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Coughlin has a new home, but it’s a little difficult to find.

The Crusaders no longer play their games at Kirby Park. They’ve moved to the Plains Township Municipal Park off Main Street. But if you drive into the park to the softball field, you will see either:

— Wyoming Seminary’s team playing.

— Wyoming Seminary’s team practicing.

— An empty softball field.

To get to the new field, make an immediate right as soon as you enter the park. The road will wind down to an area known as The Pit. It’s where Plains youth soccer plays. You have to park in the dirt lot, then walked about the length of two football fields.

“Plains Township did an excellent job getting it ready for us,” Coughlin coach Alice Lyons said. “It feels good to have an actual home field and we don’t have to worry about anybody else using it. At Kirby Park, we always had to worry about slow-pitch people coming in afterward.”

The new field is cleaner and safer since there’s no worries about a constant flow of vehicles in and out of a nearby parking lot like at Kirby Park. It also offers a good view of the game.

“We can practice any time we want, we can stay later if we need to, we can have JV games afterward,” Lyons said. “It’s nice to have a home, let’s put it that way. It gives the girls a sense of unity, a place they can say is theirs. It means a lot.”


We’d like to have rosters for all WVC teams. As of now, we only have a handful and don’t want to worry about misspelling a player’s name. If you’ve ever seen a high school scorebook – be it softball, baseball, soccer or basketball – you’d realize that penmanship is a dying art.

Rosters should be emailed to jerzar@timesleader.com. The baseball coaches have provided their rosters. It’s time for the softball coaches to step to the plate.


Tracking extra-base hits is easy enough. As for batting averages, runs and RBI, we’ll need the cooperation of the coaches.

Starting next Monday, we’ll be running the top players in those categories … provided the coaches email them to jerzar@timesleader.com by 6 p.m. Saturday.

We need for averages to include at-bats and hits for players batting at least .300. Statistics should be for games that count towards the WVC standings, not non-conference games.

We’ll run what we get, and those who don’t respond will feel the wrath of the players and parents.


Here are the leaders going into this week’s play.

Div. 1 home runs: Marissa Rossi (Cou), 3; Kayla Benjamin (Nan), 1.

Div. 1 triples: Taylor Baloga (PA) and Tara Voyton (Nan), 1 each.

Div. 1 doubles: Kayley Schinski (Nan), 3; Voyton (Nan), Juliet Wotherspoon (Cre), Maria Trievelpiece (Haz), Theresa Domarasky (PA), Kymber Letteer (WVW), all with 2.

Div. 2 home runs: Taylor Kelley (Dal), 2.

Div. 2 triples: Margaret Bridge (Ber), 2; Taylor Baker (Dal) and Katy Comitz (Dal), Emily Forba (Tun), 1 each.

Div. 2 doubles: Moriah Lynn (Ber), Abbey Remley (Ber) and Lexi Oplinger (LL), 2 each.

Div. 3 home runs: Chelsea Skrepenak (HR), Olivia McCorkel (Nwt) and MacKenzie Gagliardi (WS), 2 each.

Div. 3 triples: Gagliardi (WS), Caitlyn Bogart (Han), Kaitlyn Kaluzny (HR), Jen Ringsdorf (HR), Alexi Shemanski (HR) and Kayla Swanek (HR), all with 1.

Div. 3 doubles: Haylee Bobos (Han) and Kirsten Young (MMI), 2 each.


Some idle time brought this gem from the internet. In the first week of April, the Nazareth junior varsity team defeated Allentown Dieruff 47-0. Yep, that’s 47-0.

A story, written by Tom Mugavero of the Express-Times of Easton, can be found at lehighvalleylive.com. Nazareth led 26-0 after one inning. The game was halted after three innings due to the … umm … 15-run rule.

A few more searches brought some other interesting tidbits about high school softball. They will be shared from time to time.


All three Wyoming Valley West losses have been by one run. … Hazleton Area’s Becky Demko leads the WVC in strikeouts with 29 followed by Crestwood’s Alyssa Davies (24) and Dallas’ Taylor Baker (20). … Northwest pitcher Kelsey Yustat has allowed one earned run for an ERA of 0.39. …

Coughlin center fielder Marissa Rossi has seven RBI so far and is already halfway to last year’s total. … Holy Redeemer (2-0) has yet to play seven innings. Both of the Royals’ wins have ended after three innings due to the 15-run rule. … Dallas and Lake-Lehman flip-flopped home dates. The rematch will be on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, at Dallas starting at 4:15 p.m.

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