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Nanticoke Area third baseman Kara Voyton, right, tags out Berwick's Alley Katsock on a rundown between third and home in WVC softball action in Nanticoke on Monday afternoon.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
Nanticoke Area third baseman Kara Voyton, right, tags out Berwick's Alley Katsock on a rundown between third and home in WVC softball action in Nanticoke on Monday afternoon. BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
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NANTICOKE — Some showdowns don’t live up to the billing. Like on Monday.

Berwick made sure the drama fizzled out quickly as it defeated Nanticoke in a 8-1 Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional softball game.

The Dawgs (7-2 Div. 2) led 7-0 after four innings thanks to two-run doubles by Margaret Bridge and Kylene Welsh. Welsh and Courtney Hummel got Berwick off to a good start with RBI singles in the first inning. Abby Remley had an RBI single in the third.

Berwick finished with 11 hits against Nanticoke starter Allie Matulewski, who had allowed just 30 in 32 innings previously. The Dawgs also took over first place in Division 2, with Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area each a half-game behind.

“We hit the ball solid,” Berwick coach Brian Bridge said. “They weren’t towering home runs, but they were all line drives that were right on the button. The ball was coming through the infield and going to the outfield pretty quickly.”

Bridge’s two-run double in the third inning was the epitome of that. She ripped a knee-high liner down the left-field line that didn’t even give Nanticoke third baseman Kara Voyton a chance to react.

Bridge, though, did the most harm to Nanticoke while in the circle. She struck out seven and surrendered just four hits. She got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first when second baseman Welsh caught a line drive and turned it into an inning-ending double play.

After that, she allowed just one hit over the next four innings.

“She’s been pretty consistent with her control this year,” Brian Bridge said. “Happy with that. We don’t like to give free ones away. When we can keep them off the bases without walks, that’s definitely a plus.”

Nanticoke (7-3 Div. 1) got its only run on an RBI single by Voyton in the sixth. It scored Kayley Schinski, who singled and stole second. Bridge then recorded the final four outs via strikeouts. Taylor Briggs had Nanticoke’s only extra-base hit, a double in the third.

Nanticoke had lost only three WVC regular-season games over the last three years. But with the core of those teams having graduated, first-year coach Ryan Stetz remained optimistic.

“The teams we’ve lost to are quality teams and there’s nothing for our girls to keep their heads down about,” Stetz said. “Wyoming Area and Hazleton played for district championships last year and have senior pitchers on the mound. We knew what the challenges were coming in.”

SCHEDULE NOTE: The Hazleton Area at Nanticoke game scheduled for Monday, May 13, has been moved. The game will be played Saturday, May 11, starting at 11 a.m.


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Allie Matulewski p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

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Berwick`203`100`1`— 8

Nanticoke`000`001`0` — 1


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Matulewski (L, 3-3)`7`11`8`7`0`3

Hazleton Area 6, Tunkhannock 5

The Cougars rallied from a four-run deficit to top Tunkhannock.

Maria Trivelpiece had two RBI for Hazleton Area and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the sixth. Becky Demko’s two-run double pulled the Cougars within 5-4 after four innings.

Tunkhannock`012`200`0` — 5

Hazleton Area`0110`302`x — 6

WP — Samantha Varela (3-0) 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Becky Demko 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. LP — Erin Smith (4-1) 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K; Kirsten Gilpin 5 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.

2B — Jess Brennan (T), Becky Demko (H). HR — Smith (T).

Top hitters — TUN, Smith 2 hits; Ryleigh Fitch 2 hits; Emily Forba 2 hits. HAZ, Trivelpiece 3-3, 2 RBI; MacKenzie Yori 2 hits, 2 stolen bases.

Coughlin 6, Lake-Lehman 5

Marissa Ross hit a game-ending, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to lift Coughlin over Lake-Lehman. The Crusaders trailed by three runs before posting four runs in the seventh.

Keighlynn Oliver also led the Crusaders with a 2-for-4 performance with a triple.

Sara Schuler contributed two hits and a double for the Black Knights.

Lake-Lehman`000`050`0 — 5

Coughlin`010`010`4 — 6

WP — Julie Suchocki (3-7) 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. LP — Jordan Hodle (0-7) 7 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

2B — Sara Schuler (LL), Vickey Cadwalder (LL), Marissa Ross (C), Danyelle Schweit (C). 3B — Keighlyn Oliver (C).

Top Hitters — LL, Sara Schuler 2-3; Vickie Cadwalder 1-3. COU, Oliver 2-4; Ross 2 RBI.

Wyoming Valley West 4, Dallas 3

Wyoming Valley West’s Alex Gonda drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Casey Dolan tripled and had two RBI for the Spartans.

Chloe Ruckle earned her third victory by allowing just two earned runs on three hits in seven innings.

Dallas’ Taylor Kelley went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Taylor Baker allowed four earned runs over 6.2 innings.

Dallas`100`020`0 — 3

Wyoming Valley West`003`000`1 — 4

WP — Chloe Ruckle (3-4) 7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, o BB, 2 K; LP — Taylor Baker (4-5) 6.2 IP, 5H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.

2B — Taylor Kelley (D). 3B — Kelley (D), Casey Dolan (WVW).

Top Hitters — DAL, Kelley 3-4 2 RBI; Maddie Perez 1-4; Sam Missal 1-3; Sydney Kern 1-3. WVW, Leanne Dellarte 2-3, RBI; Megan Kane 1-3; Kelcie Senchak 1-3; Casey Dolan 1-3, 2 RBI; Alex Gonda RBI.

Wyoming Area 9, Crestwood 1

Bree Bednarski hit a grand slam to lead Wyoming Area to a victory. Alex Holtz did not allow an earned run in a complete game, and she helped her own caused with three hits and a home run. Emily Wolfgang also produced three hits.

For Crestwood, Ashley Casem struck out eight in three innings of relief work. Casem had a hit for the Comets.

Wyoming Area`052`002`0 —9

Crestwood`000`010`0 — 1

WP — Alex Holtz (7-2) 7 IP, 6H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. LP — Alyssa Davies (4-5) 3 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Ashley Casem 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; Colleen Borum 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

HR — Bree Bednarski (WA), Holtz (WA).

Top Hitters — WA, B.Bednarski 2-4, 4 RBI; Holtz 3-4; Emily Wolfgang 3-4, 2 runs. CRE, Casem 1-2; Juliet Wotherspoon 1-3, run.

Holy Redeemer 11, MMI Prep 2

Kaitlyn Kaluzny and Biz Eaton tripled and Chelsea Skrepenak homered as the Royals remained unbeaten in Division 3.

Kaluzny finished with three hits. Kirsten Young had a triple for MMI.

MMI Prep`000`200`0` — 2

Holy Redeemer`005`231`x — 11

WP — Kaya Swanek (5-0) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K. LP — Kayla Karchner (0-5) 6 IP, 13 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.

2B — Jen Ringsdorf (HR), Alexis Shemanski (HR). 3B — Kirsten Young (MMI), Kaitlyn Kaluzny (HR), Biz Eaton (HR). HR — Chelsea Skrepenak (HR).

Top hitters — MMI, Young 2-3. HR, Kaluzny 3-3; Julie Kosik 2-3.

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