Wyoming Area softball still in WVC title hunt


Defending Division 2 champs hope things fall into place

By John Erzar - [email protected]



Lake-Lehman shortstop Cassie Konopki makes a throw to first baseman Kayley Egan to put out Wyoming Area’s Julia Kopetchney in the third inning Monday.


Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Annie Karcutskie (15) gives a high five to Heather Nametko after she scored on a hit by Kristi Skok in the third inning Monday.


Fred Adams | for Times Leader


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    WVC SOFTBALL

    Division 1`W`L`Pct.`GB

    Hazleton Area`10`0`1.000`–

    Pittston Area`6`4`.600`4

    Wyo. Val. West`6`5`.545`4½

    Crestwood`4`6`.400`6

    Berwick`3`7`.300`7

    Coughlin`0`10`.000`10

    Division 2`W`L`Pct.`GB

    Nanticoke`8`2`.800`–

    Tunkhannock`7`2`.778`½

    Wyoming Area`7`4`.636 `1½

    Dallas`2`7`.222`5½

    Lake-Lehman`3`9`.250`6

    Division 3`W`L`Pct.`GB

    Holy Redeemer`9`0`1.000`–

    Hanover Area`8`1`.889`1

    Wyo. Seminary`7`4`.636`3

    Northwest`5`4`.556`4

    Meyers`2`7`.222`7

    MMI Prep`2`7`.222`7

    GAR`0`10`.000`9½

    LEHMAN TWP. — Before Wyoming Area worries about the dominoes falling precisely elsewhere, it has to take care of the ones right in front of them.

    The first of three dominoes the Warriors needed to knock off this week fell Monday.

    Wyoming Area had its second-biggest inning of the season, scoring seven times in the third to rout Lake-Lehman 11-0 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball game.

    Winning pitcher Gwen Glatz, Grace Gober and Kristi Skok all knocked in two runs for Wyoming Area (7-4), the defending divisional champion who hopes to catch Nanticoke (8-2) and Tunkhannock (7-2).

    Wyoming Area gets a crack at Tunkhannock on Wednesday and plays Nanticoke on May 18. The Warriors host Crestwood in a make-up game on Tuesday. If they win all those games, the most realistic scenario is for Nanticoke to defeat Tunkhannock on May 16 and then lose to Division 1 leader Hazleton Area on May 17. All that would create a three-way tie.

    “We can do it,” senior center fielder Bree Bednarski said. “These next games we all have to stick together and work hard.”

    Far-fetched? A little, but things fell into place last year for Wyoming Area late in the season.

    “I think personally as long as we stay on track and keep hitting and fielding and supporting each other anything is possible at this point,” said Gober, who had an RBI in the seven-run third. “I’m really excited to see what comes for us.”

    Runs have been at a premium for Wyoming Area for most of the season. The Warriors haven’t scored more than five runs in a game since a season-opening 13-2 victory over Lehman. In that game, they had an eight-run inning. So Monday’s seven-run inning was a welcomed sight.

    “Anytime we can hit the ball it’s a plus for us,” Wyoming Area coach John McNeil said. “We’re heading to Tunkhannock on Wednesday and we’re hoping this will carry over.”

    Glatz had an RBI double in the third, her second run-scoring double of the game. Skok drove home a pair of runs with a single. Gober had an RBI single, while Bednarski and Vicki Remley plated runs on groundouts.

    Lehman’s defense didn’t help matters, either, as Wyoming Area sent seven batters to the plate with two outs. The Black Knights (3-9) committed five errors in the inning and finished with nine overall. Miscues hurt in the first two innings as Wyoming Area took a 4-0 lead with just one hit — Glatz’s ground-rule double in the first.

    “Normally, our defense is pretty strong. It’s been our offense that has been weaker,” Lehman coach Nicole Chipego said. “Wyoming Area hit the ball and played like they normally do, which is well. Our girls didn’t pick up the slack.”

    Corinna Scoblick, Lehman’s second batter of the game, doubled to left. Chloe VanGorder followed and reached on an error. That was the extent of the offense. No other Black Knight hit the ball out of the infield the rest of the game. The only one to reach base was Jill Ambrose, who walked to start the second inning.

    Glatz threw a solid game for Wyoming Area, striking out four and getting nine outs on grounders. She retired the final 12 batters after issuing the walk to Ambrose.

    MMI Prep 12, GAR 2

    The Preppers broke open a tight game with eight runs in the fourth inning and ended it in the fifth. Desiree Dinko went 3 for 4 with two doubles and struck out four for the win.

    Breonna Hanahan (2 for 3) tripled for the Grenadiers.

    Wyoming Valley West 3,

    Crestwood 1

    Melodi Raskiewicz allowed one earned run with seven strikeouts in a complete game performance for the Spartans. Audi Welles doubled as a part of a three-hit day at the plate. Erin Gibbons had a double and two RBI.

    Jordan Olenginski and Haley Naperkowski each hit safely twice for the Comets.

    Hazleton Area 11,

    Coughlin 1 (5 inn.)

    Megan Trivelpiece struck out four and scattered seven hits as Hazleton Area defeated Coughlin.

    Pittston Area 4,

    Berwick 3 (9 inn.)

    Pittston Area tied the game with two runs in the seventh and then won it with a run in the ninth to keep its slim Division 1 title hopes alive.

    Lexi Felinski was 2 for 5 with a double for Pittston Area. Mindina Lieback was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Taylor Baloga was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits.

    Brooke Stout and Emma Stoker knocked in runs in Berwick’s three-run first inning.

    Northwest 7, Meyers 3

    Nicole Cragle pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief for the Rangers to hold Meyers to three hits and one earned run. Cragle struck out three and walked one.

    Liz Gurzynski drove in three RBI. Brenna Babcock had a double and an RBI.

    Brittany Delcastillo hit safely twice for the Mohawks.

    H.S. SOFTBALL

    Wyoming Area 11, Lake-Lehman 0 (5 inn.)

    Wyo Area`AB`R`H`BI

    Bednarski cf`3`1`1`1

    Remley 2b`4`1`0`1

    Taddei ph`1`0`0`0

    Coolbaugh c`2`2`0`0

    Kelly ph`1`0`1`0

    Glatz p`3`2`2`2

    Rescintti ph`1`0`0`0

    Gober dp`3`1`1`2

    Nametko 1b`4`1`0`0

    Skok 3b`3`1`2`2

    Gross ph`1`0`0`0

    Karcutskie rf`3`1`0`0

    Bellanco ph`1`0`0`0`

    Kopetchney lf`4`1`1`1

    Parente ss`1`0`0`0`

    Totals`35`11`9`9

    Lehman`AB`R`H`BI

    Hodle 2b`2`0`0`0

    Scoblick cf`2`0`1`0

    VanGorder c`2`0`0`0

    Konopki ss`2`0`0`0

    Hogan p`2`0`0`0

    Ambrose 3b`1`0`0`0

    Parry lf`2`0`0`0

    Salus rf`1`0`0`0

    Hutchins ph`1`0`0`0

    Kline dp`2`0`0`0

    Egan 1b`0`0`0`0

    Totals`17`0`1`0

    Wyoming Area`317`00`—`11

    Lake-Lehman`000`00`—`0

    2B – Glatz 2, Scoblick.

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

    Glatz (W)`5.0`1`0`0`1`4

    Lehman`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

    Hogan (L)`2.0`3`7`1`3`2

    Hodle`3.0`6`4`0`0`1

    MMI Prep 12, GAR 2 (5 inn.)

    MMI Prep` `030`81`—`12

    GAR` `200`00`—`2

    Pitching — W: Desiree Dinko 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. L: Lindsey Quinn 5 IP, 6 H, 12 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.

    2B — MMI, Dana Carrato, Dinko 2; 3B — GAR, Breonna Hanahan

    Top hitters — MMI, Dinko 3-4; GAR, Hanahan 2-3

    Wyo. Valley West 3, Crestwood 1

    Wyo. Val. West`003`000`0`—`3

    Crestwood`000`000`1`—`1

    Pitching — WVW, Melodi Raskiewicz, 7 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO; CRE, Katie Thomas, 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

    2B — WVW, Audi Welles, Erin Gibbons.

    Top hitters — WVW, Welles, 3 hits; Gibbons 2 RBI; Katie Rincavage, 1 RBI. CRE, Jordan Olenginski, 2 hits; Haley Naperkowski, 2 hits; Sarah Macko, RBI

    Pittston Area 4, Berwick 3 (9 inn.)

    Pittston Area`000`100`201`—`4

    Berwick`300`000`000`—`3

    Pitching — PA, Taylor Baloga (W); BER, Kylie Levan (L).

    2B — PA, Lexi Felinski; BER, Shea Petty.

    Top hitters — BER, Petty 1-3; Brooke Stout 1-4, RBI; Emma Stoker 1-4, RBI; PA, Felinski 2-5; Mindina Lieback 2-5, RBI; Baloga 2-3; Julie Silinskie 1-3.

    Northwest 7, Meyers 4

    Meyers`300`010`0`—`4

    Northwest`320`110`x`—`7

    Pitching — MEY, Lexi Bruno, 6 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 15 BB, 3 SO; NW, Brooke Harvey .1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO; Nicole Cragle 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

    2B — MEY, Bruno; NW, Brenna Babcock

    Top hitters — MEY, Brittany Delcastillo 2-4 run, Bruno 1-3 RBI; NW, Babcock 1-2 RBI, Liz Gurzynski 1-3 3 RBI

    Lake-Lehman shortstop Cassie Konopki makes a throw to first baseman Kayley Egan to put out Wyoming Area’s Julia Kopetchney in the third inning Monday.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_wya_sb1_faa-1-1-1.jpgLake-Lehman shortstop Cassie Konopki makes a throw to first baseman Kayley Egan to put out Wyoming Area’s Julia Kopetchney in the third inning Monday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

    Annie Karcutskie (15) gives a high five to Heather Nametko after she scored on a hit by Kristi Skok in the third inning Monday.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_wyo_sb2_faa-1-1-1.jpgAnnie Karcutskie (15) gives a high five to Heather Nametko after she scored on a hit by Kristi Skok in the third inning Monday. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
    Defending Division 2 champs hope things fall into place

    By John Erzar

    [email protected]

    WVC SOFTBALL

    Division 1`W`L`Pct.`GB

    Hazleton Area`10`0`1.000`–

    Pittston Area`6`4`.600`4

    Wyo. Val. West`6`5`.545`4½

    Crestwood`4`6`.400`6

    Berwick`3`7`.300`7

    Coughlin`0`10`.000`10

    Division 2`W`L`Pct.`GB

    Nanticoke`8`2`.800`–

    Tunkhannock`7`2`.778`½

    Wyoming Area`7`4`.636 `1½

    Dallas`2`7`.222`5½

    Lake-Lehman`3`9`.250`6

    Division 3`W`L`Pct.`GB

    Holy Redeemer`9`0`1.000`–

    Hanover Area`8`1`.889`1

    Wyo. Seminary`7`4`.636`3

    Northwest`5`4`.556`4

    Meyers`2`7`.222`7

    MMI Prep`2`7`.222`7

    GAR`0`10`.000`9½

    Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

    Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

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