EXETER – Wyoming Area coach John McNeil changed his team’s approach Monday in time for the annual rivalry game with Pittston Area.
Senior pitcher Gwen Glatz used her change-up to get the Lady Warriors headed back in a different direction.
Glatz threw a four-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts as Wyoming Area rallied to defeat Pittston Area, 6-1, in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 crossover game at Atlas Field.
“My change-up was definitely there and my curveball was there,” said Glatz, who shut out Pittston Area after giving up a run in the top of the first inning. “He was giving me the low strike so I tried to stay low and kept them off-balance with the change-up.”
Glatz, a four-year starter who had been pitching less so far this season while playing more often at shortstop, found herself back in the circle after the team lost, 13-1, two days earlier against returning state finalist Tunkhannock.
“We got taken to the woodshed (April 21),” McNeil said. “We worked and we worked. I give the girls all the credit. They worked on hitting the ball.”
And, McNeil decided it was time to turn back to a veteran pitcher more often for the remainder of the season.
“Gwen Glatz pitched one heckuva game,” McNeil said. “ .. Gwen threw harder when she was a freshman. Now, she’s got composure and very good control of her pitches.
“She puts them where she wants to. She has developed that very good change-up and she moves the ball around.”
Glatz retired the last six, eight of the last nine and 14 of the last 16.
That gave time for Wyoming Area to rally.
The Lady Warriors scored four times in the fourth by putting the ball in play, including with bunts, and taking advantage of Pittston Area fielders dropping three throws.
Wyoming Area hit the ball harder while adding two runs in the fifth.
Kristi Skok lined a double to the fence in left-center field to drive in one run.
Jess Parente singled up the middle and scored when Kari Melberger single to left-center.
Skok, Parente and Brianna Pizzano all had two hits for Wyoming Area. Glatz scored twice.
Kaehler Kivler, Alexa McHugh, Lexi Felinski and Gabby Para had the Pittston Area hits. Para stole a base and scored. McHugh drove in the run.
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