Pittston Area posts impressive softball, boys track wins

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch | April 14th, 2018 10:33 am

Gabby Para went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in two runs Thursday when Pittston Area defeated 2017 state Class 6A finalist Hazleton Area, 7-5, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 softball game.

Pittston Area opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the third, then emerged from a wild fourth inning with the lead.

Hazleton Area scored five runs in the top of the inning. Pittston Area then answered by scoring six times in the bottom of the inning.

Nina Cencetti held the Cougars scoreless for the first three innings and Alexa McHugh shut them down in the last three. Both pitched during the rough top of the fourth inning.

Cencetti allowed three hits, three walks and just one run in three official innings.

McHugh struck out six while giving up three earned runs in four innings. She got the win.

Both also supported Para offensively.

McHugh was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Cencetti scored three times.

Dallas 2

Wyoming Area 1

Dallas scored twice in the top of the first and held on for the win in Thursday’s WVC Division 2 game.

Peyton Ross led off the game with a homer.

The Lady Warriors scored in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded but were unable to bring across the tying run.

Julia Kopetchny doubled during the rally, which also included two walks before Kristi Skok was hit by a pitch for force in a run.

Pittston Area 13

Dallas 3

Pittston Area finished with 15 hits and scored eight runs in the top of the inning to end Wednesday’s WVC game in six innings.

Lexi Felinski was 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.

Morgan Mesaris had a homer, two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Mackenzie Gable was 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Gabby Para was 2-for-3 with a double.

Alexa McHugh and Kaehler Kivler also had doubles.

Nina Cencetti, who got the win, and McHugh, who was credited with the save, each worked three innings without allowing an earned run. McHugh struck out four.

Nanticoke 5

Pittston Area 2

Morgan Murphy’s grand slam in the five-run bottom of the sixth lifted Nanticoke to victory.

Alexa McHugh had two hits for Pittston Area.

Berwick 10

Wyoming Area 5

Berwick scored six times in the bottom of the sixth to rally for Monday’s WVC Division 1 win.

Nicole Silinskie went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to lead the Wyoming Area offense. Gwen Glatz and Brianna Pizzano each had doubles.


Hazleton Area 8

Pittston Area 4

Kyle Ralston drove in two runs, Cole Cherkas had two hits and Riley Brody homered, but Pittston Area was unable to recover from allowing five runs in the first two innings of Friday’s WVC Division 1 game at Hazleton Area.

Dallas 13

Wyoming Area 2

Drew Patton and Michael Anderson threw a three-hit shutout Friday to lead defending state champion Dallas to the victory over host Wyoming Area in a meeting between the top two teams in WVC Division 2.

Dallas remained unbeaten with the win.

Wyoming Area (2-2) got a double and RBI from Toby Hallman. Dylan Melberger had a hit, walk and run scored.

Pittston Area 13

Coughlin 1

Kyle Ralston, Joe Stella and Joe DeLucca led the offense Wednesday when Pittston Area dominated Coughlin.

Ralston was 3-for-4. Stella was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI. DeLucca was 2-for-2 with three RBI.

Hunter Ralston worked the first three innings before Zach Mascelli and Cole Cherkas went one each in a combined three-hitter.

Wyoming Area 8

Berwick 1

Marc Anthony Minichello scored three times and was among six Wyoming Area players with two of the team’s 13 hits in Wednesday’s home WVC Division 2 triumph.

Minichello had a double.

Cole Coolbaugh, who finished up with two scoreless innings on the mound, had two triples, scored twice and drove in two runs.

Dylan Melberger also had two hits and two RBI.

Chase Yochem, winning pitcher Matt Wright and Ryan Petrucci also had two hits for Wyoming Area, which scored in five of its six at-bats.

Wright struck out five while allowing just one run in five innings. Coolbaugh struck out four in his two innings.

Wyoming Area 4

Nanticoke 1

Toby Hallman and Brad Barletta combined on a four-hitter while overcoming eight walks to lead the Warriors to Monday’s WVC Division 2 win at Atlas Field.

Ryan Petrucci had a double, a single and a run scored for the Warriors, who opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the second.

Hallman struck out five while giving up a run in four innings.

Barletta struck out four and only allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.


Pittston Area 109

Coughlin 41

Nicole Zambetti and Jenna Smith ran together on the 1600-meter relay win and each won two individual events to help visiting Pittston Area remain undefeated through three WVC Division 1 meets with Wednesday’s victory.

Zambetti won the 800 and 1600. Smith won the 100 and 200.

Abby Norwillo won the pole vault and triple jump.

Dallas 102

Wyoming Area 48

Madi Resciniti set a Wyoming Area school record by throwing the discus 104-7 in Wednesday’s WVC loss to visiting Dallas.

Resciniti also won the shot put.


Pittston Area 94

Coughlin 56

The Patriots already had a season-opening win over defending champion Hazleton Area to their credit.

Now, after Hunter Kraklio won three events Wednesday, the Patriots (3-0) have also handed 2015 and 2016 champion Coughlin only its second loss in the last four WVC Division 1 seasons.

Kraklio won the 800-meter run and ran on the winning 3200- and 1600-meter relay teams.

Walter Coles won the discus and javelin.

Dallas 96

Wyoming Area 53

Kayne Burton swept the sprints, taking the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes Wednesday when Wyoming Area fell to visiting Dallas in a WVC meet.

Steven Yordy won the triple jump and long jump for the Warriors.


Wyoming Area 4

Tunkhannock 1

Wyoming Area swept doubles in Friday’s WVC win.

Mike Abromovage-Jake Butwon and Anthony DeAngelo-Pat Musinski each won in straight sets.

The Warriors also picked up straight-set wins from Mike Remley and Nick Perry at second and third singles.

Dallas 4

Pittston Area 1

Dallas swept doubles in Wednesday’s win over visiting Pittston Area.

Pittston Area 5

Wyoming Valley West 0

Matt Costello rolled, 6-0, 6-0, at second singles to lead Pittston Area in Tuesday’s WVC match.

Dallas 5

Wyoming Area 0

The Mountaineers swept Monday’s WVC match.


Delaware Valley 10

Wyoming Area 8

Bailey Fedun scored five goals for Delaware Valley in Thursday’s WVC game.

Fedun helped offset a five-goal effort by Wyoming Area’s Emma Kelleher. Cassidy Orzel scored the other three goals.

Wyoming Area 12

Tunkhannock 3

Cassidy Orzel and Emma Kelleher scored four goals each in Monday’s WVC victory.

Scranton Prep 13

Pittston Area 7

Kerry McGrath scored five goals to lead Scranton Prep to Monday’s WVC road win.

Bailey Jordan scored five times for the Lady Patriots. Nina Cerelli and Julia Emmett had the other goals.

Brooklyn Pedana had 12 saves in the loss.


Wyoming Area 12

Coughlin 1

Dominic DeLuca scored three goals Friday when Wyoming Area defeated visiting Coughlin.

DeLuca also had an assist.

Ethan Hosier and Jake Urban each had two goals and an assist. Sam Greenfield also scored twice.

Scranton Prep 6

Wyoming Area 5

Dan Hinton scored five goals and assisted the other for Scranton Prep, which used a fourth-quarter rally to hand Wyoming Area its first WVC loss.

F.J. Braccini and Sam Greenfield each had a goal and an assist for Wyoming Area.

Jake Switzer had two assists.

Ethan Hosier, Alex Gonzales and Dominic DeLuca had the other goals.

Pittston Area junior Jenna Smith runs in the 100 meter dash at Solomon Plains track Wednesday.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_PSD041518Track1.jpgPittston Area junior Jenna Smith runs in the 100 meter dash at Solomon Plains track Wednesday. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area junior Dominick Angradi finishes the 1-mile run at Solomon Plains track.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_PSD041518Track2.jpgPittston Area junior Dominick Angradi finishes the 1-mile run at Solomon Plains track. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Jesse Thorne finishes the triple jump at Solomon Plains track.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_PSD041518Track3.jpgPittston Area’s Jesse Thorne finishes the triple jump at Solomon Plains track. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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