Wyoming Area’s Gwen Glatz made herself known to the Wyoming Valley Conference as a freshman last season. She hit .323 last season with five home runs and 26 RBI.
She pitches, too.
Glatz, who has pitched every inning heading into Friday’s matchup with Hazleton Area, had a 1.18 ERA through 65 innings. On Saturday, April 16, she threw 10 innings in a 4-2 loss to Nanticoke. In back-to-back games with Dallas and Coughlin, Glatz totaled 14 innings, allowing no runs and just seven hits.
Her performance is no surprise to Wyoming Area head coach John McNeil.
“She’s consistent,” he said. “She’s a gamer, there’s no question about it. She gives her best effort every time she steps on the field.”
Through six conference games, Glatz also leads the team in hits (13) and batting average (.448).
“I’m impressed with by her work ethic,” McNeil said. “She tries to get better every day.”
On Wednesday, the Warriors came away with a 10-0 win over Coughlin. Glatz threw seven innings of shutout softball, her second straight shutout.
The Warriors got big production from Kristi Skok and Vicki Remley at the plate. Skok had three hits and drove in two runs, while Remley had two RBI. Glatz helped her cause with a two-run double.
Also starting the season on a hot streak is leadoff hitter Bree Bednarski. The Wyoming Area senior, known for her field hockey prowess, is hitting at a .333 clip while providing a team-leading 13 RBI and four doubles, including non-league games. She has two home runs on the season.
Bednarski, along with fellow seniors Grace Gober, Sarah Coolbaugh, Vicky Remley and Heather Nametko, lead a team that features no one in the junior class.
“There’s no question our seniors are the leaders of this team,” McNeil said. “I have to depend on the sophomores to come through at some key positions.”
Against Dallas on Wednesday, Bednarski drove in Julia Kopetchny for the game’s first run with a double in the third inning of a 4-0 win. Vicky Remley and Sarah Coolbaugh added other RBI, while Glatz allowed just three hits. The Warriors have now beat Dallas twice this season.
“We are progressing as we go,” McNeil said.
Pittston Area 6, Lake-Lehman 4
Pittston Area scored two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to defeat Lake-Lehman and snap a three-game losing streak on Friday.
Taylor Baloga homered, knocked in two runs and was the winning pitcher in relief for Pittston Area. Lexi Felinski hit two doubles and had an RBI. Taryn Ashby doubled and drove in two runs.
Hazleton Area 5, Wyoming Area 3
Hazleton Area got the best of Wyoming Area in a matchup of Wyoming Valley Conference division champions on Friday.
Kristi Skok, Vicky Remley and Juli Kopetchny knocked in runs for the Warriors. Gwen Glatz picke up the loss for Wyoming Area while tossing seven innings and striking out four batters.
Tunkhannock 7, Pittston Area 3
Paige Mokychic’s go-ahead single gave Tunkhannock a 7-3 win over Pittston Area on Tuesday.
Pittston Area’s Taylor Baloga pitched all seven innings and gave up five runs with eight strikeouts. The pitcher also contributed a two-run home run. Also driving in a run was Taryn Ashby with a single in the second inning. Lexi Felinski had a double.
The two teams have waited for it all season. The baseball teams and the tennis teams have already played each other. Now, it’s softball’s turn. The Warriors will travel to Pittston Area for a 4:15 first pitch on Tuesday, April 26.
Last year, the Warriors bested Pittston Area, 8-0. This game will also be played as part of the second annual Sabatini Pizza Trophy game, which is awarded to the game’s Most Valuable Player. Glatz was named the MVP in 2015, while Pittston Area’s Nina Cencetti took home MVP honors for the Patriots.
“We’re definitely rivals,” McNeil said. “(Pittston Area) have a nice ball club over there.”
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