TUNKHANNOCK – Gina Walsh bounced a two-out single past shortstop to bring home Hope Jones with the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday, pushing Tunkhannock past visiting Wyoming Area, 1-0, in a District 2 Class 4A softball semifinal.
The game was a rematch of last year’s district championship game.
Tunkhannock won a classic pitchers’ duel between teams that had split their two regular-season meetings.
Wyoming Area pitcher Gwen Glatz was outstanding, allowing only two bunt singles and Gab Roote’s double off the left-field wall through five scoreless innings.
Meanwhile, Hope Jones retired Wyoming Area’s first 10 batters, allowed only two hits through her six innings and didn’t allow a runner past first base.
“Two really good teams playing it out,” Jones said. “Gwen threw great.”
In the bottom of the sixth, Tunkhannock finally broke through.
Hope Jones began the rally with a sinking, one-out line drive that fell in for a single.
After Hailey Farr sacrificed Jones to second base, Kendra Schultz was intentionally walked. Then Walsh wiggled a high-hopping single just to the left of diving shortstop Brianna Pizzano and into center field.
Running hard as soon as Walsh made contact, Jones easily beat a strong throw to the plate and the Tigers had the winning run.
Wyoming Area didn’t go home quietly.
The Warriors began the seventh inning against Tigers closer Kendra Schultz with a walk to Glatz — who fouled off seven two-strike pitches to reach base — and Kristi Skok’s looping single to left. But with the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base, Schultz struck out the next three batters in succession to wrap up a spot in the district finals and in states.
Skok, Glatz and Pizzano accounted for Wyoming Area’s three hits.
Glatz threw a five-hitter with a walk and three strikeouts.
Holy Cross 5
Old Forge 3
Holy Cross did all its scoring in the bottom of the second inning, then held off an Old Forge comeback in Thursday’s District 2 Class 2A championship game at the University of Scranton’s Magis Field.
Hitless through 4 1/3 innings, Old Forge rallied for one run in the fifth, then scored twice and brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning.
Anna Osieski broke up the no-hitter, then scored the first run.
Camryn Domiano doubled and scored in the seventh.
Old Forge 11
Elk Lake 1
Old Forge reached the final when it defeated visiting Elk Lake in five innings in the May 25 semifinal game.
Old Forge 4
Sixth-seeded Northwest upset top-seeded Old Forge in Wednesday’s District 2 Class 2A final at PNC Field in Moosic.
The Rangers avenged a loss in last year’s district championship.
Brendan Mozeleski went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Blue Devils. Michael DeGregorio and Sean Donovan had two hits each.
Paul Sokoloski, Tom Robinson and Dave Rosengrant contributed to this report.