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GWA edged in Eastern Regionals

Softball All-Stars finished Regionals with just one loss

Greater Wyoming Area’s Gwen Glatz struck out 15 batters in their Eastern Regional 9-10 softball tournament win against New York state champion South Orangetown last Sunday afternoon.

GWA second baseman Abigail Gober attempts a bunt against New York.

GWA catcher Aubrey Mytych hangs onto the ball as New York’s Emily Trozzo attempts to score.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Greater Wyoming Area shortstop Brianna Pizzano applies the tag as New York’s Taylor Lepone slides into second base during the Little League Softball Eastern Regional 9-10 Tournament at the Christy Mathewson Little League in Fleetville on Sunday.

photo by BILL TARUTIS

The distance between Greater Wyoming Area and South Lewistown, Maine is well over 400 miles. However, when the teams met in the Little League Softball Eastern Regional 9-10 Tournament at the Christy Mathewson Little League in Fleetville on Thursday afternoon, the distance wasn’t quite as far.

GWA jumped out to an early lead in the semifinal game but Maine battled back to take a 5-4 win to advance to Friday’s championship game against New Jersey. Greater Wyoming Area faced New York in the consolation game, a rematch of the local’s 1-0 win that opened the tournament.

The Greater Wyoming Area girls began the game by doing exactly what it has done all season – be aggressive on the base paths.

Gwen Glatz led off the game with a hard hit single down the left field line. Maine’s Danielle Cyr fielded the ball cleanly, but Glatz didn’t care and stretched the single into a double by sliding safely into second under the tag.

Stretching the single into a double proved to be huge for GWA as Glatz stole third and scored on a groundout by Aubrey Mytych for a 1-0 advantage.

Brianna Pizzano extended the GWA lead to 2-0 in the top of the third when her perfect sacrifice bunt allowed Glatz to score easily from third base after she roped a triple down the left field line.

South Lewistown cut the GWA lead in half in the bottom half of the third, but the Pennsylvania state champ ended the inning with a big play from its defense.

With the bases loaded Aleah Kranson made a beautiful play on a ground ball to third, stepped on the base and then fired home to catcher Glatz who applied the tag in time for the double play.

Kranson then singled to lead off the top of the fourth, and Cassidy Orzel followed with a single to left to move Kranson to third. Orzel was thrown out at second trying to stretch her hit to a double. Maddy Resciniti then drove home Kranson with a single to right to increase the GWA lead to 3-1.

But the Maine state champs batted around in the bottom half of the fourth and captured its first lead of the game after scoring four runs on three RBI singles and a pair of walks to take a 5-3 lead.

GWA tried to answer in the top of the sixth, but came up with only one run as Kranson again led things off with a single to center. She moved to second on a passed ball, and went to third on a groundout by Orzel. Kranson then scored on a Abigail Gober groundout to third to get GWA within 5-4. But that was all GWA could get.

Glatz finished with three hits on the day, and also struck out five of the six batters she faced in two innings of work for GWA. Kranson added two hits for the district, section and state champs.

GWA 6, Rhode Island 7

Despite a hard-fought 7-6 loss to Rhode Island on Tuesday in the final game of Pool A play at the Eastern Regional 9-10 Championships at the Christy Mathewson Little League in Fleetville. Greater Wyoming Area advanced to the Championship Semifinals on the strength of the run differential tie-breaker.

GWA finished Pool A play with a 2-1 record to tie with Rhode Island and New York, but advanced with New York because both had a better run differential than RI. Maryland was the fourth team in Pool A and finished 0-3.

The Pennsylvania champ earned the top seed from Pool A and faced Maine, the No. 2 seed from Pool B, in the semifinals. Pool B No. 1 seed New Jersey faced Pool A No. 2 seed New York in the other semi.

Gwen Glatz singled and tripled with three RBI to lead GWA at the plate against Rhode Island. Maddy Resciniti added a single.

GWA 11, Maryland 1

Aubrey Mytych matched her teammate with a complete-game, two-hitter as Greater Wyoming Area beat Maryland, 11-1, in the second game of Pool A play at the Eastern Regional 9-10 Championships at the Christy Mathewson Little League in Fleetville on Monday.

Gwen Glatz tossed a two-hitter to open the tourney in a win over New York.

Cassidy Graham paced the offense with two hits and three RBI for GWA and Glatz, Aleah Kranson and Brianna Pizzano each added singles.

GWA 1, New York 0

Greater Wyoming Area opened the Eastern Regional 9-10 Championships with a 1-0 win over New York at the Christy Mathewson Little League on Sunday afternoon in Fleetville.

Gwen Glatz starred as the pitcher struck out 15 in her complete-game, two-hit shutout victory. She also singled.

Maddy Resciniti singled and eventually scored the game’s only run on an error in the fourth inning. A Brianna Pizzano bunt had moved Resciniti to second.

GWA threw a runner out at the plate in the fourth trying to stretch a triple into a home run.

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