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SOFTBALL: Pitching, defense lead Tunkhannock, Valley View into final

PHOTO: Tunkhannock’s Paige Marabell, shown in the 2021 postseason, had six RBI, a home run and a double in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Tunkhannock and Valley View allowed just one run each as the top two seeds posted a pair of victories last week to advance to Tuesday’s 1 p.m. District 2 Class 4A softball championship game at Wilkes University.

Top seed and defending champion Tunkhannock, a state finalist last season, is 16-6. Second seed Valley View is 14-6.

A look back at the first two rounds of the district tournament.


Tunkhannock 15, Wyoming Area 0

Tunkhannock scored eight runs in the first inning on the way to the four-inning victory.

Gabby Wood opened the scoring with a three-run homer. Paige Marabell drove in five runs, including three with a bases-loaded double in the four-run third inning.

Tunkhannock ended the game on the 15-run run with two out in the bottom of the fourth with its second and third runs of the inning when Emily Schultz singled to drive in Hannah James and Ella McNeff.

Kaya Hannon, who pitched the first three innings, and McKenzie Hannon combined on a two-hitter. Kaya struck out six and walked two, then McKenzie struck out two and walked one in a hitless inning.

The Lady Tigers had 11 hits, including four for extra bases.

James had a double and triple. She scored twice and drove in two runs.

Schultz finished 3-for-4 while Kaya Hannon was 2-for-2.

Emily Patton drove in two runs. Wood, Kaya Hannon, Sydney Huff and Erin Van Ness also scored twice.

Anna Wisnewski led off the game with a single for Wyoming Area. Cassandra Scripkunas had the other hit.

Honesdale 4, Berwick 3

Klayre Yarrish led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a double and came in to score when Olivia Canfield followed with a single to left field for the game-winning hit.

Yarrish and Canfield, occupying the bottom two spots in the Honesdale lineup, were the only players in the game with two hits. Yarrish tripled, scored twice and drove in a run.

Amaya Yarrish also had a triple and Emily Gunusky had a double for Honesdale.

Nicole Yankowsky drove in two runs and Gabby Starr doubled for Berwick. Starr struck out eight, but took the loss.

Sarah Decker was the winning pitcher in relief, limiting Berwick to one unearned run on one hit and four walks in five innings.

Scranton Prep 6, Dallas 3

Scranton Prep pulled off the only road win in the bracket when the sixth-seeded Classics won at third-seeded Dallas.

Valley View 12, Nanticoke 0

Tessa Stafursky struck out seven in a five-inning perfect game to lead the way for Valley View.

Kalli Karwowski had a home run, triple and three RBI to lead the offense. Anna Sebastianelli, who also drove in three runs, and Morgan McVicar also homered.

That trio was a combined 6-for-8 with eight RBI and seven runs scored.

Valley View scored 10 runs in the third inning.


Tunkhannock 5, Honesdale 1

Kaya Hannon struck out 12 in a five-hitter and Marabell got the offense started as Tunkhannock defeated Honesdale to return to the final.

Hannon, who did not walk a batter, held Honesdale scoreless over the final six innings after the Lady Hornets had scored in the top of the first.

Tunkhannock was scoreless on just one hit until Marabell tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the third.

The Lady Tigers moved in front in the fourth, then took control with a three-run fifth, capped by Wood’s two-run double.

Amaya Yarrish opened the game with a single, the first of her two hits, and scored when Ciara Young followed with a double.

Honesdale’s Marissa Gregory threw a five-hitter. She walked three, struck out five and allowed three earned runs.

Valley View 7, Scranton Prep 1

Valley View scored four times in the bottom of the first and Stafursky made it hold up, striking out seven and not allowing an earned run in a four-hitter.

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