Tunkhannock edges Wyoming Area

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BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERTunkhannock shortstop Traci Kromko, left, collides with Wyoming Area's Bree Bednarski as she steals second base in WVC softball action Friday afternoon in West Pittston.
BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERTunkhannock shortstop Traci Kromko, left, collides with Wyoming Area's Bree Bednarski as she steals second base in WVC softball action Friday afternoon in West Pittston.
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WEST PITTSTON — Those two worries in the preseason — offense and pitching — aren’t that worrisome any more for Tunkhannock.

The Tigers continued to make a claim for the WVC Division 2 softball title as they had 10 hits and used the pitching of Erin Smith to defeat Wyoming Area 6-4 on Friday afternoon.

The victory moved Tunkhannock (8-3) within one-half game of idle Berwick (8-2) in the standings, Wyoming Area fell to 8-4 in the division and saw its five-game winning streak end.

“There’s probably more team cohesiveness this year than we ever had in the past,” Tunkhannock coach John Keefe said. “These kids believed in each other. The win wasn’t a person’s win, it was a team win.”

There’s been a lot of them this season as Tunkhannock won its fifth game by two runs or less.

Still, Keefe was unsure how the Tigers would be. He believed his team’s defense was solid prior to the season. His concerns surrounded offense and pitching.

Smith took care of both Friday. She was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. In the circle, she settled in after a couple somewhat rough innings to limit Wyoming Area to four hits and one run over the final five innings.

Ryleigh Fitch got the Tigers off to a good start with a two-run single in the first. Ashley Knott had an RBI single for an insurance run in the seventh. As for defense, Tunkhannock didn’t commit an error, and catcher Emily Forba threw out a runner trying to steal third in the fifth.

Smith was pretty much in command after Forba threw out the runner. She did hit a batter in the sixth and issued a walk in the seventh. Both, though, were with two outs and the Warriors failed to capitalize. She struck out six to improve to 5-1.

As for Wyoming Area, it hit the ball well early. Adrienne Przybyla had a two-run double in the first and Nicole Turner added an RBI triple in the second. After that, the only other big hit was Serra Degnan’s RBI double in the fifth to pull the Warriors within 5-4.

“We beat them 5-4 up there and they beat us 6-4,” Wyoming Area coach Barry Przybyla said. “We had opportunities. We were right there to the end. We hit the ball, but they made the plays. I told the girls in order to win games, you have to make plays in the field and score a runner from third with one or less out.”


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Tunkhannock`220`100`1 — 6

Wyoming Area`210`010`0 — 4


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Hazleton Area 13, Wyoming Valley West 2

Maria Trivelpiece and MacKenzie Yori had three hits each as Hazleton Area collected 20 totals and pulled away late.

The Cougars led 2-0 entering the fourth inning. They scored five times in the fourth, with Becky Demko’s two-run single the highlight.

Megan Kane had a double and single for Valley West.

Hazleton Area`001`152`4 — 13

Wyoming Valley West`000`200`0 — 2

WP — Becky Demko (8-1) 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; Samantha Varela 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. LP — Chloe Ruckle (5-6) 7 IP, 20 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.

2B — MacKenzie Yori (H), Abby Sachse (H), Megan Kane (WVW).

Top hitters — Yori 3 hits; Maria Trivelpiece 3 hits; Justine Rossi 2 hits; Mikaela Browdy 2 hits; Lexi Wolk 2 hits. WVW — Kane 2 hits; Haley Gayoski 2 hits.

Nanticoke 9, Crestwood 7

Kara Voyton recorded a home run in the Trojanettes’ close victory over the Comets.

Kayla Benjamin and Kayley Schinski scored a combined six runs while Allie Matulewski batted 3-for-4 with a double in the Nanticoke win.

Meghan Waite had three RBI for Crestwood.

Nanticoke‘201’033`0 — 9

Crestwood`003`00`4 — 7

WP — Jackie Potoski (5-0) 7 IP, 15 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. LP — Alyssa Davies (4-7) 7 IP, 14 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.

2B — Allie Matulewski (N), Megan Waite (C). 3B — Ashlee Oleginski (C). HR — Tara Voyton (N).

Top Hitters: NAN, Kayla Benjamin 3-4,4 runs; Kayley Schinski 3-4, 2 runs; Allie Matulewski 3-4; Voyton, 3 RBI. CRE, Meghan Waite 4-4 3 RBI; Juliet Wotherspoon 3-4, RBI; Ashlee Oleginski 2-4, 2 RBI.

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