Tunkhannock used consecutive shutouts to return to the District 2 Class 4A softball championship game and, with it, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament.
The Lady Tigers advanced to the state final last year. With wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals, the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champions were scheduled to face Nanticoke for the district title Friday.
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Hope Jones threw six shutout innings and scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s semifinal with visiting Wyoming Area.
Sophomore Gina Walsh drove in Jones with a two-out single.
Jones gave up two hits and a walk while striking out three.
Kendra Schultz finished off the combined three-hitter. She got all three of her outs on strikeouts and gave up one hit.
Jones and Schultz combined on a no-hitter to lead defending champion Tunkhannock to the District 2 Class 4A quarterfinal win May 24.
Jones struck out five in the first four innings. Schultz got the save with eight strikeouts in the final three innings.
Schultz and Walsh drove in runs for Tunkhannock, which had only three hits.
Lake-Lehman’s season came to an end May 24 in the District 2 Class 3A quarterfinals despite three-hit efforts by Savannah Purdy and Corinna Scoblick.
Purdy was 3-for-4 with a double. Chloe Van Gorder and Emily Smith also had doubles for Lake-Lehman (11-4).
Getting into a six-goal hole in the first 7:23 required Dallas to score goals in a hurry during the District 2 Class 2A boys lacrosse semifinal May 21.
The Mountaineers did just that, stringing consecutive goals together in 14 or fewer seconds three times.
The rapid-fire goals allowed Dallas to rally into three ties before falling short at top-seeded Crestwood in a season-ending loss.
In all, Dallas scored consecutive goals in 62 seconds or less five times before halftime to force second-quarter ties and 8-8, 9-9 and 10-10.
“We did a good job of fighting back,” Dallas coach John Zug said.
The comeback, however, lost momentum in the second half when penalties caused the Mountaineers to play with at least one player sitting out for 6:19 of the final 15:47.
“The penalties really killed us,” Zug said.
Freshman Trey Zabroski scored six goals for Crestwood.
T.J. Herron led Dallas back with four first-half goals. He finished with five.
Michael Starbuck added four goals and an assist while Nick Solinsky had three goals and two assists for the Mountaineers.
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T.J. Herron had four goals and two assists when Dallas beat visiting Wyoming Seminary in the May 17 quarterfinals.
Nick Solinsky and Danny Meuser each had three goals while Danny Lipinski had two goals and four assists.
Crestwood opened a 20-1 halftime lead in the May 17 quarterfinal.
Trey Borger scored two of Lake-Lehman’s goals.
District 2 Class 2A doubles
Dallas doubles teams combined for three 6-0, 6-0 victories in the District 2 Class 2A doubles tournament before a championship boys tennis season came to an end for the Mountaineers in the semifinals of the May 17-18 event.
The Mountaineers were unbeaten champions of the Wyoming Valley Conference and earlier had won their first District 2 team championship.
John Toussaint-Alex DeRome advanced to the doubles tournament semifinals before losing to Wyoming Seminary’s Will Zeigler-Duncan Lumia, 6-4, 6-3. Lumia is from Dallas.
After getting through the first two rounds without losing a game against teams from Berwick and Wyoming Area, Toussaint-DeRome downed seventh-seeded Carlo Possanza-Ryan Caratto from Valley View, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 10-7, in the quarterfinals.
The other Dallas team, Mark Roginski-Matt Dillon, was seeded eighth.
Roginski-Dillon opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Riverside’s Noah Jennings-Nick Poras before being upset in the second round by Western Wayne’s Dominic Corma-Matthew Leslie, 2-6, 6-2, 10-6.
Scranton Prep’s Jack Habeeb-Rhys Kelly beat Zeigler-Lumia, 6-0, 6-3, for the district title.
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