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Berwick second baseman Kylene Welsh makes an inning-ending grab in the fifth against Tunkhannock in the District 2 Class 3A championship game Wednesday at Wilkes University.
Berwick second baseman Kylene Welsh makes an inning-ending grab in the fifth against Tunkhannock in the District 2 Class 3A championship game Wednesday at Wilkes University.
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EDWARDSVILLE — A five-run lead and just three more outs Wednesday for a district championship.


“It took so much pressure off,” Berwick pitcher Moriah Lynn said.


Well, sort of.


“What helped was the game before, Wyoming Area, since we were up so much and they came back,” Lynn continued. “That was all I was thinking about. It’s not over until the last out.”


There would be no Tunkhannock rally, though, as Berwick won the District 2 Class 3A title for the first time since 1995 with a 5-0 victory at Wilkes University.


Ironically, Berwick’s last district crown came via a win over Tunkhannock. Plus, there is a good chance the Dawgs (15-3) will open states on Monday at the same place the 1995 squad did — at Elm Park in Williamsport. although that hasn’t been confirmed. They will play the District 4 champion, which will be decided today.


A few days ago, Berwick built an early seven-run lead before holding off Wyoming Area 8-7 in the semifinals. Tunkhannock (12-6) had just one runner reach second base through the first six innings, and Berwick recorded two quick outs in the Tigers’ final trip to the plate. But a two-out single by Michelle Goodwin kept the celebration on ice until Lynn posted her second strikeout to end the game.


“My heart kind of dropped,” Berwick catcher Sara Berlin said about Goodwin’s hit. “But I was like, we’ll pull through. We have two outs and all we have to do is get one more and it’s done.”


Berwick jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first without getting a hit. Lynn opened the inning by reaching on a wild-pitch third strike. After being sacrificed to second, she was awarded third when a Tunkhannock infielder interfered with her path to the base on Berlin’s grounder.


Lynn and courtesy runner Allie Katsock then scored on a throwing error on Abbey Remley’s grounder.


Remley made it 3-0 in the third with an RBI single. Lynn pushed the advantage to 4-0 in the next inning by singling in Abbey Favata, who had doubled. Cassondra Dianese drove in the final run with a single in the fifth.


“We’re an aggressive team,” Berwick coach Brian Bridge said. “We’ve always been. We coach that. On offense, we’re going to be aggressive and make other teams make mistakes. We got a couple early and that helped us and got the momentum going.”


Meanwhile, Tunkhannock couldn’t piece together much offense. The Tigers finished with five hits, but never got more than one in an inning. Molly Hampsey was the only Tiger to reach second when she hit a two-out double in the third.


“I told them in our postgame conference I’ve never seen so many balls hit so hard right at them,” Tunkhannock coach John Keefe said. “(Berwick) made some great defensive plays. Hats off to Berwick. They earned the win.”


NOTES: Tunkhannock has been shut out just once previously, 4-0 by Hazleton Area during the WVC season. … The Tigers’ last three district losses have all been via shutout — 10-0 in the semifinals last year to Valley View and 6-0 to Holy Redeemer in 2012. …


Berwick lost 2-0 in last year’s title game to eventual state champ Valley View. … The Dawgs shut out three of four district opponents after not posting a shutout during the regular season. … The teams split their WVC matchups, with Tunkhannock winning 6-2 and Berwick winning 2-1 despite getting one hit.


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D2-3A Championship

Berwick 5, Tunkhannock 0

Tunkhannock`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Molly Hampsey 2b`3`0`1`0`1`0`0


Erin Smith p`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Traci Kromko ss`3`0`2`0`0`0`0


Ryleigh Fitch cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor Hegedty 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Ashley Knott 3b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Michelle Goodwin rf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Karlie Bulford dp`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kailey Reposa lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


L. Kwiatkowski c`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`25`0`5`0`1`0`0


Berwick`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Moriah Lynn p`4`1`1`1`0`0`0


Kylene Welsh 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Sara Berlin c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Allie Katsock cr`0`2`0`0`0`0`0


Courtney Hummel lf`2`0`1`0`0`0`0


Abbey Remley ss`3`1`1`1`0`0`0


Cassondra Dianese 1b`3`0`1`1`0`0`0


Abbey Favata cf`3`1`1`0`1`0`0


Shea Petty 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Ashton Mensinger rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`23`5`5`3`1`0`0


Tunkhannock`000`000`0`—`0


Berwick`201`110`x`—`5


Tunkhannock`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Smith (L)`6.0`5`5`3`1`5


Berwick`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Lynn (W)`7.0`5`0`0`1`2


DISTRICT 2 SOFTBALL GLANCE

CLASS 4A

(one team to states)

First Round

Williamsport 8, Wallenpaupack 1


Wyo. Valley West 3, Scranton 2 (10 inn.)


Semifinals

Williamsport 4, Delaware Valley 2


Hazleton Area 11, Wyo. Valley West 1


Championship

Hazleton Area 4, Williamsport 3

———————

CLASS 3A

(one team to states)

First Round

Dallas 9, Scranton Prep 0


North Pocono 2, Crestwood 0


Tunkhannock 10, Western Wayne 0 (6 inn.)


Abington Heights 9, Lake-Lehman 0


Wyoming Area 10, Coughlin 1


Honesdale 16, Pittston Area 1 (3 inn.)


Berwick 7, West Scranton 0


Quarterfinals

Valley View 3, Dallas 0


Tunkhannock 3, North Pocono 2


Wyoming Area 2, Abington Heights 1


Berwick 1, Honesdale 0


Semifinals

Tunkhannock 2, Valley View 0 (game called after 6 inn.)


Berwick 8, Wyoming Area 7


Championship

Berwick 5, Tunkhannock 0


———————

CLASS 2A

(one team to states)

First Round

Holy Redeemer 15, Wyo. Seminary 1 (5 inn.)

Nanticoke 6, Riverside 1

Northwest 10, Elk Lake 1 (4 inn.)

Dunmore 5, Mid Valley 0

Montrose 11, GAR 1 ( 5 inn.)

Hanover Area 17, Meyers 0 (4 inn.)

Mt. View 5, Lakeland 4

Holy Cross 4, Carbondale 0

Quarterfinals

Holy Cross 5, Mt. View 0

Holy Redeemer 6, Nanticoke 5

Dunmore 4, Northwest 0

Hanover Area 6, Montrose 0

Semifinals

Holy Redeemer 1, Dunmore 0

Holy Cross 10, Hanover Area 1

Championship

Holy Cross 5, Holy Redeemer 1


———————

CLASS A

(one team to states)

First Round

Blue Ridge 8, MMI Prep 5

Old Forge 9, Forest City 1

Semifinals

Susquehanna 2, Blue Ridge 1

Old Forge 8, Lackawanna Trail 7

Championship

Old Forge 3, Susquehanna 1


 
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