WEST PITTSTON — No way was it going to rain on Berwick’s quest for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball title.
Not last Thursday and certainly not Monday.
The Dawgs scored seven runs in the fourth inning — all after a rain delay — as they overwhelmed Wyoming Area 14-2 in six innings to clinch the division crown.
Berwick improved to 11-2 in Division 2, locking up the second seed in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs in the process. Wyoming Area finished the regular season at 9-5.
Berwick defeated Tunkhannock (9-4), another divisional contender entering the week, 3-0 on Thursday after a brief rain delay. Monday’s delay was much longer — 22 minutes — but the ensuing results were much better.
The game was halted with the bases loaded with one out and a 1-0 count on Margaret Bridge. When play resumed, Bridge hit a two-run double to left. Courtney Hummel followed with a two-run single and pinch hitter Bridget Orlando delivered a two-run single later, giving Berwick an 11-2 lead.
“That was tough,” Berwick coach Brian Bridge said. “Luckily we were on offense when it started raining, so it didn’t quite affect us as much. The field held up really good. I was really surprised.”
So was Wyoming Area, which was right in the game until that point. The performance trumped two other lopsided losses this season, including a 10-3 setback to Berwick on April 15.
“By far, it was the worst game we’ve played all year,” Wyoming Area coach Barry Przybyla said. “I’m not taking anything away from (Berwick). They hit the ball, they came to play. We didn’t.”
Berwick didn’t stop after the seven-run outburst, scoring three more times in the sixth to end the game an inning early. Sara Berlin had the big hit, a two-run double to give her three RBI. Hummel also finished with three RBI and was 3-for-4 at the plate.
In all, Berwick banged out 12 hits and every starter either scored or had a hit or an RBI.
“We talked about that in our huddle,” Bridge said. “All year we couldn’t get the back to back hits we needed. Today they finally put it together. Wyoming Area is a great team, we know that. To come out here and hit the ball like that, I was really proud of the girls.”
Wyoming Area had only five hits, with Serra Degnan and Emily Wolfgang each recording a double. The Warriors will have to wait until the WVC and Lackawanna League seasons end to find out their D2-3A playoff opponent, but are guaranteed a home game in the first round.
“I don’t mind getting beat,” Przybyla said, “but we’re a better ball club than that. Much better. We’ll be ready for the playoffs.”
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Crestwood 3, Pittston Area 1
Alyssa Davies pitched a no-hitter and only allowed one walk in a Comets’ win. Davies struck out eight batters in seven innings.
Trailing by one, Crestwood scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Pittston Area’s Taylor Baloga allowed two earned runs and six hits, while striking out five batters. Antoinette Scialpi scored the Patriots’ lone run.
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WP — Alyssa Davies (6-8) 7 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. LP — Taylor Baloga (2-12)6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
2B — Meghan Waite (C).
Top hitters — PA, Antoinette Scialpi run; CRE: Rachel Ritz 2-4, RBI; Waite RBI; Melanie Snyder 1-1.
Hazleton Area 2, Nanticoke 1
Becky Demko struck out seven and allowed two hits as Hazleton Area edged Nanticoke.
Samantha Varela had an RBI for the Cougars, who clinched the Division 1 title last week.
Kayla Benjamin tripled and Kayley Schinski singled for Nanticoke’s only hits.
WP — Becky Demko (11-1) 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. LP — Allie Matulewski (5-4) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.
3B — Kayla Benjamin (N).
Top hitters — HAZ, Samantha Varela 1-3, RBI; Lexi Wolk 1-3, run; Demko 1-3. NAN,Benjamin 1-3,run; Kayley Schinski 1-3, RBI.
Tunkhannock 4, Dallas 3
Ryleigh Fitch drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning with a three-run homer as the Tigers edged Dallas.
Erin Smith and Molly Hampsey opened the sixth with singles.
Kirsten Gilpin worked out of five jams to pick up the victory.
Taylor Baker had two RBI for Dallas.
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WP — Kirsten Gilpin (4-2) 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. LP — Taylor Baker (5-7) 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB 7 K.
2B — Taylor Baker (D), Emily Forba (T). HR — Ryleigh Fitch (T).
Top hitters — DAL, Baker 2 RBI. TUN, Fitch 2-3, 3 RBI; Molly Hampsey 2-3, RBI.
Meyers 20, GAR 10
Bri DiMaggio had a grand slam, home run, double and six RBI as Meyers posted its first win of the season in the highest scoring WVC contest this year.
Leah Merrick finished a single short of the cycle for Meyers and finished with four RBI. Sarah McCann finished a homer short of the cycle.
Brittany Stephenson had three hits to pace GAR.
WP — Gina Strillacci (1-2) 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 1 K. LP — Lindsey Quinn (0-3) 5 IP, 18 H, 20 R, 20 ER, 7 BB, 2 K.
2B — Bri DiMaggio (M), Sarah McCann (M), Leah Merrick (M), Sam Bryan (G). 3B — McCann (M), Merrick (M), Crissy Shontz (M). HR — DiMaggio (M) 2, Merrick (M).
Top hitters — MEY, DiMaggio 3-5, 6 RBI, 2 runs; McCann 4 runs; Merrick 3-4, 4 RBI, 4 runs; Shontz 2-5. GAR — Bryan RBI, 2 runs; Brittany Stephenson 3-4, 3 runs.
Coughlin 12, Wyoming Valley West 4
Coughlin overcame an early three-run deficit to defeat Wyoming Valley West. Marissa Ross hit a grand slam as part of a two-hit performance. The Crusaders totaled six doubles, including two from Cassy Vukovich and Kayla Cunningham.
Wyoming Valley West’s Casey Dolan went 2-for-4 with a double.
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WP — Julie Suchocki (5-10) 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. LP — Chloe Ruckle (6-8) 6 IP, 17 H, 12 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
2B — Casey Dolan (WVW), Kelcie Senchak (WVW), Kayla Cunningham (Cou) 2, Cassy Vukovich (Cou) 2, Danyelle Schweit (Cou), Samantha Conway (Cou). HR — Marissa Ross (Cou).
Top hitters — WVW,Danielle Grega 2-4; Dolan 2-4. COU, Ross 2-4; Schweit 3-4; Cunningham 4-4; Vukovich 3-4; Kayla Kelly 2-3.
Hanover Area 11, Northwest 4
Mary Kate Penczkowski struck out 10 batters to earn the victory for the Hawkeyes. Michelle McNair and Caitlyn Bogart each went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Maggie Murphy doubled for the Rangers. Molly Hampsey and Olivia McCorkel each tallied two hits.
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WP — Mary Kate Penczkowski (10-2) 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 10 K. LP — Kelsey Yutsat (8-3) 7 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
2B — Haylee Bobos (H), Maggie Murphy (N). HR — Michelle McNair (H), Caitlyn Bogart (H).
Top hitters — HAN, M.McNair 2-4; Bogart 2-4; Brittany McNair 2-4; Bobos 2-4. NWT, Murphy 2-4; Molly Hasay 2-3; Olivia McCorkel 2-4.
The Holy Redeemer at MMI Prep game was postponed Monday. The teams will play at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.