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WVC Softball: Wyoming Sem Snaps Redeemer’s Streak

April 9, 2019 GMT

The streak is over.

Wyoming Seminary put an end Monday to Holy Redeemer softball’s 78-game Wyoming Valley Conference league winning streak, which dated back to the start of the 2013 season, with an 11-5 win at Casey Park in Wilkes-Barre.

“Definitely a team effort today,” said Sem head coach Steve Mytych. “We were in a lot of 0-2 counts in the batter’s box. We battled back to full counts, we took some walks, we put the ball in play and, honestly, we put the pressure on them.”

Sem wasted no time taking a lead, as Aubrey Mytych hit a two-run single and then she scored on an Alexus Dunn single, giving Sem a 3-0 lead after one half-inning.

Redeemer countered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first, when Liz Mendrzycki and McKenna Dolan crossed the plate to cut into the Royals’ deficit, making it 3-2.

However, Sem scored six more runs in the second and third innings to take compete control.

Meanwhile, Sem junior ace Delaney Romanchick, who’s verbally committed to play softball at Steve Mytych’s alma mater, Drexel University, did an effective job pitching against Redeemer’s talented lineup.

“I can’t give enough credit to Delaney Romanchick,” Steve Mytych said. “She’s the heart and soul of our team. She goes and the team follows. She’s our leader on the mound and I think the girls like playing for her. I love coaching her and I’m even more proud that she’s going to be a Drexel Dragon in two years.”

Leadoff hitter Tiana Wren went 1 for 2 with three runs scored, three RBIs and three walks for Sem. She played at Redeemer prior to transferring to Sem before the school year began.

Batting behind Wren, Akira Kopec was 1 for 2 with a run scored and two walks. Aubrey Mytych drew three walks and drove in two RBIs, while Romanchick had a hit and an RBI at the plate.

Riley Jenson had a nice day on offense, too, going 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Sem improved to 3-0 in league play and 6-2 overall.

“Our division is very competitive,” Steve Mytych said. “If you follow the scores, we’re beating each other all the time. There’s a ton of splits. I don’t think you can ever take a game lightly.”

So while Monday’s win put Sem in a good position early on, Redeemer, Hanover Area and Northwest are expected to be in the hunt for a WVC Division 3 title, as well.

Dolan led Redeemer’s offense. She was 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

Taylor Josefowicz had a hit and two RBIs, while Mendrzycki added two hits and two runs for Redeemer, which dropped to 2-2 (2-1 WVC).

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