Last updated: May 11. 2014 10:09PM - 2920 Views
By - jerzar@civitasmedia.com



Wyoming Area's Kat Sokirka gloves a ground ball while Tunkhannock's Taylor Hegedty heads for second base in the fourth inning of a WVC softball game in West Pittston last month. Wyoming Area and Tunkhannock are part of a four-way scramble for the top spot in Division 2.
Wyoming Area's Kat Sokirka gloves a ground ball while Tunkhannock's Taylor Hegedty heads for second base in the fourth inning of a WVC softball game in West Pittston last month. Wyoming Area and Tunkhannock are part of a four-way scramble for the top spot in Division 2.
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The theory didn’t seem plausible when presented by Wyoming Area coach John McNeil.


The way he saw Division 2 of Wyoming Valley Conference softball shaping up, he wouldn’t be surprised if Dallas ended up on top.


Heck, it could happen if the next three days play out like the first 11 days of May.


Four WVC Division 2 teams are separated by two games. Those four have been playing a game of rock-paper-scissors in May. Berwick defeated Dallas, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area. Dallas defeated Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area. Wyoming Area defeated Tunkhannock.


“If we do what we need to do, then things can fall into place,” Dallas coach Joyce Tinner said. “I’ll I care about now is us playing well and keeping the momentum going.”


The divisional championship comes with another bonus — a higher seed in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs. Barring anything crazy happening in the Lackawanna League, unbeaten Valley View will get the top seed in the D2-3A playoffs. The second seed would then go to the WVC Division 2 champion.


And it is possible there could be a three-way tie for first place in Division 2 once the dust settles. Plausible? Anything is with these teams.


• Berwick (9-3): The Dawgs looked cooked when they fell to 5-3, but a 2-1 win over Dallas in 10 innings started a four-game winning streak. A 2-1 victory over Tunkhannock was another close call.


Berwick is at Wyoming Area on Tuesday and Dallas on Wednesday.


• Dallas (7-5): The Mountaineers are the hottest team in the division, winning four of their last five. The only setback was a 2-1 loss to Berwick in 10 innings. The pitching and defense have been solid over the last four games, allowing a total of six runs.


The Mounts host Tunkhannock today and Berwick on Wednesday.


• Tunkhannock (8-5): The Tigers were 7-1 at one point, but the Tigers have lost three in a row — to Dallas, Berwick and Wyoming Area. Their only win this month was 6-2 against one-win Lake-Lehman.


Tunkhannock closes out its regular season at Dallas today.


• Wyoming Area (8-5): The Warriors snapped a three-game tailspin, which included a 2-1 loss to Dallas and a 7-6 loss to Hazleton Area, by defeating Tunkhannock 9-1.


Wyoming Area finishes the regular season Tuesday by hosting Berwick, which defeated the Warriors 7-1 last week.


TV TIME


WQMY will be televising the Nanticoke at Hazleton Area game today starting at 4:30 p.m.


The game looked appealing a few weeks ago as a battle for first place in Division 1. Nanticoke, though, has lost four in a row to fall to 7-6. That allowed Hazleton Area (13-1) to clinch the division title.


LESS WORKLOAD


Holy Redeemer’s Kaya Swanek is among the top pitchers in the WVC. However, after pitching 52.2 innings in 2013, she has thrown just 33 thus far.


There’s nothing wrong with the junior righty as evidenced in a 5-1 win over Hanover Area. Instead, the Royals are trying to keep her fresh for the playoffs by giving freshman Kristen Coffay some innings.


“Once we got to the playoffs (last year), Kaya pitched a lot of extra innings,” Redeemer co-coach John Bryan said. “With her not pitching everyday or every time, we save those innings and those pitches toward a playoff run. She is working hard at practice, so that’s how we’re keeping her stamina going.”


EVERYBODY’S IN


The deadline to opt out of the District 2 playoffs came and nobody decided to stay home.


So that means winless Forest City, West Scranton and Western Wayne make the playoffs.


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WVC SOFTBALL STANDINGS


Division 1 `W`L`Pct`GB`RS`RA


x-Hazleton Area`13`1`.929`—`111`30


Nanticoke`7`6`.538`5½ `68`62


Pittston Area`5`8`.385`7½ `53`100


Wyo Val West`5`8`.385`7½ `64`79


Coughlin`5`9`.357`8`66`83


Crestwood`4`9`.307`8½ `28`57


Division 2`W`L`Pct`GB`RS`RA


Berwick`9`3`.750`— `72`38


Tunkhannock`8`5`.615`1½ `73`41


Wyoming Area`8`5`.615`1½ `83`51


Dallas`7`5`.583`2 `54`41


Lake-Lehman`1`13`.071`9`37`124


Division 3`W`L`Pct`GB`RS`RA


Holy Redeemer`9`0`1.000`— `116`15


Hanover Area`8`2`.800`1½ `110`21


Northwest`6`3`.667`3`85`39


Meyers`3`5`.375`5½ `26`77


GAR`3`7`.300`6½ `49`94


Wyo Seminary`2`8`.200`7½ `32`133


MMI Prep`1`7`.125`7½ `20`59


x - Clinched division title

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