With her team clinging to a one-run lead, Berwick left fielder Courtney Hummel made sure Wyoming Area wasn’t about to complete an improbable comeback.
Hummel took a home run away from Wyoming Area’s Emily Wolfgang with one out in the top of the seventh by reaching over the left field fence to preserve an 8-7 win. With the victory, the Bulldogs will make a return trip to the District 2 Class AAA championship game against No. 4 seed Tunkhannock on Wednesday.
The Warriors advanced to the semifinals after beating Coughlin, 10-3, Monday, and taking out Abington Heights, 2-1, on Wednesday.
Wolfgang, Adrienne Przybla and Bree Bednarski each hit home runs for Wyoming Area. Bree and Drew Bednarski each had a pair of hits for the Warriors.
The Warriors and starting pitcher Nicole Cumbo gave up six runs to open the game. But from there, the locals settled in.
Facing a large deficit, Wyoming Area made a statement that it wasn’t about to let its season end quietly in the top of the third. Wolfgang got her team back in the game by crushing a three-run homer deep to left-center field. Nicole Turner followed that up with a triple and then scored on a fielding error, cutting the lead to 7-4.
With a steady rain falling and field conditions worsening, Wyoming Area crept closer. Adrienne Pryzbala clubbed the second of her team’s three home runs that sliced the lead in half to 8-6 in the fifth.
Cumbo settled down and gave her team a chance to win by retiring the final eight hitters she faced. Bree Bednarski led off the seventh with a home run that pulled the Warriors within one just before Hummel’s great catch.
Wyoming Area got to the semifinals with two wins last week.
On Monday, the Warriors pounded six hits and five runs in the sixth inning, taking control on the way to a 10-3 victory in the first round.
The Warriors used some daring base running and bunting to forge a 5-3 lead after five innings. The breakthrough came with the first batter of the sixth.
Przybyla started the sixth with a low liner to center field and Coughlin’s Marissa Ross tried to make a diving catch. Instead, the ball ended up at the fence and Przybyla ended up on third. She scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 6-3.
Drew Bednarski and Lindsay Carey followed with singles. Coughlin looked like it would escape further damage, but consecutive two-out RBI-singles by Bree Bednarski, Nicole Turner and Sarah Coolbaugh tore open the game.
Cumbo picked up the win in the circle, retiring the Crusaders in order three times. She retired the last five batters she faces after Ellsworth singled and Ross walked to start the sixth.