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GWA wins second straight District 31 Juniors crown

Megan Bresnahan delivers a pitch for Greater Wyoming Area in her team’s win over Kingston/Forty Fort for the District 31 Junior All-Star Championship.

Above left, GWA’s Lauren Maloney fouls the ball off of her helmet. Above right, Sara Coolbaugh rips a hit for Greater Wyoming Area.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

The Greater Wyoming Area District 31 Junior All-Star Tournament champions.

photo by BILL TARUTIS

The Greater Wyoming Area junior softball team used a combination of relentless hitting and phenomenal pitching to put them in a familiar place – the District 31 title game.

But the timely hitting and great pitching didn’t stop there as they defeated Forty-Fort/Kingston 9-1 on Wednesday evening at the Exeter Little League Complex for the District 31 Junior All-Star championship.

“It was definitely one of the better games we have played this season,” GWA manager Rob Bresnahan said. “The girls played phenomenal and we hit the ball very well and our pitching was phenomenal.”

Greater Wyoming Area wasted no time taking a 1-0 advantage in the title game. With one out in the top of the opening inning, Nicole Turner roped a single to centerfield. She then used blazing speed to steal her first of three bases in the game. She then advanced to third base on a passed ball before an Adrienne Przybyla ground out to second allowed Turner to score easily.

The GWA offense continued to roll and exploded for a four-run second inning.

Drew Bednarski drew a leadoff walk and then moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Lindsay Carey then singled and Bree Bednarski was hit by a pitch to load the bases for GWA with two outs in the inning.

A little bit of luck then went GWA’s way.

Turner then struck out for the third out, but reached first base on a passed ball. Przybyla then opened the floodgates with a bases clearing single to left-centerfield. The GWA lead was 5-0 after just two innings of play.

Forty Fort/Kingston finally got on the board in the third when they drew a leadoff walk and later cashed in on a double to right-centerfield.

However, the one run in the third would be their first as well as their last in the game.

Turner led off the sixth inning with a single right back up the middle and then stole second base for the second time in the game. She was moved to third on an infield single by Przybyla and later scored on a groundout off the bat of Sarah Coolbaugh. Megan Bresnahan then singled in Coolbaugh and the GWA lead was 7-1 after six innings of play.

GWA extended their lead to 9-1 in the top of the seventh. Turner led off the inning with a walk, she then stole second base yet again and was advanced to third on a single off the bat of Przybyla. Coolbaugh then roped a two-RBI single to right field.

The nine runs proved to be more than enough for GWA to capture their second straight District 31 junior softball championship title.

Bresnahan was the winning pitcher and was terrific for GWA. She allowed just two hits in five innings. She struck out four opposing hitters while issuing just one walk. Forty Fort/Kingston’s first hit didn’t come until the third inning.

Lauren Maloney then followed suit by coming in to pitch the final two innings. She used the combination of a terrific fastball and an even better changeup to keep the opposition off balance in the batters box.

Przybyla led the GWA offense with four hits. Turner, Bresnahan and Carey also had multi-hit games for Greater Wyoming Area.

The GWA played a perfect game defensively and had no errors.

GWA 5, K/FF 4

Lauren Maloney struck out 11 to lead Greater Wyoming Area to a 5-4 win over Kingston/Forty Fort in a District 31 Junior Winner’s Bracket Final on Saturday afternoon.

Megan Bresnahan led the offense with a two-run single, and Adrienne Przybyla and Nicole Turner tripled and doubled respectively for GWA.

Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari also contributed to this report.

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