LOCAL ROUNDUP: LaBuda, unbeaten Cougars blank Comets

Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa.
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Apr. 9—Marcus LaBuda and the unbeaten Hazleton Area baseball team picked up where they left off against Dallas in a 10-0 victory over Crestwood on Thursday in Wright Twp.

The Villanova University-bound righthander hurled a complete-game two-hitter and struck out four before the PIAA's 10-run rule ended the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game after five innings.

LaBuda, who fanned the side in the seventh inning to preserve the Cougars' 10-7 win over Dallas on Tuesday, got all the offense he needed against Crestwood starter Matt Dean in the top of the first against the Comets when Jatnk Diaz laced a two-out, two-run double.

Hazleton Area then batted around in the second inning, with Grant Russo delivering a RBI double, Bryce Molinaro knocking in a couple more runs on a triple to right and Kyle Peters stroking a run-scoring single.

Brett Antolick's RBI single in the fifth plated the game's final run as Cougars' head coach Russ Canzler gave several players a chance to see game action.

LaBuda was command throughout, not allowing one Comet to advance beyond second base.

Ryan Petrosky and Dillon Shaw had Crestwood's two hits, both singles.

Haz (4-0, 2-0) ................270 01 — 10 7 0

Crest (0-4, 0-2) ................000 00 — 0 2 5

LaBuda and G. Russo, Payne (3). Dean, Shaw (3) and Arnold. W — LaBuda. L — Dean.

Hits: Hazleton Area — Peters 2, G. Russo, L. Russo, Antolick, Diaz, Molinaro. Crestwood — Petrosky, Shaw

2B — G. Russo, Diaz. 3B — Molinaro.

Junior Varsity Baseball Hazleton Area 12 Wyoming Area 2

Anthony Cera hit his first home run in a high school uniform and Jason Lazur smacked three base hits to lead the Cougars past Wyoming Area.

Cera, Kevin Guzman, Josh Halcisak and Eliud Lopez each contributed two hits for the winners. Edward yanac tripled and scored two runs.

Halcisak and Mark Yanac gave strong efforts on the mound.

H.S. Softball Marian 16 Shenandoah Valley 5

Athena Matenkoski smashed the third pitch of the game into right field for a leadoff single, then circled the bases when the ball got past the outfielder and rolled to the fence.

Matenkoski, a senior first baseman, enjoyed a career day, going 4-for-4 with a walk, five runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base. She batted in every inning except the third and reached base and scored after the five times she went to the plate.

Marian (3-0, 2-0 D-III) did a whole lot of getting on base as the Fillies batted around in the second and sixth innings. In the early going, Marian leads the division by one-half game over Mahanoy Area (2-2, 1-0) and Weatherly (3-1, 1-0).

The Fillies led from start to finish, but Shenandoah Valley (1-4, 0-2) did just enough to make things uncomfortable for most of the afternoon.

Both teams took advantage of the numerous miscues to extend innings and put runs on the board. Just five of the 21 runs scored on the day were earned.

Marian led 2-1 after one inning, then extended its advantage to 6-1 in the second. Mia Nemeth had a two-run double to left field in the inning and Jackie Guth plated a run with a safety squeeze.

The Fillies added two runs in the fourth on Nemeth's RBI single and an error, and Kelly slammed a two-run triple off the right-field fence in the fifth. In the sixth, Matenkoski roped a two-run single and Gracie Gallagher smacked an RBI double.

Most of the times that Marian tried to pull away, Shenandoah Valley reeled the Fillies back in. In the first, Alexa Menjivar rapped an RBI single. In the fourth, Mal Sosna had an RBI single. And in the sixth, Vanessa Coyle added an RBI single and Davis scored on a double steal.

Weatherly 16 Panther Valley 0

Maddie Von Frisch pitched a three-inning no-hitter to lead the Lady Wreckers to a Schuylkill League Division III win. Von Frisch struck out five and walked two..

Amanda Colecio led the offense by going 3-for-3 with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Ashley James went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

Wea (3-1, 1-0)................. 367 — 16 10 0

PV (0-4, 0-2) ..........................000 — 0 0 5

Von Frisch and Al. Colecio; Beshock, Greco (2) and Rex. W — Von Frisch (3-1). L — Beshock (0-4).

Hits: Weatherly — Al. Colecio, James 3, Am. Colecio 3, Hoffman, Von Frisch, Michaels. Panther Valley — None.

2B — Am. Colecio 3, Al. Colecio, Hoffman.

Hazleton Area 11 Dallas 1

The Hazleton Area girls' softball team pounded out 15 hits in just five innings, and dusted Dallas in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 action Wednesday in the Back Mountain.

Julia Mooney was the top hitter for the Lady Cougars (2-1, 2-0 WVC), going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Four teammates contributed two hits each, including Julia Mrochko, who drilled a triple and single and plated two runs.

Lauren Daniels and Gabbie Terraccino each singled twice and drove in a pair, and Kelsie Peters also had two singles and an RBI for Hazleton Area. Caitlyn Katchur doubled in a run, Gianna Gombeda and Olivia Wolk both singled and scored twice, and Makenna Balay added a base hit to complete the 15-hit assault.

Winning pitcher Brianna Kennedy went the first three innings, and Katchur finished up the final two in the circle. They combined on a four-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks.

Haz (2-1, 2-0) ..............320 60 — 11 15 0

Dal (2-1, 1-1)................... 000 10 — 1 4 3

Kennedy, Katchur (4) and Wolk. Spaciano and Major. W — Kennedy. L — Spaciano.

Hits: Hazleton Area — Mooney 3, Mrochko 2, Terraccino 2, Peters 2, Daniels 2, Wolk, Balay, Gombeda, Katchur. Dallas — Cruz, Lombardo, Porasky, Sakielich.

2B — Mooney, Katchur. 3B — Mrochko.

WVW 1 Crestwood 0

Karlee Peters scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth inning and Wyoming Valley West defeated Crestwood in WVC Division 1 action.

Sara Hoskins earned the win, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out eight over seven innings.

Stephanie Pollock and Victoria Butler each had two hits for the Lady Comets. Pollock and Lauren Kalinowski each hit doubles.

Jessica Koptcho took the loss for Crestwood, allowing one earned run on two hits while walking three and fanning 10 over six innings.

Crest (1-2, 0-2)............. 000 000 0 — 0 7

WVW (1-2, 1-0) ...........000 001 x — 1 2

W — Hoskins. L — Koptcho.

Hits: Crestwood — Pollock 2, Butler 2, Amend, Kalinowski, Niznik. WVW — Austra, Adamski.

2B — Kalinowski, Pollock, Adamski.

Mahanoy Area sweeps SV

On Tuesday in Mahanoy City, Cambria Mayberry and Meghan Macleary combined to pitch 12 shutout innings as Mahanoy Area swept a doubleheader from Shenandoah Valley.

In the opener, Mayberry tossed a three-hitter in a 3-0 win. In the nightcap, Macleary hurled a four-hitter in a game stopped after five innings due to darkness.

First Game

SV (1-2, 0-1) 000 000 0 — 0 3 1

Mah (1-2, 1-0) 200 001 x — 3 1 0

Davis and Al. Menjivar; Mayberry and Lewandowski. W — Mayberry (1-0). L — Davis (1-2).

Hits: Shenandoah Valley — DeAngelo, Sosna, Al. Menjivar. Mahanoy Area — Wagner.

3B — Sosna.

Second Game

SV (1-3) 000 00 — 0 4 0

Mah (2-2) 311 10 — 6 2 0

Davis and Al. Menjivar; Macleary and Lewandowski. W — Macleary (1-1). L — Davis (1-3).

Hits: Shenandoah Valley — Av. Menjivar, Al. Menjivar, Donovan, Coyle. Mahanoy Area — Moss, McGroarty.

2B — A. Menjivar.

H.S. Boys' Volleyball Crestwood 3 Hazleton Area 0

Bailey Durolchalk stuffed the stat sheet with 20 service points, including 10 aces, and 13 assists as the Comets swept past Hazleton Area 25-16, 25-18, 25-22 in a matchup of Wyoming Valley Conference unbeatens at Hughie McGeehan Gymnasium.

Mark Matyscak added 12 digs, six kills and five service points and Reece Mylet contributed 14 digs for the winners.

For the Cougars, Cristian Posada collected 10 kills, three digs, one block and one service point; Connor Wolfe racked up five service points, 13 assists, three digs and one kill; and Wyatt Mumich chipped in three kills, four digs and 10 service points with three aces.

H.S. Boys' Lacrosse Crestwood 21 Scranton Prep 3

Trey Zabroski and Chandler O'Farrell each scored five goals, and Crestwood rolled past Scranton Prep Wednesday to move to 4-0 on the season.

Nick Curry and Noah Schultz scored three goals each, Brendan Dennis had two, and Chase Pugh and Michael Zaleski added one apiece for the Comets.

Head coach Brian Zabroski said "The key to tonight's victory can be traced back to the faceoff possessions that Jimmy Hawley and Logan Rolles earned for us."

Trey Zabroski had seven assists, and Dean Fey made four saves in goal for Crestwood.

Chase Stephens, Robbie Watkins and Mike McGrath had Scranton Prep's goals. Bo Reilly made eight saves.

Crestwood will host Lake-Lehman Friday.

H.S. Tennis

MMI Prep 5

Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg 0

At East Stroudsburg, the Preppers won all five matches in straight sets in posting the non-league victory.

Zander Spear, Christian Badamo and Ryan McNelis lost a a combined five games in their sweep of the singles matches.

In doubles, Noah Long and Thomas Mayernick won their match 6-0, 6-1 and Ethan Stone and Dustin Paul were 6-3, 6-1 winners.

Wyoming Area 3

MMI Prep 2

The visiting Warriors took two of three singles en route to the WVC victory Wednesday in Foster Twp.

At first singles, Wyoming Area's Adam Wisnewski rallied past the Preppers' Zander Spear 2-6, 6-4, 7-6. The Warriors' other singles win came at No. 3, where Dylan Stoss held off Ryan McNelis 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The Preppers' Christian Badamo scored a 6-0, 6-3 win over Charles Alfonso at second singles.

MMI's Thomas Mayernik and Noah Long outlasted Anthony and Jacob Nelson 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for a team point at first doubles.

Wyoming Area clinched the match by securing the second doubles, where Gabe Cable and Nick Winsock defeated Nathan Dewar and Nathan Sissick 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

College Softball

Lady Lions extend win streak to five

Eight Penn State Hazleton players had at least one base hit as the Lady Lions downed Penn State Brandywine 10-3 in the opener of a Penn State University Athletic Conference softball doubleheader Wednesday at Maplezone Sports Institute.

Linsey Fisk led the winners' 13-hit attack with a triple and two doubles. Jess Lepore added a triple and double, scored two runs and knocked in two more, Sara Lamana singled twice and had two RBI and Mackenzie Joy chipped in two singles and a RBI.

Destiny Brophy had a triple and single for Brandywine.

Winning pitcher Cassidy Lentz scattered eight hits, struck out four and walked three in seven innings.

In the nightcap, the Lady Lions got all the runs they needed in the first two inning, before holding off Brandywine to extend their win streak to five.

An error off Joy's bat allowed Sky Esterly to score the game's first tally in the top of the first. One inning later, Rebecca Baum's RBI single, Sadie Heiney's sacrifice fly and another unearned run allowed Hazleton to rally for three runs and a 4-0 lead.

Brandywine came back with a run in the home sixth and two more in the seventh, but Baum escaped further trouble and her team completed the sweep.

The Lady Lions will play host Penn State DuBois in another PSUAC twinbill on Friday starting at 2 p.m.

First game

Haz (9-2, 9-2) 204 040 0 — 10 13 0

Bran (2-3, 2-3) 100 110 0 — 3 8 1

Lentz and Fisk. Halford and Galli. W — Lentz. L — Halford.

Hits: PSU Hazleton — Fisk 3, Lepore 2, Joy 2, Lamana 2, Esterly, Heiney, Lentz, Wildrick. PSU Brandywine — Brophy 2, Sparacino 2, Ferry, Moore, DeDios, Sorrentino.

2B — Fisk 2, Lepore. 3B — Lepore, Fisk, DeDios, Brophy.

Second game

Haz (10-2, 10-2) 130 000 0 — 4 7 3

Bran (2-4, 2-4) 000 001 2 — 3 6 3

Baum and Wildrick. Sorrentino and Galli. W — Baum. L — Sorrentino.

Hits: PSU Hazleton — Joy 2, Lepore, Fisk, Lamana, Wildrick, Baum. PSU Brandywine — Sparacino 2, Ferry, DeDios, Sorrentino, Halford.

2B — Lepore, Ferry. 3B — Sorrentino.