SCRANTON — When neither team knows much about the opposing pitcher, success usually comes down to which solves the riddle the best.
Wyoming Area did so much better than West Scranton on Thursday afternoon.
The Warriors banged out five doubles and Gwen Glatz threw a three-hitter in a 6-0 victory over West Scranton in a District 2 Class 4A softball quarterfinal game.
Wyoming Area coach John McNeil scouted West Scranton hurler Tatum Repshis via stats online. The rest was keeping with a strategy used all season.
“I just tell them to focus, focus on our zones where we can hit,” McNeil said. “As long as we focus on our zone, we’ll put the bat on the ball. That’s what we work at.”
Fifth-seeded Wyoming Area (8-6) will play at top-seeded Tunkhannock (11-3) on Tuesday in the semifinals, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the PIAA Class 4A state tournament. Fourth-seeded West Scranton completed its season at 7-7.
Glatz retired the first eight batters she faced before West Scranton’s Maeve Cast hit a sharp grounder to left in the third inning. Julianna Biedler lined a single to center in the fourth, but overall Glatz kept the Invaders in check over the first five innings.
“You go in and kind of feel around the first inning or two,” Glatz said. “You get a feel for the umpire, a feel from where they like to hit or don’t like to hit. But a big cue is just watching them warm up.”
The sixth inning was different, though, as two walks sandwiched around a single by Navaeh Ross loaded the bases with two outs for West Scranton. Glatz got out of the jam with a groundout and retired the Invaders in order in the seventh, sending the Warriors to the D2-4A semifinals for a second consecutive year.
As for the offense, Wyoming Area got to Repshis in the second inning. Jess Parente led off with a single to right and later scored when Annie Karcutskie blasted a double over the head of Cast in right field.
Consecutive doubles by Bri Pizzano and Nicole Silinskie plated runs in the fifth for a 3-0 advantage.
Any West Scranton comeback hopes were dashed for the most part in the seventh as a four-hit Wyoming Area barrage doubled the lead. Pizzano doubled with one out, Silinskie followed with a single and both girls scored when Glatz doubled to left. She scored an out later on a single by Parente.
Tunkhannock 4, Honesdale 0
Hope Jones and Kendra Schultz combined on a no-hitter as defending champion Tunkhannock (11-3) defeated Honesdale (6-9).
Jones picked up the win, striking out five over four innings. Schultz got the save with eight strikeouts over the final three innings. The Tigers managed just three hits, with Schultz and Gina Walsh knocking in runs.
CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
Holy Redeemer 4, Dunmore 0
Morgan Bienkowski struck out 17 and allowed one hit to help the Royals (15-0) head into the championship game on Tuesday.
McKenna Dolan homered for Redeemer, which will play home Tuesday against either Hanover Area or Mid Valley. Those teams played Thursday night. Tiana Wren added two RBI, while Bienkowski and Bailey McDermott each had a double.
Bella Mandarano had Dunmore’s only hit.
Lakeland 5, Lake-Lehman 4
Chloe VanGorder, Emily Smith and Savannah Purdy all doubled for Lake-Lehman (11-4), which saw its season end with a loss to visiting Lakeland (9-4).
Purdy finished 3-for-4 while Corinna Scoblick was 3-for-5.
CLASS 5A SEMIFINAL
Pittston Area 1, Wallenpaupack 0
Madisyn Antal brought in the only run with an infield single in the fourth inning as Pittston Area (9-5) advanced to the title game where it will play Abington Heights (13-1) for the third consecutive year for a district championship.
Alexa McHugh opened the inning with a single and moved to third on Nina Cencetti’s double, setting up Antal’s game-winner.
McHugh also picked up the win, striking out nine and allowing just three hits.
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