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Wyoming Area's Emily Wolfgang rounds the bases after hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning during Tuesday's WVC softball game against Berwick in West Pittston.
Wyoming Area's Emily Wolfgang rounds the bases after hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning during Tuesday's WVC softball game against Berwick in West Pittston.
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WEST PITTSTON — Another chance awaited today, but it won’t be needed. Berwick took care of things Tuesday afternoon.

Moriah Lynn pitched well after the first inning and the Dawgs took advantage of a couple Wyoming Area miscues to post a 4-2 victory that clinched the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball title.

The victory gave Berwick (10-3) its second consecutive Division 2 crown. The Dawgs also gained the second seed in next week’s District 2 Class 3A playoffs. Valley View (13-0) of the Lackawanna League will be the top seed.

Wyoming Area (8-6) needed to defeat Berwick and then have Berwick lose to Dallas today to create a three-way tie with Tunkhannock (9-5). Instead, the Warriors will head into the D2-3A playoffs, where they’ll have a home game in the first round, losers of four of their last five games.

“It depends on what day of the week it is,” said Wyoming Area coach John McNeil about his team’s chances in districts. “We look great sometimes, like Saturday (9-1 win over Tunkhannock), and then we look average, like today. When we play together, we’re a pretty good team.”

Wyoming Area looked good in the first inning as the Warriors cracked three hits, including an RBI single by Nicole Turner, for a 1-0 lead. The bats, though, then went quiet except for Lindsay Carey’s double in the fourth and Emily Wolfgang’s solo homer to dead center in the fifth.

Lynn retired the next seven batters after Wolfgang’s homer to seal the win. She also retired the side in order in the third.

“It was the first inning and I was scared, of course,” Lynn said. “But I knew it was early and had time to step up. I have a team behind me that can field, so I wasn’t too worried.”

The Berwick defense pulled off a nifty 5-3-2 double play to end a threat in the fourth and played error-free softball. The latter couldn’t be said about Wyoming Area.

Two Warrior errors allowed Berwick to tie the score 1-1 in the third. Another error on a double steal pushed a run across in the fourth. Abbey Remley also had an RBI single in the fourth and Taylor Kern added another in the fifth.

Berwick didn’t show much emotion after the win until posing for a team photo afterward in right field. However, there was relief that today’s game at Dallas can’t change anything.

“Absolutely. More than they are probably,” coach Brian Bridge said of the sense of relief the win gave Berwick. “That’s the kind of team they are. They don’t go out and celebrate and cheer and do all that stuff. But, boy, they play hard when they want to play hard.”

NOTES: Berwick finished the regular season with a winning record for the fourth consecutive year. The last time the Dawgs finished under .500 was when they were 5-9 in 2010. … Wyoming Area is 2-5 in games where it surrenders at least four runs. … Berwick’s five-game winning streak is the longest among WVC Class 3A teams. … Coughlin is second with four consecutive victories. …

Berwick will likely open up the D2-3A playoffs against the loser of today’s game between West Scranton (0-12) and Western Wayne (0-12). Wyoming Area will most likely open against a WVC opponent in the D2-3A playoffs. The first round is Monday.

Wyoming Valley West 9, Crestwood 0

Chloe Ruckle pitched a complete game and gave up only five hits as the Spartans (6-9 Div. 1) recorded their second shutout of the season against Crestwood.

Payton Boler and Leanne Dellarte were 2-for-4 with two RBI each to lead the Wyoming Valley West offense, which had eight extra-base hits.

Crestwood fell to 4-10 in Division 1 as the Comets were shut out for the third time in their last four games.

Nanticoke 14, Pittston Area 4

Leandra Ramos struck out 12 as Nanticoke (8-7 Div. 1) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Jenna Lipowski led the offense with a double and a triple for Nanticoke.

Julie Lieback had a triple and Lauren Dragon had a double for Pittston Area (5-9 Div. 1).

Holy Redeemer 10, GAR 0 (5 inn.)

Holy Redeemer completed its second consecutive undefeated regular season and locked up the top seed in the D2-2A playoffs with the victory.

Kaitlyn Kaluzny pitched four innings and struck out five for the Division 3 champion Royals (12-0). Kaya Swanek added two RBI.

Breonna Hanahan had the only hit for GAR (3-8 Div. 3), which concludes its regular season today against Meyers.


Berwick 4, Wyoming Area 2


Moriah Lynn p`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Kylene Welsh 2b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Courtney Hummel lf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sara Berlin c`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Taylor Kern dp`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Cassondra Dianese 1b`2`1`0`0`0`0`0

Ashton Mensinger rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

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

Abbey Favata cf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Shea Perry 3b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Wyoming Area`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR

Bree Bednarski 2b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Emily Wolfgang ss`3`1`1`1`0`0`1

Nicole Turner 3b`3`0`1`1`0`0`0

Sarah Coolbaugh c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Adrienne Przybyla lf`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Lauren Maloney lf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Drew Bednarski cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Lindsay Carey rf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Kat Sokirka 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Nicole Cumbo p`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Vicky Remley ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0



Wyoming Area`100`010`0`-`2


Lynn (W)`7.0`5`2`2`1`3

Wyoming Area`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Cumbo (L)`7.0`5`4`2`2`4

Nanticoke 14, Pittston Area 4


Pittston Area`201`001`0`—`4

Pitching — NAN, Leandra Ramos (W) 7IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 12SO; PIT, Taylor Baloga (L) 5.2IP, 8H, 13R, 8ER, 9BB, 4SO; Dominique Quaglia 1.1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 0SO

2B — NAN, Jenna Lipowski; PIT, Lauren Dragon. 3B — NAN, Lipowski; Julie Lieback. HR — SCH, Name.

Wyoming Valley West9, Crestwood 0

Wyoming Valley West`004`130`1`—`9


Pitching — WVW, Chloe Ruckle (W) 7IP, 5H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 7SO; CRE, Colleen Borum (L) 3IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 1BB, 4SO; Alyssa Davies 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 1BB, 5SO.

2B — WVW, Payton Boler, Danielle Grega, Audi Wells, Haley Gayoski, Leanne Dellarte, Megan Kane; CRE, Borum. HR — WVW, Colleen Cwalina, Sarah Fugate.

Top hitters — WVW, Boler 2-for-4 2RBI, Dellarte 2-for-4 2RBI.

Holy Redeemer 10, GAR 0 (5 inn.)


Holy Redeemer`260`110`—`0

Pitching — GAR, Lindsey Quinn (L) 3.2IP, 5H, 9R, 4ER, 6BB, 0SO; Brea Seabrook 0.1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 1SO; HR, Kaya Swanek (W) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3SO; Kaitlyn Kaluzny 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 5SO.

2B — HR, Lydia Lawson, Britney Hebda. HR — HR, Chelsea Skrepenak.

Top hitters — GAR, Breonna Hanahan 1-for-2. HR, Skrepenak 2-for-3, Victoria Steinetz 2-for-2.

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