Softball: Holy Redeemer runs its division winning streak to 68 games

By John Erzar - jerzar@timesleader.com
Holy Redeemer’s Morgan Bienkowski, center, gets congratulated after hitting a lead-off home run for the Royals against Lake-Lehman Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Holy Redeemer’s Jillian Smith slides safely to third base ahead of the tag of Lake-Lehman’s Hunter Kline in WVC softball action in Wilkes-Barre on Monday afternoon. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Lake-Lehman second baseman Savannah Purdy tags out Holy Redeemer’s Taylor Josefowicz in WVC softball action Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — One bad inning.

Happened to the Lake-Lehman back when the weather was frigid against Holy Redeemer. Happened again Monday on the most pleasant day of the Wyoming Valley Conference softball season.

Redeemer again used a big inning — this time the fourth — to defeat the Black Knights 6-1 and run their WVC Division 3 winning streak to 68 games.

When the teams played back on April 10 in 36-degree temperatures, Redeemer (6-0 Div. 3) used a four-run seventh to take a 5-0 victory. On Monday, the Royals led 2-1 when RBI singles by lead-off hitter Morgan Bienkowski and second-hole hitter Allyson Lauivara in the fourth led to four runs and the final outcome.

Bienkowski also started the game with a home run to left field. Tiana Wren, who hits second, finished 2-for-2 with a double.

“They have three girls in a row (in the batting order) who are just top-notch players,” Lehman coach Nicole Chipego said. “Those girls are good for a hit every time.”

Redeemer was aided by three Lehman errors in the fourth. Grace Dacey, who bats eighth, also knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice. The six through nine hitters combined to go 2-of-9 at the plate, but scored all four runs in the inning.

“That’s what you have to do when you’re trying to figure this game out,” Redeemer coach Jerry Paulukonis said. “You have to put the ball in play and good things can happen eventually.”

Lehman (4-2 Div. 3) had just five hits all game off Bienkowski, who finished with 11 strikeouts. The Black Knights scored their only run in the fourth. Cassie Konopki reached on a single and an error on the play allowed her to reach second. After Konopki moved to third on a wild pitch, she scored on an infield single by Abbey Hogan.

Bienkowski has pitched nearly every inning this season after sharing duties the past few seasons with Kristen Coffay, who now pitches at Pitt-Johnstown.

“Softball is a more natural (pitching) motion,” Bienkowski said. “I find when I pitch more I get stronger as the game progresses. I play travel ball in the summer so pitch a lot. I’m definitely used to it.”

Northwest 4, GAR 0

Courtney Cragle was 3-for-3 with a homer and double to pace Northwest’s offense. Nicole Cragle singled and doubles, while Trista Babcock was 3-for-4.

Erin Leonard doubled for GAR.

Wyoming Seminary 4, Meyers 2

Aubrey Mytych, Kylie Kolbika and Riley Johnson had an RBI each as the Blue Knights got past Meyers.

Delaney Romanchick picked up the winning, fanning 10 and allowing two hits.

Berwick 14, Crestwood 0 (5 inn.)

Sammi Starr, Kyle Levan and Emma Stoker all homered as Berwick scored in every inning to end the contest via the 10-run rule.

Stoker finished with four RBI and also pitched a complete game, allowing three hits. Starr finished with three RBI.

Hanover Area 10, MMI Prep 0 (5 inn.)

Emilee Bobos doubles and knocked in three runs as Hanover Area ended the game early due to the 10-run rule.

Lindsey Mendygral added two RBI for the Hawkeyes. Sarah Tuzinski pitched a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts.

Tunkhannock 11, Wyo. Valley West 0

Ella Larioni had three RBI, Kendra Schultz had two and seven Tigers in all knocked in runs in their victory.

Schultz threw a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Sara Hoskins had Valley West’s only hit.

Wyoming Area 6, Pittston Area 1

Kristi Skok and Jess Parente each were 2-for-3 with an RBI and Gwen Glatz struck out five in pitching a complete game as Wyoming Area defeated rival Pittston Area.

Alexa McHugh had an RBI single in the first inning for Pittston Area, scoring Gabby Para.

Nanticoke Area 10, Coughlin 0 (6 inn.)

Miranda Bohn had three RBI and struck out 12 for Nanticoke Area.

Brinley Sobeck had two RBI for the Trojanettes.

Hazleton Area 11, Dallas 1 (5 inn.)

Julia Mooney, Marissa Trivelpiece, Olivia Wolk and Julia Mrochko all homered for Hazleton Area, with Mrochko finishing with four RBI.

Holy Redeemer 6, Lake-Lehman 1

Lehman`AB`R`H`BI

Scoblick cf`2`0`0`0

Supey rf`3`0`0`0

VanGorder c`2`0`1`0

Konopki ss`3`1`1`0

Hogan p`3`0`2`1

Smith lf`2`0`1`0

Purdy 2b`3`1`0`0

Evans 1b`2`0`0`0

Kline 3b`3`0`0`0

Totals`20`1`5`1

Redeemer`AB`R`H`BI

Bienkowski p`4`1`3`2

Smith cr`0`1`0`0

Laiuvara cf`4`0`1`1

Wren c`2`0`2`0

Josefewicz 1b`4`0`0`0

Skoronski 3b`3`0`0`0

McDermott dp`2`0`0`0

Dolan 2b`2`1`1`0

Dacey rf`2`1`0“1

Rajza ss`3`1`1`0

Murray lf`0`1`0`0

Totals`26`6`8`4

Lehman`000`100`0 — 1

Redeemer`101`400`x — 6

2B — Wren. HR — Bienkowski.

Lehman`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Hogan L`6.0`8`6`4`2`3

Redeemer`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Bienkowski W`7.0`5`1`0`1`11

Northwest 4, GAR 0

GAR`000`000`0 — 0

Northwest`021`100`x — 4

Top Hitters: GAR, Erin Leonard, 2B; NWT, Trista Babcock 3-4; Nicole Cragle 2-3, 2B; Courtney Cragle 3-3, HR, 2B.

Pitching: GAR, Chloe Sromovski L (6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO); NWT, Brooke Harvey W (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO).

Tunkhannock 11, Wyo. Valley West 0 (6 inn.)

Tunkhannock`101`234 — 11

Wyo. Val. West`000`000 — 0

Top Hitters: TUN, Erin Dunn 3 hits, RBI; Hope Jones, single, RBI; Kendra Schultz, single, 2B, 2 RBI; Hailey Farr 2 hits, RBI; Jena Simmons, single, 2B, RBI; Mackayla Quick 2 2B, RBI; Ella Larioni 3 hits, 3 RIB; Gina Walsh, single, RBI. WVW, Sara Hoskins, single.

Pitching: TUN, Schultz W (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 SO); WVW, Hoskins L (6 IP, 17 H, 11 R, 11 ER, o BB, 3 SO).

Wyoming Seminary 4, Meyers 2

Meyers`002`000`0 — 2

Wyo. Seminary`110`200`x — 4

Top Hitters: MEY, Sara Morris 1-3, 2 RBI; Erin Morris 1-3; WS, Aubrey Mytych 2-4, RBI; Kyle Kolbika single, RBI; Riley Johnson 2-3, RBI, run.

Pitching: MEY, Abbi Satoff L (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO). WS, Delaney Romanchick W (7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO).

Berwick 14, Crestwood 0 (5 inn.)

Berwick`222`62 — 14

Crestwood`000`00 — 0

Top Hitters: BER, Sammi Starr, 4-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Katie Starr 3-3, RBI; Kylie Levan 3-4, HR, 2 runs; Brooke Stout 3-4, 2B, RBI; Emma Stoker 2-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI.

Pitching: BER, Stoker W (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO); CRE, Thomas L (3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO); Cook (2 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO).

Wyoming Area 6, Pittston Area 1

Pittston Area`100`000`0 — 1

Wyoming Area`000`420`x — 6

Top Hitters: PA, Alexa McHugh, single, RBI; WA, Kristi Skok 2-3, RBI; Jess Parente 2-3, RBI.

Pitching: PA, McHugh L (5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO); Nina Cencetti (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO). WA, Gwen Glatz W (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO).

Hanover Area 10, MMI Prep 0 (5 inn.)

Hanover Area`253`00 — 10

MMI Prep`000`00 — 0

Top Hitters: HA, Sarah Whitesell 1-2, 3 runs; Emilee Bobos 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Sarah Tuzinski 2-3, 2B, RBI 2 run); MMI, Altmiller single.

Pitching: HA, Tuzinski W (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 SO); MMI, Kupsho L (4 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO); Dalesandro (1 IP,0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO).

Holy Redeemer’s Morgan Bienkowski, center, gets congratulated after hitting a lead-off home run for the Royals against Lake-Lehman Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL042418HSSOFT-Lehman-Redeemer_1_CMYK.jpgHoly Redeemer’s Morgan Bienkowski, center, gets congratulated after hitting a lead-off home run for the Royals against Lake-Lehman Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Holy Redeemer’s Jillian Smith slides safely to third base ahead of the tag of Lake-Lehman’s Hunter Kline in WVC softball action in Wilkes-Barre on Monday afternoon.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL042418HSSOFT-Lehman-Redeemer_5_CMYK.jpgHoly Redeemer’s Jillian Smith slides safely to third base ahead of the tag of Lake-Lehman’s Hunter Kline in WVC softball action in Wilkes-Barre on Monday afternoon. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Lake-Lehman second baseman Savannah Purdy tags out Holy Redeemer’s Taylor Josefowicz in WVC softball action Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL042418HSSOFT-Lehman-Redeemer_6_CMYK.jpgLake-Lehman second baseman Savannah Purdy tags out Holy Redeemer’s Taylor Josefowicz in WVC softball action Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Royals run division streak to 68 games

By John Erzar

jerzar@timesleader.com

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar