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WEST PITTSTON — Wyoming Area demonstrated Thursday that it’s going to do what’s necessary to produce runs.


If that means a lot of bunting and stealing, so be it. The Warriors ended up needing every bit of offense against Tunkhannock.


A comfortable lead abruptly turned uncomfortable in the seventh inning, but Wyoming Area managed to hang on for a 7-5 victory in the Wyoming Valley Conference softball opener for both teams.


“I said it in the beginning of the year, I’m going to play aggressive any chance I get,” said Wyoming Area first-year coach John McNeil.


Aggressiveness allowed Wyoming Area to turn a one-run game into a 7-1 advantage with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth.


Bree Bednarski and Emily Wolfgang opened the fifth with bunt singles. Nicole Turner followed with a blast that landed at the base of the left field fence for a triple. She scored on Julez DeAngelo’s groundout.


The Warriors then had two of their five stolen bases in the sixth to produce two more runs. Bednarski walked with two outs and stole second. An error allowed her to reach third, where she scored on a bloop single to left by Wolfgang. Then Wolfgang stole second and the same thing happened as an error on the play put her at third.


Turner followed with the shortest hit of the game after cracking the longest. She barely hit the ball five feet in front of home plate, but it was enough for Wolfgang to score.


Things were looking good for Wyoming Area even after Tunkhannock’s Traci Kromko hit a double to move the Tigers within 7-2. Pitcher Nicole Cumbo got a groundout to the mound for the second out, yet the Tigers refused to go quietly.


Erin Smith knocked in two more runs with a single to center and scored when Ryleigh Fitch powered a double to right. Cumbo, though, induced a grounder to end the game.


“We always have an inning like that,” McNeil said, “and I warned them in the fourth inning that could occur. You can’t rest on your laurels. You have to play seven innings.”


The loss left Tunkhannock wondering why it didn’t have more innings like the seventh. The Tigers left runners stranded on second and third in the first and sixth innings. The bats were quiet from the second through the fifth as Cumbo retired seven in a row.


“If I had an answer for that,” Tunkhannock coach John Keefe said, “we would have won the game.”


The teams finished tied for second place in Division 2 last season. Both are expected to be in the title hunt again, but are still trying to find the right combinations to make up from losses to graduation.


“Fielding more so,” Keefe said. “The lineup we had today probably won’t be the same lineup we have Saturday when we go to Northeast Bradford.”


Holy Redeemer 17, GAR 0

Kaya Swanek was the winning pitcher giving up no hits in two innings in the Royals big win over the Grenadiers.

Chelsea Skrepenak went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run for Holy Redeemer.

Pittston Area 9, Coughlin 6

Julie Lyeback went 2-for-3 with a double to help the Patriots earn the win over the Crusaders.

Marissa Ross led the Coughlin effort with a 2-for-3 day, including a three-run home run.

Hazleton Area 9, Wyoming Valley West 4

The Cougars were led by Hope Kinney’s 2-for-4 hitting day, which included a double.

Leanne Dellarte went 2-for-3 with a triple to pace the Spartans’ lineup.

Berwick 6, Lake-Lehman 2

The Bulldogs had 10 hits en route to a win over the Black Knights. Lacey Miller went 2-for-3 for Lake-Lehman.

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


Traci Kromko c`4`1`2`2`1`0`0


Molly Hampsey ss`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Erin Smith p`3`1`2`2`0`0`0


Ryleigh Fitch 3b`4`0`2`1`1`0`0


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


Lindsey Kwiatkowski dp`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Ashley Knott rf`3`2`2`0`1`0`0


Karlie Bulford cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Paige Mokychic ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Samantha Reposa lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Samantha Stephens ph`0`1`0`0`0`0`0


Kailey Reposa 2b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`25`5`10`5`3`0`0


Wyoming Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Bree Bednarski cf`2`2`1`0`0`0`0


Emily Wolfgang ss`3`2`2`1`0`0`0


Nicole Turner 3b`4`1`2`3`0`1`0


Julez DeAngelo 1b`3`0`0`1`0`0`0


Drew Brednarski lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Sarah Coolbaugh c`3`0`2`0`0`0`0


Lindsay Carey rf`1`1`1`0`0`0`0


Kat Sokirka 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Jules Scappaticci pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Adrienne Przybyla dp`2`0`0`1`0`0`0


Nicole Cumbo p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`26`7`9`6`0`1`0


Tunkhannock`000`010`4`—`5


Wyoming Area`000`232`x`—`7


Visitor`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Smith (L)`6`9`7`4`4`2


Home`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Cumbo (W)`7`10`5`5`2`1


HOLY REDEEMER 17, GAR 0

Holy Redeemer`146`6xx`x`—`17


GAR`000`0xx`x`—`0


WP — Kaya Swanek 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0SO, 0BB; LP — Mikayla Hoskins 4IP, 17R, 15ER, 17H, 1SO, 6BB.


2B — None. 3B — None. HR —HR, Chelsea Skrepenak


Top hitters — HR, Skrepenak 3-for-5, Jen Ringsdorf 3-for-5, Julie Kosik 3-for-3; GAR, Nataliga Scarandino 1-for-1.


HAZLETON AREA 9, VALLEY WEST 4

Hazleton Area`000`026`1`—`9


Wyoming Valley West`000`130`0`—`4


WP — Samantha Varela 4.2IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 6SO, 1BB; LP — Celine Podlesney 2.1IP, 1H, OR, OER, 2SO, OBB.


2B — HAZ, Mikaela Browdy, Hope Kinney; WVW Haley Gayoski, Colleen Swalina, Alexa Vargo. 3B — HAZ, Maria Trivelpiece; WVW Leanne Dellarte. HR — None


Top hitters — HAZ, Mickenzie Yori 2-for-4, Abby Sachse 2-for-4, Kinney 2-for-4. WVW, Melinda Holena 2-for-4, Gayoski 3-for-4, Dellarte 2-for-3.


PITTSTON AREA 9, COUGHLIN 6

Pittston Area`052`010`1`—`9


Coughlin`301`100`1`—`6


WP — Taylor Baloga 7IP, 6R, 5ER, 11H, 6SO, 6BB; LP — Julie Suchocki 7IP, 9R, 4ER, 8H, 3SO, 1BB


2B — COU, Liz Ellsworth. 3B — PIT, Baloga, Julie Lyeback. HR — COU, Marissa Ross.


Top hitters — PIT, Lyeback 2-for-3; COU, Tori Martin 2-for-4, Sam Conway 2-for-4, Ellsworth 3-for-4, Ross 2-for-3.


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