Trojanette Softball

Bohn going it alone from the mound for Trojanettes
Matt Bufano – Citizens Voice

Head coach Ryan Stetz calls Miranda Bohn “the rock” of Nanticoke Area’s softball team. Bohn is the Trojanettes’ best hitter, most experienced player, a leader, and their only pitcher.
Well, the only pitcher they use, that is. Some of the WVC’s top teams use a one-two punch in the circle: Alexa McHugh and Nina Cencetti of Pittston Area, Hope Jones and Kendra Schultz of Tunkhannock, Gwen Glatz and Cassidy Graham of Wyoming Area.
It doesn’t happen often, but even Holy Redeemer’s Morgan Bienkowski and Hazleton Area’s Erika Book have been relieved of their duties on a rare occasion.
This season, 50 individuals have pitched for the 18 teams in the conference, which comes to about 2.7 pitchers per team.
Bohn, however, through Wednesday, was the league’s only player who’s pitched every inning — 74 of them — for her team in league play.
“We’re going with her and she’s actually pitching better this year than last year, when we went undefeated in the league,” Stetz said.
With touch, power, location and the ability to throw any pitch in any count, the left-handed Bohn was 6-5 with a 1.32 ERA and 78 strikeouts.
She will play next season at Misericordia.
“It’s a great fit for her,” Stetz said. “She’s going to have a lot of success there.”
As the season wraps up, Nanticoke Area’s offense is starting to come around, too.
After graduating a big and talented class from last year, seniors Bohn and Megan Murphy, junior Brinley Sobeck and sophomore Gabby Rakowski are some of the hitters Nanticoke Area will rely on in districts.
“I’m pleased with our effort,” Stetz said. “At times, it’s been a struggle to score. But our team has never given up on each other and we are thrilled with the season we’re having.”

Trojanette Softball Outlook
Citizens Voice

Nanticoke Area

Coach: Ryan Stetz

2017 results: 14-1. Lost to No. 4 Wyoming Area, 6-5 in 10 innings, in the District 2 Class 4A semifinals.

Players to watch: Seniors — Miranda Bohn, P; Megan Murphy, OF. Junior - Brinley Sobeck, 2b. Sophomores — Gabby Rakowski, SS; Jessica Skladzien, 3b. Freshmen — Olivia Nice, OF.

Coach’s outlook: “The 2018 Nanticoke softball team will be an exciting team with great pitching, steady defense, and an aggressive, fast-paced offense. The team is motivated to prove itself as a legitimate championship contender and looks forward to continuing the proud softball tradition in Nanticoke. They also excel in the classroom and value representing their school and community.”

WVC Preview

Coach: Ryan Stetz, 6th year
PIAA Class: 4A
District Titles: 9 (last 2015)2017 WVC Record/Finish: 13-0, 1st Division 2
2017 postseason: D2-4A playoffs – Berwick, W 7-2; Wyoming Area, L 6-5 (8 inn.)
Home Field: K.M. Smith Elementary
Key Players Lost: Morgan Briggs, C; Kiera Brown, OF.; Jenna Lipowski, 3B; Cassie Novakowski, 2B
Key Players Returning: Miranda Bohn, P, Sr.; Megan Murphy, OF, Sr.; Brittany Sobeck, INF, Jr.; Gabby Rakowski, INF, So.

Outlook: Nanticoke suffered some big losses to graduation including two-time Times Leader Player of the Year Lipowski, who was the WVC’s premier power hitter. So the offense might not have the same firepower, at least early on. However, Bohn is an all-state lefty who will keep the Trojanettes in every game and keep them a contender.