LOCAL ROUNDUP: MMI's eighth-inning rally beats Seminary

Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa.
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May 5—Marcus Danchision helped MMI Prep beat Wyoming Seminary with his arm and bat Tuesday.

The Lehigh University-bound right-hander hurled seven-plus scoreless innings and he broke up a tense pitchers' duel with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning as the Preppers held off Wyoming Seminary 3-2 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 baseball game in Kingston.

After Danchision (13 strikeouts, one walk) and Blue Knights' ace Aiden Murphy (18 strikeouts, one walk) matched zeroes through regulation play, Jimmy Kelly reached first base on a passed ball on a strikeout and Andrew Burns legged out a bunt single to put MMI runners on first and second with one out in the eighth.

Danchision then greeted reliever Jackson Amend with a hit up the middle to plate pinch runner Drew Sechler with the game's first run. A Kevin McNulty sacrifice fly and Colin Williams' RBI double made it 3-0.

Danchision fanned the first Seminary batter in the bottom of the inning, but reached the pitch limit and had to leave the mound. Williams came on to whiff Amend for the second out, only to have Will Youngman and Murphy smack consecutive doubles and Ethan Kruger deliver a run-scoring single to pull the Blue Knights within one.

Kruger stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position, but Williams struck out Gavin Flanley to end the game.

MMI will play host to Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech Saturday at 3 p.m.

MMI (8-7, 2-7).....000 000 03 — 3 5 1

WS (5-5, 4-5)......000 000 02 — 2 8 0

Danchision, Williams (8) and McNulty; Murphy, Amend (8) and Amend, Flanley (8). W — Danchision. S — Williams. L — Murphy.

Hits: MMI — Williams 2, Danchision 2, Burns. Wyoming Seminary — Murphy 2, Youngman, Amend, Kruger, Hromisin, Vodzak, Williamson.

2B — Williams 2, Murphy, Youngman.

Shenandoah Valley 10 Marian 2

Three pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Blue Devils downed Marian in a Schuylkill League Division III game in Hometown Tuesday.

Owen Kosar paced the winners' offense with a triple and two singles, two runs scored and two RBI. Winning pitcher Kaleb Maksimik added a RBI double.

Luke Walser and Brian Hinkle both singled for the Colts.

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Mar (3-9)..............020 000 0 — 2 1 3

Maksimik, Matta (5), Najda (7) and Vevasis; Petrilyak, Bobish (5) and Walko. W — Maksimik. L — Petrilyak.

Hits: Shenandoah Valley — Kosar 3, Maksimik, L. Matta, Najda, J, Matta, Vevasis. Marian — Walser, Hinkle.

2B — Maksimik. 3B — Kosar.

Tamaqua 11, Dieruff 6

On Monday in Allentown, Nate Wickersham tripled, singled and drove in four runs, and teammate Joel Schellhammer added two hits and three RBIs as Tamaqua defeated Dieruff in a non-league game.

Kaleb Mushock added a double for Tamaqua, which scored seven runs in the first two innings to take command to make a winner of pitcher Tom Case.

Wickersham had the key hit, a two-run single, during the Blue Raiders' five-run first inning.

Tam (4-9).............520 200 2 — 11 8 3

Dier (4-13).............002 121 0 — 6 8 4

Case and Mushock; Suarez, Gonzalez (1), Polanco (7) and Perez. W — Case (1-0). L — Suarez.

Hits: Tamaqua — Moyer, Wickersham 2, Mushock, Coccio, Schellhammer 2, Andrews. Dieruff — Ja. Gonzalez 2, Villanueva, Rodriguez, Suarez 2, L. Gonzalez, Je. Gonzalez.

2B — Mushock. 3B — Wickersham.

H.S. Softball Tunkhannock 5 Hazleton Area 2

Another week, another tough loss for the Lady Cougars.

Winning pitcher Kaya Hannon scattered five hits and helped her cause with a two singles and a RBI as host Tunkhannock completed a season sweep of Hazleton Area with the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 victory.

The Lady Cougars got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the third inning, but the Tigers (11-1, 8-0 WVC) answered with their only five runs in the bottom half en route to handing the locals their third straight setback and all but knocked them out of contention for their seventh consecutive Division 1 title.

Elle McNeff, Gabby Wood and Hannon paced the Tunkhannock offense with two singles apiece. Hannon, Wood, Gabby Wood, Nicole Howell and Emily Schultz each drove in a run.

Kelsie Peters poked two singles and Olivia Wolk rapped a RBI double for the Lady Cougars (7-5, 5-4) . Makenna Balay and Brianna Kennedy both singled.

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Tunk (11-1, 8-0).....005 000 x — 5 9 1

Terracino, Kennedy (3) and Peters; Hannon and Marabell. W — Hannon. L — Terracino.

Hits: Hazleton Area — Peters 2, Wolk, Balay, Kennedy. Tunkhannock — McNeff 2, Hannon 2, Wood 2, Marabell, Huff, Kulsacavage.

2B — Wolk.

H.S. Girls' Lacrosse Hazleton Area 9 Delaware Valley 8

Riley Hudock celebrated Hazleton Area's "Senior Recognition Night" with four goals and two assists as the Lady Cougars edged Delaware Valley in Wyoming Valley Conference action.

Hudock also scored the eventual game-winner to lead Hazleton Area to its second win of the season.

Kaci Kilker added three goals and Lily Palfey and Emily Sonntag chipped in one apiece for the Lady Cougars.

Daisy Carney accounted for five of DelVal's goals.

Taylor Kilker caused the most turnovers and had the most interceptions for the winners. Teammate Abby Bellas made 12 saves in goal.

Hazleton Area will play at Tunkhannock Thursday and host Holy Redeemer Friday.

H.S. Boys' Volleyball Delaware Valley 3 Hazleton Area 0

Aidan U'Glay racked up 11 kills, 12 service points, including three aces, and four digs as the Warriors swept past Hazleton Area (25-19, 25-14, 25-13) in a Wyoming Valley Conference match at Hughie McGeehan Gymnasium.

Cayden Bell added five kills, six service points and four digs and Zane Popula had six kills and three blocks for the winners.

For the Cougars, Cristian Posada contributed five kills, two digs and four service points with one ace; Connor Wolfe had six assists, seven digs and three kills; and Elijah Belles helped with three kills, two blocks and five digs.

H.S. Track and Field Girls Lehighton 83 Tamaqua 66

Kelsey Gaston (800, 1,600, 3,200) and Abigail Meckes (discus, javelin, shot put) were triple winners for the Indians in the Schuylkill League Division I victory over the Lady Raiders on Monday.

Also for Lehighton (5-1), Brittany Bartasavage (100H, 300H) was a double event winner.

For Tamaqua (3-3), Caitlin Smith sprinted to firsts in the 100 and 200.

100 — 1. Smith (T) 13.14, 2. Barron (T), 3. Hartman (L); 200 — 1. Smith (T) 27.75, 2. Hartman (L), 3. Stianche (T); 400 — 1. Kabana (T) 1:05.15, 2. Wojton (L), 3. Sarnowski (L); 800 — 1. Gaston (L) 2:40.8, 2. Walker (T), 3. Sube (L); 1,600 — 1. Gaston (L) 5:45.91, 2. Stegemerten (T), 3. Walker (T); 3,200 — 1. Gaston (L) 12:34.84, w. Jones (T), 3. Fannock (T); 100 HH — 1. Bartasavage (L) 17.23, 2. Jones (T), 3. Mystkowski (L); 300 IH — 1. Bartasavage (L) 50.41, 2. Zelinsky (T), Yeakel (L); 400 relay — 1. Tamaqua (Murphy, Smith, Rolko, Kabana) 53.25; 1,600 relay — 1. Tamaqua (Kbana, Murphy, Stegemerten, Smith) 4:39.1; 3,200 relay — 1. Tamaqua (Kabana, Stegemerten, Jones, Walker) 11:19.77; High jump — 1. Stianche (T) 5-0, 2. Ginder (L), 3. Zehner (L); Long jump — 1. Rolko (T) 15-4 1/2 , 2. Zehner (L), 3. Beers (L); Triple jump — 1. Aaron (L) 32-7 1/4 , 2.Rolko (T), 3. Buffington (L); Shot put — 1. Meckes (L) 32-7 1/2 , 2. Hauser (L), 3. Streisel (T); Discus — 1. Meckes (L) 119-6, 2. Wolter (L), 3. Weighknecht (T); Javelin — 1. Meckes (L) 109-4, 2. Wolter (L), 3. Hauser (L); Pole vault — 1. Mystkowski (L) 6-6, 2. Andrew (L)

Boys Tamaqua 99 Lehighton 51

Tamaqua gained a first-place sweep in the field events en route to the Schuylkill League Division I win over Lehighton Monday.

Harry Swinehart (long jump, triple jump) led the Blue Raiders ((2-4, 2-4 D-I) with two victories.

100 — 1. Yturrino (L) 11.68, 2. Ortiz (T), 3. Basrawi (T); 200 — 1. Yturrino (L) 23.74, 2. McDowell (T), 3. Buchert (L); 400 — 1. Yturrino (L) 54.24, 2. Steigerwalt (T), 3. Troxell (L); 800 — 1. Kieffer (T) 2:23.51, 2. Fiorilla (T), 3. Hill (T); 1,600 — 1. Ehrig (T) 5:06.87, 2. Serfass (L), 3. Krall (T); 3,200 — 1. Serfass (L) 11:56.60, 2. Gormley (T), 3. Yenser (L); 110 HH — 1. Nattress (T) 19.50, 2. Basrawi (T), 3. Behun (T); 300 IH — 1. Basrawi (T) 49.38, 2. Fritzinger (L), 3. Nattress (T); 400 relay — 1. Lehighton (runners unidentified) 48.0; 1,600 relay — 1. Lehighton (runners unidentified) 4:10.28; 3,200 relay — 1. Tamaqua (Ehrig, Steigerwalt, Sherry, Kieffer) 9:42.48; High jump — 1. Kostecky (T) 5-6, 2. Swinehart (T), 3. Amershek (T); Long jump — 1. Swinehart (T) 17-3 1/2 , 2. McDowell (L), 3. Rolko (T); Triple jump — 1. Swinehart (T) 35-8 1/2 , 2. Verta (T), 3. Linkhorst (T); Shot put — 1. Berg (T) 40-7, 2. Hartney (L), 3. Houser (L); Discus — 1. Wasserleben (T) 112-2, 2. Coleman (T), 3. Houser (L); Javelin — 1. Hope (T) 140-9, 2. Barron (T), 3. Houser (L); Pole vault — 1. Ackerman (T) 9-6, 2. Devlin (T), 3. Berg (T).

Little League Valley East Yankees 19 Phillies 5

Gavin Serock collected three doubles and a single, Michael Eckrote blasted a home run and two singles, and Libio Espiritusanto pitched well and singled three times, powering the Yankees to victory.

Scott Mooney slapped a double and triple for the Phillies. Logan Pop tripled and pitched well, and Luke Gordon excelled on the mound.

Valley West Earley-Polli 5 Valley Pizza 1

Jayden Stedjeski pitched well in his mound debut, and also slapped three singles in the early-season victory for Earley-Polli Insurance.

Sebastian Darr and Caleb Rentschler both singled three times for the winners.

Zach Hannon and Chase Swircek each singled twice, and Michael Trovitch added a base hit for Valley Pizza.

Maylath Therapy 14 Cony. Builders 0

Landyn Klinger shined at the plate and on defense to lead Maylath Therapy, including his first home run and a double.

Mason Eckert struck out nine batters and had a double, and Logan Billig singled and drove in a pair of runs for Maylath's.

Bronx Mummey delivered two singles, and Lucas Tranguch also singled for Conyngham Builders.

McNelis Law 14 Conyngham Builders 1

Ryan Ruggerio drove in five runs with a home run and double, leading the way for McNelis Law's win.

Tyler Rebarchek stroked a triple and single, and scored three runs for the winners. Tyler Zola added two singles.

For the Builders, Michael Balser hit his second home run of the season, and Bronx Mummey and Lucas Tranguch had base hits.