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#6 Abbey Remley of Berwick makes it to third base before #5 Ryleigh Fitch of Tunkhannock catches the ball.
#6 Abbey Remley of Berwick makes it to third base before #5 Ryleigh Fitch of Tunkhannock catches the ball.
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TUNKHANNOCK — The way Berwick’s Margaret Bridge has pitched lately, if the Bulldogs got just one run, it would be difficult to overcome. Getting two in the first inning Thursday, well … that was just a bonus.

“A lot of games we’ve struggled getting runs early,” Bridge said. “So it’s nice to get a couple in the first inning. It’s really nice.”

Berwick didn’t even need both as Bridge threw her fifth shutout of the season — and third in her last four games — as the Dawgs clinched at least a tie for the WVC Division 2 softball title with a 3-0 victory over Tunkhannock.

Berwick improved to 10-2 and moved closer to the divisional title with Wyoming Area (9-4) and Tunkhannock (8-4) still in the chase. The teams play 14 WVC games.

“They were aware of the situation and that made it easy for them before the game to get up,” said Berwick coach Brian Bridge, who is also Margaret’s father. “Last year, we came up just a little short in the same situation (to Wyoming Area). “

Tunkhannock had defeated Berwick 3-2 in nine innings on April 11. But a team known for putting the ball in play didn’t have much success Thursday. The Tigers struck out nine times and only two of their other 12 outs were recorded beyond the infield.

“Margaret threw extremely well,” Tunkhannock coach John Keefe said. “She kept us off balance. That’s probably the most strikeouts we’ve had all year in a game. I give her a lot of credit.”

Tunkhannock hurler Erin Smith wasn’t too bad, either. She allowed just three hits — two less than Bridge — but Berwick was able to manufacture a few runs.

The first run came on an RBI triple by Courtney Hummel that scored Moriah Lynn. Lynn led off the game with a walk. Hummel later scored on a wild pitch.

Berwick made it 3-0 in the sixth after a four-minute rain delay due to a torrential downpour. Lynn opened the inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and then to third on Kylene Welsh’s sacrifice bunt. She scored on a passed ball.

Tunkhannock looked like it would get something going in the third when Emily Forba and Molly Hampsey hit consecutive one-out singles. Nothing materialized. Nor were the Tigers able to get Ryleigh Fitch home after her one-out triple in the sixth.

After Fitch’s triple, Bridge retired five in a row to end the game.

“I was just mixing up, trying to hit my spots,” Bridge said. “It was working I guess.”


Moriah Lynn 3b`2`2`1`0`0`0`0

Kylene Welsh 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Margaret Bridge p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Courtney Hummel lf`3`1`1`1`0`1`0

Taylor Kern cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Abbey Remley ss`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Cassondra Dianese 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sara Berlin c`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ashton Mensinger dp`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Abbi Favata rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0



Emily Forba c`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Molly Hampsey 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Erin Smith p`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Ryleigh Fitch 3b`3`0`1`0`0`1`0

Jess Brennan lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Taylor Hegedty 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Traci Kromko ss`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Michelle Goodwin dp`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ashley Knott ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Meghan Healey rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kirsten Gilpin cf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Berwick`200`001`0 — 3

Tunkhannock`000`000`0 — 0


Bridge (W, 10-2)`7`5`0`0`1`9


Smith (L, 5-2)`7`3`3`2`4`4

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