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Wyoming Area's Serra Degan waits for the ball as Taylor Kelley is safe at second in the third inning  ----------------------photo by Fred Adams 4-8-13
Wyoming Area's Serra Degan waits for the ball as Taylor Kelley is safe at second in the third inning ----------------------photo by Fred Adams 4-8-13
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WEST PITTSTON — A matter of a few feet — maybe even a few inches — and perhaps the fourth inning plays out differently.

The margin for success was that narrow in the decisive frame Monday. And it all went Dallas’ way as the Mountaineers defeated Wyoming Area 5-2 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball game.

Dallas (2-0) became the only unbeaten in the division with the victory, while Wyoming Area fell to 1-1. The records, though, could have been reversed if not for that fourth inning.

With the score tied 2-2, Dallas’ Kelly Snyder started the top of the fourth by getting hit by a pitch. Sam Missal attempted to bunt her over, but instead popped it up. It wasn’t high or far enough for Wyoming Area third baseman Kat Sokirka to get despite a valent effort, putting runners on first and second.

Kylee Saba followed with what might be one of the oddest doubles in Dallas softball history to give the Mountaineers a 3-2 lead. Saba smoked a grounder between the first baseman Kaitlyn Kross and second baseman Emily Wolfgang. Wolfgang made a diving attempt, but the ball deflected off the tip of her glove and into foul territory down the right-field line.

Two more runs crossed the plate on Taylor Kelley’s infield single and error on the play.

Wyoming Area looked like it was going to erase some if not all of the damage as Adrienne Przybyla singled and Wolfgang and Alex Holtz walked to start the bottom of the fourth. Kross and Sokirka then ripped line drives that Kelley, Dallas shortstop, was able to snag. A potential big inning ended on a harmless popout.

“Last year, everything went wrong for us,” Dallas coach Joyce Tinner said. “This year, if we need a couple bounces in the right direction we’ll take them.”

Then to add to the frustration, the Warriors had a liner down the left field line land just foul in the seventh. A few feet to the right and it would have been a 5-4 game at that point. Dallas also turned a 1-3-2 double play in the third as Snyder was just able to apply the tag to Wyoming Area’s Nicole Turner at the plate.

“In the last inning, I was thinking maybe it was (fair). I don’t know,” Wyoming Area coach Barry Przybyla said. “Plus, I thought she got her hand across on the play with Nicole at the plate. That would have been 5-3 and the two would have made it five runs in the last inning.

“What-ifs, but hey they played hard and didn’t quit. We hit some balls hard. Give Dallas credit. They are a good ballclub.”

Wyoming Area used an RBI single by Serra Degnan in the first and another by Turner in the third to score its runs.

Saba and Baker had RBI singles in the second and third, respectively, for Dallas.


Katy Comitz lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Maddie Perez rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sydney Kern ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Taylor Kelley ss`3`1`1`1`0`0`0

Taylor Baker p`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Abby Berger 1b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Kelly Snyder c`1`1`0`0`0`0`0

Sam Missal cf`3`0`3`0`0`0`0

Kylee Saba 2b`4`1`3`2`1`0`0

Sadie Trudgen 3b`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Nicole Giampietro fx`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


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

Bree Bednarski lf`3`1`1`0`1`0`0

Nicole Turner c`4`0`2`1`0`0`0

Serra Degnan ss`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Adrienne Przybyla cf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Emily Wolfgang 2b`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Alex Holtz p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kaitlyn Kross 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kat Sokirka 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Drew Bednarski rf`2`1`0`0`0`0`0


Dallas`011`300`0 — 5

Wyoming Area`101`000`0 — 2


Taylor Baker (W, 2-0)`7`6`2`2`4`1

Wyoming Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Alex Holtz (L, 1-1)`7`9`5`4`4`3

Crestwood 4, Coughlin 2

Alyssa Davies struck out 10 and allowed just three hits as Crestwood edged Coughlin.

Ashlee Oleginski scored twice for Crestwood. She and Julie Wotherspoon had doubles.

Marissa Ross smacked a two-run homer in the fourth for Coughlin.

Crestwood`012`000`1 — 4

Coughlin`000`200`0` — 2

WP — Alyssa Davies (1-1) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO. LP — Julie Suchocki (1-2) 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.

Top hitters — CRE, Mel Snyder 2-4; Juliette Wotherspoon, double; Ashlee Oleginski double, two runs. COU, Liz Ellsworh, single, Marissa Ross, home run, double.

Tunkhannock 2, Lake-Lehman 0

Kirsten Gilpin pitched a three-hit shutout and Emily Forga tripled, singled and knocked in a run for Tunkhannock.

Molly Hampsey had the other RBI for Tunkhannock. Tracy Kromko had a double.

Vickey Cadwalder, Britney Meeker and Lexi Oplinger each had a single for Lehman.

Lake-Lehman`000`000`0 — 0

Tunkhannock`000`011`x — 2

WP — Kirsten Gilpin (1-1) 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. LP — Jordan Hodle (0-1) 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO.

Top hitters — LEH, Lexi Oplinger, single; Vickey Caldwalder, single; Britney Meeker, single. TUN, Tracy Kromko, double; Emily Forba, 2-4, triple, RBI.

Nanticoke 2, Wyoming Valley West 1

Kayla Benjamin hit a solo homer in the top of the seventh to lift Nanticoke past Wyoming Valley West.

Jackie Potoski pitched the victory, striking out four. Four Trojanettes had two hits each, including Kara Voyton with a double.

Eight different Spartans had singles.

Nanticoke`100`000`1 — 2

Wyoming Valley West`100`000`0 - 1

WP — Jackie Potoski (1-0) 7 IP, 8 H. 1 R 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. LP — Chloe Ruckle (1-2) 7 IP, 13 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

Top hitters — NAN, Kara Voyton 2-4, double; Allie Matulewski 2-4; Madeline O’Donohue 2-4; Arica Grabowski 2-3; Kayla Benjamin, home run. WVW — Danielle Grega, single; Sabrina Hamersley, single; Kymber Letteer, single; Kelcie Sencak, single; Haley Gayoski, single; Casey Dolan, single; Sarah Fugate, single; Leanne Dellarte, single.

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