Area scholastic sports teams finally getting outside to compete
Despite minimal practice time outdoors, Lackawanna League teams finally started to “Play Ball” this week in both baseball and softball action.
In track & field, boys and girls squads battled less than ideal conditions to start spring action.
Holy Cross 5
Carbondale Area opened its baseball season appearing to be comfortable at the plate banging out 13 hits to offset its struggles in the field.
Despite yielding four unearned runs, the Chargers pulled out the season-opening win with runs in every inning except the first frame.
Carbondale trailed 1-0 and 5-3 before posting single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh frame and two runs in the fifth inning.
While Marino DePalma came on in relief to throw four shutout innings and yield just three hits for the win, he aided his own cause with a single and double.
Jordan Tolerico ripped a single and double while Stone Wormuth, Shawn Connolly and Andrew Larson cracked a pair of singles. Jeff Katchmore slapped a double.
Lady Chiefs 3
Lakeland jumped to a 3-0 lead after two innings but Dunmore rallied with back-to-back three run frames in the fourth and fifth innings for the win.
Maria Hood slugged a double and triple for Lakeland while Jordyn Flynn belted a double and single.
Holy Cross 7
After three scoreless innings, Holy Cross scored six runs in the fourth inning to take control of the game.
Poselthwaite had CA’s only hit.
Track & Field
Holy Cross 30
Lakeland dominated its season opener as Cy Babcanec and CJ Dippre fueled the win. Babcanec topped the 100 (11.4), 200 (23.3), 400 (52.3) while Dippre made his freshman debut with firsts in the shot (41-3), discus (116-10) and javelin (119-8).
Jake Frazier and Nathan Vigil won a pair of events each as Frazier ruled the 110 hurdles (16.1) and 300 hurdles (45.1) while Vigil topped the long jump (17-1) and triple jump (33-4).
Noah Chup added a win in the 800 (2:15.2). The Chiefs won the 1600 and 3200 relays.
Lady Chiefs 91
Holy Cross 59
Mikayla Marino claimed the shot (36-7), discus (118-7) and javelin (95-1) while Corah Krantz topped the 100 (13.6) and pole (9-0).
Brooke Longstreet topped the 400 (1:09.9), while Haley Hunsinger won the 800 (2:54). Sara Wanat rules the high jump (4-10) while Sydney Bryla won the long jump (13-5).