Pittston Area powers past West Scranton in District 2 Class 3A softball action

By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com | May 23rd, 2016 11:05 pm

HUGHESTOWN — After two errors in the opening inning, Pittston Area coach Vito Quaglia was less than thrilled with the way his team was reacting in its first round playoff game.

“You can’t take any team lightly,” he said.

The dust was knocked off within the next inning.

Mindina Lieback hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the second inning and Lexi Felinski’s RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth propelled No. 6 Pittston Area to a 10-0 win over No. 11 West Scranton in the PIAA District 2 Class 3A first round softball game Monday in Hughestown.

“When he gets on us, that’s when we know we have to regroup,” Lieback said. “We can’t let those little things bother us.”

Pittston Area moves on and will play North Pocono, an 8-4 winner over Honesdale, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Pocono in a Class 3A quarterfinal game.

Pittston Area’s Taylor Baloga threw five innings of shut out softball. She allowed just two hits and didn’t walk a West Scranton batter. Early on, however, Pittston Area’s defense wasn’t as sharp as Quaglia would have liked.

Thanks to a pair of errors, the Invaders put two runners on with no outs in the top of the first. The Patriots were able to easily get out of the inning with a double play. Quaglia was less than impressed.

“They can play,” Quaglia said of the Invaders. “At this point in the season, everyone can play. I wanted to make sure we didn’t look past anyone.”

The Patriots would come back to open the scoring in the bottom of the frame when Lexi Felinski scored on a Baloga fielder’s choice. Felinski led off the game with a double to left center.

The runs really came out in the bottom of the second, all with two outs.

Abbey Bradigan started the inning with a single to the right side. Taryn Ashby then reached on an illegal pitch to put runners on first and second. West Scranton got a strikeout and then Julie Silinski sacrificed the two runners over. With two outs, Felinski walked to set the stage for Lieback.

Lieback drilled a liner to the right field gap and center fielder Ashley Sedelnick’s diving attempt came up short. Lieback raced around the bases and scored without a throw.

“The bases were loaded and in that situation I thought I would go to the gap,” Lieback said. “She threw it outside and I just took it.”

Cencetti and Bradigan then singled to lead off the fifth. Ashby drove in Cencetti with a double. Miranda Romanofski’s RBI-single to right and Silinski’s RBI groundout made it 9-0. Felinski’s single gave the Patriots the win in game-ending fashion.

Baloga wasn’t in any trouble after the first inning. She settled down, and at one point, retired nine batters in a row before West Scranton’s Nevaeh Ross got the Invaders’ first hit.

PIAA District 2 Class 3A First Round

Pittston Area 10, West Scranton 0

West Scranton`AB`R`H`BI

Rose c`2`0`0`0

Ross 3b`2`0`1`0

Coyne ss`2`0`0`0

Mulgrew 1b`2`0`0`0

Beidler 2b`2`0`1`0

Dougher 7`2`0`0`0

Turi rf`2`0`0`0

Sedelnick cf`2`0`0`0

Woyshnar p`2`0`0`0

Totals `18`0`2`0

Pittston Area`AB`R`H`BI

Felinski 2b`3`2`2`1

Lieback cf`3`1`2`4

McHugh lf`3`1`1`0

Baloga p`2`0`0`1

Cencetti 1b`3`1`2`1

Bradigan 3b`3`2`2`0

Ashby ss`2`2`2`1

Romanofski dp`2`1`1`1

Silinski rf`1`0`0`1

Totals `23`10`12`10

West Scranton`000`00 —`0

Pittston Area`160`04 —`10

E — Pittston Area 2, West Scranton 3; 2B — Felinski, Ashby; HR — Lieback; SAC — Silinski (2). LOB — Pittston Area 5, West Scranton 4.

West Scranton`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Katie Woyshnar (L)`5.0`0`10`10`2`1

Pittston Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Taylor Baloga (W)`5.0`2`0`0`0`4

Pittston Area’s Lexi Felinski rounds first after hitting a leadoff double in the opening round of the PIAA District 2 Class 3A championships.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PAsoftball1.jpgPittston Area’s Lexi Felinski rounds first after hitting a leadoff double in the opening round of the PIAA District 2 Class 3A championships. Nick Wagner | Times Leader
Pittston Area’s Taylor Baloga threw a two-hitter as the Patriots beat West Scranton, 10-0, in the opening round of the PIAA District 2 Class 3A championships.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_PAsoftball4.jpgPittston Area’s Taylor Baloga threw a two-hitter as the Patriots beat West Scranton, 10-0, in the opening round of the PIAA District 2 Class 3A championships. Nick Wagner | Times Leader
Baloga tosses 2-hitter in District 2 Class 3A win

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