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Dallas pitcher Sydney Kern picked up the victory in a 12-1 WVC softball win over Lake-Lehman on Thursday in Dallas Township.
Dallas pitcher Sydney Kern picked up the victory in a 12-1 WVC softball win over Lake-Lehman on Thursday in Dallas Township.
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Benefit game Sunday for Autism Awareness

The Dallas softball team will be going to bat for Autism Awareness on Sunday as it plays rival Lake-Lehman in a benefit game at the Back Mountain Little League field.

Game time is 6 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting the special education department within the Dallas School District.

The pregame festivities begin at 5 p.m. and will feature guest speakers, administrators, teachers, student/athletes, parents and special guests from the Dallas community participating in on-field activities.

The teams will be wearing autism awareness socks to promote the event. Posters of autism facts will be displayed throughout the outfield. Dallas will also wear tye die t-shirts made by students from Wycallis Elementary. Each shirt will represent an autism characteristic.

Following the event, pizza, pasta and salad will be provided to all student/athletes and participants by Gingi’s Restaurant.

Donations will be accepted at the field. Also available for purchase will be autism awareness bracelets from the players and autism awareness car magnets.

DALLAS TWP. — Rivalry games can be tricky at times. And at times — like Thursday — they’re not.

Dallas kept rolling along as Katy Comitz’s inside-the-park grand slam highlighted a 12-1 five-inning victory over Lake-Lehman in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball game.

Dallas (7-5 Div. 2) won its third straight and fourth in five games. The surge has put the Mountaineers back in the hunt for the divisional title.

“Right now the kids are coming together and playing 16 strong,” Dallas coach Joyce Tinner said. “The kids are playing well right now.”

Lehman (1-13) hoped to be doing the same, especially after a solid start that saw the Black Knights hand WVC Division 1 champ Hazleton Area (12-1) its only loss and strong play in losses to Berwick and Dallas. Instead, the Black Knights lost their ninth straight and fourth by the 10-run rule in that span.

“It’s the mental game toughness,” Lehman coach Wayne Oplinger said. “It’s the experience and tenacity that you need on every play. … At the beginning of the season, I though our season was going to be sub-.500. But then we played Berwick 6-2 and (at one point) it was a one-run game. Then we played Dallas and it was a one-run game going into the sixth. And I was thinking ‘Yeah, this team is surprising me.’ Then we were 0-3 and beat Hazleton 3-2.”

Trouble started in the first inning for Lehman as Dallas leadoff hitter Taylor Kelley banged a double off the left-field fence. Maddie Perez followed with an RBI single and Abby Burger (single) and Sadie Trudgen (sac fly) later brought home runs in the four-run inning.

Dallas’ other four-run inning came in the third when Comitz hit her inside-the-park grand slam. She sliced a liner into the right-field corner and by the time Lehman had the ball at the edge of the infield dirt she had already crossed the plate.

“That girl is quick,” Tinner said. “We timed her yesterday and she was around the bases in like 10 seconds, home to home. She is the fastest kid on our team.”

Winning pitcher Sydney Kern added a two-run double in the second. Samantha Missal brought in a run as well with a sacrifice fly. Breezy Coolbaugh knocked in Dallas’ final run in the fourth.

Lehman’s only run came in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Taylor Cercone and Lacey Miller.

Berwick 2, Tunkhannock 1

Berwick had just one hit, but managed to edge Tunkhannock to move into first place in Division 2.

Taylor Kern had the only hit and RBI for Berwick. Moriah Lynn pitched the victory.

Erin Smith knocked in Tunkhannock’s only run.

Coughlin 5, Nanticoke 4

Sam Conway went 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Crusaders’ offense in a last-inning victory against the Trojans.

Keighlyn Oliver and Liz Ellsworth both went 3-for-4.

Nanticoke was led by a solo home run from Rachel Roccograndi.

Meyers 8, MMI Prep 0

The Mohawks’ offense was led by Brianna DiMaggio, who was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, in the shutout win over the Preppers.

Amber Ferry went 3-for-3 for MMI Prep.

Wyoming Valley West 8, Pittston Area 1

Kasen Heim surrendered only one run in the top of the seventh as the Spartans defeated the Patriots.

Leanne Dellarte led the Wyoming Valley West offense with four RBI.

Pittston Area was led by Abbey Bradigan and Lauren Dragon, who both were 2-for-3.

Hazleton Area 5, Crestwood 0

Hazleton Area successfully completed a four-game road trip in four days, defeating Crestwood to clinch the WVC Division 1 title.

Samantha Varela (6-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but Megan Waite hit a leadoff double for Crestwood’s only hit.


Dallas 12, Lake-Lehman 1 (5 inn.)


Brit Meeker c`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Lexi Oplinger ss`1`0`1`0`0`0`0

Taylor Cercone 2b`1`1`1`0`1`0`0

Lacey Miller 2b`3`0`1`1`1`0`0

Jill Ambrose dp`3`0`2`0`0`0`0

Lauren Cunius pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Jordan Hodle p`3`0`1`0`1`0`0

Kirsten Cope lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Morgan Fedorczyk rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sara Schuler cf`1`0`1`0`0`0`0

Miranda Moosic lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kaley Egan 1b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kyra Grzymski 1b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Miranda Parry rf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Katie McCue ph`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Morgan Dizbon 3b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0



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

Maddy Slacktish ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Maddie Perez dp`2`3`2`1`0`0`0

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

Sydney Kern p`2`0`2`1`1`0`0

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

Samantha Missal cf`2`0`0`1`0`0`0

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

Talia Kosierowski ph`1`2`1`0`0`1`0

Kylee Saba 3b`2`1`0`0`0`0`0

Breezy Coolbaugh ph`1`0`0`1`0`0`0

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

Sam LaNunziata ph`1`2`0`0`0`0`0

Hether Slody rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

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





Hodle (L)`1.0`3`4`3`1`1

Miller`3.0`6`8 8`2`2


Kern (W)`3.0`5`0`0`0`2


Coughlin 5, Nanticoke 4



Pitching — NAN, Leandra Ramos (L) 7IP, 13H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 3SO; COU, Julie Suchocki (W) 7IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 1SO.

2B — NAN, Ramos; COU Marissa Ross. HR — NAN, Rachel Roccograndi.

Top hitters — NAN, Roccograndi 2-for-3. COU, Keighlyn Oliver 3-for-4, Liz Ellsworth 3-for-4, Sam Conway 2-for-4 3RBI, Suchocki 2-for-3.

Wyoming Valley West 8, Pittston Area 1

Pittston Area`000`000`1`—`0

Wyoming Valley West`402`200`x`—`0

Pitching — PIT, Taylor Baloga (L) 7IP, 7H, 8R, 6ER, 2BB, 6SO; WVW, Kasen Heim (W) 6IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 6SO.

2B — WVW, Audi Wells, Haley Gayoski. 3B — PIT, Julie Silinskie.

Top hitters — PIT, Abbey Bradigan 2-for-3, Lauren Dragon 2-for-3. WVW, Wells 2-for-4, Gayoski 2-for-3, Leanne Dellarte 2-for-3 4 RBI.

Hazleton Area 5, Crestwood 0

Hazleton Area`010`004`0`—`5


Pitching – HA, Samantha Varela (W) 7IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 2SO; CRE, Alyssa Davies (W) 7IP, 10H, 5R, 3ER, 2BB, 7SO.

2B – MacKenzie Yori, Lexi Wolk, Celine Podlesney, Varela, Hope Kinney; CRE, Megan Waite. 3B - HA, Maria Trivelpeice

Berwick 2, Tunkhannock 1



Pitching — TUNK, Erin Smith (L) 6IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 4SO; BER, Moriah Lynn (W) 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K.

2B — TUN, Smith, Ashley Knott.

Meyers 8, MMI Prep 0

MMI Prep`000`000`0`—`0


Pitching — MMI, Desiree Dinko (L) 6IP, 8R, 8H, 5SO, 1BB, 4ER; MEY, Gina Strillaci (W) 7IP, 0R, 7H, 2SO, 2BB, 0ER.

2B — MEY, Brittany Delcastillo, Brianna DiMaggio. 3B — MEY, Sarah Smith, DiMaggio.

Top hitters — MMI, Amber Ferry 3-for-3, Rachel Stanziola 2-for-3. MEY, DiMaggio 2-for-3, Delcastillo 1-for-4, Smith 1-for-3.

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