Mountaineers score three times in final two innings

Last updated: April 28. 2014 11:55PM - 2796 Views
By - jerzar@civitasmedia.com

Dallas' Taylor Kelley slides into home safely in the sixth inning Monday under the tag of Wyoming Valley West catcher Audi Welles.
Dallas' Taylor Kelley slides into home safely in the sixth inning Monday under the tag of Wyoming Valley West catcher Audi Welles.
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DALLAS TWP. — For someone struggling at the plate, Dallas’ Kaylee Saba didn’t waste any time.

One pitch. Game over.

Saba’s bases-loaded single to center in the bottom of the seventh Monday completed Dallas’ rally as the Mountaineers defeated Wyoming Valley West 6-5 in WVC softball.

“I haven’t hit in the last three games,” said Saba, who didn’t get the ball out of the infield on her first three at-bats. “I just knew I had to hit with bases loaded. We only needed one run.”

Dallas (4-4 Div. 2) actually needed two runs heading into the bottom of the sixth. Maddie Perez took care of that with a single that scored Talia Kosierowski and Taylor Kelley to tie the score 5-5. Kosierowski was running for Kelly Snyder, who was hit with a pitch with one out. Kelley followed with a double off the right field fence.

Valley West (3-6 Div. 1) got a one-out single from Danielle Grega in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t get a run across. That set up the Dallas’ victory in the bottom of the frame.

Syndey Kern started the seventh with a single, double-clutching on a Bugs Bunny change-up from reliever Chloe Ruckle before swatting the ball to center field.

“I saw as soon as it was pitched it was a change,” Kern said, “so I waited on it as much as I could and pretty much tomahawked and hit it down into the ground just to get a base hit. Because you win games on singles not home runs.”

Dallas’ good fortune continued. Abby Burger followed with a weak grounder to the right of the pitching circle. Ruckle’s only hope was to make a barehanded stab. It failed. Sam Missal then tried to move the runners with a sacrifice bunt, but instead reached on an error.

After a foul flyout not deep enough for Kern to tag up, Saba delivered the game-winning hit.

“We had two rough innings today,” Dallas coach Joyce Tinner said, “but we didn’t give up and we played our game. We did what we had to do when it mattered. If we can stay in games, we’ll always have a chance.”

Dallas led 3-0 after three innings when the situation changed abruptly. Valley West scored four times in the top of the fourth, with two runs scoring on Audi Welles’ blast over the right field fence. Sarah Fugate added an RBI single and Katy Johnson knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the inning.

The Spartans increased their lead to 5-3 in the sixth on another RBI single by Fugate. But Kern then relieved starter Maddie Kelley and retired five of the six batters she faced.

“It was pretty tough,” Kern said, “but I knew my team had my back and we could do it.”

Nanticoke 7, Berwick 3

Jenna Lipowski knocked in five runs as Nanticoke rallied from an early deficit to defeat Berwick.

Lipowski homered and doubled for the Trojanettes (7-2 Div. 1). Winning pitcher Leandra Ramos also homered.

Moriah Lynn had two home runs for Berwick (5-3 Div. 2).

Coughlin 10, Lake-Lehman 7

Samantha Conway was 3-for-4 with four RBI as Coughlin (2-7 Div. 1) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Kirsten Cope was 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBI for the Black Knights (1-9 Div. 2).

Hazleton Area 4, Tunkhannock 0

Celine Podlesney pitched a complete game as Hazleton Area (6-1 Div. 1) stayed in first place. Abby Sachse led the offense with two RBI.

Ashley Knott had a double for Tunkhannock (7-2 Div. 2).

Wyoming Area 3, Crestwood 2

Tied 2-2 at the bottom of the seventh, Bree Bednarski hit the game-winning double as the Warriors (7-2 Div. 2) earned the victory and a tie atop Division 2 with Tunkhannock.

Ashley Olenginski had two RBI in the effort for Crestwood (3-7 Div. 1), which lost for a fourth time by one run.


Dallas 6, Valley West 5

Wyo. Val. West`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Payton Boler 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Alexa Vargo ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Danielle Grega ss`3`1`2`0`0`0`0

Audi Welles c`4`1`2`2`0`0`1

Colleen Cwalina dp`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Haley Gayoski rf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Leanne Dellarte lf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Sarah Fugate cf`3`0`3`2`1`0`0

Katy Johnson 3b`2`0`0`1`0`0`0

Megan Kane 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kasen Heim p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Chloe Ruckle p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0



Taylor Kelley ss`2`2`1`0`1`0`0

Maddie Perez rf`4`0`1`2`0`0`0

Katy Comitz lf`4`2`2`1`1`0`0

Sydney Kern dp`4`1`2`1`0`0`0

Abby Burger 1b`4`0`3`0`0`0`0

Sam Missal cf`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Sadie Trudgen 2b`3`0`0`1`0`0`0

Kylee Saba 3b`4`0`1`1`0`0`0

Kelly Snyder c`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Talia Kosierowski pr`0`1`0`0`0`0`0

Maddie Kelley p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Wyo. Valley West`000`401`0`—`5


Wyo. Val. West`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Ruckle (L)`1.0`4`1`1`0`0


M.Kelley 5.1`8`5`5`1`4

Kern (W)`1.2`1`0`0`0`2

Nanticoke 7, Berwick 3



Pitching — NAN, Leandra Ramos (W) 7IP, 9H, 3R 3ER, 1BB, oSO; BER, Ashton Mensinger 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, oSO; Moriah Lynn (L) 6IP, 7H, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, 5SO.

2B— NAN, Jenna Lipowski, Maddy O’Donohue, Kelsey Rinehamer. HR — NAN, Lipowski, Ramos; BER, Lynn 2.

Top hitters — NAN, Lipowski 2-4, 5 RBI; Kara Voyton 2-4; BER, Lynn 3-4, 2 RBI; Abby Favata 2-3.

Coughlin 10, Lake-Lehman 7



Pitching — COU, Julie Suchocki (W) 7IP, 11H, 7R, 4ER, 3BB, 3SO; LL, Jordan Hodle (L) 7IP, 13H, 10R, 6ER, 1BB, 1SO.

2B — COU, Samantha Conway; LL, Britney Meeker, Kirsten Cope. 3B — LL, Meeker. HR — LL, Cope

Top hitters — COU, Conway 3-4 4 RBI. LL, Meeker 2-4, Kope 2-4 3 RBI.

Wyoming Area 3, Crestwood 2


Wyoming Area`020`000`1`—`3

Pitching — CRE, Alyssa Daves (L) 7IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4SO; WA, Nicole Combo (W) 7IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5SO

2B — WA, Bree Bednarski.

Top hitters — CRE, Ashley Olenginski 2-2, 2 RBI. WA, Nicole Turner 2-3.

Hazleton Area 4, Tunkhannock 0

Hazleton Area`111`001`0`—`4


Pitching — HAZ, Celine Podlesney (W) 7IP, 6H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 4SO; TUNK, Erin Smith (L) 7IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 5BB, 2SO.

2B — Ashley Knott

Top hitters — HAZ, Abby Saches 2-4 2 RBI, Mackenzie Yori 2-4, Lexi Wolk 2-3 RBI. TUNK, Knott 2-for-3, Taylor Hegedty 2-for-3.

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