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Coughlin's Marissa Ross, left, gets mobbed at the plate after hitting a solo home run against Wyoming Area in District 2 Class 3A softball action in West Pittston on Monday afternoon.
Coughlin's Marissa Ross, left, gets mobbed at the plate after hitting a solo home run against Wyoming Area in District 2 Class 3A softball action in West Pittston on Monday afternoon.
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WEST PITTSTON — Five inning and just five hits against a pitcher making her varsity debut. Then Wyoming Area finally solved Coughlin freshman Brittany Nastawa.


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 of the District 2 Class 3A softball playoffs.


Sixth-seeded Wyoming Area (9-6) moves to the quarterfinals Wednesday, playing at third-seeded Abington Heights (11-3). Coughlin, the 11th seed, ended its season at 6-10.


Wyoming Area had trouble against Nastawa, who started in place of senior Julie Suchocki. Coughlin coach Alice Lyons didn’t elaborate on why Suchocki wasn’t at the game.


“She was thrown into the situation last minute. We found out this morning,” Lyons said. “For a freshman who pitched only six or seven jayvee games this season, she’ll have a whole summer to work at it. The future is bright. She is only 14 years old and came into this situation with the strength she needed to start a district playoff game.”


The Warriors, though, 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.


Adrienne 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.


“We had poor pitch selection,” Wyoming Area coach John McNeil said of his team’s early struggles at the plate. “It’s no excuse we don’t face many lefties, the ball still has to go over the plate. As I said the other day, we’re an up-and-down team.”


Coughlin entered the game as one of the hottest teams, riding a four-game winning streak. The Crusaders continued their momentum as Liz Ellsworth smacked a two-run homer in the first inning. The bats, though, never clicked the rest of the game. The other run scored when Ross blasted a solo homer to start the fourth to tie the score 3-3.


Nicole 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.


Notes: Coughlin left fielder Keighlyn Oliver had a defensive gem in the second, racing all the way in to snag a flyball at her shins. … Lyons sang the national anthem at the Penguins playoff game Monday night. … Wyoming Area scored three runs in the first with just one hit. … Coughlin pulled off two non-traditional double plays. … Coughlin finished the season with six wins, its most since finishing 7-8 in 2008. … Wyoming Area is in the D2-3A quarterfinals for a sixth consecutive season.


Honesdale 16, Pittston Area 1 (3 inn.)


Taryn Ashby and Lauren Dragon each had a hit for the Patriots as they fell to Honesdale. Julie Lieback also contribued with a single.

Stacey Hart went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple for Honesdale.

Abington Heights 9, Lake-Lehman 0

Jordan Hodle allowed nine runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work for Lake-Lehman.


Dominique Emmett had two hits and Paige Harris struck out 11 batters for Abington Heights.


Dallas 9, Scranton Prep 0


Sydney Kern threw a four-hit shutout for the Mountaineers. Katy Comitz went 3-for-3 with a home run.

Grace Jenkins and Jessica Regan had two of the four hits for Scranton Prep.

Berwick 7, West Scranton 0


Ashton Mensinger threw a one-hit masterpiece as the Bulldogs blanked West Scranton. Moriah Lynn went 3-for-4 with a home run.

Tunkhannock 10, Western Wayne 0


Traci Kromko went 2-for-4 with two doubles as the Tigers prevailed over Western Wayne. Erin Smith gave up only two hits over six innings.

Rachel Carmody and Kiana Sauter had the only hits for Western Wayne.

North Pocono 2, Crestwood 1

Crestwood’s season ended with a loss to North Pocono. Alyssa Davies had 11 strikeouts for Crestwood.

***


DISTRICT 2 SOFTBALL GLANCE

CLASS 4A

(one team to states)

Monday’s Result

Williamsport 8, Wallenpaupack 1


Tuesday’s Game

No. 5 Scranton (5-8) at No. 4 Wyoming Valley West (6-9), 4:30 p.m.


Thursday’s Games

Semifinals

(4:30 p.m.)

Scranton/WVW winner at No. 1 Hazleton Area


No. 3 Williamsport (11-8) at No. 2 Delaware Valley (11-3)


Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site


CLASS 3A

(one team to states)

Monday’s Results

Dallas 9, Scranton Prep 0


North Pocono 2, Crestwood 1


Tunkhannock 10, Western Wayne 0 (6 inn.)


Abington Heights 9, Lake-Lehman 0


Wyoming Area 10, Coughlin 3


Honesdale 16, Pittston Area 1 (3 inn.)


Berwick 7, West Scranton 0


Wednesday’s Games

Quarterfinals

(4:30 p.m. unless noted)

No. 8 Dallas (8-7) at No. 1 Valley View (13-0), 3 p.m.


No. 5 North Pocono (9-5) at No. 4 Tunkhannock (10-5)


No. 6 Wyoming Area (9-6) at No. 3 Abington Heights (11-3)


No. 7 Honesdale (8-6) at No. 2 Berwick (12-3)


Friday’s Games

Semifinals

(Time TBA at site of higher seed)

North Pocono/Tunkhannock winner vs. Dallas/Valley View winner


Wyoming Area/Abington Heights winner vs. Honesdale/Berwick winner


Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site


CLASS 2A

(one team to states)

Monday’s Results

Holy Redeemer 15, Wyoming Seminary 1 (5 inn.)

Nanticoke 6, Riverside 1

Northwest 10, Elk Lake 1 (4 inn.)

Dunmore 5, Mid Valley 0

Montrose 11, GAR 1 ( 5 inn.)

Hanover Area 17, Meyers 0 (4 inn.)

Mt. View 5, Lakeland 4

Holy Cross 4, Carbondale 0

Wednesday’s Games

Quarterfinals

(4:30 p.m.)

No. 9 Nanticoke (9-7) at No. 1 Holy Redeemer (13-0)

No. 5 Northwest (10-3) at No. 4 Dunmore (10-3)

No. 6 Hanover Area (10-3) at No. 3 Montrose (11-2)

No. 7 Mt. View (10-3) at No. 2 Holy Cross (12-1)

Friday’s Games

Semifinals

(Time TBA at site of higher seed)

Nanticoke/Redeemer winner vs. Northwest/Elk Lake/Dunmore winner

Hanover Area/Montrose winner vs. Mt. View/Holy Cross winner

Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site


CLASS A

(one team to states)

Tuesday’s Games

No. 5 MMI Prep (1-11) at No. 4 Blue Ridge (2-10), 1 p.m.

No. 6 Forest City (0-12) at No. 3 Old Forge (2-10), 4:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Games

Semifinals

(4:30 p.m.)

MMI Prep/Blue Ridge winner at No. 1 Susquehanna (9-3)

Forest City/Old Forge winner at No. 2 Lackawanna Trail (6-6)

Tuesday, May 27

Championship, time TBA at neutral site


Wyoming Area 10, Coughlin 3

Coughlin`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Amber Colleran dp`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Keighlyn Oliver lf`3`1`2`0`0`0`0


Liz Ellsworth ss`3`1`2`2`0`0`1


Marissa Ross cf`2`1`1`1`0`0`1


Samantha Conway 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Megan Lercara 1b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Kayla Cunningham 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Tori Martin rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Teagan Biglow c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Brittany Nastawa p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`26`3`6`3`0`0`2


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


Bree Bednarski 2b`4`2`3`2`0`0`0


Nicole Turner 3b`3`2`1`2`0`0`0


Sarah Coolbaugh c`4`0`2`1`0`0`0


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


Adrienne Przybyla lf`3`1`1`0`0`1`0


Drew Bednarski cf`3`2`2`0`0`0`0


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


Julia Bonomo pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kat Sokirka 1b`2`0`0`1`0`0`0


Nicole Cumbo p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Julez DeAngelo ph`1`1`1`0`0`0`0


Totals`26`10`11`6`0`1`0


Coughlin`200`100`0`-`3


Wyoming Area`300`115`x`-`10


Coughlin`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Nastawa (L)`6.0`11`10`9`2`2


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


Cumbo (W)`7.0`6`3`3`1`3


Honesdale 16, Pittston Area 1 (3 inn.)

Pittston Area`010`—`1


Honesdale`187`—`16


Pitching — PIT, Taylor Baloga (L), 2IP, 4H, 10R, 7ER, 4H, 5BB, 0K, Alyssa Talerico 1IP, 3H, 6R, 4ER, 1BB, 0K; HON, Faith Decker (W), 3IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB,1K.


2B — HON, Stacey Hart. 3B — HON, Stacey Hart, Amber Watkins.


Top hitters — PIT, Taryn Ashby 1-for-2; Lauren Dragon 1-for-2; Julie Lieback 1-for-1. HON, Stacey Hart 2-for-3; Amber Watkins 1-for-3.


Dallas 9, Scranton Prep 0

Scranton Prep`000`000`0`—`0


Dallas`100`134`0`—`9


Pitching — SP, Ilissa Hamilton (L), 6IP, 9R, 11H, 5ER, 6K, 2BB; DAL, Sydney Kern (W), 7IP, 0R, 4H, 6K, 0BB.


2B — DAL, Maddie Perez. HR — DAL, Katy Comitz.


Top hitters — SP, Grace Jenkins 1-for-3; Jessica Regan 1-for-3. DAL, Maddie Perez 2-for-4; Katy Comitz 3-for-3; Kelly Snyder 2-for-3.


Berwick 7, West Scranton 0

West Scranton`000`000`0`—`0


Berwick`501`010`0`—`7


Pitching — WS, Emily Tuffy (L), 6IP, 13H, 7R, 3ER, 1BB, 3K,; BER, Ashton Mensinger (W), 7IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 5K.


2B — BER, Ashton Mensinger, Sara Berlin. HR — BER, Moriah Lynn.


Top hitters — WS, E. Kane 1-for-3. BER, Moriah Lynn 3-for-4; Sara Berlin 2-for-2.


Tunkhannock 10, Western Wayne 0 (6 inn.)

Western Wayne`000`000`—`0


Tunkhannock`010`135`—`10


Pitching — WW, Rachel Carmody (L), 4.2IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 0K, Emily Levison 1.0IP, 3H, 5R, 0ER, 2BB, 1K; TUN, Erin Smith (W), 6IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 12K.


2B — TUN, Traci Kromko 2, Molly Hampsey.


Top hitters — WW, Rachel Carmody 1-for-3; Kiana Sauter 1-for-3. TUN Traci Kromko 2-for-4; Molly Hampsey 2-for-4.


 
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