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The Wyoming Valley West Spartans storm the field after defeating Scranton 3-2 in 10 innings to advance in the District 2-4 Class 4A softball playoffs in Kingston on Tuesday afternoon.
The Wyoming Valley West Spartans storm the field after defeating Scranton 3-2 in 10 innings to advance in the District 2-4 Class 4A softball playoffs in Kingston on Tuesday afternoon.
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KINGSTON — Wyoming Valley West’s Sarah Fugate took a powerful swing and the softball traveled just a few feet. It might have well landed many miles away in Hazleton because that’s where the Spartans are headed.

Fugate’s little blooper in front of home plate set off a crazy sequence in the 10th inning Tuesday as Valley West edged Scranton 3-2 in the opening round of the District 2-4 Class 4A playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Spartans (7-9) will play at top-seeded Hazleton Area (14-1) at 4:30 p.m. in the semifinals. Fifth-seeded Scranton ended its year at 5-9.

The 10th inning started with the tiebreaker rule in effect, meaning each team put a runner on second before batting. Scranton managed to get its girl to third before Valley West pitcher Chloe Ruckle got a couple infield popouts to end the threat. That set up the odd occurrence in the bottom of the inning.

Valley West’s Haley Gayoski took her place at second base, and teammate Leanne Dellarte flew out to right for the first out. Fugate then took a full swing and hit a short popup in front of the plate. Scranton catcher Monica Burda reached out and got her glove on the ball while it was in the air and in fair territory.

When the ball landed everybody froze, then ran, then froze again, then ran again. Scranton scrambled and got Fugate out at first, but Gayoski was able to score all the way from second base.

“Obviously, I wasn’t thinking because I didn’t run,” Fugate said. “I was so excited, then I thought it was foul. Then they told me to run so I ran.”

When Scranton threw to first, Gayoski was stopped about 15 feet from home plate. She then dashed home.

“No one said foul, so I kept running,” Gayoski said. “Once they threw it over (coach Desiree) Hooper said run. I was kind of hesitant, but I got in there somehow.”

Valley West somehow got past its district opener for the first time since 2007 when it won the D2-4A championship.

“I explain this one with heart,” Hooper said. “My kids have 100 percent heart and would have given anything to win this game. They never give up.”

Valley West’s situation looked bleak with Scranton leading 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth. Dellarte was on second and Fugate on first, but the Spartans were down to their final out. Katy Johnson then hit a popup behind Scranton shortstop Peyton Orzello. Orzello backpedaled, reached over her head and snagged the ball in her glove. But as she fell hard on her back, it dislodged and allowed the Spartans to send the game to the ninth.

Valley West, though, would have possibly won the game in the seventh if not for one thing — no fence around the field. Danielle Grega dropped down a bunt and the throw to first sailed well into foul territory down the right field line. The ball crossed the chalk line signifying what portion of foul territory was in play and Payton Boler, who started the play on first, was stopped at third by the umpires.

Had there been a fence, the ball would have likely ricocheted off it, making it difficult for Scranton right fielder Molly Kerber to field it cleanly and make an accurate throw home.

Blue Ridge 8, MMI Prep 5

The Red Raiders scored four runs in the first inning of the District 2 Class A first round.

MMI Prep’s Desiree Dinko allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings. Kristen Purcell and Emily Morrison each produced two-hit efforts.




(one team to states)

Monday’s Result

Williamsport 8, Wallenpaupack 1

Tuesday’s Result

Wyoming Valley West 3, Scranron 2 (10 inn.)

Thursday’s Games


(4:30 p.m.)

No. 4 Wyoming Valley West (7-9) at No. 1 Hazleton Area (14-1)

No. 3 Williamsport (11-8) at No. 2 Delaware Valley (11-3)

Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site

Thursday, May 29

(If Williamsport wins tournament)

D2-4A championship, site & time TBA


(one team to states)

Monday’s Results

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

Wednesday’s Games


(4:30 p.m. unless noted)

No. 8 Dallas (8-7) at No. 1 Valley View (13-0), 3 p.m.

No. 5 North Pocono (9-5) at No. 4 Tunkhannock (10-5)

No. 6 Wyoming Area (9-6) at No. 3 Abington Heights (11-3)

No. 7 Honesdale (8-6) at No. 2 Berwick (12-3)

Friday’s Games


(Time TBA at site of higher seed)

North Pocono/Tunkhannock winner vs. Dallas/Valley View winner

Wyoming Area/Abington Heights winner vs. Honesdale/Berwick winner

Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site


(one team to states)

Monday’s Results

Holy Redeemer 15, Wyoming 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

Wednesday’s Games


(4:30 p.m.)

No. 9 Nanticoke (9-7) at No. 1 Holy Redeemer (13-0)

No. 5 Northwest (10-3) at No. 4 Dunmore (10-3)

No. 6 Hanover Area (10-3) at No. 3 Montrose (11-2)

No. 7 Mt. View (10-3) at No. 2 Holy Cross (12-1)

Friday’s Games


(Time TBA at site of higher seed)

Nanticoke/Redeemer winner vs. Northwest/Elk Lake/Dunmore winner

Hanover Area/Montrose winner vs. Mt. View/Holy Cross winner

Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site


(one team to states)

Tuesday’s Results

Blue Ridge 8, MMI Prep 5

Old Forge 9, Forest City 1

Thursday’s Games


(4:30 p.m.)

No. 4 Blue Ridge (3-11) at No. 1 Susquehanna (9-3)

No. 3 Old Forge (3-10) at No. 2 Lackawanna Trail (6-6)

Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site

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


Sarah Bloom p`5`1`2`0`0`0`0

Peyton Orzello ss`5`0`3`1`0`0`0

Kelsey Killeen lf`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Molly Kerber rf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Jessica Bobersky cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Beth Patterson 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Samantha Peck dp`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Monica Burda c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kayla Paszak cr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

Ashley Walsh ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Megan Padden 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Taylor Maloney 1b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Wyo. Val. West`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Payton Boler 2b`5`0`1`0`0`0`0

Danielle Grega ss`5`0`2`0`0`0`0

Audi Welles c`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Colleen Cwalina dp`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Haley Gayoski rf`5`1`1`0`0`0`0

Leanne Dellarte lf`5`1`0`0`0`0`0

Sarah Fugate cf`5`0`2`0`0`0`0

Katy Johnson 3b`2`1`1`1`0`0`0

Alexa Vergo ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Megan Kane 1b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Chloe Ruckle p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0



Wyo. Valley West`010`000`010`1-`3


Bloom (L)`9.2`9`3`3`4`5

Wyo. Val. West`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Ruckle (W)`10.0`8`2`2`1`1


Blue Ridge 8, MMI Prep 5

MMI Prep`120`020`0`—`5

Blue Ridge`403`010`X`—`8

Pitching —MMI, Kristen Purcell, 1IP, 1H, 4R, 0BB, 1K; Desiree Dinko, 5IP, 7H, 4R, 0BB 1K; BR, Carlsen, 7IP, 8H, 5R, 2BB, 4K

Top hitters — MMI, Emily Morrison 2-3, Purcell 2-4, Shaelynn Heft 1-2; BR, Yachymaik 2-4, Marvin 2-2, Wyatt 2-4

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