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Spartanettes off to strong start

Pictured above: Mid Valley’s Maranda Runco in a file photo.

Mid Valley and Maranda Runco got off to a dominant start.

Runco threw a three-inning, no-hitter and went 3-for-3 at the plate Tuesday as Mid Valley routed Scranton, 17-0, in non-league play in its only softball game so far this season.

The Spartanettes are defending champions of Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A.

Runco, an all-stater who is signed to a National Collegiate Athletic Association Letter of Intent to Villanova, is one of the big reasons Mid Valley enters the season as one of the district’s top teams in any class.

Mid Valley scored six runs in the first, three in the second and eight in the third to bring an early end to its first game behind 19 hits.

Runco had two doubles, scored three times and drove in a run.

Courtney Rebar went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and three RBI.

Leadoff hitter Kat Davis was 3-for-4 with two runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.

Krista Cortazar, who scored three times, and Natalie Barrett, who drove in two runs, each went 2-for-2. Chiara Zavislak also had two hits, including a triple while driving in three runs and scoring twice.

Runco struck out six and walked one in the no-hitter.

Elsewhere in District 2 sports Tuesday:


Abington Heights opened defense of its Lackawanna League title with a road sweep of Elk Lake.

The Comets won by set scores of 25-15, 25-10, 25-12.

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