GWA softball team shines at state tourney


First Posted: 7/24/2013

There just might be something special brewing for the Greater Wyoming Area Minor Division softball team.

This past week, the girls continued their string of impressive play with a pair of wins at the 9-10 softball state tournament and a chance to get into the state championship later this afternoon.

On Wednesday, the girls clubbed Northwest Bethlehem 11-3. But on Friday, against Drexel Hill, it wasn’t as easy.

Greater Wyoming Area needed a game-winning single from Stephanie Nowak to win the game 6-5 in nine innings at the Caln Little League complex in Thorndale.

The wins put the girls at 2-0 in pool play. They were scheduled to play Saturday night against Section 7 champion Lionsville. A win there would lock up a spot in the state semifinals Sunday. One more win after that, it’s the championship game which will be held Monday.

Lionsville took a 13-2 loss against Northwest Bethlehem.

“We’re excited to be here,” Greater Wyoming Area coach Rob Nowak said.

Greater Wyoming Area doesn’t have the player pull that some of the other teams in the state. Nowak said some teams pull from nearly 300 players to get down to 12. The locals had 12 girls that wanted to play. So that’s their team.

“I didn’t have to pick,” Rob Nowak said. “There were 12 girls that wanted to play All-Stars. There was no voting. That’s who wanted to play.”

It will all come down to pitching for Greater Wyoming Area. Between Nowak and Cari Malberger, the locals may be in great shape for a title.

But according to the coach, it is much more than that.

“They really didn’t win (Friday’s) game as a team,” he said. “They won it as a family.”

GWA 6

Drexel Hill 5

(9 innings)

Nowak knocked in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning as Greater Wyoming Area defeated Drexel Hill Friday.

It was a tough call in the circle for coach Nowak.

Cari Malberger pitched a total of seven innings and had nine strikeouts. But she had trouble locating the strike zone. So in came Nowak to the circle. Malberger and Nowak allowed just one unearned run in the win.

Nowak struck out five of six batters she faced before she was pulled to be saved for Saturday’s game.

“We were able to get ourselves back together there,” Rob Nowak said. “Cari went back out and pitched wonderfully.”

Although the pitching turned out to be enough for GWA, the ninth inning was an offensive rally to put Greater Wyoming Area to 2-0.

Ellie Glatz started it with a double. Drexel Hill walked the next two GWA batters to load the bases and set the table for Nowak’s winning hit.

Prior to Nowak’s winner, Nicole Silinskie was intentionally walked for Nowak. The hitter’s father pulled her aside.

“You’re an All-Star,” Rob Nowak said. “Show them why you’re here. You’re a hitter.”

That’s exactly what she did.

Also contributing for GWA were Silinskie with a single and a triple, Lily Harcen with two hits and Mackenzie Notchi with two hits.

GWA 11

NW Bethlehem 3

On Wednesday, Nowak pitched a complete game, striking out six, to lead Greater Wyoming Area past Northwest Bethlehem.

Kaitlyn Slusser had a home run and two RBI to lead GWA offensively. Glatz had a triple, a single and two RBI, while Lily Harden had two singles and Silinskie had a double for GWA.

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