First Posted: 5/17/2013
The District 2 AAA playoffs come with bonus for local softball fans — an extra rivalry game. The way the seedings fell in the open tournament Pittston Area, 2-12, and seeded 13th, and Wyoming Area, 9-5, and seeded 5th play a first round game tomorrow, Monday at Wyoming Area at 4:30.
The Warriors went into the week with one game to play on Monday and with a slim, but a possible, chance to catch Berwick atop the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball title.
They had to defeat Berwick Monday for starters, but didn’t come close, losing 14-2 in six innings.
The Dawgs scored seven runs in the fourth inning, after a 22-minute rain delay, to open a big lead.
Wyoming Area had only five hits, with Serra Degnan and Emily Wolfgang each had a doubles.
The Lady Patriots also lost their final game, 3-1, to Crestwood on Monday. Freshman pitcher Taylor Baloga pitched probably her best game of the season, giving up six hits, two earned runs and striking out five.
Though the Patriots record is what it is and though Wyoming Area beat them 9-0 on April 22, Baloga did strikeout nine. WA coach Barry Pryzbyla is wary. “Hey, they’re not a bad ball club. They have four or five freshman starting. Baloga is a good pitcher and we’ll have to come to play. Anybody can get beat on any given day. We saw it last year when Holy Redeemer, I think they were number 14, upset Berwick.
“We can prepare, but they have to go out and play. I don’t think the girls will be over-confidant. They’ll be focused. Ready. This is the second season. The first was for seeding, now it’s win or go home.”
District 2 AAA playoffs
Monday (4:30 p.m.)
No. 9 Honesdale (5-8) at No. 8 Scranton Prep (5-8)
No. 12 Pittston Area (2-13) at No. 5 Wyoming Area (9-5)
No. 13 West Scranton (1-12) at No. 4 Tunkhannock (9-5)
No. 14 Lake-Lehman (1-13) at No. 3 Abington Heights (9-4)
No. 11 Coughlin (5-10) at No. 6 North Pocono (8-5)
No. 10 Dallas (5-9) at No. 7 Crestwood (7-8)
No. 15 Western Wayne (0-13) at No. 2 Berwick (11-3)
Wednesday, May 22
(Games at site of higher seed. Times TBA)
Honesdale/Prep winner at No. 1 Valley View (13-0)
Wyoming Area/Pittston Area winner vs. West Scranton/Tunkhannock winner
Abington Heights/Lake-Lehman winner vs. Coughlin/North Pocono winner
WVC Division 2
Wyoming Area 9-5