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MONDAY RECAP: Balcerzak smashes 3 homers

Sport tags: Baseball, softball, lacrosse, boys tennis, track and field

School tags: Riverside, Lackawanna Trail, Holy Redeemer, Wyoming Area, Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, Scranton Prep, Holy Redeemer, Delaware Valley, Crestwood, Lake-Lehman, Dallas

Trevor Balcerzak’s three home runs helped Riverside remain unbeaten Monday with a 13-1, five-inning rout of visiting Holy Cross in Lackawanna League Division 3 baseball.

The sophomore finished 4-for-4 with six runs batted in and four runs scored.

The Vikings scored six runs in the bottom of the first on the way to ending the game on the 10-run rule without having to bat in the fifth inning.

Riverside improved to 7-0 in the division and 10-0 overall and has outscored opponents, 105-16.

The homers were the first three for Balcerzak, who is batting .469 with 13 RBI in 10 games.


Lackawanna Trail took over first place by handing Mountain View its first Lackawanna Division 4 loss, 9-3.

Winning pitcher Owen Lisk ripped a three-run double off the fence when the Lions broke open a 4-3 game with four runs in the top of the sixth.

Lackawanna Trail avenged its only loss, in the season opener, by winning its sixth straight game while playing strictly in the division. It broke a five-game winning streak by Mountain View, which fell to 5-1 in the division and 5-4 overall.

Jake Griffin tossed a five-inning, no-hitter as Holy Redeemer defeated Wyoming Seminary, 11-1, in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2.

Griffin struck out 11 and walked 3.

The Royals scored in every inning and finished the game off on the 10-run rule with a run in the bottom of the fifth.

Luke Kopec, Nate Dudeck, Kip Miller and Ethan Elmes all had two hits.

Kopec had a triple and three RBI. Dudeck doubled twice. Miller doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs. Elmes scored twice.

J.J. Hood struck out 16 in a three-hitter and went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Wyoming Area past MMI Prep, 11-1, in six innings in a WVC Division 2 game.

The Warriors finished the game off with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Jake Kelleher went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI.

Ryan Collins went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBI to lead Dallas past Crestwood, 10-2, in WVC Division 1.


Katie White threw a three-inning perfect game in Blue Ridge’s 16-0 rout of Susquehanna in Lackawanna League Division 4.

Blue Ridge used the win to move into second place in the division going into its Tuesday game at Elk Lake, which handled previous second-place team Forest City, 21-12.

Santina Kobierecki’s go-ahead, three-run triple highlighted a six-run top of the fifth that allowed Scranton Prep to hand Abington Heights its first loss, 7-6, in a Lackawanna League Division 1 game.

Marisa Kelly doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Classics.

Riley Marshall had three hits, including a triple, for Abington Heights. She scored twice and drove in two runs.

Lynzie Skoronski had two hits and drove in three runs as Holy Redeemer defeated Nanticoke, 11-1, in WVC Division 2 to improve to 9-0.

Akira Kopec had two hits and scored three runs.

Shaylee Heffron had a double and single for Nanticoke.


Delaware Valley and Crestwood each posted shutouts in WVC games.

Connor Gaughan made eight saves for Delaware Valley in its second straight shutout and third in the last four games, 22-0 over Lake-Lehman.

The Warriors led 13-0 after one quarter and 19-0 at halftime.

Nate Melnick led the offense with five goals.

Chandler O’Farrell scored four goals and assisted on two and Dean Fey stopped the only shot he faced in WVC leader Crestwood’s 18-0 victory over Abington Heights.


Lake-Lehman and Wyoming Area improved District 2’s best overall records to 9-1 by winning WVC games.

Madison Lasinski had four goals, Lilian Raczkowski had four assists and Kortney Harry made 12 saves as Lake-Lehman defeated Wyoming Seminary, 11-4.

Emma Kelleher and Makenzie Switzer scored five goals each as Wyoming Area defeated Hazleton Area, 18-6, in a WVC game.

Kelleher had three assists and went 17-for-20 on draws for the Lady Warriors (9-1). Swisher had two assists and 15 groundballs.


Adam Wisnewski pulled out a three-set win at first singles and Wyoming Area took the remaining points in straight sets while defeating Tunkhannock, 5-0, in a WVC match.


Ryan Mills set a school record with a triple jump of 43-1½ during a 103-40 victory over Mountain View in a Lackawanna Track Conference Division 4 meet.

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