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The East's Brittany McNair of Hanover Area, center, looks to throw over Coughlin pitcher Julie Suchocki as West's Cassondra Dianese of Berwick hustles down the first base line during the 35th annual Robert L. Dolbear Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas on Monday evening.
The East's Brittany McNair of Hanover Area, center, looks to throw over Coughlin pitcher Julie Suchocki as West's Cassondra Dianese of Berwick hustles down the first base line during the 35th annual Robert L. Dolbear Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas on Monday evening.
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DALLAS — Over the final games of her high school career, Taylor Kelley fell into somewhat of a slump.

Given one last chance, she broke out.

Kelley fueled two different early rallies with two key hits and starting pitcher Nicole Cumbo returned to the circle to save her own victory Monday as the West held off the East, 10-9 in a wild Senior Girls All-Star Softball Game at the Dallas Little League Field.

“I ended the season kind of crappy,” Kelley, a Dallas High School standout, said. “My bat broke. I started to think too much about it in the batter’s box. We’re still playing summer ball, just working on the little things. I completely left the school season behind and kind of re-started.”

She helped start a major uprising in the All-Star game.

Armed with a new bat and representing Dallas for the final time on the field the Mountaineers use for home games, Kelley cracked a run-scoring single and later scored herself while helping the West grab a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

After the East closed within 5-3, Kelley singled to start the fourth inning, and scored the first run in a four-run outburst that seemingly put the game out of reach.

She was named the West’s most valuable player following her 2-for-3 day, which included an RBI and two runs scored.

“It’s really such an awesome feeling,” Kelley said. “I accomplished so much since I was a freshman. I had a couple errors in the field. When your defense isn’t doing too well, you have to make it up with your offense. It was the last time knowing I would play on this field.

“It was a good feeling.”

That sweet victory nearly turned sour for the West.

The game ended when two East runners - including the potential tying run - were tagged out on the basepaths in rundowns that only added to the suspense. With East runners on second and third, Cumbo fielded a chopper back to the mound and caught the lead runner straying too far from third base. Moments after that out was recorded in a rundown, the batter - who had advanced to second base - was tagged out rounding the bag to end the game.

“It fit right into the whole season,” said Berwick coach Brian Bridge, whose Bulldogs pulled out their share of frenzied finishes to win the District 2 Class 3A title, then outslugged Mifflinburg, 18-12 in a state playoff opener. “Why should this be any different?

“That was fun, an unbelievable game.”

Alyssa Davies helped turn it into a nailbiter.

The Crestwood pitcher entered the circle in the fifth inning and pretty much shut down the West on four hits over the final five innings. She struck out seven batters - including the side in the seventh - and was named the East’s MVP after giving her team a chance to rally back from an early 9-3 deficit. The only run she allowed came when Wyoming Area’s Nicole Turner intentionally got caught in a rundown after drawing a walk, allowing Wyoming Valley West’s Daniella Grega to score from third base in the eighth inning.

As it turned out, that 10th West tally proved to be just enough.

“I was thinking I’m just going to go out and pitch my game,” said Davies, who’s bound for Bloomsburg. “I knew I had a good team behind me. I grew up playing against these girls. It was nice to have them on my side. We just kept on going, kind of kept on fighting.”

Right to the end.

Meyers’ Bri DiMaggio singled home Holy Redeemer’s Julie Kosik in the sixth inning. Hanover Area’s Caitlyn Bogart doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Coughlin’s Julie Suchocki roped a two-run doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly as the East closed within 10-8 in the eighth.

That brought Cumbo - who left the circle after working the first four innings - back in to pitch the ninth.

The whole thing almost turned around at the end.

After two walks, Hanover Area slugger Brittney McNair rocketed a shot off the base of the center field wall, bringing Coughlin’s Marissa Ross home and putting runners on second and third base with nobody out.

“We were kind of disappointed it didn’t go over the fence,” Davies said of McNair’s shot.

Cumbo then turned that disappointment to new degrees.

She coaxed a comebacker and recorded the first out at the plate, then snagged another bouncer before turning into the unconventional, game-ending doubleplay.

“I think we got a little excited on the baserunning,” Davies said. “We were all excited to score at the end. But things happen.”

“It was pure instinct from these girls,” Bridge said. “They were able to pull it off on their own. It was fun to watch.”


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