NEPA Sports Nation

Hazleton Area, WW join rankings

Hazleton Area and Western Wayne moved into this week’s Riverfront Sports Super Six Softball Rankings of District 2 teams, which were released early Sunday afternoon.

The top four in both sets of rankings remained the same as last week with Pittston Area and Mid Valley in the No. 1 positions despite Mid Valley suffering its first loss.

Lake-Lehman was the only other team moving up this week.

Pittston Area and Abington Heights are the last two unbeatens remaining in the district and they hold first and second in Big Schools. Pittston Area clinched the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 title in a three-win week that included a victory over fourth-ranked Tunkhannock.

West Scranton is third.

The fourth through sixth teams all suffered losses.

Tunkhannock lost twice during the week, also falling 8-7 to Dallas, but held fourth.

Hazleton Area used a 3-0 week, including a 7-2 victory over North Pocono, to rejoin the rankings in fifth.

North Pocono dropped from fifth to sixth.

The Lady Trojans routed Valley View, 15-1, one of two losses by the Cougars, who fell out of the rankings.

Mid Valley suffered its first loss, 5-3, to Holy Cross, but still has the best record among Small Schools to hold on to No. 1.

Holy Redeemer, Elk Lake and Holy Cross held second, third and fourth.

Holy Cross had the win over Mid Valley, but also lost to Scranton, 5-2.

Lake-Lehman moved from sixth to fifth, splitting two games with the loss coming, 3-2, to Holy Redeemer.

Western Wayne won its only game and took over sixth.

Dunmore, the former No. 5, lost all three of its games and dropped out of the rankings.

The full softball rankings, with the previous rankings and current record for each team:


Big Schools

 RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Pittston Area115-0
2Abington Heights212-0
3West Scranton314-1
5Hazleton AreaNR8-6
6North Pocono57-2

Small Schools

RankTeamLast RankRecord
1Mid Valley112-1
2Holy Redeemer27-3
3Elk Lake312-2
4Holy Cross410-4
6Western WayneNR7-4

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