GWA’s Bree Bednarski heads for second base against Christy Mathewson in a Section 5 Junior Softball game in Plains Township on Wednesday evening.photos by BILL TARUTIS
GWA shortstop Nicole Turner, right, braces for impact by Christy Mathewson’s Lindsay Kwiatkowski.
Greater Wyoming Area’s Nicole Cumbo delivers a pitch against Christy Mathewson in the opening round of the Section 5 Junior Softball Tournament at Plains on Wednesday.Photo by BILL TARUTIS
Runs have not been hard to come by this season for the Greater Wyoming Area softball team and Wednesday night was no different.
The District 31 champions exploded on offense, and Nicole Cumbo was terrific in the circle as GWA smashed District 17 champ Christy Mathewson, 14-1, in the opening round of the Section 5 Little League Junior Softball Tournament at Tokach Field in Plains
The Greater Wyoming Area offense scored in four of the five innings played and batted around the order in both the third and the fifth innings
GWA started things off by taking an early 3-0 lead.
Bree Bednarski and Turner led off with consecutive singles before Adrienne Przybyla crushed a double over the centerfielder’s head allowing both Bednarski and Turner to score.
Later in the inning, Emily Wolfgang hit a sacrifice fly allowing Przybyla to score easily from third.
GWA extended their lead with a five-run third inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Wolfgang drew a walk to force Turner home from third. Drew Bednarski and Heather Nametko then hit back-to-back, two-run doubles to give the locals an 8-0 lead.
Christy Mathewson got one back in the bottom half of the third. However it was the only run the Factoryville-based team would score all game.
GWA’s relentless offensive attack continued in the fourth, as they tallied five more runs in the inning.
Wolfgang, Jordan Kelly, Lindsay Carey and Drew Bednarski all had singles in the inning, and Turner opened the floodgates with a bases-clearing triple to give GWA a 13-0 lead.
Greater Wyoming Area added its final run in the top of the fifth when Megan Bresnahan hit an RBI-single to centerfield making it a 14-1 game.
Cumbo earned the win, allowing one hit in four innings of work as she combined with Lauren Maloney on a two-hitter. Cumbo struck out five while walking just two, and Maloney got three straight outs after issuing a leadoff walk in the fifth.
Every hitter in the GWA starting line up picked up a hit in the game.
GWA 10, Carbino 6
Nicole Cumbo scattered six hits and went the distance to pick up the win as Greater Wyoming Area advanced to the Championship Series of the Section 5 Little League Junior Softball Tournament at Tokach Field in Plains with a 10-6 win over District 32 champion Carbino Club on Thursday night.
GWA played for the title last night after Dispatch deadline in a rematch with Carbino, which eliminated Plains. A Greater Wyoming Area win would put the team into the Pennsylvania State Tournament which starts Wednesday at the Indiana Little League.
Adrienne Pryzbyla drove in four runs for GWA on two hits. Megan Bresnahan added two hits and an RBI, and Sara Coolbaugh and Drew Bednarski also each drove in a run for the District 31 champions.
For a full report on last night’s championship check next week’s Dispatch.
GWA 8, Warrington 2
Winning-pitcher Gwen Glatz smacked three hits to lead Greater Wyoming Area to an 8-2 win over Warrington in the opening round of the Pennsylvania State 9-10 year old Softball Championships on Wednesday morning at the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Little League in Hellertown.
Brianna Pizzano added two RBI for the District 31 and Section 5 champs, and Alexa Kranson chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Aubrey Mytych also drove in a run for GWA.
GWA 0, Exton 18
Greater Wyoming Area lost its second game in the round-robin portion of the Pennsylvania State 9-10 year old Softball Championships on Thursday evening to District 27 champ Exton at the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Little League.
GWA faced Avon Grove (2-0) on Friday afternoon. AG, the District 28 champ beat Warrington, 17-0 on Thursday.
Sunday Dispatch reporter Rick Notari contribute to this report.