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Hazleton Area, Williamsport reach 6A softball championship game

Hazleton Area played just four innings of softball Wednesday.

That was plenty of time for Julia Mooney and Olivia Wolk to put up some big offensive numbers.

Mooney homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Lady Cougars to a 15-0 rout of Delaware Valley and into a meeting of the top two seeds in the District 2-4 Class 6A championship game.

Wolk had four hits, including a double, while driving in three runs and scoring three more.

Hazleton Area will play Tuesday at top-seeded Williamsport, which had a tougher time, but advanced with an 8-6 victory over Scranton.

With Mooney and Wolk leading the way, Hazleton Area ended its game on the 15-run rule.

The Lady Cougars scored eight runs in the second for a 9-0 lead, then added three runs in each of the next two innings to finish off the game.

Julia Mrochko also drove in three runs while Brianna Kennedy had a single and double.

Hazleton Area, which won the most recent subregional title on the way to a state championship game appearance in 2019, is 14-7.

Pressley Shotto hit a three-run homer during a five-run fourth inning that put Scranton in front, 6-5.

Williamsport came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning and held on from there.

Jayla Bartholomew had three hits, including two triples, to lead Williamsport.

Williamsport has won 11 straight to improve to 19-1.

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