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Parkland softball drops two straight games

The Parkland softball team saw an eight-game win streak end with a nonleague loss and followed that with a setback against the top team in the East Penn Conference this season.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Trojans are 12-5 overall and 11-2 in the East Penn Conference. They trail first-place Northampton (12-1) and Emmaus (10-2) in the West Division with a game against Emmaus set for Thursday. Parkland will cap the regular season with a game against Whitehall Monday then will move on to league playoffs later next week.

The Trojans took an early 2-0 lead over the Konkrete Kids on Tuesday. Cassidy Sweeney knocked in Jenna Piatkiewicz in the bottom of the first inning to give her team a lead.

Piatkiewicz scored on an error in the third inning to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team.

The Kids answered with a run in the fourth inning and then took the lead with a four-run sixth inning.

Piatkiewicz (2-for-3, 2 runs), Sweeney (2-for-3, RBI) and Evelyn Montone (2-for-3) had two hits each for Parkland.

Ashlyn Hillanbrand allowed eight hits and just two earned runs while pitching around four errors by the Trojan defense. She struck out six batters and walked four.

Parkland ended an eight-game win streak with a loss to Tunkhannock last weekend.

Tunkhannock scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a tie and beat Parkland 4-3 on Saturday, April 30, the third game in three days for the Trojans.

The Tigers took the lead with a run in the first inning. Parkland tied the game when Piatkiewicz scored on Shana Gugliandolo’s RBI single.

The Trojans took their first lead of the game in the fifth on a Sweeney solo home run. The Tigers responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Montone put Parkland back in front 3-2 with a solo homer in the sixth inning.

Tunkhannock scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game and another in the seventh for the win.

Tiger pitcher Kaya Hannon allowed just four hits in the game, but the Trojans managed to turn them into three runs. Hannon struck out seven batters and walked just two.

Parkland’s Ashlyn Hillanbrand allowed six hits while striking out seven and walking two.

Before the back-to-back losses, Parkland posted wins over Nazareth, Allen and Central Catholic, which pushed their winning streak to eight games.

A four-run fourth inning propelled Parkland to a 6-3 win over Nazareth on Friday, April 29.

The Trojans took a 1-0 lead on when Piatkiewicz scored on a Sweeney single in the first inning. The Blue Eagles answered with pair of runs in the second inning, but Parkland responded two innings later.

Piatkiewicz and Sweeney scored on a Montone single to put their team ahead 3-2. Montone and Ashlyn Cope both scored on an Eagles error on Lucia Ruimy’s hard ground ball to make it 5-2 after three innings.

Piatkiewicz (3-for-4) scored for the third time in the game on a Sweeney single in the sixth inning.

Sweeney (2-for-3, RBI, run) and Montone (2-for-3, 2 RBIs, run) both had multiple hit for Parkland.

Hillanbrand allowed six hits over seven innings while striking out seven and walking one. Only two of the Eagles’ runs were earned.

The Trojans beat Allen 16-3 in five innings on Thursday, April 28.

Piatkiewicz led the Parkland offense, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Brenna Zavecz (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Cecelia Quiroz (2-for-2, 5 RBIs, run) and Maria Moore (2-for-3, 2 RBI, run) all had two hits each in the win. Sweeney went 1-for-1 while driving in three runs and scoring twice.

Hillanbrand and Emily Carl limited the Chicks to just four hits. Carl, who came on in the second inning, pitched four innings while striking out three, walking three and allowing no earned runs.

The Trojans broke open a scoreless game with five runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to beat Central Catholic 10-0 on Tuesday, April 26.

Sweeney went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored in the win. Four other Trojans had one hit each in the win. Parkland was aided by six Vikette errors.

Hillanbrand allowed just two hits while striking out eight and walking one batter.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Cassidy Sweeney has been one of Parkland's top hitters this season.