberts and Sarah
Bertoni," Ziolkowski said. "They were just in Little League at the time,
but that's how good they were."
now pursuing a career in nursing and her schedule doesn't allow her much time
for attending games, but she still keeps tabs on Nanticoke softball.
softball is a tradition and it's been six years since I graduated but I still
follow every team," Ziolkowski. "We had a close-knit team and as someone
who played there, you're drawn to what they are going through now."
and Ziolkowski can only relive their days as Nanticoke players through video and
scrapbooks, but the 2010 Trojanette squad is giving them a chance to relive some
of their best memories as a teenager.
itself is a bit of a blur, but I remember every thing else about that day,"
James said of Nanticoke's 4-0 victory over Center. "I remember getting on
the bus and getting to Shippensburg and seeing the PIAA banner and I remember
looking out in the outfield and tearing up because we made it to the state final.
"Sometimes when you're young and in the moment you
don't fully appreciate it, but I hope they get the full grasp of it (Friday)."
the verge of greatness
Nanticoke players relaxed while preparing for state
With 48 hours to go until the biggest game of their
high school careers, Nanticoke players didnt seem much different than they
did a few months ago.
Class 2A Final
District 2 champion Nanticoke (25-1)
District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola (25-1)
Friday 2 p.m. at Shippensburg University
As the girls practiced Wednesday morning at the
Nanticoke Little League Field, nervousness was not present as the athletes were
smiling, joking and loose.
I dont know
(why). I guess were just awake, senior catcher Amanda Cardone said.
We always talk to each other just to wake each other up and just fool around
and stuff but we feel good today I guess.
at 9 in the morning is a good way to wake up, but there are many reasons why the
Trojans (25-1) may be relaxed heading into Fridays PIAA Class 2A championship
Maybe its because they are confident heading
into the contest against one-loss Philipsburg-Osceola (25-1) at 2 p.m. at Shippensburg
Universitys Robb Field.
And why shouldnt
they be hopeful?
Nanticoke has won 13 consecutive games
since a 5-3 setback to Dallas more than a month ago. In that span the team has
dispatched some of the best pitchers in the state and has won eight of those games
via shutout as junior pitcher Sarah Bertoni has staked her claim as a top hurler
in Pennsylvania. In six postseason games, she has allowed only one earned run
and given up just 14 hits in 41 innings. Overall this season she has thrown 128
innings only giving up 25 runs, 62 hits and 26 walks while fanning 168 and posting
a 1.37 ERA. The team even built more momentum when it walloped Central Columbia,
10-0 in the state semifinals.
confident because of (the 10-0 win) but we cant get too excited about it
because this next team is going to be better than them most likely, Bertoni
The Mounties appear to be much better as they
enter tomorrows game winners of 22 straight including two wins against defending
state champion Bald Eagle Area and two more over District 6 Class 3A champion
Bellefonte which is playing for a gold medal tomorrow. But the Trojans
might think they have a good chance because they pack a strong punch of postseason
Four starters remain from the Nanticoke
squad which won a District 2 Class 2A title in 2008 and advanced to the state
quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Loyalsock.
and fellow seniors Kate Brown and Jenn Harnischfeger were key parts of that run
as was Bertoni, who was a freshman second baseman at the time.
really does (give us motivation) because it felt so good last time when we were
up there against Loyalsock and I wanted to win so bad, said Cardone, who
was catcher for that team as well. But now that were past that and
were going to states on Friday thats just an amazing feeling and I
just am so happy that were here right now.
experience doesnt stop there though.
players were part of the Nanticoke/Newport junior softball team which placed eighth
in the world last summer at the Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Washington.
Other players were on a Babe Ruth Softball team, which advanced to the World Series
in Connecticut. The Trojans roster consists of 14 sophomores and three freshmen
who saw playing time in both runs which began less than a year ago. Six of those
players are current starters. Many players also experienced winning on the junior
high level with the Trojans program and have carried that over.
used to the kind of pressure of this game and I think all that history has built
the confidence they have and their ability to relax and stay loose, coach
Gary Williams said.
Or maybe the teams calmness
comes from the veteran mentor who is in his 20th season, has piled up 282 career
wins and has past experience in the postseason with five District 2 titles, four
Wyoming Valley Conference divisional championships and a PIAA Class 2A gold medal
I hope the fact that Im very calm
about it relates to them and they stay calm, the coach noted. I think
the biggest problem with a lot of teams when they get in (the state tournament)
for the first time is the nervousness you experience about the unknown and thats
when things start falling apart. Our whole coaching staff has been a pretty calm
And its that method that may
lead the school to its second softball state title.
This squad has many links to the title
team Paul Sokoloski Opinion
a 4-0 score and seven years ago, their forbearers brought forth this remarkable
Paul Sokoloski Opinion - Times Leader
team can come out of the Wyoming Valley Conference and go all the way to a state
The Nanticoke Area Trojans of
2003 didnt just defeat Center to win the PIAA Class 2A title that day. They
beat the odds, along with any doubts about the quality of softball around here.
To this day, that team of Trojans remains the only WVC
team to capture a state title.
At least until Friday.
Thats when another team from Nanticoke Area goes
back to Shippensburg University to play for a state softball championship again
in Class 2A.
It is a perfect time for a new class of
Trojans to join the towns old heroes in an elite class.
great these girls have an opportunity to do it, said Kristen Castano, the
star shortstop on that 2003 Trojans team. Its awesome what theyre
She is a special education teacher
and a field hockey and softball coach living in Virginia now.
Castano says that moment of triumph will live with her forever, even if this years
Nanticoke team makes sure 2003 is no longer the only special state memory Wyoming
Valley Conference softball holds.
It was fun
while it lasted. Records like that are made to be broken. I wouldnt be opposed
to it at all, Castano said, before adding with a laugh, only because
its Nanticoke. If it were any other team, I wouldnt be saying that.
Some members from that 2003 title team who watched this
year play out say this is the ideal team to join them in title celebration.
I see a lot of us in them, said Leah Lavelle,
a right fielder on that 2003 Nanticoke Area team who is now a junior high coach
in the program. Theyre one team, together. They do everything together.
They just support each other. A lot of positive talk.
the most pressure-packed moments of the playoffs, that type of camaraderie can
mean the difference between going all the way and going away disappointed.
The 2003 Trojans should know.
relied on each others enthusiasm just to get through the PIAA playoffs,
during nail-biting games that lasted 11 and 14 innings and finally a 20-inning
state semifinal marathon played over two days. No wonder those Trojans felt it
was light work putting Center away in seven innings.
was like, You mean thats all there is? laughed Leanne
Harvey, the left fielder on that 2003 Nanticoke Area team which went on to star
for Kings College and is also a junior high coach in the system. I
remember it was crazy. That was about the only game we didnt go extra innings.
This years Trojans may not be tested to that degree,
but theyve gone the extra mile to beat intimidating playoff pitchers in
tight games.I think theyre similar in a lot
of ways, said Nanticoke Area coach Gary Williams, who guided both squads
into a state title game and whose third baseman from 2003, Diane James, is now
his assistant coach.
But there are some subtle
differences, Williams continued. This years team is deeper in
the number of kids who can play. This team has more team speed. The 2003 team
was a better defensive team. This team is better offensively.
the two teams are bonded by a burning desire to be the best.
think it was just wanting it, said Lavelle, whose sister Angie Hillan is
one of the speedsters on this years squad. It was the will to do whatever
we had to do to win. I see that in these girls.
saw it in the 2003 Trojans first.
it, Nanticoke Areas current star pitcher Sarah Bertoni said. We
dont want to let them down.
READY FOR ANYTHING
Jill Snowdon- Citizens
Having won the state title just three years
ago, Philipsburg-Osceola holds a slight edge over Nanticoke Area in the PIAA playoffs.
But that alone isn't enough to rattle a Nanticoke team that features eight players
who played on a team which finished sixth in the world last summer in the Junior
League World Series and two more who played in the Babe Ruth World Series.
"I understand that they are a senior-laden team," Nanticoke coach Gary
Williams said of P-O. "They have players that have played in the state final
before. But we have girls that experienced a lot of success with other teams that
have played in really big games."
Nanticoke starters Sammy Gow and Maggie
Gola, along with reserves Hannah Rubasky, Liz Dougherty, Brooke Chapin, Gabby
Grabowski, Ashley Horoshak and Katie Kowalski, were members of the Nanticoke/Newport
Junior League squad that won the Pennsylvania state title and the Eastern Regional
before advancing to the World Series in Washington. There they played teams from
Italy and the Philippines as well as powerhouse teams from Utah and Ohio.
Nanticoke catcher Amanda Cardone and star pitcher Sarah Bertoni were key members
of the U-16 Babe Ruth team from Luzerne County that closed out the Babe Ruth World
Series with an impressive second-place finish.
"(P-O) is a good hitting
team and they are strong on defense," Williams said. "I've heard they
are a lot like our team."
Both teams advanced to the state championship
game with 10-0 semifinal wins. P-O defeated Wilmington in five innings and Nanticoke
shutout Central Columbia in six. Williams, however, isn't expecting a high-scoring
"I'm thinking it's going to be a low-scoring game and it wouldn't
surprise me if it went extra innings," Williams predicted.
enough information on P-O to have his team prepared, but the Mounties remain mum
on their starter for the circle. Their choices are between Chelsea Rex, who has
guided the Mounties through the post-season and has a 15-1 overall record, or
Kelsey Gonder, who has a 10-0 record and 90 strikeouts.
"I heard that
there are two really good pitchers for their team and I'm assuming we'll see Rex,"
Williams said. "I'm not too concerned with who is going to pitch for them
because we can only control our own destiny. We have to play our own game."
Aside from a brief defensive breakdown in the seventh inning against Troy in the
quarterfinals, Nanticoke has been nearly flawless. The Trojanettes have outscored
their state playoff opponents, 15-3, and have been paced defensively by Bertoni
in the circle.
A junior, Bertoni has thrown all 20
innings in the state tournament and has allowed eight hits, three walks and three
runs. She's also struck out 23 runners.
stands a stellar defense that includes Lindsey Roberts, Gow, Jenn Harnischfeger,
Maggie Gola, Kowalski, Angela Hillan and Kayla Benjamin.
kids have a routine," Williams said. "And when you get to this point
you just keep doing the same things that helped get you here."
Six different players connected for hits in Nanticoke's win over Central Columbia,
including Maggie Gola who drove in four RBIs on a double and a single.
kind of dominating offense most likely won't come around against P-O, so the Trojanettes
will need to take advantage of their opportunities.
Bertoni and Kowalski are Nanticoke's top hitters in the postseason as they've
each produced at least one hit in each of the last three state playoff games.
Gow has six singles, three runs and an RBI. Bertoni has three singles and three
RBI, including the game-winning RBI in the first round against Pine Grove. Kowalski
has a triple, two singles and a run scored for the Trojanettes.
Kayla Benjamin is rather new to the Trojanettes' line as she took over in right
field for an injured Katie Brown in early May. The diminutive rookie has provided
the Trojanettes with some big outs in the playoffs. She raced down a gapper and
made a sliding catch to record Central Columbia's third out in the fifth inning.
She also added her first hit of the postseason with a single against Troy.
'The perfect matchup'
Tom Brolley - Citizens
As Philipsburg-Osceola coach Jim Gonder read
and learned about Nanticoke Area this week, he couldn't get over the similarities
between the state finalists.
The Trojans and Mounties
will meet for the PIAA Class AA Championship at 2 p.m. Friday at Shippensburg's
"It's seems like the perfect matchup,"
The similarities start with two tradition-rich
Both squads are looking for its second state
title in the last decade.
Nanticoke Area defeated Center
for the 2003 state title and P-O beat Brandywine Heights 11-6 to win the 2007
PIAA title in the highest-scoring state title game.
Coble (.371 avg.), Kelsey Gonder (.439), Taylor Harpster (.488) and Chasity Myers
(.438) are now Mounties seniors who played big roles during the '07 title run.
Those seniors have led a P-O offense that's outscored its
opponents 35-2 dating back to the District 6 championship game,
Trojans and Mounties are looking to join Bald Eagle Area - P-O's rival - as the
only teams to win two Class AA titles since 2000.
kids have put together some good games at the right time," Gonder said. "It
looks like it will be a heck of a game because both teams are peaking at the right
Nanticoke Area has relied upon the solid
pitching of Sarah Bertoni, who's allowed just three runs and eight hits in the
district final and three PIAA playoff games.
meanwhile, have ridden the hot hand of starting pitcher Chelsea Rex through the
Rex comes into the state final having thrown
three one-hit games in the last four games.
good results for a pitcher who wasn't even the P-O's No. 1 option throughout the
Gonder's daughter, Kelsey, was an All-Mountain
League pitcher for the Mounties with a 10-0 record, a 0.37 ERA and 90 strikeouts.
The elder Gonder, as of Tuesday night, said he hasn't decided
on who will throw the PIAA title game.
perfectly honest, we have yet to get a feel for what we're doing on Friday,"
said Gonder when asked if he'll ride Rex's hot hand.
Area and P-O both come into the PIAA final off of 10-0, mercy-rule victories in
The Trojans needed six innings to oust
Central Columbia and the Mounties took only five to defeat District 10 champ Wilmington.
"I wouldn't have bet on that one," said Gonder
of two rare, mercy-rule wins in the state playoffs. "From just looking at
the box scores, once we (P-O and Nanticoke) scored a few runs the other teams
felt some pressure. It just steam-rolled on our opponents and we were both able
Nanticoke Area and P-O each come
into Friday's game with only one loss.
have reeled off 13 straight wins since Dallas and flame-thrower Kristan Baker
tripped up Nanticoke Area on May 5.
The Mounties are
riding 22 straight victories since falling to rival Bald Eagle Area on April 7.
Only one team though, will continue its winning streaks
and claim a PIAA title Friday.
"It's a big honor
to play in a game like this. It's what every team was shooting for when practices
started March 8," Gonder said. "We understand that Nanticoke has a great
team and we'll have to play great game to win."
Jill Snowdon - Citizens
Jenn Harnischfeger hasn't had much time
to soak it all in just yet, but the Nanticoke Area standout athlete is in the
heart of the biggest week of her high school career.
Today, she graduates
with honors from Nanticoke Area and Friday she will lead the Trojanettes' softball
team on the state's highest stage - the championship game.
Next week, she'll
embark on a new path, but she leaves behind a legacy that future Nanticoke athletes
will strive to reach.
With 12 varsity letters, a District 2 title in basketball,
two District 2 gold medals in softball and a Division 3 title in field hockey,
Harnischfeger is arguably the best three-sport female athlete to ever come out
"I can't believe it's all coming to an end," Harnischfeger
said Tuesday. "It's definitely a big week for me, but I'm really excited
about all of it. I'm excited to graduate and I can't wait to play on Friday."
Harnischfeger and the Trojanettes (25-1) will meet Philipsburg-Osceola for
the AA state title at 2 p.m. at Shippensburg University.
a fitting farewell for Harnischfeger, a four-year starter in all three sports
and this year was selected as captain for the field hockey, basketball and softball
teams. An all-star in basketball, she went over 1,000 career points and finished
her senior season fourth in the league in scoring with 15.6 ppg. And, as the only
senior on the Trojanettes' roster, she guided a young team to a 16-8 record.
As the softball team's shortstop, she recorded a team-best
.397 batting average with four doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 RBIs.
And as a field hockey player, she was third on the team in scoring with five goals
and seven assists for the 9-5-1 Trojanettes.
definitely love all three sports and it will be a lot different next year to just
play one," said Harnischfeger, who plans on playing softball at King's College.
While she's only 5-foot-1, Harnischfeger considered playing
basketball at the college level and has the talent to do so.
excellent shooter and pin-point passer, Harnischfeger harassed Wyoming Valley
Conference basketball opponents for four seasons.
a tough competitor and a hard-nose player," said Nanticoke softball coach
Gary Williams, who also served as Nanticoke's assistant basketball coach for three
years. "For how small she is, she's an excellent rebounder. She's just the
type of kid who has a lot of athletic ability."
also will be hard to replace. Even more, her character and leadership are a rare
"I'm excited to share this experience with
my teammates and I think win or lose (on Friday), we are going out with a bang,"
She'll soon begin taking summer
classes at King's College and looks forward to heading to the beach.
as she looks back on her success at Nanticoke, she remains modest.
think I had a lot of experience because I played for four years, I don't necessarily
think that I was better than anyone else," Harnischfeger said. "I think
it came down to the experience and I hope that I left enough behind for the younger
girls to keep it going."
Nanticoke cruises into PIAA Class 2A championship
When a hot-hitting
team runs into a pitcher whos on fire, pitching is going to win the battle
more often than not.
Thats exactly what happened on Monday at Kings
Colleges Betzler Fields when the Central Columbia starting lineup brought
its .365 team batting average in the state tournament against Nanticokes
Not only did the junior hurler get the best of the Blue Jays,
but the Trojans offense looked more like the juggernaut than Central Columbia.
Nanticoke banged out 12 hits while Bertoni allowed only two in a 10-0 rout in
a game shortened to six innings due to the 10-run rule, advancing to the PIAA
Class 2A championship game for the second time in eight years.
also become the ninth team in 11 years from District 2 to reach the title game.
The last D2 team to claim a gold medal was Class A Blue Ridge in 2006. Nanticokes
lone championship came in 2003. Nanticoke is the only team from the Wyoming Valley
Conference to advance to the final game in the state.
Trojans (25-1) will play District 6 champion Phillipsburg-Osceola in Fridays
title game, which will be played at 2 p.m. at Shippensburg University. The Mounties
(25-1) clubbed Wilmington 10-0 in five innings on Monday.
didnt think I would be doing this again in my career, said coach Gary
Williams who led the team to its first state title in 2003. Im ecstatic
that were going back, but I think for these girls who work so hard, its
got to be very exciting.
Weve been struggling with the bat. Weve
been just missing the ball. Today, they were all really tough in the batters
Bertoni continued her torrid pitching in the postseason. Unlike
other games where she racked up strikeouts, she depended on her defense on Monday,
and the fielders responded by not making any errors, highlighted by a diving catch
by right fielder Kayla Benjamin to end the fifth.
Although she only fanned
four, Bertoni induced eight groundball outs and only let four balls reach the
outfield. Only one of the two hits allowed got past the infield dirt. She still
has only allowed one earned run in the postseason, which spans six games. Over
that span she has given up just 14 hits in 41 innings of work.
knew I wasnt going to have many strikeouts today, so we knew we had to play
good defense and just knock it down if it was a good hit, Bertoni said.
Williams had nothing but praise for his star pitcher.
They are a very good contact team and I thought Sarah
was outstanding again, the coach said. I got to give her all the credit
in the world. From the time the playoffs started, she has just been outstanding.
After two 1-2-3 innings to begin the game, the Trojans
manufactured a run in the top of the third. Angie Hillan led off the frame with
a single. She stole second then scored on a run-scoring single by second baseman
Sammi Gow to make the score 1-0.
Turns out, Nanticoke
wouldnt have to play small ball to scrap out a run the rest of the game.
A pair of unearned runs coming across the plate in the
top of fourth gave Nanticoke a 3-0 lead.
The game was
put out of reach when the Trojans scored three in the fifth and four more in the
seventh. Third baseman Maggie Gola was the big hitter in both frames. In the fifth,
when Nanticoke sent nine batters to the plate, Gola laced a two-run single. Then
in the sixth, she lined a double to center field to put her team up by 10 and
send the squad and fans into a frenzy.
seeing the ball pretty good this time of year, but I stayed focused and I just
put my hands to the ball and made contact, Gola said. I got pitches
on the outside and just went with it.
to the Trojans victory could have been facing top pitchers all season. Going
up against strong twirlers like Northwests Mandi Black and Elk Lakes
Brooke Darling in previous games, made pitches coming from Central Columbias
Brianna Taylor and look like beach balls to Nanticoke hitters.
went against some really good pitchers and shes a really good pitcher, but
I think we saw better, Gola said.
Class 2A semifinal
Nanticoke 001 234 10
Central Columbia 000 000
WP Sarah Bertoni, 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER,
1BB,4K; LP Brianna Taylor, 5.2IP, 8H, 6R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K; Robyn Klingerman
1.1IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
2BNAN, Maggie Gola.
CC, Lindsay Johnson. Top hitters NAN, Sammi Gow 2-for-3, 2 runs; Jenn Harnischfeger
3-for-4, 2 runs; Sarah Bertoni 1 for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Maggie Gola 2-for-4, 4RBI;
Ang Hillan 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI. CC, Lindsay Johnson 2-for-2
PUNCHING THEIR TICKET
Defense has been a cornerstone of Nanticoke Area's
success through much of the season. And while the Trojanettes' defense came through
with a shutout win in Monday's PIAA Class AA semifinal, their offense punched
their ticket to the state championship game.
Nanticoke erupted for 11 hits
in the final four innings and a 10-0 win over Central Columbia at King's College
to advance to Friday's AA state final. The Trojanettes (25-1) will face Philipsburg-Osceola
at 2 p.m. at Robb Field on the campus of Shippensburg University on Friday. Central
Columbia, which came into Monday's semifinal outscoring its playoff opponents
15-3, ends the season at 22-4.
"We had a tremendous offensive effort
today," Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said. "It was a pleasant surprise
because we've been struggling a little with the bat. But, we've seen some pretty
good pitching, and not that (Central Columbia's) pitching isn't good, but we have
been just missing the ball and getting a lot of foul tips."
the second meeting this year between Nanticoke and Central Columbia. In an exhibition
game on May 8, Nanticoke edged the Blue Jays, 3-1.
"We knew it was going
to be a tough game, but we knew (Central Columbia) and we knew how to work around
them," Nanticoke senior catcher Amanda Cardone said. "I think we thought
it was going to be another 3-1 game, but we got a lot more runs than we expected
and gave ourselves a good foundation."
After going three-and-out in the
first two innings, Nanticoke's offense finally got going in the third inning.
Angela Hillan led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and advanced
to third on Katie Kowalski's ground-out before scoring on Sammi Gow's RBI single.
It gave Nanticoke a 1-0 lead and, with Sarah Bertoni on the mound, it would have
proven enough for the Trojanettes but their offense was just heating up.
Nanticoke hitters had at least one hit in the game. Hillan added another single
in the fourth and along with Kayla Benjamin, came home on errors for a 3-0 Nanticoke
Gow, who finished 2-for-3, and Jenn Harnischfeger, who went 3-for-4,
had singles and scored in the fifth. And Kaylee Schinski, who was running for
Bertoni, also came home for a 6-0 Nanticoke advantage.
we played Central Columbia down there it was very windy and we hit the ball but
it wasn't going anywhere, and we only struck out four times," Williams said.
"I think they came in confident that they could put the bat on the ball and
today the ball went where it had to go."
Gola, who was in a bit of a self-proclaimed playoff slump, drove in four of Nanticoke's
runs. The sophomore third baseman singled in two runs in the fifth and two more
in the four-run sixth inning.
"I wasn't really
doing well this part of the year," Gola said of the playoffs. "I just
stayed focused and put my hands to the ball and made contact. I mostly got on
the outside (pitches) and I usually don't like those, but today I just went with
Not to be outdone, Nanticoke's defense and
Bertoni held the Blue Jay's potent offense to just two hits. Lindsay Johnson provided
Central Columbia with both hits, including a double in the fifth.
gave up one walk and struck out four, while her defense made several nice plays
to help preserve the lead. With Central Columbia runners on first and second in
the fifth, freshman right fielder Kayla Benjamin made a sliding catch for the
Blue Jays' third out.
"We played them before and
they only had three strikeouts, so we knew they going to hit the ball," Bertoni
said. "We knew I wasn't going to have that many strikeouts today so we had
to play good defense, stop the ball and knock it down if it was a good hit."
"(Central Columbia) is a very good contact team and
they make you make plays and I just thought that Sarah was outstanding again,"
Williams added. "I have to give her all the credit in the world. From the
time that playoffs started, she has just been outstanding."
Hillan's speed proves pivotal
As Angela Hillan slid safely into home on the pivotal
play of Monday's semifinal game, her sister Leah Lavelle cheered with the rest
of the Trojans in the dugout.
Hillan played a big role in getting Nanticoke
Area back to the PIAA Championship game for the first time since 2003, the year
that Lavelle won a title as a Trojan.
Hillan finished 2-for-3 and scored two
of the Trojans' first three runs in a 10-0 victory over Central Columbia at Betzler
Fields in the PIAA Class AA semifinals.
"It would be nice if I won too,"
said Hillan of winning a PIAA title. "We haven't really talked about it (a
PIAA title). It's nice having her in the dugout experiencing it with me."
Nanticoke will try for the program's second title in seven years when it faces
Philipsburg-Osceola at 2 p.m. Friday at Shippensburg's Robb Field.
amazing because, if we win, it will be two state championships," said Lavelle,
a Nanticoke junior high coach. "It would be crazy, but I don't want to get
ahead of myself."
After the Trojans went down in order through two innings,
Hillan, batting seventh, got the Trojans offense started with an infield hit past
a lunging third baseman.
Following a failed bunt attempt, Hillan stole second
on the first pitch to Katie Kowalski.
Kowalski moved Hillan to third on a
groundout to the right side and Hillan scored on Sammi Gow's line drive up the
middle to put the Trojans ahead 1-0.
Williams said Hillan might be the fastest
player on one of the fastest Nanticoke teams he's ever coached.
broke open a one-run game in fourth inning and rattled a normally sound Central
After the first two Trojans went down to start the inning,
Kayla Benjamin walked to bring up Hillan.
Hillan smashed a line drive that
glanced off the back of pitcher Brianna Taylor's glove.
Taylor staggered a
bit, picked up the ball and threw late and errantly to first base.
traveled down the right-field fence, allowing Benjamin to come home where no Blue
Jays were covering.
The subsequent throw to the plate got to the backstop
and left Hillan with a decision.
"I knew I had to at least get to second,"
Hillan said. "Then (coach Williams) told me to come to third and then I saw
that no one was covering home when the ball got past the catcher, so I just went."
Hillan slid between the legs and under the tag of Taylor at the plate to score
the third run of the game, much to the relief of her third-base coach.
very aggressive and she ran through my stop sign, but I told her, 'Thanks for
making me look good,' " Williams said with a big laugh.
was the second straight game that Hillan's speed played a pivotal part in a Nanticoke
Hillan singled in the seventh inning against
Troy and scored on the play after Troy throwing errors.
insurance run against Troy turned out to be the winning-run in Nanticoke's 3-2
Williams said Hillan's line drive
that glanced off Taylor got the standout pitcher off her game as she lost control
and a little off her fastball.
Nanticoke feasted on
Taylor in the fifth and her replacement Robyn Klingerman to win in six innings.
"We have a really good lineup, our one through nine
[hitters] can get a hit anytime you need them to," said Hillan, who also
had an RBI walk in the fifth.
"Usually teams get
to the bottom of the lineup, but, with us, it's like we have a second top of the
Lavelle likes what she's seen so far
from the 2010 Trojans, as they bid for the program's second state title this decade.
Lavelle said the first time she saw this team practice
in the spring she knew they could get to the PIAA finals.
could tell by their attitudes and just by the way they play," Lavelle said
"They're a team. They help each other out and they back each other up."
to swift Hillan, Nanticokes speed kills Paul Sokoloski opinion
They say speed kills in sports,
and proof of that came by the way Central Columbia completely collapsed in a state
softball playoff game.
But such fleetness of foot can
also bring life to the team possessing it.
charge through a state semifinal Monday was a perfect example.
the Trojans trounced Central Columbia 10-0 at Kings Colleges Betzler
Fields back when it was still anyones game Angie Hillan led
off the third inning with Nanticokes first hit.
just any old hit.
Hillan turned a ground ball to deep
shortstop into an infield hit, easily beating the throw to first base. Then she
pretty much turned it into a leadoff double by stealing second.
hustle my hardest every infield hit I have, trying to beat it out, Hillan
It turned out her legs beat the tar out of Central
Columbias state championship hopes.
scored the games first run on Sammi Gows two-out single. In the fourth
inning, with two outs and a runner on base, Hillan laced a wicked liner off the
glove of Central Columbias pitcher.
next changed the whole game.
In a race to beat Hillans
swiftness, a rushed Blue Jays throw sailed into right field. The right fielder
then overran the play. And Hillan never stopped running herself, following teammate
Kayla Benjamin across the plate.
In two innings, two
at-bats by Hillan turned a pitchers duel into a 3-0 Trojans lead.
the fastest player on our team, said Nanticoke pitcher Sarah Bertoni, who
twirled a two-hit shutout. We need just a little shot to get her around
Sometimes, like in the fourth inning,
Hillan provides her own spark.
Other times, as evidenced
by the third inning, she ignites the whole team by just reaching base.
Hillan doesnt save her energetic bursts exclusively for the basepaths. Playing
center field, she tracked down a drive by Blue Jays batter Alexandra Diltz.
a lot less stressed with her out there, Bertoni said. I know, even
when its a deep shot, she could get to it.
quick, Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said of his speed demon.
get into a running mode, you make the other team conscious of that.
can also make the other team flustered enough to flustered enough to commit six
errors over the final three innings, the way Central Columbia did in a game ended
after the sixth by the 10-run rule.
That parade of mistakes
started with two on the same play, when Hillan circled the bases on a ball she
hit as far as the pitchers circle.
dont characteristically throw the ball around like that, Williams
But its becoming a Nanticoke trait to take
game-breaking gambles on the bases, especially when Hillman gets the green light.
Or a red one.
She kind of ran through my stop
sign (at third base), Williams grinned about the error-filled play where
Hillman not only started her mad dash from home plate but wound up there. I
said, Thanks for making me look good. Shes very aggressive.
is a great thing.
But only if its on your
side. If its on the other, as Central Columbia discovered, it can be an
obstacle that leads a dream straight to the slaughter.
Live Blog Nanticoke PIAA Semifinal - Citizens
Hey, its Tom Brolley live from Betzler
Fields at Kings College. I will be providing live updates after each half
inning, so if youre stuck at work and couldnt get out for the game,
follow along here.
The coaches and captains are meeting
right now and we will be started shortly.
Sammi Gow, 2b
Jenn Harnischfeger, ss
Sarah Bertoni, p
Maggie Gola, 3b
Kayla Benjamin, rf
Angie Hillan, cf
Kate Kowalski, lf
Brooke Clarke, ss
Alexandra Diltz, 2b
Alissa DeWalt, rf
Lindsay Johnson, c
Brianna Taylor, p
Robyn Klingerman, dp
Brooke Kocher, cf
Alyssa Polle, lf/flex
Gow grounds out to the shortstop.
Harnischfeger flies out to centerfield.
grounds out to shortstop.
Diltz grounds out to second.
DeWalt ground out to seconds
the first inning its 0-0.
grounds out first base.
Gola strikes out swinging.
Benjamin grounds out
Martz flies out to second.
get the first hit of the game, a liner between third and shortstop.
strikes out swinging.
Klingerman strikes out swinging
the second inning its 0-0.
with an infield-base hit past the third baseman.
Roberts pops up a bunt attempt
to the third baseman.
Hillan steals second base on the first pitch to Kowalski.
grounds out to the second baseman, Hillan moves to third with two outs.
laces a line drive back up the middle, Hillan comes into score making it 1-0 Nanticoke.
follows Gow with another liner back up the middle, Gow moves to second.
lines out to first base.
Nanticoke leads 1-0
Siegrist ground out to shortstop.
Kocher grounds out to first base.
lines out to shortstop.
Nanticoke leads 1-0 after the
Cardone flies out to centerfield.
grounds out to third base.
Benjamin draws a walk.
Hillan hits a liner back
at pitcher Taylor for a single, Taylor throws it away for a two-base error to
score Benjamin. Siegrist then had a throwing error at home to bring Hillan in.
Nanticoke leads 3-0.
Roberts ground out to shortstop.
now leads 3-0.
Diltz flies out to centerfield.
lines out to second baseman.
Johnson grounds out to the pitcher.
leads 3-0 after four innings.
lines a single down the right field line.
Gow slaps one past the pitcher into
centerfield, Kowalski advances to second base.
Harnischfeger singles to centerfield
on a missed leaping catch, Kowalski thrown out at home. Gow and Harnischfeger
advance to second and third.
Bertoni walks to load the bases.
an infield fly.
Gola singles to center to bring in Gow and Harnischfeger, Bertoni
and Gola advance to second and third on fielders choice. Nanticoke leads
Benjamin walks to load bases.
Taylor is replaced by Klingerman on the
mound. Shell face Hillan with the bases loaded and two outs.
to bring Bertoni. Nanticoke leads 6-0
Roberts pops out on a fly ball to second
Nanticoke leads 6-0.
Johnson doubles down the left field line.
Taylor strikes out swinging.
flies out to left field.
Siegrist draws a walk.
Kayla Benjamin makes an
outstanding diving catch in right field to save at least a run on a Kocher line
Nanticoke leads 6-0 after five innings.
Kowalski reaches first on a throwing error on the shortstop.
a walk, Kowalski advances to second.
Harnischfeger infield-base hit to shortstop.
single down the right-field line, Kowalski and Gow score to make it 8-0.
flies out to the first baseman.
Gola doubles to deep center, Harnischfeger
and Bertoni come around to make it 10-0.
Benjamin reaches on an error by the
pitcher, Gola advances to third.
Hillan grounds to third and Gola is tagged
out at home. Hillan reaches first and Benjamin gets to third.
Benjamin is picked
off between third and home.
Nanticoke leads 10-0.
Clarke grounds out to shortstop.
Dietz ground out to shortstop.
grounds out to the pitcher.
Nanticoke advances to the PIAA title game in Shippensburg.
If you cant make it down to Shippensburg at 2 p.m. Friday, make sure to
follow the Varsity Voice blog for live updates.
Nanticoke not taking Central Columbia lightly
By Tom Brolley - Citizens Voice
One team sits
between Nanticoke Area and the state's biggest game.
That one team is a Central
Columbia squad the Trojans beat, 3-1, earlier this season.
Despite the win
May 8, the Trojans know they'll have their hands full against a Central Columbia
team that has outscored its two PIAA opponents 17-3.
"We can't take them
lightly," Williams said. "They're a very good team and we can't just
rest on the fact that we beat them earlier this season."
(24-1) and Blue Jays (22-3) will meet 2 today at King's College's Betzler Fields
for the right to go to the PIAA Class AA championship game.
Area is looking to get back to the PIAA championship game for the first time since
it won the 2003 state title.
"Basically, we put the ball in play to win
that game," said Williams of the May 8 win. "On Monday, we have to be
confident and be solid at the plate."
One of Central Columbia's other
three losses came to Troy in the District 4 title game.
Nanticoke Area pulled
out a win against Troy in the quarterfinals Thursday by producing from all parts
of the lineup.
Second baseman Sammi Gow set the table collecting three of
the Trojans eight hits.
Catcher Amanda Cardone brought Gow home on an inside-the-park
home run to give Nanticoke Area a first-inning lead.
Center fielder Angela
Hillan, who hit seventh, then scored the winning-run in the seventh inning after
she singled and scored on an error.
The Trojans though, made some uncharacteristic
mistakes playing with a three-run lead in the bottom of the seventh. They were
able to hold on 3-2 to advance.
"We threw the ball around and we haven't
done too much of that all year long but they pulled themselves together,"
Williams said. "If you can survive those type of situations, it makes you
Central Columbia has used a potent offense to advance through
the PIAA bracket.
The Blue Jays beat up Brandywine Heights, 8-3, in the first
round and Kennedy Kendrick, 9-1, in the quarterfinals.
Central Columbia has
collected 19 hits, including seven extra base hits, to score 17 runs.
the Blue Jays have had no problem scoring runs, Nanticoke Area has gutted out
close wins behind Sarah Bertoni's stellar pitching,
Area won both of its PIAA games by one run and the Trojans have won each of their
postseason games by three runs or less.
them mentally tougher when they're used to playing in tight games," Williams
said. "You expect to have these type of games in the playoffs."
How they got here: def. Pine Grove, 2-1, first
round; def. Troy, 3-2, quarterfinals
District 2 champs
Coach: Gary Williams
Sarah Bertoni, 15-1, 106 IP, 52 H, 18 R, 9 ER, 24 BB, 139 K.
Sammi Gow, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR
SS: Jenn Harnischfeger,
5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR
P: Sarah Bertoni, 3 2B, 1 HR
Amanda Cardone, 2 3B, 2 HR
3B: Maggie Gola, 3 2B, 1
3B, 4 HRs
RF: Kayla Benjamin
Angela Hillan, 1 2B
1B: Lindsey Roberts, 1 HR
Katie Kowalski, 1 HR
got here: def. Brandywine Heights, 8-3, first round; def. Kennedy Kendrick, 9-1,
Record: 22-3, District 4 runner-up
Coach: Duane Ford
Pitcher: Brianna Taylor, 2-0, 14 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 6 BB, 11 K
SS: Brooke Clarke. 2-6, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, double, triple
2B: Alex Diltz, 3-8, 3 runs
RF: Alissa Dewalt, 3-7, 2 RBIs, 3 runs
Caitlin Martz, 3-7, RBI, run, double
C: Lindsay Johnson, 1-5, 2 RBIs, run
P: Brianna Taylor, 2-5, RBI, run, triple
DP: Robyn Klingerman, 1-5
Devon Siegrist, 3-6, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, double, triple
Brooke Kocher, 1-3, 2 RBIs, run, double
take short trip for semis
Nanticoke will face Central Columbia today for a
berth in the state title game.
PIAA Class 2A
Nanticoke (24-1) vs. Central Columbia (22-3)
2 p.m. at Kings College
Nanticoke players, it might seem like an eternity since they last played a home
The more than two-week drought will end today,
however, when the Trojans have a virtual home contest at Kings College against
Central Columbia in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals.
been like road warriors, Trojans coach Gary Williams said.
last time the road warriors played in front of a home crowd was in the District
2 semifinals, which ended in a 2-1 victory over Northwest.
then the Trojans (24-1) have won games in Throop, Schuylkill Haven and Williamsport
adding nearly 400 miles to their bus odometer.
Fields, which is a mere minutes away from the schools campus, wont
be the only familiar sight for the Trojans. They have faced the District 4 runner-up
Blue Jays this season last month and won, 3-1 in a four-team tournament in Bloomsburg.
This time, they play with the stakes higher as a berth in Fridays state
championship game at 2 p.m. in Shippensburg is on the line.
we found out they were a very good team, Williams said. They play
good defense and have good hitters top to bottom and have solid pitching.
Central Columbia (22-3) appears to be the hottest team
offensively in the 2A bracket scoring 15 runs in its two wins. That outburst has
come after losing 1-0 in eight innings to Troy in the D4 title game. Phillipsburg
Osceola, out of District 6, has scored 12 runs in the state tournament and is
taking on District 10 champion Wilmington in the other semi.
Blue Jays, who entered the D4 tourney as the No. 1 seed, may also be a hungry
team. In 2009, they reached the state semis before falling to eventual state runner-up
Brandywine Heights. Only four starters have graduated from that squad and six
starters are back. Central Columbia got Brandywine out of its way in the first
round last week with an 8-3 victory before dispatching Kennedy-Kenrick, 7-1.
In the state playoffs, everyone in the Blue Jays starting
lineup has banged out 19 hits and everyone has had at least one hit. First baseman
Devon Siegrist, second baseman Alex Diltz, right fielder Alissa Dewalt and third
baseman Caitlin Martz have paced the offense tallying three hits apiece. The Trojans
have piled up 14 hits in their two state games, but only two extra base hits.
The Blue Jays have pounded out seven extra base hits in the last two games.
The win against CC earlier in the season has Nanticoke
players thinking highly.
I think theyre
coming into the game with confidence, Williams said about his team. It
doesnt hurt that we beat them once but they dont want to be too overconfident.
In the matchup in May, Sarah Bertoni threw a complete-game
three-hitter for the Trojans. The Nanticoke offense got a big performance from
Amanda Cardone, who went 3-for-4 finishing a home run shy of the cycle and two
Perhaps the biggest difference for the Blue Jays
since that game is that Robyn Klingerman allowed two runs on three hits in 2-plus
innings of work and Brianna Taylor twirled five innings of three-hit ball. In
the PIAA Championships, its been all Taylor. The sophomore is 2-0 with 11
strikeouts in 14 innings while only allowing eight hits, but walking six and giving
up three runs.
Bertoni has been much better than her
counterpart recently. Since the postseason has started, she has allowed just one
earned run in five games. In those five outings including a no-hitter against
Elk Lake in the D2 championship game she has fanned 42 and given up just
12 hits in 35 innings.
Another strong performance by
the junior might be enough to get the Trojans to the state title game for the
first time since 2003.
of the Week" - Citizens Voice
Area Senior, Softball
Family: Parents, Robert
and Linda; sister, Alexis.
Accomplishment: Cardone, a steady presence in the
Nanticoke Area batting order and behind the plate, gave Nanticoke Area the early
lead with a two-run inside-the-park home run in the Trojans' 3-2 win over Troy
in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
GETTING TO KNOW AMANDA CARDONE
Favorite TV show: 'I Love Lucy'
Favorite group: Rascall
Favorite food: Peanut Butter and Fluff sandwich
Favorite junk food:
Cold Stone Creamery ice cream
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite team: New
Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter
Favorite holiday: Her birthday
Favorite color: Orange
Amanda's dream prom date: David Beckham
from sports, Amanda enjoys ... hanging out with friends and going to the movies.
Amanda could excel in another sport like she does softball, she'd love to be great
at ... golf.
If Amanda could hit a home run off any pitcher, she'd love to
blast one off of ... Sarah Bertoni.
Amanda's favorite thing about softball
is ... throwing out someone at second.
Amanda thinks the hardest thing about
softball is ... practice.
Amanda's favorite game from the season ... PIAA quarterfinal
Amanda's biggest role models have been ... her dad and pop.
next: Amanda will be attending King's College, where she plans to play softball
and study biology.
Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
Area took a two-run lead against Troy in the first inning of PIAA Class AA softball
In the bottom of the seventh, the Trojanettes nearly gave
it all away.Nanticoke's defense survived a shaky seventh and escaped Elm Park
with a 3-2 win over Troy to advance to the AA state semifinals
(24-1) will face Central Columbia, a 7-1 winner over Kennedy Kendrick, on Monday
at a site and time to be announced. Troy ends at 21-4.
Hillan scored a run in the top of the seventh to put Nanticoke ahead 3-0, leaving
the Trojanettes just three outs from a shutout victory.
Troy put together a late-rally on a pair of Nanticoke errors.
pitcher Kate Pratt led off the inning with a triple to the gap in right-center.
Following a pop-up to Nanticoke' Jenn Harnischferger at shortstop, Troy's Rachel
High reached first on a walk, putting runners at the corners. Katie Jackson hit
a grounder to Trojanette pitcher Sarah Bertoni and Bertoni opted to get Pratt
as she prepared to break for home, but instead threw the ball wide of third base.
Pratt scored on the error, while pinch runner Tiffani Mattocks
advanced to third on another throwing error. Mattocks eventually scored on a ground-out
to cut Nanticoke's lead by one run.
"I think I
just reacted too fast," Bertoni said of the decision to throw to third instead
of going for the first out at first base. "She was so far down the line that
I was tempted."
"We always tell our kids
to check-and-go all the time and when (Sarah) saw her off the bag I guess she
thought she could get her and lost sight of getting the
out," Nanticoke coach Gary Williams added. "But that's a reaction."
Bertoni, otherwise, was again outstanding in the circle.
She twirled a seven-inning two-hitter with just one walk and she struck out nine,
including the last out of the seventh.
has been amazing and she pitched a gem again today," Nanticoke catcher Amanda
Cardone said. "I just had to tell her that we had this and I was confident
that we were going to get that last out. I just point to her and she knows."
Cardone sparked Nanticoke's early lead. Sammi Gow led off
the game with a single, stole second and advanced to third on an error. Pratt
struck out the next two Nanticoke batters, but Cardone blasted a shot over the
left fielder's head and deep to the wall. Gow scored easily on the play and Cardone
also came in for an in-the-park home run and a 2-0 Nanticoke lead.
came through really big in that first inning," Williams said. "That
was a shot. Any park that we play in, except for here which is 295 down the line,
that thing would have been gone."
Gow led Nanticoke's
offense as she finished 3-for-3. Hillan's run in the top of the seventh came after
she singled and advanced home on a three-base error.
a relief and when we got that third out we were like 'Oh, thank God,'" Williams
said. "We played so well for the last five or six games that you don't want
it to come down to throwing the ball all over the place."
Posted: 1:00 AM
Bertoni, Nanticoke slam door on Troy
District 2 champions advance to Class 2A state semifinals with win.
Robinson - Times Leader
No overhand throw to a choice
of three bases was necessary.
With a berth in the PIAA
Class 2A softball semifinals suddenly in jeopardy Thursday afternoon, Nanticoke
Area pitcher Sarah Bertoni simply relied on what had carried her to this point.
Bertoni fired the ball past a Troy batter on a 3-2 pitch
with the trying run on third base to complete Nanticoke Areas 3-2 victory
in a quarterfinal game at Elm Park.
I was shaking,
Bertoni said of delivering the final pitch after two seventh-inning throwing errors,
one of them by her, created some tense moments.
Cardone provided a quick strike in the first inning with a two-run homer. That
kept Nanticoke Area in control until a chaotic seventh inning.
Wyoming Valley Conference Division I East and District 2 Class 2A champions added
a run to their lead in the top of the seventh when Ang Hillan hit the ball down
the line and circled the bases when it got past the left fielder for a three-base
The tension started in the bottom of the seventh
Bertoni, who had struck out seven in a row
at one point, took a two-hitter into the inning.
pitcher Kate Pratt started things off by hitting the only ball to leave the infield
off Bertoni on the fly all day. She ripped the first pitch of the inning deep
into right-center field for a triple.
got one out before Rachel High drew the only walk issued by Bertoni.
Katie Jackson grounded back to the mound, Bertoni passed up moving within an out
of victory when Pratt wandered far enough off third to tempt her into a throw.
Bertonis throw and left fielder Katie Kowalskis
throw back into the infield each got away, ending the shutout and moving two runners
into scoring position.
The thing is, we just
had a timeout and said not to be worried about the lead runner, Nanticoke
Area head coach Gary Williams said. When you get the ball, make the easiest
play, go to first base.
I just told her, you
know you would have to pitch to one less batter if you didnt do that.
Williams said instincts and the constant teaching of checking
the runner before throwing to first allowed Bertoni to get caught up in the moment.
I just reacted too fast, Bertoni said. She
was so far down, I got tempted.
threw a no-hitter in the District 2 final, finished off her second consecutive
state tournament three-hitter to make up for the mistake and lock up the win.
I tried not to let it, Bertoni said when asked
if the errant throw affected her the rest of the game. I did the most I
I tried to keep my head up.
Another groundball, and third baseman Maggie Golas
throw across the diamond to first, cut the lead to a run and put the tying run
60 feet away.
Bertoni responded with her ninth strikeout.
We had played so well the last five or six games,
I didnt want to let it come down to us throwing the ball around, Williams
Nanticoke Area, which won a state title in
2003, advanced into Mondays semifinals and will play District 4 runner-up
Central Columbia, which defeated D12 champion Kennedy-Kenrick.
got the team started in that direction.
Sammy Gow led
off the game with a single through the middle for the first of her three hits.
She stole second and took third on a throwing error but was in danger of being
left there after two strikeouts.
Cardone then smashed
the ball deep to left, sending it rolling near the fence 295 feet from home for
a two-run, inside-the-park homer.
didnt know how far I hit it, Cardone said. I knew Sammy was
on third and I had to get the run in.
dimensions, on a field that hosts mens softball leagues, contributed to
Hillan making it around the bases in the seventh, but Williams said they did not
matter in the first.
That was a shot, Williams
said. Any other park we play in, that would have been gone.
Nanticoke Area 200 000 1 3
Troy 000 000 2 2
Sarah Bertoni 7IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 9K. LP Kate Pratt 7IP, 8H,
3R, 2ER, 0BB, 12K. 3B: TROY Pratt. HR: NA Amanda Cardone. Top hitters:
NA Sammy Gow 3-for-4, run; Cardone 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Hillan 1-for-2, run,
sacrifice. TROY Pratt 1-for-3, run; Rachel High 1-for-2, walk.
coaches select WVC all-stars
Three outstanding pitchers were named as Most
Valuable Players for their respective divisions as the Wyoming Valley Conference
softball coaches selected their all-star teams for the 2010 season.
Areas Sarah Bertoni was named MVP of the Division I East; Kristan Baker
was chosen MVP of Division I West; and Northwests Mandi Black received the
MVP honor for Division II.
Coaches in each of the three
divisions voted for all-stars in their respective divisions. In Division I East,
14 players were chosen to the first-team. Division I West had 11 players selected
to the first-team and 14 players were named to the Division II squad. The first-team
totals in all three divisions include the MVPs.
I East and West coaches also made several honorable mention selections. There
were no honorable mention selections for Division II.
champion Nanticoke Area and runner-up Hazleton Area dominated the Division I East
team, combining for 10 of the 14 selections. The Trojans, who also won the District
2 Class 2A championship, had six players chosen to the first-team. Hazleton
Area, which won the District 2 Class 4A title, had four selections.
Division I West, champion Tunkhannock placed three players on the first-team.
Dallas, which lost the division title to the Tigers in a special playoff game
before advancing to the D2 Class 3A championship game, had four players chosen
for the first-team.
In Division II, champion Northwest
led the way with five of the 14 selections. The Rangers lost to Nanticoke Area
by one run in the D2 Class 2A semifinals. Lake-Lehman followed the Rangers with
three players chosen to the first-team.
The Times Leader
will select and publish its Wyoming Valley Conference Softball All-Star Team and
Player of the Year in the near future.
First Team: Sarah Bertoni, Amanda Cardone,
Jenn Harnischfeger, Sammi Gow, Maggie Gola, Angie Hillan, Nanticoke Area; Becky
Demko, Candice Van Horn, Shannon Salvaterra, Gabby Ziller, Hazleton Area; Kylie
Licata, Crestwood; Marissa Nardone, Pittston Area; Kendra Haywood, Coughlin; and
Sidney Kotch, Holy Redeemer.
Honorable Mention: Katie
Brown, Lindsey Roberts, Hannah Rubasky, Nanticoke Area; Sarah Martin, Gianna
Handza, Danielle Cerep, Coughlin; Alex Hoops, Crestwood; Allison Matous, Stacy
Kandrac, Holy Redeemer; and Heather Marsico, Kelsey Mundenar, Antionette Scialpi,
Nanticoke reaches softball semifinals
Scranton Edition sports correspondent
Cardone hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Sarah Bertoni pitched out
of trouble in the seventh inning Thursday to lead Nanticoke into the PIAA Class
2A softball semifinals with a 3-2 victory over Troy.
Bertoni pitched a three-hitter
with a walk and nine strikeouts. Both runs came in the bottom of the seventh with
the help of two Nanticoke throwing errors. She fanned Jennica Stryker on a 3-2
pitch with a runner on third to end the game.
"It was a relief when we
got that third out," Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said.
Sammy Gow had
three hits and scored the first run for Nanticoke.
Ang Hillan singled to lead
off the seventh and raced around the bases on an error for a 3-0 lead.
Pratt struck out 12 and tripled for Troy's only extra-base hit.
Jill Snowdon Citizens'
After giving up her only walk of the
game in the fifth inning that would eventually lead to a run, Nanticoke Area's
Sarah Bertoni felt she owed a little something to her teammates.
came through in a big way as she drove home the game-winning run in the top of
the seventh and struck out the side in the bottom of the frame to seal a 2-1 win
over Pine Grove, Monday in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs.
Nanticoke Area (18-1) advances to the state quarterfinals
where it will meet Troy, a 2-0 winner over Kutztown, on Thursday at a site and
time to be announced. Troy is the Distrcit 4 champion.
didn't want to let the team down, especially after that one walk," Bertoni
said. "I felt like that was something that could have cost us. So I knew
I had to relax and look for a good pitch to hit and as soon as I hit it I was
thinking '(Jenn's) coming in on this.'"
fourth time in the game, Bertoni came to the plate with runners in scoring position
with two out. She popped up to left field in her two previous appearance and grounded
out in the first inning. In the seventh, with the game tied at 1-1, Bertoni nailed
a single up the middle and Jenn Harnischfeger scored the go-ahead run and eventual
"(Sarah's) bat has been hot and today
was her day and it was a perfect time to get a hit," said Harnischfeger who
also chipped in with a single in the seventh and stole second. "When I got
up with two outs I was just thinking to put the ball in play because we needed
base runners. And Sarah did the rest."
finished off her complete-game four-hitter by striking out three straight Pine
Grove batters. She closed out with 10 strikeouts and just one walk.
think she smelled the victory," Nanticoke Area coach Gary Williams said of
Bertoni's pitching in the seventh. "And when she needs to, she really bears
down and gets tough."
Nanticoke took a short-lived
1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Katie Kowalski drilled a triple to left-center with
two outs. Sammi Gow followed with a walk and Harnischfeger hit a high-chopper
in the infield for a single and Kowalski came home for a 1-0 Nanticoke lead.
Pine Grove came right back in the bottom of the inning
and tied the game after pinch runner Shannon Dohner - running for Karissa Reeves
who had walked - scored on Miranda Riegel's single. That, however, was all that
the Cardinals could get against Bertoni and Nanticoke's defense.
defense is very solid and we're always there to back Sarah up," said Harnischfeger,
a senior shortstop. "But Sarah is really playing the best I've ever seen
her, and we've been playing together since we were really young.
Nanticoke moves on by edging Pine Grove
Robinson - The Times Leader
Once Sarah Bertoni put
Nanticoke ahead in the top of the seventh inning, she made sure they stayed there.
Bertoni followed up driving in the winning run in a 2-1 PIAA Class 3A softball
tournament opening win over Pine Grove by striking out the side in the bottom
of the seventh inning.
I was relaxed out there, Bertoni said of
the last three outs.
Bertoni froze Ethel Santai on a third strike on the outside
corner between getting Karissa Reeves and Miranda Riegel to strike out while chasing
pitches low and away.
I think she smelled the victory, Nanticoke
coach Gary Williams said. When she needs to, she really bears down and is
tough to hit.
Bertoni also proved to be tough at the plate after the
teams went into the seventh inning tied 1-1.
Jenn Harnischfeger beat out an
infield single with two out on a slow roller to second base. Harnischfeger then
stole second on a 1-1 pitch, setting up Bertonis single through the middle
for the game-winner.
It was hard to steal a base on them because their
catcher has a good arm, Harnischfeger said. As soon as the ball was
hit with two out, I knew I was going home.
The hit allowed District
2 champion Nanticoke to improve to 23-1 overall.
The Trojans will face
District 4 champion Troy, which improved to 22-3 by defeating Kutztown 2-0 on
Thursday at a site and time to be announced.
Bertoni threw a no-hitter in the district final to knock off defending champion
Elk Lake and standout pitcher Brooke Darling, she led the way over Pine Grove
and highly regarded pitcher Hope Spancake, who advanced through this round a year
Every time we play anybody, all we hear
about is the other pitcher, Williams said.
and her teammates are working on changing that.
put two runners in scoring position in the third inning before Pine Grove had
a base runner, then opened the scoring in the fifth.
Kowaski tripled to the fence in left field with two out.
Sammy Gow walked, Harnischfeger singled hard off the glove of shortstop Jenna
Leffler in the hole to score the first run.
led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk, the only time in the final six innings
that Bertoni did not strike out the leadoff hitter. Her courtesy runner Shannon
Dohner eventually scored an unearned run on Riegels single to center field
to tie the game.
As the run scored, center fielder
Ang Hillan threw out a runner at third for one of three big defensive plays by
Harnischfeger kept Bertoni perfect through
3 2/3 when she backhanded a ball that went off Bertonis glove.
the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Lindsay Roberts was ruled to have been
pulled off the bag by a Harnischfeger throw, but she got up off the ground fast
enough to throw out the lead runner at third to end the inning.
know the defense will make the plays behind me, Bertoni said.
Williams knows Bertoni will come through in key spots, including at the plate.
Sarahs our leading hitter, he said. She
has come up big and driven in a lot of runs to help us win games.
First Round Class 3A PIAA Championships
010 1 2
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Sarah Bertoni 7IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 10K; LP Hope Spancake 7IP,
6H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 8K;
3B N, Katie Kowalski.
Top hitters N, Jenn Harnischfeger 2-for-4, run, RBI; Kayla Benjamin 1-for-2,
sacrifice. PG, Spancake 2-for-3.
Athlete of the Week: Sarah Bertoni - Citizens'
Eileen and Bob; Brother, Robert.
Accomplishment: Bertoni threw a no-hitter,
allowed just two base-runners and struck out 13 to lead Nanticoke Area to the
District 2 Class AA championship with a 3-0 win over top-seeded Elk Lake.
TO KNOW SARAH BERTONI
Favorite subject: English
Favorite book: New
Favorite movie: The Hangover
Favorite group: Rascal
Favorite food: Chicken tenders
Favorite junk food: Funfetti Cookies
Favorite team: Philadelphia Phillies
Favorite athlete: Jimmy
Sarahs dream prom date: Robert Pattinson
Away from sports,
Sarah enjoys . . . going to the movies.
If Sarah could switch places with any
athlete for one day, shed like to swap spots with . . . Jennie Finch.
favorite thing about softball is . . . scoring.
Sarah thinks the hardest thing
about softball is . . . staying in shape.
Sarahs favorite moment from
the season is . . . the last out of her no-hitter against Elk Lake.
could strikeout any batter, shed like to fan . . . teammate Amanda Cardone.
Sarah could hit a home run of any pitcher, shed like to blast a one off
of . . . Dallas Kristan Baker.
Sarahs biggest role model has been
. . . her dad.
After high school . . . Sarah wants to play softball in college.
Area draws Pine Grove in opener
Tom Brolley - Citizens' Voice
it comes to the PIAA softball playoffs, Nanticoke Area coach Gary Williams said
if 10 games are played between two opponents, each team will win five.
Trojans are hoping they are on the right side of the coin flip Monday.
2 champion Nanticoke Area will take on District 11 champion Pine Grove at 1 p.m.
at Blue Mountain High School in a PIAA Class AA opening-round game.
you get to this time of year it comes down to the breaks," Williams said.
"I think we're good enough to go as far as we can, but it's still going to
come down to a bad hop here or a tough call there. At this point in time, every
team is pretty much on equal basis."
Area is making its first trip to the state tournament since 2008 when the Trojans
eventual state champion Loyalsock in the quarterfinals.
Trojans (23-1) will once again be tested by an outstanding pitcher, this time
in Pine Grove's Hope Spancake.
Spancake is a senior
heading to California of Pennsylvania with an 18-1 record and 0.22 ERA this year.
racked up 218 strikeouts and just eight walks through 130 innings and she's allowed
just seven runs all season and no more than one in a game.
threw a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Northern Lehigh for the District 11
Williams said the offense should be ready after
facing four tough pitchers in a row dating back to Hazleton Area's Becky Demko
in the Division I East title game.
I've read on Spancake, she's a very good pitcher," Williams said. "We're
just going to have to come through, put the ball in play and make things happen."
Area's got its own star on the mound in Sarah Bertoni.
outdueled Elk Lake's Brooke Darling in the District 2 title game throwing a no-hitter
and striking out 13.
Bertoni is 13-1 this year with
127 strikeouts and 15 runs scored in her 92 innings pitched.
and the Trojanettes will have to deal with some tough outs in the Cardinals lineup.
hitter Samantha Berasavage is hitting .424 with 20 runs scored and Toni Dissinger
(.294, 14 RBI) and Karissa Reeves (.377, 17 RBI) are the big bats in the middle
of the lineup.
The Cardinals lineup though, isn't one
that has struck fear into its opponents. They still rely on strong pitching and
"They are a very good defensive team,"
Williams said. "They don't score a lot of runs but they don't give up runs."
said the Trojans are peaking defensively, but like the Cardinals, they need a
little more hitting at times.
Third baseman Maggie Gola
leads the team with four home runs and second baseman Sammi Gow and shortstop
Jenn Harnischfeger each have five doubles.
said the key will be to put enough balls in play to force the Cardinals to make
double-digit plays on Monday.
"I think we're struggling
a little bit offensively," Williams said. "But it just seems like we
get enough people in our lineup step up to the plate and come through for us,
and it's anywhere in the lineup as the year has progressed."
nips Northwest, in finals
Relay throws are pivotal as Trojans edge Rangers
to earn 2A title date vs. Elk Lake.
the next premonition should be about practicing home run trots.
the last one the Nanticoke softball team acted upon came true in Fridays
District 2 Class 2A semifinal game.
relay throws in the sixth inning cut down the tying run and allowed Nanticoke
to edge Northwest 2-1 and go for its second championship in three years.
(16-1) will play defending champion Elk Lake (16-0) Wednesday at a site and time
to be determined for the title and a berth in the PIAA Class 2A tournament. Northwest
ended its season at 15-2.
The funny part of that
was just this past week we worked on relays thanks to (assistant) coach (Ryan)
Stetz, Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said. He said, Coach, I
think we should work on relay drills.
do (them), but usually not at this time of the season. Usually, we do it earlier
in the season. I guess he had a premonition.
led 2-1 in the sixth with two outs when Northwests Heather Blaine reached
on a fielding error. Maranda Koehn ran for her and tried to score from first when
Rachel Whitesell lined a double to the right-center gap.
center fielder Angela Hillan ran down the ball quickly and threw to second baseman
Sammi Gow, whose throw to catcher Amanda Cardone was about six feet up the third
base line but well in time to get Koehn.
had hits with runners on, so Im not sorry for sending her home, Northwest
coach Ryan Miner said. Its a chance you take. Weve been aggressive
all year and been successful that way. It was one of those, if she was safe it
would have been a good play.
Northwest had its
first batter reach base in the first, second and fourth innings, but didnt
score. The Rangers tied the score 1-1 in the fifth when Anne Wolfe hit a one-out
single and later scored from second on an infield error.
though, scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning. She reached on
an error, moved to third on Jenn Harnischfegers single and scored on another
Nanticoke pitcher Sarah Bertoni retired the side
in order for the first time in the seventh to pick up the victory. She finished
with five strikeouts and allowed four hits.
Mandi Black was also tough on the mound, striking out eight and surrendering four
hits. Nanticoke, though, managed to manufacture runs.
first run came in the first. Gow led off with a walk and moved to second on Harnischfegers
infield single. Bertoni then sacrificed the runners over, but when Northwest tried
to get Harnischfeger as she made a slight rounding of second Gow dashed home.
soon as I saw her release the ball to second, I knew I had to go, Gow said.
I wasnt going to be hesitant and stay at third. I knew I had to take
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Blaine c 3
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Bertoni, Cardone. CS Black.
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Nanticoke Area 3, Carbondale 0
by a solid pitching and hitting effort by Sarah Bertoni, the No. 2 seed Trojans
moved on to the District 2 Class 2A semifinals. Nanticoke Area (15-1) will host
No. 3 seed Northwest at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
a two-hit shutout and went 2-for-3 at the plate, including an RBI single in a
three-run sixth inning. Amanda Cardone also hit a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Makenzie Lynn took the loss for Carbondale (6-10) despite
striking out nine in six innings and allowing just three hits.
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Sarah Bertoni, 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 5K; LP Makenzie Lynn, 6IP,
3H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 9K;
Top hitters NAN: Bertoni
Nanticoke wins championship
Nanticokes Lindsay Roberts had butterflies
in her stomach when she came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning in the
Trojanettes most important game of the season.
She got rid of them with
one swing of the bat.
Roberts smacked a three-run
home run that capped off a big inning as Nanticoke posted a 4-0 victory over Hazleton
Area on Tuesday to capture the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I East championship.
She hit a towering blast that just cleared the wall in right-center.
I was nervous before the game and I was nervous during the game, said
Roberts, who couldnt have picked a better time to hit her first homer of
the season. I hit a fastball that was about even with my hip. I hit it pretty
Nanticoke (14-1) took a 1-0 lead earlier in the sixth inning on
a one-out RBI double by Angela Hillan that brought home Amanda Cardone, who reached
base on a walk.
Hillan hit a rope that fell squarely between the left fielder
and right fielder, enabling Cardone to score from the first. Hazleton Area (13-2)
appeared to have a chance of throwing Cardone out at home, but the throw was cutoff
by an infielder.
I was just trying to put the ball in play, Hillan
said. I wanted to get on base and I didnt expect to get an RBI.
Pinch hitter Ashley Horoschock followed with a single, which moved Hillan to third
and set the stage for Roberts blast.
Nanticokes big inning spoiled
an otherwise impressive performance by Cougars pitcher Becky Demko, who had a
two-hitter working entering the sixth.
(Demko) was throwing very well,
Roberts said. She had a rise on her ball that was extremely tough to hit.
The Trojanettes got a superb effort from pitcher Sarah Bertoni, who was in complete
control from the outset.
Bertoni went the distance, limiting Hazleton Area
to just two singles while striking out 12.
I had a good warmup and I
felt nice and loose, said Bertoni. My fastball was working and my
changeup was good. Runs were hard to come by, but fortunately we got some big
hits in the sixth.
Hazleton Area mounted its only scoring threat in
the fourth inning. Shannon Salvaterra led off with a single and then stole second
with one out. Gabby Ziller followed with a walk. But Bertoni struck out the next
Salvaterra and Ashley Donlin led the Cougars with one single
Bertoni pitched well, said Nanticoke
coach Gary Williams. Her velocity was up and she had very good location.
Williams was not surprised by Roberts home run.
Lindsay struggled a little bit with her hitting earlier,
but shes been hitting well late in the season, he said.
Area coach Vince Trivelpiece said his team was no match for Bertoni.
no way that kid should have to pay to go to college, he said. She
pitched a great game. Shes top shelf, no doubt about it.
added that Demko gave the Cougars a chance to win.
also pitched great. She contained the power hitters, but their No. 8 and 9 hitters
made the difference.
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WP Sarah Bertoni , 7 IP,
2H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 12K; LP Becky Demko, 6 IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 5BB, 9K;
2BNAN: Angela Hillan.. HRNAN: Lindsay Roberts.
Top hittersLindsay Roberts 2-for-3 including a home run. HAZ: Shannon Salvaterra
1-for-3, Ashley Donlin 1-for-3.
Nanticoke downs Hazleton Area
Early offensive outburst
and Bertonis pitching keeps Trojanettes undefeated.
Shutt - Times Leader
Heading into Monday afternoons
game with Hazleton Area, Nanticoke coach Gary Williams had been stressing the
importance of scoring early against good teams, something his team has struggled
doing so far this season.
After yesterdays performance,
Williams should have plenty of proof to offer his Trojanettes that not only should
they score early but that they can.
three-run home run highlighted an opening inning in which Nanticoke batted around
to build a comfortable four-run lead en route to a 7-3 win over Hazleton Area,
keeping its perfect softball season in tact.
was ecstatic on how we jumped out like that and how everybody was hitting,
said Williams. We want to get out early on teams because I think it takes
a lot of pressure off the girls. Cardone came through real big in that first inning.
Area (6-2) managed some early offense of its own with first-inning RBI singles
from Shannon Salvaterra and Ashley Donlin to cut the lead in half, but starting
pitcher Ali Scheutz couldnt keep Nanticokes bats at bay.
Sammi Gow on first after a single, the Trojanettes Maggie Gola drove a shot
deep to the left field wall the Cougars couldnt field in time to stop Gow
and Gola from coming all the way around. The home run chased Scheutz from the
game and gave Nanticoke (8-0) a 6-2 lead midway through the second inning.
gave us the confidence that even if they score we can score some runs right back
and that we can win it, said Gola of her home run. The sophomore third baseman
finished 3-for-5 with two RBI.
run came in the fourth inning when starting pitcher Sarah Bertoni drove in Gola
with an RBI single. Bertoni then went back to work in the bottom half of the inning
and stifled what would turn out to be Hazleton Areas last chance at a rally.
putting runners on first and second with no outs, Bertoni sent the next three
batters back to the dugout victims of strikeouts. The junior hurler recorded at
least one strikeout in six out of seven innings and didnt allow a runner
past second base after the second inning.
she did a great job, said Williams of Bertoni. Hazletons a good
hitting team and she kept the ball away from them. I think that getting by Hazleton
Area should give them confidence as the season goes on.
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Bertoni 7 IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 6BB, 10K; LP Shuetz, 1 1/3 IP, 7H, 6R,
6ER, 1BB, 2K, Salvaterra 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1R, 1ER, 6BB, 3K.
Cardone, Gola. Top hitters NA Cardone 2-for-3 3 RBI, Gola 3-for-5 2 RBI;
HAZ Salvaterra 2-for-3 RBI.