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Berks softball title drought will end for one team on Thursday

A more than a decade championship dearth will end for one of the team’s in Thursday’s Berks softball championship game.

Wilson, the top seed, last won a championship in 2013 and Hamburg, the second seed, won its last crown in 2010.

The game is at 6:30 p.m. at Lyons Field.

Wilson used a seven-run second inning Monday to beat Twin Valley 8-2 to advance to the title game, while Hamburg defeated Exeter 5-3 in the other semifinal.

The two did not meet during the regular season, with Wilson (19-3 overall) finishing second in Berks Division I with a 10-2 conference mark. Hamburg (19-3) won Division III with an 11-0 record.

On Monday, Kaya Werley’s two-run home run in the second inning broke the game open, staking the Bulldogs to a 4-1 lead. After scoring three more runs, Wilson could start looking ahead to Thursday.

“It means a lot,” Wilson coach Gregg Kramer said after the semifinal win. “We’ve been working toward this for a few years now and we finally got there. It’s a big deal for us.”

Wilson will lean on pitcher Meghan Farrell to keep Hamburg in check. She pitched a complete game for Wilson on Monday, allowing only three hits and two runs, one of which was unearned. She struck out nine and walked five.

“We’re so excited,” Farrell said after Monday’s win. “Our team hasn’t seen this in a few years. We’re prepared. We’re really ready.”

Hamburg had last-inning drama against Exeter before securing its spot in the title game.

The Hawks led 5-1 entering the top of the seventh, but Exeter scored two runs and loaded the bases with no outs.

Hamburg senior pitcher Hailey Strunk did her part by getting a strike out before a nifty double play ended the game.

Exeter’s Alena Dinnini flew out to center for the second out and on the play, Hamburg center fielder Amelia Gassert fired a throw home that Shayna Morales collected on one hop and tagged out a sliding Cheyenne Boyles to complete the game-sealing double play.

“She’s honestly amazing,” Strunk said about Gassert after the game. “I was pretty speechless.”

On Monday, Strunk struck out five, and threw 97 pitches in the complete-game win, giving up 10 hits.

Jenna Shuman was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the semifinals and Kylah Reading went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks.

Hamburg played in the Berks semifinals in 2021 and last year, losing both times.

Hamburg beat Muhlenberg for its last title in 2010 on the back of pitcher Tara Klee, who tossed a no-hitter.








Source: Berkshire mont

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