Walk-off base hit give Lady Vikes the crown
By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer • email@example.com
ORWIGSBURG – Inside Williams Valley’s dugout are a few signs, one of which says this:
“They’re not going to give you anything. It’s about heart, go out there and TAKE IT!”
Williams Valley, down to their final three outs, did just that, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Minersville 4-3 in the District XI Class A Championship game May 31 at Blue Mountain High School.
“It worked out great that we were at the top of our order in that last inning,” Williams Valley Coach Lee Reiser said. “I looked at our seniors and told them that this is their time.”
With three hits, a walk, and sacrifice, Williams Valley took home the District XI trophy, the final hit being an Alyssa Schadle single that sailed over the Minersville’s third baseman head and dropped out of reach, with Rayanne Hawk scoring the winning run from third.
The inning started with Caitlyn Pinchorski ripping a triple to the gap in left-center field. Next up was Rayanne Hawk and, like the two had done in the first inning, came up with an RBI double to tie the game at 3-3.
Kate Whelski drew a walk and winning pitcher Tianna Yanoscak grounded out, but it advanced Hawk and Whelski. After the ball fell for a hit, Hawk raced for home and made it ahead of the throw to give the Vikings the championship.
The six and one-half innings of the game played before that were a seesaw affair. Minersville struck first, using a combination of steals and errors to put their first run on the board. With runners on first and third, Abby Schoffstall stole second, and the throw went into the outfield, sending Schoffstall to third and scoring Adrienne Kroznuskie.
Kroznuskie then stole home after a throwback to the pitcher after a strikeout putting Minersville up 2-1.
Rayanne Hawk’s RBI double in the first, scoring Caitlyn Pinchorski, cut the lead to 2-1. It stayed that way until the fifth when Williams Valley tied the game up, thanks to Kate Whelski taking advantage of two Minersville errors to score the tying run.
Minersville came back with a run in the sixth when Emily Mealey hit an RBI double that scored Schoffstall from second.
Williams Valley pitcher Tianna Yanoscak kept her composure throughout the game to come away with the complete game victory, striking out six and walking only one.
“There was a lot of time and effort put into the season, and it feels really good to win this one,” Yanoscak said. “It was nerve-wracking watching from the bench in the last inning just waiting for my turn at-bat.”
With the district trophy in hand, Williams Valley now begins its quest to win the state championship, an honor the team won in 2013.
“We are a little greedy, we do want one more,” Reiser said following the game.
The Lady Vikings’ quest for the championship was scheduled to begin June 6 with a game at Arcadia University against the District 12 championship team of Girard Academic Music Program.
Minersville — 200 001 0 — 3 5 2
Williams Valley — 100 010 2 — 4 7 3
W — Yanoscak. L — Bentz
Hits: Minersville — Kroznuskie, Schoffstall, Mealey, Polinsky, Wigoda. Williams Valley — Pinchorski 2, Hawk 2, Whelski, Yanoscak, A. Schadle, Whitcomb.
2B — Kroznuskie, Mealey, Hawk 2. 3B — Polinsky, Pinchorski.