Talk about getting off to a good start.
The Pittston Area softball team won a total of two games a season ago. This year, its already matched that total with a 9-8 walk-off win over Wyoming Valley West Wednesday.
“Ii’s exciting to see the kids having fun,” Pittston Area coach Dave DeLuca said. “They’ve worked hard all summer long and fall and winter. It’s nice to see.”
After picking up a 9-6 win over Coughlin last week, the Patriots found themselves down 8-6 heading into the home half of the seventh inning against the Spartans.
DeLuca decided to deploy some small ball.
Alyssa Talerico and Lauren Dragon led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Julie Silinskie then laid down a bunt and scored Talerico to make it 8-7.
Addison Hazlet then stepped up to the plate and laid down another bunt. Dragon’s pinch runner scored easily, and on the throw to first, Silinskie was able to cross home plate for the winning run.
“We hadn’t tried it at all during the game,” DeLuca said of the bunts. “I thought it would be something to do because they haven’t seen it from us.”
Taryn Ashby was 2-for-3 and Abigail Bradigan batted 2-for-4 for Pittston Area. The Patriots will be back in action on Tuesday at Nanticoke, and then host Crestwood on Thursday.
“Defense is playing really solid right now,” DeLuca said. “We’re hitting the ball really well. Last year we didn’t hit at all. This year the bats are coming around.”
Wyoming Area 8
In Exeter, Wyoming Area scored in each of the first there innings, and added three more in the fifth to pick up an 8-2 win over Lake-Lehman
Adrienne Przybyla and Juliana DeAngelo each had three hits and two RBI to pace Wyoming Area. Bree Bednarski added a triple to help the Warriors’ cause. Nicole Turner provided two hits and scored a pair of runs. The Warriors belted out 13 hits in the win.
Wyoming Area pitcher Nicole Cumbo fanned seven in throwing a three-hitter. She allowed a run in the second, and one in the fifth inning.