EDWARDSVILLE – Kendra Schultz combined to pitch 11 innings in relief, allowing just one run, one hit and one walk while striking out 17 and leading Tunkhannock through the District 2 championship game and the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament in Class 4A softball.
Hope Jones got each game started in the pitching circle, then turned to leading the offense.
The Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 champion Lady Tigers, who finished as state runner-up a year ago, were 19-4 heading into Thursday’s scheduled state quarterfinal.
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The Lady Tigers opened the state tournament with three straight bunts to score two runs on the way to a victory over Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt in Monday’s first round of the state tournament at Wilkes University.
Faith Jones led off the bottom of the first by reaching base on an error on her bunt. She took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a bunt single by Hope Jones and scored on a wild pitch.
Hope Jones then scored on Hailey Farr’s bunt.
Bishop McDevitt tied the game in the top of the third, but Schultz took over and struck out seven in four perfect innings.
“We thought Hope didn’t have her best fastball tonight and they were kind of on it a little bit,” Tunkhannock coach Bob Hegedty told the Times Leader. “So, we brought Kendra in a little early and it worked out big for us.”
Hope Jones went to work with her bat, finishing 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. She doubled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the third, then scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
Mackayla Quick doubled and both Gabby Roote and Hope Jones had singles in the two-run fourth. Farr drove in Hope Jones in the sixth to complete the scoring.
Nanticoke committed three errors in the bottom of the 10th inning to allow Tunkhannock to repeat as district champion.
Gina Walsh scored the game-winner when a Faith Jones flyball was dropped.
The game moved to the international tiebreaker – where the inning starts with a runner at second base – after nine scoreless innings.
Nanticoke scored once in the top of the 10th, but Tunkhannock answered with two runs.
Schultz struck out 10 in seven innings for Tunkhannock.
Right fielder Erin Dunn made two inning-ending diving catches and had a hit for the Lady Tigers.
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