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THURSDAY RECAP: No! No! No! – Pitchers dominate the day

Dallas baseball pitcher Chris Killian, Holy Redeemer softball pitcher Jenna Santuk and the Riverside baseball combination of R.J. Santarsiero and Jeff Higgins all tossed no-hitters during league games Thursday.


Killian struck out 10 in his no-hitter as Dallas shut out Wyoming Valley West, 2-0, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game.

Killian walked two. He also delivered a sacrifice fly for one of the Dallas runs.

Joe Peters had two hits and scored for the Mountaineers.

Dante Ruby’s single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the tying and winning runs, lifting Division 1 leader Valley View over Wallenpaupack, 6-5, in a Lackawanna League crossover game.

Valley View improved to 7-2 in the league and 11-5 overall and maintained its half-game lead in Division 1.

Zack Kovalchik, Ryan Cesarini and Duke Stafursky each had two hits. Kovalchik scored twice while Cesarini and Stafursky drove in runs.

Logan McConnell doubled and scored.

Wallenpaupack (7-2, 13-3) got home runs from T.J. Schmalzle and Jordan Santiago. Schmalzle had two hits and Santiago drove in two runs.

Gabe Pietryka hit a two-out solo homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift Abington Heights to a 4-3 victory over West Scranton in a meeting between two of the top three teams in Division 1 of the Lackawanna League.

Brodie Robertson finished up with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

Matt Show singled, doubled, scored and drove in a run.

Matt Pfohl went 3-for-5 for West Scranton.

Cameron Butka struck out 10 while holding the Comets to two runs through six innings.

Abington Heights (7-3, 8-6) stayed within a half-game of Valley View.

North Pocono opened a 1½-game lead in Lackawanna Division 2 when Ty LaFave threw a four-hitter in a 9-1 win at Honesdale.

LaFave did not allow a walk or earned run while striking out three.

Gavin Chillot, Damarco Maglio, Kyle Serine and Casey Serine each drove in two runs for the Trojans, who scored six runs over the final two innings to break away.

Blue Ridge and Elk Lake passed Mountain View and ended the day tied for second place in Lackawanna Division 4.

Elk Lake edged Mountain View, 4-3.

The Warriors (7-3, 8-6) scored three times in the bottom of the second and made the lead 4-1 after four.

Blue Ridge outslugged Montrose, 15-10.

Kyle Peters and Michael Kilker combined on a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts as unbeaten WVC Division 1 champion Hazleton Area posted its sixth straight shutout, beating Pittston Area, 12-0, in six innings.


Jenna Santuk struck out 13 in a no-hitter at Wyoming Area to lead WVC Division 2 champion Holy Redeemer to a 7-0 victory.

Santuk walked two. She doubled, singled and drove in two runs.

Lynzie Skoronski had two hits and drove in three runs for the Royals.

Honesdale forced a tie for the Lackawanna Division 2 lead when it defeated visiting North Pocono, 5-1.

The Hornets are 6-3 and 10-3 while the Lady Trojans are 6-3 and 7-5.

Abington Heights edged West Scranton, 7-6, to hold on to the Lackawanna Division 1 lead.

Elk Lake remained the only unbeaten in District 2 with an 11-2 victory over Mountain View in a Lackawanna Division 4 game.


Ella Dougher and Rylee Sheehan led Western Wayne to an 85-52, Lackawanna Track Conference Division 2 victory over North Pocono.

Dougher won the pole vault and 100-meter hurdles. Sheehan won the 100 and 200 dashes. They were both part of a win in the 400 relay.

Sydney Hutchinson won the 800 run and anchored the 3200 and 1600 relays.

Lauren Posluszny won the 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump for North Pocono.


Pittston Area got individual victories from 10 different athletes, including wins from David Behm in both the triple jump and high jump during the 109-40 victory over visiting Dallas a WVC Division 1 finale.

Michael McCann won the 400 and 800 for Dallas.


Finnegan McCormack scored five goals and assisted on two as Delaware Valley ended Lake-Lehman’s seven-game winning streak with a 19-10 victory.

Delaware Valley broke away from an 8-7 game at halftime.

Nate Melnick, who had two assists, and Brady Quinn, who had one assist, each scored four goals.

Colby Roberts had three goals and three assists while Gavin Paraschak had two goals and four assists for Lake-Lehman.


Lilian Raczkowski, Rachel Shook and Madison Lasinski each scored five goals each to lead Lake-Lehman to a 21-9 romp over Lakeland in a WVC game.

Raczkowski had three assists and Shook two.

Maddy Raspen added three goals and two assists.

Toni Piraino scored four goals for Lakeland.

The win was the 16th straight for Lake-Lehman, which finished the regular season 17-1 and with a .726-.724 lead over Crestwood in the race for the top seed in the District 2 Class 2A tournament.

The top seed, which means home field for all playoff rounds, is not yet officially the Lady Knights’ because results of other team’s games can impact a team’s power rating.


Baseball: No-hitter ends Lackawanna Division 3 title race.

Girls track: Dallas wins WVC Division 1.

Volleyball: Abington Heights claims league championship.

Boys track: Two division races decided.

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