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SOFTBALL: Mid Valley seeking third straight title in Class 3A

Top-seeded Mid Valley, the two-time defending champion, is scheduled to face third-seeded Lake-Lehman Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Marywood University for the District 2 Class 3A softball championship.

The Spartanettes won district titles in 2019 and 2021. There were no spring sports in 2020.

Last season, Mid Valley advanced to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state final.

The last time the Spartanettes lost in a District 2 playoff game was in the 2018 semifinal when they fell, 1-0, to eventual state finalist Holy Redeemer.

Wednesday’s final is a rematch of last season’s semifinal in which Mid Valley defeated Lake-Lehman, 9-2.

A recap of the first two rounds of the tournament:


Dunmore 6, Riverside 0

Moriah Murray pitched a shutout and was one of three Lady Bucks to hit home runs.

Emma Conte and Morgan Quinn had the other home runs.

Lake-Lehman 8, Western Wayne 2

Lake-Lehman responded quickly when Western Wayne scored two unearned runs in the top of the first.

The Lady Knights scored five runs in the bottom of the first and Abby Beyer shut down the Lady ‘Cats the rest of the way.

Kristen Finarelli was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Krisa Scoblick tripled, scored and drove in a run.

Sarayah Smith and Rylie Bucknavage drove in two runs each.

Jillian Ulozas had a hit, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored.


Mid Valley 7, Dunmore 1

Maranda Runco struck out eight in a four-hitter and hit one of Mid Valley’s three home runs.

Runco shut out the Lady Bucks over the final five innings as the Spartanettes expanded their 3-1 lead.

Krista Cortazar, who drove in three runs, and Courtney Rebar hit the other home runs.

Runco and Rebar each scored twice.

Quinn doubled for the only Dunmore extra-base hit.

Lake-Lehman 6, Holy Redeemer 5

Ulozas hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift Lake-Lehman to the road victory.

It was the only win of the Class 3A tournament by a lower-seeded team.

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 champion Holy Redeemer had used its own rally, four runs in the bottom of the sixth, to move in front, 5-3.

Finarelli was 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs and two RBI.

Hailey Kline was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.

Ava Hudak also had two hits.

Abby Williams tripled twice, scored twice and drove in a run for Holy Redeemer.

Lauren Williams and Kaylee Gryboski also had two hits as the Lady Royals combined for 12 hits, including 5 for extra bases.

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