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QUICK RECAP: District 2 sending six teams to state semifinals

PHOTO: Kaylee Terranella hit the game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning for Mid Valley Thursday. (Zachary Allen Photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: While NEPA Sports Nation puts together more-detailed reports on each game, here is a quick recap of Thursday’s action in the second round of the PIAA baseball and softball tournaments.

By Tom Robinson,

DUNMORE – The Mid Valley softball, West Scranton softball and Wyoming Area baseball teams all rallied Thursday to make it through the quarterfinal round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournaments.

The Riverside baseball, Lake-Lehman baseball and Tunkhannock softball teams each won by shutout.

When they were done, they had combined to send six District 2 teams – three baseball and three softball – on to Monday’s state semifinals.

District 2 teams went a combined 6-3 Thursday, making them 15-8 through two rounds of this year’s baseball and softball tournaments.

Mid Valley pulled off the latest rally in its 7-6 Class 3A softball victory over North Schuylkill at Marywood University.

Lindsey Jason’s two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth tied the game, then Kaylee Terranella doubled to score Madison Kizer from first base in the seventh.

Gianna Russo hit the second game-winning homer in three outings for West Scranton.

Russo drove in four runs, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to lift the Lady Invaders to their 7-6 victory over West Chester East at Allentown’s Patriots Park.

West Scranton then made a play at the plate for the final out with West Chester East trying to tie the game.

In the District 2 championship game, Russo’s homer gave the Lady Invaders a 1-0 win over Abington Heights.

Wyoming Area scored three runs in the top of the fifth to rally past Eastern Lebanon County, 6-4, in Class 4A baseball at DeSales University.

Jack Mathis hit the game-winning, two-run single to finish 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

Hunter Lawall tossed a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

Pitching and defense produced the other three wins.

Tunkhannock had plenty of offense as well in its 8-0 win over Hamburg at Patriots Park in a Class 4A game.

The Lady Tigers have shut out both state opponents.

Kaya Hannon struck out eight in a five-hitter and also drove in two runs.

Tunkhannock scored three times in the first inning, beginning with the first two batters when Ella McNeff singled and came home on a Paige Marabell double.

Riverside did not score until the seventh inning when Thomas Day drove in the run that made Zach Day a winner in a 1-0 victory over McConnellsburg in Class 2A baseball at Fredericksburg.

Zach Day struck out 10 while allowing 5 hits and 3 walks.

Lake-Lehman went from a 13-12 win over Loyalsock Township in Monday’s opening round to a 2-0 victory over Trinity at Pine Grove.

Ty Federici got all but the final out of the five-hit shutout for the Black Knights, who will face Oley Valley next.

Oley Valley eliminated Scranton Prep, 8-6, preventing an all-District 2 Class 3A state semifinal. The Cavaliers battled back from a 7-1 deficit but the comeback stalled at DeSales.

Juniata Valley used a five-run fourth inning to defeat MMI Prep, 6-2, in Class A baseball at Newport.

Conner Rohrer struck out 16 in a two-hitter as Manheim Central eliminated Abington Heights, 8-1, in Class 5A at DeSales.

Abington Heights led 1-0 from the bottom of the first until the top of the fifth, but could not hold off the Barons.


Photo Gallery: Pictures from Mid Valley-North Schuylkill softball game.

Up Next: The semifinal opponents for each of the six teams.

Scoreboard: Thursday’s results involving District 2 teams.

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