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WRIGHT TWP. — That insurance run in the sixth inning sure was nice, especially for a team that has struggled to score.


Crestwood, though, didn’t need it because once again Alyssa Davies was on top of her game.


Davies struck out 10 and scattered three hits as the Comets shut down Dallas 2-0 Monday in a District 2 Class 3A first-round softball game.


Seventh-seeded Crestwood (8-8) moves to the quarterfinals and will play at second-seeded Berwick (12-3) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tenth-seeded Dallas ended its season at 5-10 with its seventh loss by two runs or less.


Davies entered the game off two strong starts — a no-hitter against Pittston Area and a shutout of Berwick. She continued on Monday, retiring 11 in a row after issuing a walk to Katy Comitz to start the game. Taylor Baker broke up the no-hit bid with a sharp single to center with two outs in the fourth.


After that, Davies retired eight of the next nine Mountaineers, surrendering a one-out single to Kelly Snyder in the fifth and a two-out single to Sam Missal in the seventh. Dallas had just four baserunners and only one moved as far as second.


Still, Davies wasn’t pitching in a comfort zone. The game was scoreless until Kiana Thompson gave Crestwood a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the fourth. The Comets could get players on but couldn’t get them in, just like the regular season where they ranked 16th among 18 WVC teams in runs scored.


So when Ashley Casem blooped a two-out RBI single to shallow right field in the sixth, Davies could relax a little.


“It makes it really easy to pitch when they do their job and hit,” said Davies, who was 3-for-3 at the plate. “Going into the seventh inning was a little more comforting because my team stepped up to the plate.”


Dallas ended its year by being shut out for a third time. The Mountaineers struck out eight times against Davies in a 4-2 loss on April 17.


“Tough to win when you don’t swing at strikes,” Dallas coach Joyce Tinner said. “Seven losses have been by two runs or less. We just have to learn how to finish games and stay in games. To lose five games by one run and three of the five we lost in the bottom of the seventh inning … one we lost in the bottom of the sixth inning when we were ahead.”


Crestwood had similar issues early in the season before turning it around. The Comets have won four of their last five.


“We started slow and we talked about it’s not how you start it’s how you finish,” Crestwood coach Bob Bertoni said. “We’ve won four out of our last five. We’re playing really well right now and Alyssa is pitching lights out. She’s pitching well enough to compete for a district championship, and we’re going to need for her to continue to do that.”


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


Katy Comitz lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Maddie Perez rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor Kelley ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor Baker dp`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Abby Burger 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Sam Missal cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Kelly Snyder c`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Kylee Saba 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Nicole Giampietro 2b`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Sadie Trudgen ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Mallory Faux p`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`24`0`3`0`0`0`0


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


Rachel Ritz cf`3`0`2`0`0`0`0


Ashley Casem 2b`4`0`3`1`0`0`0


Ashlee Olenginski 1b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Juliet Wotherspoon lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Melanie Snyder ss`2`1`0`0`0`0`0


Meghan Waite 3b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Alyssa Davies p`3`1`3`0`0`0`0


Kiana Thompson dp`3`0`1`1`0`0`0


Emily Sipple c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Colleen Borum ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Chrissy Perry rf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`25`2`11`2`0`0`0


Dallas`000`000`0 — 0


Crestwood`000`101`x — 2


E —Dallas 1. DP — Dallas 1. LOB — Dallas 4, Crestwood 10. SB — Ritz. CS — Ritz.


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


Faux (L)`4.1`9`1`1`1`2


Baker`1.2`2`1`1`0`3


Crestwood`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Davies (W)`7`3`0`0`1`10


 
 
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