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WEDNESDAY RECAP: Runco, Adams, Hannon dual threats

Maranda Runco drove in six runs and did not allow any Wednesday when Mid Valley remained unbeaten in softball with a 12-0, six-inning romp at Riverside in a Lackawanna League Division 3 game.

Runco homered twice while going 4-for-5. She threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and just 1 walk. Mid Valley’s 6-0 overall record matches Abington Heights and Holy Redeemer for the best in District 2. The Spartanettes have already opened a 1½-game lead in the division at 4-0.

Gianna Adams threw a shutout and drove in two runs as Pittston Area opened its Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 season with a 5-0 win at Wyoming Valley West. The Lady Spartans had shared the Division 1 lead with Tunkhannock at 3-0 prior to the loss. Adams tossed a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and did not walk a batter. She also had two hits. Ava Callahan had three hits for the Lady Patriots. Katie DeCosmo had two of the Wyoming Valley West hits.

Kaya Hannon and Nicole Howell led Tunkhannock to its fourth straight victory, a 13-2, six-inning, non-league win over Wallenpaupack. Hannon threw a three-hitter and went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Howell was 4-for-4 with a double, home run, four runs scored and three RBI. They led a 16-hit Tunkhannock attack that included six doubles and a homer.

Meghan Marianelli’s three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth brought an end to a wild non-league game at Old Forge, lifting the Lady Devils to a 16-13 victory over Dallas. Old Forge scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to force a 9-9 tie and send the game into extra innings. Dallas scored four runs in the top of the ninth, but Old Forge answered with seven.


Lake-Lehman, Holy Redeemer, Riverside and Hazleton Area – the teams with the four best overall records in District 2 – all won.

Winning pitcher Nick Finarelli went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Lake-Lehman held on to edge Nanticoke, 6-5, in WVC Division 2. Finarelli struck out seven in six innings before needing relief help in the seventh. Max Paczewski doubled twice, scored twice and drove in a run. Luke Spencer was 2-for-2 with a double. Lake-Lehman improved to 4-0 in Division 2 and 6-0 in overall, matching the records of Holy Redeemer.

Holy Redeemer rallied from a five-run deficit after 4½ innings to defeat Wyoming Area, 9-5, in another Division 2 game. Jake Griffin had two hits and scored twice along with striking out nine in five innings on the mound. Colin Wills, Hunter Astra and Cam Krugel each drove in two runs. The Royals have an .805-.769 power ratings lead over Lake-Lehman in the race for the top seed in District 2 Class 3A.

Riverside, the Lackawanna Division 3 and District 2 Class 2A leader, defeated Mid Valley, 8-2, to improve to 4-0 and 7-0. The Vikings scored seven times in the bottom of the sixth to rally for the win. The Vikings remained a half-game in front of Lakeland, which defeated Old Forge, 15-3, to improve to 3-0 in the division.

Hazleton Area, the runaway leader in the ratings race for the District 2-4 Class 6A top seed, improved to 7-0 with a 2-1, non-league win at Emmaus.

Mountain View improved to 3-0 in Lackawanna League Division 4, handing Montrose its first loss and moving a half-game in front of Blue Ridge with a 12-4, road victory. Connor Mancuso went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and six RBI. The Eagles have scored 38 runs in three Division 4 games after starting 0-3 in non-league play.


Scranton Prep improved to 7-0 by defeating Valley View, 4-1, in a meeting between two of the Lackawanna’s top three teams.


Lackawanna Trail defeated Elk Lake, 92-52, in a meet to determine which would join Montrose in a tie for the Lackawanna Track Conference Division 4 lead at 2-0.


Wilkes-Barre Area rallied to edge Lakeland, 13-12, in a WVC game. The Wolfpack overcame a 7-3 halftime deficit to move above .500.

Emily Rinaldi scored four goals to lead Pittston Area to a 9-3 triumph over Tunkhannock and elevate the Lady Patriots to the .500 level.


Trey Zabroski scored three goals and assisted on three others as Crestwood defeated Holy Redeemer, 12-8, in a WVC game. Nick Curry also scored three times as the Comets improved District 2’s best record to 6-0.

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