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Berwick shortstop Abbet Remley, left, forces out Dallas' Katy Comitz at second base in WVC softball action Saturday afternoon in Dallas.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
Berwick shortstop Abbet Remley, left, forces out Dallas' Katy Comitz at second base in WVC softball action Saturday afternoon in Dallas. BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
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DALLAS — A little long ball and a little small ball added up to a big victory Saturday afternoon for the Dallas softball team.


Taylor Kelley tied the score with a home run and Kelly Snyder knocked in the game-winner with an infield single — both in the sixth inning — as the Mountaineers rallied for an 8-7 victory over Berwick in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 game.


The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to Berwick (1-1). Moreover, it gave Dallas (1-0) a boost of confidence after a 2012 season where the Mountaineers finished below .500 with a young lineup.


“We’ve been working really hard this year on offense,” Dallas coach Joyce Tinner said. “Putting the ball in play, getting the bunt down, doing the little things. We did that. We put the ball in play and made things happen and put the pressure on them. That’s Dallas softball.”


The Mountaineers laid down five sacrifice bunts during the game, scoring in each inning they did. But there were also some big hits involved as well, culminated by Kelley’s blast over the left-field fence to tie the score 7-7 with two outs in the sixth.


Taylor Baker followed with a single up the middle and moved to third on Abby Berger’s double, a sizzling liner down the third-base line that ricocheted off the outstretched glove of Berwick third baseman Moriah Lynn. Snyder then plated the go-ahead run with a chopper just out of reach of Lynn. Shortstop Abbey Remley fielded the ball, but had no chance of throwing out the hustling Snyder.


“Last year we weren’t able to close the door on games,” Tinner said. “We kept letting teams in and stay close. For the first game, we did what we had to do. We kept battling, kept battling. Getting a run here and keeping it close.”


The battle appeared to be slipping away in the top of the fourth as Berwick scored four times for a 7-3 lead. Margaret Bridge and Taylor Kern had RBI singles and Cassondra Dianese drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.


But timing was everything for Dallas in the bottom of the fourth as it scored twice. Sadie Trudgen doubled and Katy Comitz tripled to start the inning. Both came on high flyballs that forced the Berwick outfielders to fight a bright mid-afternoon sun. Under better conditions, it was debatable whether each ball would have dropped.


Berwick was held scoreless over the last three innings. The Dawgs stranded two runners in scoring position and four in all in the fifth and sixth innings. They were retired in order for the only time in the seventh.


“They’re all tough,” Berwick coach Brian Bridge said. “We’re in a good league and every game is going to be a battle, that’s for sure. Dallas is always a battle. Give them credit, they played well.”


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


Moriah Lynn 3b`4`1`2`1`1`0`0


Kylene Welsh 2b`3`2`1`0`0`0`0


Margaret Bridge p`4`1`3`1`0`0`0


Cassondra Dianese 1b`3`1`1`1`0`0`0


Taylor Kern dp`4`0`2`1`0`0`0


Courtney Hummel lf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Abby Remley ss`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Sara Berlin c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Abbey Favata cf`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Brittany Fisher rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`32`7`12`4`1`0`0`0


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


Kat Comitz lf`4`1`1`1`0`1`0


Maddie Perez rf`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Taylor Kelley ss`2`1`2`1`0`0`1


Taylor Baker p`4`2`2`1`0`0`0


Abby Berger 1b`2`1`1`1`1`0`0


Kelly Snyder c`3`0`2`2`0`0`0


Samantha Missal cf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Kylee Saba 2b`2`0`1`1`0`0`0


Sadie Trudgen 3b`2`1`1`0`0`0`0


Nicole Giampietro 3b`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`26`8`12`7`2`1`1


Berwick`111`400`0` — 7


Dallas`012`212`x` — 8


Berwick`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Bridge (L, 1-1)`6`12`8`6`0`2


Dallas`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Baker (W, 1-0)`7`12`7`5`2`5


Hazleton Area 3, Coughlin 0

Becky Demko struck out 12 and allowed two hits as Hazleton Area defeated Coughlin on Friday.

Hazleton Area scored two runs in its first trip to the plate. Maria Trievelpiece scored on a throwing error after reaching on a bunt single. Demko had a sacrifice fly to score the other run.

Trievelpiece also scored in the second on Lexi Wolk’s groundout.

Jill Suchoski and Liz Ellsworth singled for Coughlin.

Coughlin`000`000`0` – 0

Hazleton Area`210`000`x` – 3

WP – Becky Demko (2-0) 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO. LP – Julie Suchocki (1-1) 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.

Top hitters: COU, Suchocki, single, Liz Ellsworth, single. HA – Maria Trivelpiece, 2 singles, 2 run; Abby Sachse, single; MacKenzie Yori, single; Jolene Browdy, single.


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