Nanticoke Area's Gow named softball Player
of the Year
Sammy Gow works hard for her accomplishments as an
athlete, but it's fair to say the Nanticoke shortstop is a natural
when it comes to sports. Whether she was leading off the Trojanettes'
batting order or leading Nanticoke's basketball team in scoring, Gow
has left behind a legacy at Nanticoke.
The four-year starter is The Citizens' Voice Most Valuable Player
after leading the Trojanettes to a 22-4 record, a Division I East
championship and a District 2 Class AA championship.
Gow had seven hits in two state playoff games for the Trojanettes
and finished the regular season with three triples, four doubles,
a .321 batting average, a 390 on-base percentage and a .910 fielding
percentage at shortstop.
Jill Snowdon: As the team's shortstop and leadoff hitter, your roles
were pretty important. What did your duties mean to you and how did
you approach each of them?
Sammy Gow: This year I went back to playing short after playing at
second the past three seasons and it was nice to get back to where
I played pretty much all my life growing up. I didn't mind playing
at second because it was in the best interest of the team, and short
and second are a lot alike, except for the longer throw. But I've
worked with my dad a lot on my footwork and having a quick release
(from short) and I think my glove is one of my best strengths and
every batter that came up, I would envision them hitting to me.
And as a leadoff hitter, I still got nervous at the start of every
game, even though I've been the leadoff since I was a freshman. But
I always had a lot of confidence in my teammates that were after me.
JS: What are some of your favorite softball highlights over the past
SG: Definitely winning the state championship my sophomore year. That
was the best day of my life and my only regret is that I didn't take
the time during the game to look around and take it all in. I was
younger so maybe that's why, but I really wish I took the time to
cherish all the little moments and details of the day. Another favorite
moment for me was when we beat Dallas in my junior year for the first
time in seven years.
JS: What was the driving factor in your decision to attend Wilkes
in the fall?
SG: I'm going there because I have a seat in the pharmacy program
and my education is first and foremost. But I'm excited about playing
softball and playing for coach (Frank) Matthews. I'm so glad I'll
be playing locally because my parents and grandparents will be able
to come to the game. That was another reason for my decision. And
I think it's going to be awesome to play against Jenn (Harnischfeger)
and Amanda (Cardone) when we play King's. (Both Harnischfeger and
Cardone played at Nanticoke and will be juniors at King's).
JS: You were in a self-described slump this season but really came
through in the playoffs. What got you out of it?
SG: I think the turnaround happened in the playoffs because I knew
that every game could have been my last. I play better under pressure
and I think the pressure of knowing that one game could be the end
played a difference. I also worked a lot on my hitting going into
the playoffs and I had a lot more confidence that I think I lost during
JS: The season didn't end as you had hoped (a 14-1 loss to Warrior
Run in the PIAA Class AA semifinals). How hard was it to grasp that
your high school career was over?
SG: I still get upset when I think of that game. I don't know what
happened with that game, but I remember walking out of the dugout
and crying because the worst part of it was I wasn't going to play
again with some of the girls on my team. I hated that my senior year
ended that way, but it was a great four years, so I can't complain.
WVC honors its best
The Times Leader staff
Wyoming Valley Conference coaches recently announced
their softball all-stars for the 2012 season.
Nanticoke led the way with 10 players honored by the
coaches, including Division I East MVP Sammy Gow, a senior shortstop.
Hazleton Area, with eight players tabbed, had the divisions Player
of the Year in ace pitcher Becky Demko.
Division I West selected Berwick pitcher Margaret Bridge as its MVP
and Ashley Inman of Tunkhannock was named the divisions Player
of the Year. Tunkhannock had seven players on the first and second teams,
while division champ Wyoming Area had six honorees.
Hanover Area senior pitcher Danielle Tuzinski was selected as the Division
II MVP after leading the Hawkeyes through a perfect regular season.
Hanover Area led the division with five players making the all-star
DIVISION I EAST First team
Coughlin: Marissa Ross, OF.
Crestwood: Ashley Casem, IF; Rachel Ritz, IF; Mel Snyder, IF.
Hazleton Area: Becky Demko, P; Justine Rossi, C; Abby Sachse, IF; Maria
Trivelpiece, IF; Lexi Wolk, OF.
Holy Redeemer: Stacey Warga, OF/P.
Nanticoke: Maggie Gola, IF; Sammy Gow, IF; Ange Hillan, OF; Kate
Kowalski, OF; Lindsay Roberts, IF; Hannah Rubasky, P; Kayley Schinski,
Most valuable player: Sammy Gow, Nanticoke
Player of the year: Becky Demko, Hazleton Area
Coughlin: Jessica Luton, P.
Crestwood: Alyssa Davies, P; Danielle DeSpirito, IF.
Hazleton Area: Hailey Kendall, OF; Carly Rossi, U; Shannon Salvaterra,
Holy Redeemer: Sydney Kotch, IF; Alexis Shemanski, U.
Nanticoke: Kayla Benjamin, OF; Brooke Chapin, P; Katie Wolfe, C.
A reminder of just how tough a title run is
Paul Sokoloski Opinion - Times Leader
The Nanticoke softball team watched in complete disbelief
as the ball jumped off the bat of Warrior Run cleanup hitter Jackie
Clemens and cleared the wall.
Along with that three-run homer in the third inning, another state championship
trip for the Trojanettes pretty much disappeared.
Man oh man, Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said. We
never saw this coming.
Neither did anyone else.
Warrior Run opened the game with a hard single off the glove of an infielder,
and never stopped hitting Monday until it pounded home a 14-1 victory
that ended a PIAA Class 2A semifinal game after five innings.
I was hitting my spots, Nanticoke starting pitcher Hannah
Rubasky said. Ive never seen a team get to every single
ball like that and just hit everything.
So a Nanticoke team just two years removed from winning a state championship
and carrying a full roster of players from that 2010 PIAA title game
had to settle for finishing one step shy of reaching the promised land
It made them realize just how special doing it once really is.
It doesnt just happen every year, said senior shortstop
Sammy Gow, who had a remarkable postseason run through her career. You
have to have a lot of talent on the team. You also have to have a lot
The Trojanettes would have settled for just a little favorable fate
at Bloomsburg Universitys Hutchison Field.
Instead, such a luckless day left Nanticoke feeling lousy.
Its going to (hurt) for the next couple weeks, Rubasky
The pain started for the Trojanettes with the first batter of the game,
when Gow fought back to work an 0-2 count full before drilling a deep
shot to left field. It wound up in the glove outfielder Katy Swartz
for the first out.
That wasnt the last break that went Warrior Runs way.
A base hit bounced off a glove, a two-run double that barely eluded
a Trojanettes outfielder, a couple lasers off Nanticoke bats that Warrior
Run outfielders speared.
They had a lucky day, Rubasky said, and we didnt.
Meaning only that the Trojanettes didnt catch any breaks.
It was certainly no stroke of fortune the way Warrior Run bats began
connecting right from the start, no matter who was pitching for the
Weve been hitting together (as a team) a lot, said
winning pitcher Tay Parker, who triggered the 14-hit, 14-run attack
with a two-run triple in the first frame. Once we started hitting,
we didnt stop.
All that offense against them made another ride to the state championship
stall quickly on the Trojanettes.
First inning, Williams said is when he started to worry.
Their first three batters, they hit the ball hard on us.
It just confirmed how hard it is to win a state championship, even with
a team as talented and poised and experienced in the postseason as the
I dont think this game defines who we are as a team,
Gow said, wont take away any of the accomplishments weve
had throughout our four years here.
But it will serve as a reminder how special reaching the top of the
state even once really is.
Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him
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Outfielders are key to Nanticokes success
Trio provides significant offense and flawless defense for D2 champ
John Medeiros - Times Leader
In youth leagues, the best softball players are usually
on the infield and those with a few holes in their games take spots
in the outfield.
In Nanticoke, coach Gary Williams has himself a group of starting outfielders
who excel in all facets of the game. And his talented trio came together
I love the outfield, left fielder Katie Kowalski said. I
was a shortstop until I got hit in the mouth with a ball. Now, I cannot
keep my head down on a ground ball.
I got hit in the mouth, too, right fielder Kayla Benjamin
said. Weve all played on the infield before.
We were all probably pitchers at one time, said center fielder
Ange Hillan, who smiled and replied no when asked if she
had been driven from the dirt by a stray ball as well.
The outfielders have been key to Nanticokes success. This group
was in the lineup two years ago during the Trojanettes last state championship.
Whether its Benjamin going 2-for-2 against Dunmore in districts,
or Kowalski getting two hits in the district final versus Lakeland,
or Hillan starting a double play Thursday against Kutztown, this group
is integral to Nanticokes chances. Defensively, they have not
committed an error all season.
We get to use our speed out there, Hillan said of their
Offensively, Hillan is second on the team in runs (28) and batting average
(.436), and third in hits (34) and RBI (19). Kowalski is tied for the
team lead in homers (4), and is second in RBI (27) and triples (3).
They have been entrenched near the top of the batting order.
Benjamin moved from the middle of the order to the No. 9 spot just before
the postseason, where her .302 batting average and 20 runs can keep
Its like shes an extra leadoff hitter, Kowalski
My jobs to get a runner on base with the top of the order
coming up behind me, Benjamin said. Coach said this would
be better for the team, so I understood.
Benjamins .413 on-base percentage, fifth on the team, makes her
dangerous in a spot normally used to hide a weakness.
On our team, its like we dont have a bottom of the
order, Hillan said.
With no easy outs in the lineup, Nanticokes aim is to find its
pitches against Warrior Runs Tay Parker. While the District 4
champion is something of a mystery to the Trojanettes, they have been
made aware of the junior, who has fanned 227 this season.
We know they have a pretty good pitcher, Benjamin said.
She has a YouTube video, but you cant really tell anything
We know we have to lay off the high ones, Hillan said. We
have to be selective.
The only history between some of the players came in a Little League
state semifinal in 2009, when Nanticoke-Newport was on its way to a
I dont know, said Kowalski, who played on that state
champion. We beat them, but I dont remember anything about
The 15-2 Nanticoke-Newport win was impressive, but it doesnt matter
You dont go in there like youre going to walk all
over them, Kowalski said.
We need to play our game, Hillan said. We know not
to take them lightly. This is the state semifinals, obviously they are
a good team.
The Defenders (23-2) will be playing their fourth state playoff game
in school history. They are 2-1 all-time in the PIAA tournament. Warrior
Run is coached by Garth Watson and has one starting senior, shortstop
Nanticoke (23-3) is seeking its seventh consecutive state playoff victory.
SS Gow delivers under pressure
The Nanticoke senior has a career .636 batting average in the state
John Medeiros - Times Leader
She is the unofficial face of the franchise, even though
she is not a flame-throwing pitcher with hundreds of strikeouts nor
a 6-foot slugger who is a three-run homer threat every time she stands
in the batters box.
No, Sammy Gow -- as described by Gow herself -- is "just one player
on the team." That is a recipe for success at any level when a
player such as the all-state shortstop is just one of the talented players
on the field, as she will be today, when Nanticoke faces Warrior Run
in the PIAA Class 2A softball semifinals at Bloomsburg Univeristy.
"I dont put a lot of pressure on myself," Gow said.
"Were here because of the whole team. Everyone has their
own strengths to contribute. I dont listen to that stuff (the
hype around her).
She was the pitcher, but that was back in her Minor Division days. And
at 5-foot-6, she will never have a menacing appearance at the plate
when she stands in from her leadoff spot.
But Gow is a complete package as far as athletes go, contributing in
every way for her team.
"Sammy is our leader. Theres no question about it,"
her coach said. "Shes a great athlete. Shes like my
little coach (out there). Even when you dont see a lot ... in
the boxscore, people dont see the things that she does on a regular
basis for us."
That coach wasnt softball coach Gary Williams, but was Nanticoke
basketball coach Alan Yendrziewski in February, putting into words the
intangibles Gow brings to a team.
The four-year starter is a player opponents have noted for years. Gow
scored the state-championship winning run in 2010, touching home in
front of Kayley Schinski on a double by Maggie Gola in the 11th inning
She started the inning at second base as part of softballs tiebreaker.
The batter who makes the last out of the previous inning starts the
next frame at second base. The fact that runner was Gow is somewhat
remarkable, as she has more hits than outs in her PIAA playoff career.
"Sammy is on fire right now," Williams said. "We couldnt
ask for anything more from her."
Gow has hits in all six of her career state playoff games and sports
a .636 batting average in PIAA play. She has four multi-hit games. And
this season, her average is an off-the-charts .875 in two games, raising
her season number 46 points from a level she was not satisfied with
to its current .350.
"Ive been in a slump for a while," Gow said. "I
tried to practice with my dad to get out of it. For a little while,
I lost confidence but my teammates really picked me up."
Gow is also the keystone of one of the best defensive teams in the state.
Hit a ball in the hole or up the middle and, if she gets a glove on
it, the batter is likely out. It all comes from the work shes
done in the backyard with her father for years, as well as being part
of a team with all her friends.
"We all have a lot of confidence," Gow said. "Weve
all been together for so long. Most of us have been playing together
since we were 9."
Nanticoke Area ready for Warrior Run
By Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
Nanticoke Area softball coach Gary Williams doesn't
need to put a lot of thought into what needs to be done for his Trojanettes
to get past Warrior Run in today's the PIAA Class AA semifinals.
In fact, a quick look at the scouting report for Warrior Run defines
the Defenders' top strength right away - junior pitcher Taylor Parker.
"The key is going to be how we adjust to her," Williams said.
"It's really going to come down to whether their pitcher can dominate
us or not."
Baker is coming off a one-hitter over Christopher Dock in the quarterfinals
and she enters with six no-hitters this season.
"She's strictly a power pitcher," Williams said. "She
throws in the low 60s. She likes to throw a rise ball and she goes up
With that in mind, Nanticoke Area will move to the back of the batter's
box as it did against Pine Grove pitcher Ethel Santai.
Against Kutztown, the Trojanettes went back to what Williams called
"their comfort zone" in the box and handled Kutztown pitcher
Meghan Donat with little trouble.
While Parker is certainly a person the Trojanettes are preparing for,
Warrior Run is most likely prepping for a Nanticoke Area offense that
connected for 14 hits in the quarterfinals.
Senior Sammy Gow has been exceptional in the past two games, with a
combined seven hits, including a pair of doubles and a triple. She sparked
a six-run first inning for Nanticoke Area against Kutztown.
Not to be outdone, the Trojanettes defense continues to hold steady
behind starting pitcher Hannah Rubasky, who enters with a 35-1 career
"I think that one through four they are a very good hitting team,"
Williams said of Warrior Run. "But it's hard to tell what kind
of defense they have because Parker is so dominant. I'm not sure how
much they've been tested."
Nanticoke ace carries on winning tradition
Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
Citizens' Voice File Nanticoke Area pitcher Hannah
Rubasky has a career record of 35-1.
Hannah Rubasky is finally having her moment.
After waiting three years to guide Nanticoke Area's softball team on
the mound, the senior ace is taking it all in and enjoying a run that
she dreamed the Trojanettes would once again make.
Rubasky and the Trojanettes are one victory away from returning to the
Class AA state title game for the first time in two years. Nanticoke
must first get past Warrior Run on Monday in the semifinals at 4 p.m.
at Bloomsburg University.
The winner will play the survivor of the Martinsburg Central/Neshannock
semifinal for the state championship on Friday at 3 p.m. at Penn State
"I'm enjoying every second of this," Rubasky said. "It's
fun, and interesting, to finally be in charge as the pitcher."
Rubasky was a back-up to standout pitcher Sarah Bertoni the past three
seasons. Bertoni guided the Trojanettes to the 2010 state championship,
was back-to-back MVP in the Wyoming Valley Conference and went onto
to become a star at Millersville University.
Rubasky, who arguably would have been a starter for any other conference
team, patiently waited her turn as Nanticoke's ace.
"Sarah was a great pitcher, and I knew my day would eventually
come," Rubasky said. "It was hard sitting and waiting, but
I just had to be patient."
Rubasky did get some starts for Nanticoke through the years before taking
over for good as a senior. She enters the state semifinals with a remarkable
"With how tough ouroffense is, I think Hannah often gets overlooked,"
Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said. "She throws a great screwball
that's practically unhitable. She has a pretty good curveball and she's
just an all-around battler."
Rubasky surrendered nine hits to Pine Grove in the opening round of
the state playoffs, which Nanticoke won 5-4. She scattered 11 hits Thursday
to Kutztown in an 8-4 victory for the Trojanettes, making her hits total
higher than she's used to in league play, but she's handled the contact
"I had a rough day against Kutztown because I wasn't getting the
outside pitch," Rubasky said. "But my breaking pitches have
been working really well for me."
Nanticoke's offense gave Rubasky some breathing room right from start
as it opened with six runs in the first inning against Kutztown. And
Rubasky helped her own cause by providing an RBI single in the inning.
"It felt really good to go out and pitch with that kind of cushion,"
Rubasky said. "I always know I can count on our offense to get
things going and make things easier. And if things aren't going well
on offense, I know I have a great defense behind me."
The scouting report on Warrior Run focuses heavily on junior pitcher
Taylor Parker, who threw a one-hitter against Christopher Dock and enters
the semifinals with six no-hitters and 220 strikeouts this season.
While Rubasky is a tremendous threat in the circle, she's just one of
the many components that make up Nanticoke's strong lineup. And it suits
her just fine.
"Maybe it will work out in our favor because they will take us
lightly," said Rubasky, who will play at Division II Concordia
University in White Plains, N.Y. "I'm good with that. We are so
focused right now and we just want to come out and play clean and get
back to the state final."
Nanticoke reaches state semifinals
John Medeiros - Times Leader
Nanticoke scored six times in the first inning as the Trojanettes cruised
to an 8-4 victory over Kutztown in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals at
Patriots Park on Thursday.
Twelve Nanticoke batters had four hits and the Trojanettes took advantage
of three Cougars' errors to take the early 6-0 lead.
Sammy Gow, Ange Hillan and Katie Kowalski (two-run double) had consecutive
hits in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 8-1 over Kutztown, the
District 3 champs.
Gow finished with four hits, including a double, andtwo runs. Maggie
Gola had a single, a double and two RBI. Kayley Schinski had two hits
and a run, and Katie Wolfe had an RBI-triple in the first inning.
Hannah Rubasky scattered 11 hits in the win.
Nanticoke advances to the state semifinal on Monday against District
4 champion Warrior Run, a 2-1 winner over District 1's Christopher Dock
An early explosion
Nanticoke scores 6 early to move to state semifinals
John Medeiros - Times Leader
Sometimes, graduation day brings a mix of joy and sadness
the joy from a sense of accomplishment and the sadness in saying
goodbye to your friends.
For 13 Nanticoke seniors, their graduation ceremony wont have
that sadness as they will still be together tomorrow and into next week.
The Trojanettes erupted for six runs in their first at-bat, then cruised
to an 8-4 victory over District 3 champion Kutztown in the PIAA Class
2A softball quarterfinals at Patriots Park.
Weve got a lot of emotions running through us right now
because we graduate tonight, said Nanticoke senior shortstop Sammy
Gow, who had four hits, including a double, and two runs. That
first inning was big for us today.
Nanticoke sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the first, forcing
the Cougars Meghan Donat to throw 39 pitches. Eight of the first
nine reached safely, with the only out coming on a sacrifice fly.
Four hits Gows single leading off, Maggie Golas two-run
double off the fence in center, Lindsay Roberts RBI-single to
left and Katie Wolfes run-scoring triple to right were
teamed with a walk and three errors leading to a quick 6-0 lead.
We told the kids we had to jump on this team early, Nanticoke
coach Gary Williams said. We had heard they were a pretty good
hitting team, so we stressed to get up early on them. They came through
It was unfortunate. Our pitcher settled down after that,
Kutztown coach Kevin Conrad said. They picked a good inning to
pick on her. And normally we have really solid defense. Other than that
first inning, we played them even.
The Trojanettes could have put on their caps and gowns after that. They
had hits in every inning, and finished with 13 hits. The 12 runners
left on base would have been a concern any other day, but not this one
as the lead reached 8-1 in the fifth.
With two outs in the fifth, Gow singled and stole a base one
of seven stolen bases for Nanticoke. Ange Hillan drove in Gow with a
single to right and Katie Kowalski then doubled to right-center to plate
This pitcher doesnt match up to Ethel (Santai, the flamethrower
from Pine Grove that Nanticoke faced Monday), Gow said. We
were able to get in there and do what we can without the adjustments.
Even when Kutztown scored, there was reason to celebrate for Nanticoke.
After a single by Donat and a double by Taylor Faust in the second inning,
Emma Weaknecht lifted a fly to center that Hillan pulled down. In traffic
with shortstop Gow and second baseman Kayley Schinski, runner Julia
Egland broke from third.
Hillans throw to catcher Wolfe was not in time to cut down the
run, but Wolfe then fired to Gola at third base to get a double play
When you are up five, six runs, you can afford a play like that,
Kutztown scored in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run homer by Jodi
Weaknecht and a double by Tessa Dorr in the seventh.We could have
folded after that first inning, Conrad said. all year long
weve been getting big hits from multiple people in the lineup.
Donat had three hits, and Anna Behm and Faust had two hits each for
Gola and Schinski had two hits each for Nanticoke. Eight Trojanettes
had hits and six drove in runs.
Winners of its last six state playoff games, Nanticoke
will face District 4 champion Warrior Run, a 2-1 winner over Christopher
Dock, on Monday at a site and time to be determined.
Nanticoke 8, Kutztown 4 PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal
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Gow ss 5 2 4 0 JWeaknecht 3b 4 1 1 2
Hillan cf 4 2 1 1 Behm ss 4 1 2 0
Kowalski lf 4 0 1 1 Dorr 1b 4 0 1 1
Gola 3b 3 1 2 2 Donat p 4 0 3 0
Briggs pr 0 0 0 0 Egland pr 0 1 0 0
Schinski 2b 5 1 2 0 Faust cf 3 0 2 0
Roberts 1b 4 1 1 1 EWeaknecht lf 3 0 0 0
Wolfe c 4 1 1 1 Zimmerman dp 2 0 0 0
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Benjamin rf 4 0 0 0 Rice rf 3 1 1 0
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Nanticoke 600 020 0 8
Kutztown 010 020 1 4
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3B NAN, Wolfe. HR KUT, J. Weaknecht.
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Donat (L) 7 13 8 7 3 2
HEAVY HITTING 6-run first inning sends Nanticoke
Area to 8-4 win over Kutztown, berth in semis
Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
Nanticoke Area entered the PIAA Class AAA softball quarterfinals Thursday
anticipating a high-scoring battle with Kutztown.
The Trojanettes' offense built a solid foundation just minutes into
the game, while their defense made sure it held up for an 8-4 win Thursday
at Patriots Park.
Nanticoke (22-3) will play Warrior Run, a 2-1 winner over Christopher
Dock, on Monday in the AA semifinals at a site and time to be announced.
Kutztown finishes 20-6.
Senior shortstop Sammy Gow ignited a six-run first inning as she
led off with a single, stole second and scored the opening run. It was
just the start for Gow as went 4 for 5, including a double, scored two
runs and swiped three bases.
"Sammy is on fire," Nanticoke Area coach Gary Williams said.
"She's making great plays in the infield and she's generating our
The Trojanettes followed Gow's lead in the first and turned up the heat
on Kutztown pitcher Meghan Donat. Maggie Gola delivered a two-run double
scoring Gow and Angela Hillan for a 2-0 lead. Kutztown committed three
errors in the inning and Nanticoke Area took advantage.
Kaylee Schinski took first on an infield error with Gola trotting home
on the play for Nanticoke's third run. Lindsay Roberts followed with
an RBI single, Katie Wolfe smacked an RBI triple to right field and
Hannah Rubasky added another run-scoring single to round out the six-run
"We told them this game could be a scoring affair," Williams
said. "We heard that Kutztown had a good offense so we stressed
to our girls to get up on them early and obviously they listened. I'd
like to have all first innings like that one."
Kutztown cut the deficit to 5-1 in the second after Emma Weaknecht brought
home Taylor Faust on a sacrifice fly. The Cougars tried to put something
together on offense in each inning, but their rallying efforts came
with two out in each of the final four innings.
The Cougars managed two runs in the fifth thanks to Jodi Weaknecht's
two-out home run over the fence in left-center. By then Nanticoke was
sitting on an 8-3 cushion.
"We've all been hitting well, but not at the same time," said
Gow, who has seven hits in the last two playoff games. "We were
in our comfort zone today with batting."
Eight of Nanticoke's batters finished with at least one hit. Gola, Schinski
and Rubasky, who picked up the win with four strikeouts, each had two
hits. Nanticoke's offense also stole second six times on the Cougars.
"We're here because of our whole team and as long as the team does
well, I'm happy," Gow said. "I was in a slump for a while
and I was losing my confidence, but I've been working on a lot of things
with my dad and I'm starting to come out of it."
Nanticoke Area takes on Kutztown in quarterfinals
Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
Nanticoke Area successfully altered its approach in
the batter's box in the first round of the PIAA Class AA softball championships
Now the Trojanettes will test their usual stance as they take on Kutztown
at noon today in the quarterfinals at Patriots Park in Allentown.
"We went into the cage (Wednesday) and went back to our normal
swing and turned down the speed a little," Nanticoke Area coach
Gary Williams said. "Against Pine Grove we were using a snap swing
instead of a big power swing, but we'll have them up in the box more
today and keeping their weight on their right side."
Against Pine Grove, Nanticoke Area faced pitcher Ethel Santai, who has
been clocked at 61 miles per hour. Santai kept the Trojanettes fairly
quiet through the first four innings before they finally started making
"(Tunkhannock's) Ashley Inman was probably the closest we had seen
in comparison to Santai's speed," Williams said. "I knew she
was throwing 61-62 so we went to an abbreviated swing. But we're used
to seeing a lot more finesse pitching."
That's what the Trojanettes are expecting today when they meet up with
Kutztown and starting ace Meghan Donat.
She gave up just five hits and struck out four in the Cougars' 7-3 win
over Chestnut Ridge on Monday.
"She moves the ball around a lot," Williams said. "She's
more of a finesse pitcher than a power pitcher."
Aside from pitching, Williams and the Trojanettes have been preparing
for the Cougars' hitting, especially the top of their line-up.
"I understand their top four hitters are very good," Williams
said. "And their third baseman (Anna Behm) is a great hitter and
a super athlete."
Nanticoke adjusting to rigors of state tournament
Softball is often looked at solely as a game of pitching
and bunting, but you better believe it is also about coaching and adjustments.
Just look at Nanticoke and the latter points are evident.
The Trojanettes (22-3) faced Pine Groves Ethel Santai in their
first-round game Monday. Santai, who had allowed 12 earned runs and
struck out 312 batters this season, was unhittable the first time through
the Nanticoke order.
Nanticokes first nine batters went 0-for-7 against Santai, who
fanned four of the first seven she faced. Pine Grove had a lead and
appeared to be cruising right along toward eliminating the District
The Trojanettes are a team built on plate awareness. They have just
three players who have struck out more than eight times all season.
They stood in against Santai and watched as low strikes were called
and the outside corner had a little extra distance from the inside corner.
It was a consistent strike zone, though, which allowed the senior-laden
squad to adjust.
We had worked with them in practice getting ready for her,
Nanticoke coach Gary Williams said. We knew she was fast and shes
tough. We had them move back in the box and work at shortening up their
swings because they needed more time to see the ball.
While the adjustments started to show up in the third inning, it was
leadoff batter Sammy Gow who made the most pronounced changes in the
batters box. The senior shortstop went from standing forward in
the box and leaning in over the plate to standing close to the back
edge of the box and opening her stance with her front leg pointed toward
Gow got a hit her second time up. And her third. And her fourth.
Six other Nanticoke players had hits as well, plastering a pitcher who
had opponents batting just .104 against her. The Trojanettes went 9-for-20
the rest of the way against Santai, a whopping .450 average.
Sammy had been struggling (for her) at the plate, Williams
said of the star shortstop, who is batting .326 this season.
While Nanticoke has won its last five state tournament games, Kutztown
(20-5) won its first state tournament game in a decade. The Cougars
won the 2002 Class 2A title, then waited 10 years to win another district
title. In the interim, Kutztown was unable to make a dent in the tourney
despite qualifying as recently as 2010.
The Cougars have eight seniors on the roster, with multi-sport athlete
Anna Behm among the teams leaders. The shortstop is the team leader
offensively and in the field for first-year coach Kevin Conrad.
The entire Kutztown squad is dangerous offensively, as the team has
scored 223 runs this season (Nanticoke scored 210 runs). The Cougars
scored in double figures 12 times, but were also shut out twice and
only played one one-run game.
Meghan Donat and Jodi Weaknecht can take turns either pitching or playing
third base for Kutztown.
The winner of Thursdays game at Patriots Park in Allentown
gets either battle-tested Christopher Dock, a state semifinalist last
year out of District 1, or Warrior Run, the upstart District 4 champion,
in the state semifinals Monday.
Trojanettes survive rain,
Pine Grove Cardinals, who rallied to win eight games this year, denied
Jill Snowdon - Citizens Voice
It's surprising that anything could trump the outstanding
back-and-forth momentum between Nanticoke Area and Pine Grove, Monday
in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA softball tournament.
A late-game rainstorm, however, squashed all potential story lines that
built a 5-4 score in Nanticoke's favor through 6½ innings.
And, after nearly two hours of waiting for some kind of let-up, game
officials and umpires called the game, leaving Pine Grove without a
chance at its final at-bat and allowing Nanticoke (21-3) to advance
to the state quarterfinals on Thursday against Kutztown.
Acorrding to PIAA rules, a game is official at the completion of five
Pine Grove had won eight games this season in its final at-bat or in
extra innings this year and finishes at 24-3.
"It was a great game to that point," Nanticoke coach Gary
Williams said. "It's really a shame and I feel bad for Pine Grove
and I can certainly understand their displeasure because I would be
There was no victory celebration by the Nanticoke bench. Instead the
Trojanettes seemed relieved that they could finally get a chance to
get in their warm, dry bus.
On the other side of the field the Cardinals headed to their bus as
well, while coach Alan Felty stood dejectedly against the rock wall
next to his team's dugout.
"I didn't even get a chance to talk to them yet," Felty said.
"It's ridiculous that it had to end this way. We should have played
out the rest of the inning in the rain because at that point the field
wasn't even bad yet. I would have liked a fair chance to win - or lose."
Prior to the weather taking center stage, both teams had their turns
of getting ahead on the scoreboard.
Pine Grove took the first lead with a run in the bottom of the first
as Keandra Koons, who led off the game with a double, scored on Ethel
Santai's RBI single. Koons set up the Cardinals' second run in the fourth
when she connected with a single that hit off Nanticoke pitcher Hannah
Rubasky, allowing Samantha Lengel to score from third.
Nanticoke had trouble getting anything going on offense in the first
two innings as Santai, a junior pitcher, fanned four Trojanettes.
"We worked on things to shorten up our swing," Williams said
of his team adjusting to Santai. "We had a more abbreviated swing
and that seemed to work well for us and I was telling them to get back
in the box."
Sammy Gow doubled in the third to give Nanticoke some life at the plate
and she had Santai solved by the fifth and sixth innings. Gow, the lead-off
hitter, followed Kayla Benjamin's single in the fifth with a double
and both girls scored on Ang Hillan's single past second base. Benjamin
came in standing up, while Gow slid under the attempt of Pine Grove
catcher Kelsey Stine, tying the game at 2.
Maggie Gola nailed a triple to deep right field, scoring Hillan and
giving Nanticoke its first lead of the game at 3-2.
Pine Grove came right back in the bottom of the fifth. Amanda Kemmerling
and Santai led off with singles before scored on scoring on Samantha
Lengel's one-out double to left, putting the Cardinals back on top with
a 4-3 margin.
Nanticoke scored what proved to be the game winning run on a fluke play
in the sixth inning. Hannah Rubasky singled and tied the score at 4-4
on Gow's triple down the left field line. The throw into the infield
went out of reach of any Pine Grove infielder and rolled through the
fence opening behind home plate. The ball was declared a dead ball because
it was out of play and Gow was waved on to come home by the home plate
umpire, putting Nanticoke ahead by one run.
The Trojanettes went down in order in the seventh inning and just as
Pine Grove readied for its final shot of taking over, a steady rain
began to fall.
Kemmerling faced a 3-1 count when the umpire called the teams off the
field, leaving the heart of the Cardinals' order without an opportunity
"If you're going to play with a chance for rain, there should be
a plan for something like this," Felty said. "I'm not against
Nanticoke. My complaint is with the PIAA. It's a real shame to end the
kids' season like this."
Championship is goal for Nanticoke
John Medeiros - Times Leader
Its deja vu all over again for Nanticoke.
A veteran team, the Trojans came into the season with a lofty goal --
a second state championship. Nanticoke won the Class 2A title in 2010
with an impressive run through the District 2 and PIAA brackets.
Six starters this season were in the starting lineup in 2010. Only pitcher
Hannah Rubasky, catcher Katie Wolfe and second baseman Kayley Schinski
are new to the starting lineup from that championship season.
We definitely love the feeling of winning and this season has
been so successful, Wolfe said. It means a lot. For our
seniors who didnt play a lot last time, this is a very special
feeling. With 13 seniors on the roster, we have a lot to play for.
Two years ago, Nanticoke started its pursuit of glory at Blue Mountain
High Schools Patton Field against Pine Grove. Today, the Trojans
path to another state tournament follows that same map.
Absent from the lineups will be both pitchers from that game -- now-college
standouts Sarah Bertoni (Nanticoke, now at Millersville) and Hope Spancake
(Pine Grove, now at California of Pa.).
Pine Grove (24-2) looks to be a near-polar opposite of the Trojans,
with just three seniors and four juniors on the roster. Junior Ethel
Santai has 15 shutouts this season and a 0.48 ERA. She has 312 strikeouts
and just 25 walks in 175 innings.
Six Cardinals batters have averages above .300, with Courtney Brown,
Kendra Koons, Santai and Amanda Kemmerling all providing pop at the
plate. Samantha Bertasavage is the teams leading base stealer
Nanticoke (21-3) has been a different team since winning the Wyoming
Valley Conference Division I East title in a playoff against Class 4A
Hazleton Area -- both literally and figuratively. The new-look Trojans
have been more balanced offensively, complimenting a composed defense
It was right before the Hazleton (playoff) game, Nanticoke
coach Gary Williams said of a rearranged batting order. Hazleton
is so familiar with us that we wanted to change things up. So far, its
been working for us, so we might as well stick with it.
It should be an intriguing matchup, as Nanticoke has eight starters
hitting above .300, with three -- Ange Hillan, Maggie Gola and Schinski
-- batting over .400 for the team that led the Wyoming Valley Conference
in scoring with 133 runs during the season.
Schinski was our best player as far as on-base percentage, so
we moved her up, Williams said of taking the junior out of the
No. 9 spot in the order.
Unlike Pine Grove, Nanticoke also has an option 1-A to go along with
Rubasky in the circle, as Brooke Chapin appeared in 14 games this season.
Directions to Patton Field at Blue Mountain High School: Take I-81 South
to Exit 124A.Take PA-61 South about 13 miles and at the split of PA-61
and PA-443 (the road picks up the 443 designation in Schuylkill Haven),
turn left onto PA-443 East, which is West Market Street. Blue Mountain
High School with be on the left.
Tom Brolley - Citizens Voice
Nanticoke Area's Katie Wolfe got the green light to
swing Wednesday afternoon facing a 3-1 count with the bases loaded and
two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Wolfe saw the pitch she wanted to hit, but she only got her bat handle
on Alissa Steier's pitch.
The handle was just enough as Wolfe muscled the ball beyond Lakeland
shortstop Allison Kraky and just in front of left fielder Sam Amorine.
Wolfe's bloop single plated Angie Hillan with the winning run to give
Nanticoke Area a 2-1 victory over Lakeland for the District 2 Class
AA title at Wilkes' Ralston Complex.
Wolfe went hitless with two strikeouts in her first three at-bats, but
Nanticoke Area coach Gary Williams gave her the go-ahead to swing in
extra innings if the pitch was right.
"It felt like it was going to be a pop up to shortstop because
it hit the handle of my bat," Wolfe said. "I was rounding
first and I saw it drop and I was just so pumped up with all these emotions
just running through me at the same time."
Hillan and Kowlaski put Steier in a bind to lead of the bottom of the
eighth with back-to-back singles.
A throwing error on Kowlaski's single put Hillan and Kowalski at third
and second, respectively.
Steier battled back by inducing a Maggie Gola pop out to Kraky before
pitching around Kayley Schinski.
Steier then struck out Lindsay Roberts looking before Wolfe's game-winning
"Our pitcher pitched a phenomenal game," Lakeland coach Brian
Wagner said. "She almost got us out of that jam. It could've went
either way. We could've struck her out but they got that little bloop
hit to beat us."
Hannah Rubasky pitched out of her own jam in the top of the eighth inning
after Dana Prudente singled and Kraky walked with one out.
Rubasky forced Steier to fly out to right fielder Kayla Benjamin and
Rubasky ended the inning with her final strikeout.
Rubasky started the game with seven strikeouts through three innings
before finishing with nine.
"Hannah was on with every pitch she had," Wolfe said. "She
hit her spots. Wherever we wanted the ball, she threw it there. Her
curve, her screwball, every pitch was just working so wonderful today."
The Trojanettes went six innings without a run as Schinski started the
scoring with an RBI single to score Sammy Gow in the first inning.
Gow led off the game with a liner to left field before scoring the game's
She finished the game with three hits and Schinski went 2 for 2 with
Shortstop Gow also preserved the Trojanettes lead in the fourth inning
with a lunging catch up the middle. She then dove to the bag for an
unassisted double play to end the inning.
Nanticoke Area will play the District 11 champion in the first round
of the PIAA Class AA Championships on Monday at a site and time to be
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Nanticoke Area 2
At Montrose, Nanticoke's Hannah Rubasky pitched seven
scoreless innings to outduel Montrose's Lacy Neely.
Katie Wolfe went 2 for 3 and drove in a run for Nanticoke Area, while
teammates Katie Kowalski, Maggie Gola, Kayley Schinski and Lindsay Roberts
each added hits.
Schinski scored a run and drove in another for Nanticoke Area.
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Nanticoke gets past Montrose
Kayley Schinski and Katie Wolfe each hit RBI singles
in the sixth inning to provide all the offense Nanticoke needed in a
2-0 victory over Montrose in a District 2 Class 2A semifinal contest
With the win, the Trojans will meet Lakeland in the final, set for
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. at Wilkes University.
Wolfe finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace the offense while Hannah
Rubasky kept Montroses bats quiet.
Rubasky pitched all seven innings and allowed just three hits to earn
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Late surge charges Nanticoke
Trojanettes bats sparked in their final three innings in quarterfinal
John Medeiros - Times Leader
The first time through the batting order, Nanticoke
managed just a slap single by Kayla Benjamin.
But the Trojanettes learned what they needed to about Dunmore ace Sarah
No. 3 seed Nanticoke generated five runs on eight hits in its final
three innings at the plate in a 5-1 victory over the sixth-seeded Bucks
in the District 2 Class 2A softball quarterfinals Wednesday.
With the win, the Trojanettes advance to play at Montrose on Friday.
Weve been slow starting lately, Nanticoke coach Gary
Williams said. Were just coming off the ball, were
a little overanxious.
One of the big things we need to do looking ahead is weve
got to make adjustments at the plate earlier in the game.
Nanticokes Maggie Gola reached the base of the fence in left-center
with her double on the first pitch of the fourth inning. Two batters
later, Lindsay Roberts singled to left and took second on an error,
putting two in scoring position for Katie Wolfe.
Once one of us starts hitting, we all get our bats going,
The Trojanettes catcher fell behind early on two quick strikes,
then fouled off three of the next five pitches. The eighth pitch of
the at-bat was to Wolfes liking and she served it into right field
for what stood as the game-winning hit.
That second at-bat, I was used to what she was throwing,
Wolfe said. I just stayed off the junk pitches and tried to foul
off the ones that were strikes but not in my zone until I got my pitch.
Ange Hillan added a run-scoring single to close the fourth inning, giving
Hannah Rubasky all of the offensive support she would need.
Hannah did an excellent job, said Wolfe, her catcher. She
always hits her spots. They were hitting her, but they were her pitches
and they couldnt do any damage.
Rubasky fanned just one, but allowed only three hits and one walk. She
seemed to place most of her pitches perfectly so that the batted balls
ended up in shortstop Sammy Gows glove.
The senior standout had a role in 10 of Dunmores 21 outs, including
an inning-ending double play in the second when she made a leaping backhanded
grab on a line drive, then threw to second base to double off the runner.
She also added a catch while sliding on her knees in foul territory
in left field on a fly ball by Julie Cardillo.
We pride ourselves on defense and she is our rock, Williams
said of Gow, who had six assists and four put outs.
Wolfe got the Trojanettes other big inning the sixth
started with an eight-pitch walk. Singles by Benjamin, Gow and Kate
Kowalski gave Nanticoke a 5-0 lead.
Gola had two doubles for Nanticoke, Bronwyn Perrins scored two runs.
Delia Carr singled leading off the seventh inning and scored an unearned
run for Dunmore.
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At Nanticoke, Brooke Chapin was the winning pitcher, striking out five
and allowing just one hit over three innings as the Trojanettes coasted
in a first-round win.
Chapin also helped her cause with two doubles and four
RBIs. Ali Matulewski had a triple for the Trojanettes, while Lindsay
Roberts and Kara Voyton each had a double and Gabby Grabowski added
a pair of singles.
Nanticoke, the No. 3 seed, will host the winner of the Mid Valley/Dunmore
game at K.M. Smith field, Robert St. in Sheatown, Pa. on Wednesday May
23, 2012 at 3:30pm....note the time change.
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Trojanettes claim division crown
Sam Matta - Citizens Voice
The first inning of Sunday's WVC softball playoff game
between Hazleton Area and Nanticoke Area told the whole story.
The Trojanettes overcame a defensive lapse in the top half of the inning
and scored the only run they would really need in the bottom of the
Nanticoke Area added another run in the fifth in a 2-0 victory over
the Cougars to capture the Division I East championship at Coal Street
Nanticoke Area turned an easy ground ball by Hazleton Area's Lexi Wolk
into a two-base throwing error in the top of the first inning.
And when Wolk reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Abby Sachse, the
pressure didn't seem to faze eventual winning pitcher Hannah Rubasky.
She knew her defense would come up big.
Rubasky and her teammates avoided trouble when Wolk was tossed out at
the plate on a grounder hit to shortstop Sammy Gow, who had a terrific
defensive game. Rubasky then got Shannon Salvaterra to ground out to
short to end the threat.
That set the tempo, especially when Nanticoke Area scored in its half
"My defense behind me was so good, I can't say enough about them,"
said Rubasky, who allowed just two hits.
Rubasky said she had a chip on her shoulder after losing to the Cougars
in the second meeting between the two teams. Nanticoke Area won the
"I guess you can say I had a bone to pick," Rubasky said.
"I was determined to do my best. After they beat us the last time,
we came in really focused."
Nanticoke Area's sharp defense made several big plays throughout the
"When these kids came to us a freshman we stressed defense to them,
and it showed every single year," said Nanticoke Area coach Gary
Williams. "You know (Hazleton Area coach ) Vince Trivelpiece has
done such a great job with his team. They're a very young team, they've
gotten better each game, and they played a heck of a game against us."
Nanticoke Area pushed across the first run when Maggie Gola doubled
to plate Katie Kowalski. Then, in the fifth, Nanticoke Area made it
2-0 when Lindsay Roberts tripled to score Katie Schinski.
Wolk broke up Rubasky's no-hit bid with a single in the third.
Nanticoke Area opens play today, May 21, 2012in the District 2 Class
AA tournament. The Trojanettes (14-2) host GAR at 4:30.
Hazleton Area hosts Scranton at 4:30 Thursday in the opening round
of the District 2 Class AAAA tournament.
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Nanticoke four times a champ
Nanticoke tops Hazleton for D-I East crown
John Medeiros - Times Leader
It was just 10 days ago that Hazleton Area limited
Nanticoke to four hits in a shutout win by the Cougars.
Sunday, in a playoff for the WVC Division I East championship, Nanticoke
had four hits in the first two innings of what became a 2-0 victory
over Hazleton Area in front of about 300 people at Coal Street Park.
Since they beat us 7-0, we wanted another chance against them,
Nanticoke senior Lindsay Roberts said. That game was the first
time we lost to Hazleton in our whole career. We didnt want it
to happen again.
While both teams already knew their District 2 playoff fortunes, the
division crown was especially meaningful to the Trojanettes.
Its very cool. Its special to win the division all
four years, senior Maggie Gola said.
Hannah Rubasky, fresh off a one-hitter against Crestwood on Saturday,
allowed just two hits to the Cougars on Sunday both by Lexi Wolk.
Nanticoke played another flawless game defensively behind Rubasky, taking
opportunities away from Hazleton Area.
She cost us the game, that shortstop, Hazleton Area coach
Vince Trivelpiece said of Nanticokes Sammy Gow. Hannah pitched
a great game and Sammy made every play.
Gow was part of an out in each inning, finishing with seven assists
and two put outs.
Meanwhile, the Trojanettes bats were locked in against Becky Demko,
who threw a no-hitter Friday against Crestwood. Gola gave Rubasky all
the support she would need after Kate Kowalski reached on a fielders
choice in the bottom of the first.
With one strike on her and two outs, Gola ripped the next offering down
the left-field line for a double, plating Kowalski.
She threw me a change-up. I hate change-ups, Gola said,
smiling. I was expecting an outside high one.
I knew I was going two. I knew the run is going to score, so Im
going to take advantage of it. Youve always got to be aggressive
Weve got charts on each other, Trivelpiece said. Gola
hasnt hit a change-up against us
ever. And she really got
The Trojanettes loaded the bases in the second and fourth innings, but
Demko escaped unharmed each time. In a close game, those opportunities
looked as if they could come back to haunt Nanticoke.
Bases loaded, one out and Demko gets a strike out and a fly out,
Trivelpiece said. She really made them earn it.
The Trojanettes did, doubling their lead.
With two outs in the fifth, Kaylee Schinski hit a two-strike single
to center. Lindsay Roberts launched the next pitch into right-center
field for a triple to give Nanticoke a 2-0 lead.
My other two at bats she threw me the same thing, Roberts
said. When I saw it, I knew I had it.
And Roberts shot it into a gap between the outfielder, who were shading
her to pull.
That was all the support Rubasky would need. The senior twice retired
eight in a row, and threw 60 of her 77 pitches (78 percent) for strikes.
She was awesome. She was on today, Roberts said of Rubasky.
She was really focused, and our defense was really good agains
She hit her spots and she knows we have her back no matter what,
Both teams advance to the District 2 tournament.
Nanticoke hosts GAR today in Class 2A, while Hazleton Area hosts
Scranton in Class 4A on Thursday.
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Trojanettes seek one more run at crown
Paul Sokoloski Opinion - Times Leader
They walked into Nanticokes softball lineup as
sophomores two years ago, and didnt stop winning until they were
parading around town celebrating a state championship.
Maggie Gola and Katie Kowalski figured it was going to go on like that
And why not?
They were just two of the 13 sophomores who helped the Trojanettes capture
the 2010 PIAA Class 2A title, meaning Nanticoke expected to be collecting
gold medals for years to come.
I look back on it, we were sophomores and we did it, said
Gola, whose two-run double in the 11th inning lifted the Trojans to
that 3-1 state championship victory over Phillipsburg-Osceola two years
ago. We had key positions that were sophomores.
Suddenly, they are all seniors now, and still looking for that second
We hope we can do it again this year, Kowalski said.
They are off to a good start.
The Trojanettes went to 4-0 on the season Wednesday by pummeling Pittston
Area in a mercy-rule, 20-5 victory. Kowalski blasted a long, run-scoring
triple and Gola added a three-run double in a 10-run second inning that
put Nanticoke ahead 15-0 and put the teams starters on the bench
for the day.
All the seniors coming back, we really want to try this year,
Gola said. Were out for blood.
Especially after the way last year ended in tears.
The Trojanettes thought they were invincible and played like it, 10-running
team after team while stacking up a 20-0 record. Then they lost the
District 2 final to Elk Lake 2-1.
They never made it back to states.
We might have come in a little over-confident, Nanticoke
Area coach Gary Williams said.
It is why the Trojanettes are taking nothing for granted now.
They dont have Sarah Bertoni anymore, their power pitcher from
that state title team, and their sparkplug catcher Amanda Cardone and
talented shortstop Jenn Harnischfeger both graduated following that
2010 state final.
But the rest of the team looks pretty much the same, starting with spunky
leadoff hitter Sammy Gow.
Our defense and our offense have been the same from year to year,
Williams said. If I say our pitching has dropped off, its
just a little.
This years Trojanettes feature Hannah Rubasky, Wednesdays
winner, and Brooke Chapin Elite pitchers, Williams
called them in the circle.
But the Trojanettes are circling the day when they can form another
motorcade around town.Wed like to end our career with a
state championship, Kowalski said. Itd be nice.
But you cant win it all in April.
Thats the message Williams tries to get across when he maps out
his strategy for each year.
We break our season into threes, Williams said. The
(regular) schedule is the first round. Then we focus on the playoffs.
Then well think about the state tournament.Still, the thought
is sitting somewhere in the back of his mind, especially with how strong
the Trojanettes look at seasons start.
Definitely, Williams relented. Thats why we
have high expectations. These are the majority of our starters from
And they have one last chance to recapture the magic that disappeared
Trojan Softball capsule
Coach: Gary Williams, 22nd season
2011 Record: 15-0 WVC; 20-1 overall; Lost in D2-2A final
Home Field: K.M. Smith Elementary
Key Players Lost: P Sarah Bertoni
Key Players Returning: RF Kayla Benjamin; P/1B Brooke
Chapin; 3B Maggie Gola; SS Sammy Gow; IF Gabby Graboski; CF Ange Hillan;
C Ashley Horoschock; LF Kate Kowalski; IF Ali Matulewski; OF Brodwin
Perrins; 1B Lindsay Roberts; P/3B Hannah Rubasky; 2B Kayley Schinski;
C Katie Wolfe
Battery: Hannah Rubasky, Brooke Chapin and Katie Wolfe,
Coachs Outlook: We have 13 seniors on the roster
this season. Weve always got high hopes here, but this feels like
2002, 2003, 2004. That group won a state title (in 2003) and there were
eight seniors on that team. This is a tight-knit group like that, and
very talented. Any kid who isnt a starter on this team could probably
be a starter somewhere else. Those two groups, the 2002-04 teams and
this one, are very special. Thats why Ive stayed here 22