Wyoming Area’s Kristi Skok leads West to softball all-star win

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Mackenzie Gable, left, and Nina Cencetti join other East All-Stars on the first base line for the national anthem before the start of the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch
West third baseman Kristi Skok of Wyoming Area concentrates on a batter in the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

DALLAS – Kristi Skok’s Wyoming Area softball career came to an end May 29 with a District 2 Class 4A semifinal loss.

Skok, however, never stopped playing.

Playing with MVP Sports Academy in Exeter’s 18-U travel team that has won eight out of nine games helped keep Skok sharp. That sharpness was on display Monday night during the 39th annual Robert Dolbear Wyoming Valley Conference Senior Softball all-star game.

Skok doubled in the game’s first two runs and finished with two hits and three RBI to help the West to a 14-2 victory over the East.

“It was really fun,” Skok said after completing her high school career as the starting third baseman and third hitter for the winning West team. “I was glad I got to play one more time for Wyoming Area.”

Jess Parente, who started in left field, and coach John McNeil, who served as an assistant coach, also represented the Lady Warriors in the Dallas Kiwanis Club-sponsored event played at the Back Mountain Little League’s W.W. Kubis Memorial Field.

Skok, who is joined by Parente and Gwen Glatz, another Wyoming Area teammate, on the MVP Sports Academy team that has played two tournaments, did not need long to make an impact.

Sammi Starr from Berwick reached on an error and Kendra Saba from Dallas followed with a bunt single to start the game.

Skok then delivered a two-run double off the right-field fence against East Most Valuable Player Miranda Bohn from Nanticoke.

“I knew Miranda likes to stay outside,” Skok said. “When the first two pitches came in, they looked a little too far outside for me, but I was 0-2 and I knew I had to protect.

“I just stepped into the pitch and got a good piece of it.”

Skok played the first four innings at third base and the last two of the seven-inning game in center field. She had a single and scored the second of her three runs during the seven-run fifth, then drove in another run while reaching on a fielder’s choice in the sixth.

Parente batted fifth and finished 1-for-4. She had an RBi infield single in the fifth inning.

Northwest pitcher Brooke Harvey, who worked four scoreless innings, and also had a double, single and two RBI, was the West MVP.

Skok received some support for the honor.

Players from Dallas and Berwick were also part of the West team.

Wyoming Valley West had players on each team.

Pittston Area’s Nina Cencetti and Mackenzie Gable started for the East.

Cencetti started the game at first base and pitched the last three innings. She was 0-for-3.

Gable was 1-for-2 with a walk. She started in right field.

The East also had players from Coughlin, Meyers and Nanticoke.

Pittston Area’s Mackenzie Gable, left, and Nina Cencetti join other East All-Stars on the first base line for the national anthem before the start of the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_PSDKiwanis1-1.jpgPittston Area’s Mackenzie Gable, left, and Nina Cencetti join other East All-Stars on the first base line for the national anthem before the start of the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

West third baseman Kristi Skok of Wyoming Area concentrates on a batter in the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_PSDKiwanis2-1.jpgWest third baseman Kristi Skok of Wyoming Area concentrates on a batter in the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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