WA beats rival PA but falls on Wednesday

June 27th, 2015 1:17 am

First Posted: 5/22/2013

Wyoming Area opened the District 2 Class AAA softball playoffs with a win over rival Pittston Area but was eliminated just two days later in a loss at Tunkhannock.

Alex Holtz and Nicole Cumbo combined on a four-hitter when the Lady Warriors shook off a Pittston Area run in the top of the first inning to post an 8-1, home-field win in an opening round game Monday.

Holtz worked six innings. Cumbo finished up with a hitless seventh inning.

Nicole Turner went 2-for-4 with a double for Wyoming Area, driving in a run in the third inning to tie the game and providing one of the run-scoring hits during a six-run, fourth-inning outburst.

Bree Bednarski, Turner and Serra Degnan each had key hits in the fourth inning.

Bree and Drew Bednarski joined Turner with two hits each.

The season came to an end Wednesday when fifth-seeded Wyoming Area saw a four-run lead get away in a 6-5, eight-inning playoff loss to Tunkhannock in the district quarterfinals.

The Lady Warriors were ahead 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh inning when Erin Smith doubled and scored the tying run. Smith drove in the game-winner in the eighth inning.

Wyoming Area had jumped in front 4-0 by scoring twice each in the top of the first and second innings.

Holtz and Emily Wolfgang each singled in runs in the first inning. Bree Bednarski doubled to drive in one run and Turner singled to drive in another in the second.

The Lady Warriors pounded seven hits in the first two innings. They managed six more before the game was over, but just one more run.

Tunkhannock tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the third.

Bree Bednarski and Turner opened the first inning with singles and came in to score before delivering the run-scoring hits in the second.

Turner finished 4-for-4 and scored twice. She singled to open the seventh inning and came home on an Adrienne Przybula double for a 5-4 lead.

Holtz had three hits while Bree and Drew Bednarski had two each.

Wyoming Area completed a season in which it went 9-5 in league play before splitting the two playoff games. The Lady Warriors won six of seven conference games to enter the final day of the regular season with a chance to tie for first place in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 race before falling short against division champion Berwick to finish tied for second.

Pittston Area went 2-13 and finished last among six teams in Division 1 of the WVC.