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Pittston Area, Hazleton Area, Dunmore, Old Forge on rise

Four teams that began building momentum late in the regular season move up in this week’s Riverfront Sports Super Six Softball Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

The rankings, released Wednesday morning, include movement created by the final three days of the regular season and the opening round of district and subregional playoffs.

Pittston Area, Hazleton Area and Old Forge move up from the previous rankings. Dunmore rejoins the rankings. Abington Heights and Holy Redeemer continue to lead the way.

All of the ranked teams are in title contention as the district and subregional playoffs move into the semifinals Wednesday and Thursday.

Lackawanna League Division 1 champion and District 2-4 Class 5A top seed Abington Heights won twice and leads the Big School rankings for Class 6A, 5A and 4A teams. The Comets closed the regular season with a 9-0 shutout of Wallenpaupack, then beat the Lady Buckhorns again, 15-0, in 2½ innings in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion and District 2 Class 3A top seed Holy Redeemer leads the Small School rankings. The Lady Royals had the week off, including a bye into the semifinals.

Tunkhannock wrapped up its WVC Division 1 title and began pursuit of a District 2 Class 4A title as the top seed. The Lady Tigers are second among Big Schools.

Pittston Area moved from fourth to third with three wins. The Lady Patriots have won nine of their last 10 with the only loss coming by one run in the bottom of the seventh at Tunkhannock. Pittston Area is 14-3 with two one-run and one two-run loss on the season.

Lackawanna Division 2 champion Honesdale split one-run games and dropped from third to fourth.

Hazleton Area is up one spot to fifth. The Lady Cougars had the week off, but have won five of their last six.

Berwick fell to Pittston Area in the regular-season finale and traded places with Hazleton Area.

The top four in Small Schools remained the same with Mid Valley, Holy Cross and Elk Lake following Holy Redeemer. Mid Valley is the Lackawanna Division 3 champ. Lackawanna Division 4 champ Elk Lake and Holy Cross are seeded 1-2 in Class 2A. Elk Lake had the district’s last perfect record ruined in the regular-season finale, 4-3, by Wyoming Area, a Class 4A team.

Old Forge is up one spot to fifth. The top seed in Class A has won five of its last six with the only loss in that stretch coming last week, 1-0, to Hanover Area, a 10-win Class 4A team.

Dunmore won three times, including beating Wyoming Area in non-league play, to rejoin the rankings in sixth. The Lady Bucks are 8-3 since a four-game losing streak dropped them to 2-5.

Lake-Lehman, the former No. 5, lost twice during the week and went 1-5 in the last six regular-season games – with all the losses coming to Big Schools – to drop from the rankings.

The full softball rankings, with previous ranking and record through Tuesday, for each team:


Big Schools

1Abington Heights116-1
3Pittston Area414-3
5Hazleton Area613-7

Small Schools

1Holy Redeemer118-1
2Mid Valley217-2
3Holy Cross312-5
4Elk Lake415-1
5Old Forge614-6

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