Johnson, Saba, Ross, Dallas coaches contribute to West softball win

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post
West’s Kendra Saba of Dallas bunts her way on base in the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday. - Bill Tarutis | For Dallas Post

DALLAS – Joyce Tinner wrote down some familiar names when she filled out the West lineup card Monday night for the 39th annual Robert Dolbear Wyoming Valley Conference Senior Softball All-Star Game at the W.W. Kubis Memorial Field.

Tinner had three veterans of her Dallas team all produce multiple hits as the West rolled to a 14-2 victory in the game sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dallas.

Four-year starter Kendra Saba, 3 ½-year starter Olivia Johnson and three-year starter Peyton Ross all played for the team led by Tinner, current Dallas assistant Jennifer Yanuskavich and former Dallas assistant John McNeil, who is now coaching Wyoming Area.

“It was nice to coach them one last time,” Tinner said. “They’re three kids that were all special in a different way.

“They all contributed a lot the last three-to-four years and it was nice to see them go out with a win.”

Johnson, who broke into the lineup in her freshman year and also played third base while at Dallas, was the starting first baseman for the West team. She went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in.

The other two Dallas players were each 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Saba, who played shortstop for the Mountaineers the last three seasons, started the game at second base, the position she played as a Dallas freshman. She batted second, had the game’s first hit and scored as part of a four-run top of the first.

Ross was the clean-up hitter and starting catcher. She was the Dallas starting catcher the last two seasons after moving around the infield as a sophomore.

The Dallas players produced seven of the 15 West hits.

Northwest’s Brooke Harvey was West Most Valuable Player after throwing four scoreless innings while striking out five. She also had an RBI single in the first and an RBI double off the left-field fence in the seventh-run fifth that opened the lead to 12-0.

“That was actually the first time I’ve seen her pitch,” Tinner said. “I was definitely very impressed.

“She just started being the number-one pitcher this year.”

The West team also had players from Wyoming Area and Berwick.

Wyoming Valley West had players on each team to help make sure the East had an experienced catcher.

Jessica Ras from Wyoming Valley West managed the East team, which also had players from Coughlin, Meyers, Nanticoke and Pittston Area.

Miranda Bohn from Nanticoke, the only East player with two hits, was her team’s MVP. She doubled in the first run and scored the second when the East got both of its runs in the second inning.

Bob Law, who has worked all 39 games in the event’s history, was part of the volunteer umpire crew that also included Ed Friar and Tony Chiarucci.

West’s Kendra Saba of Dallas bunts her way on base in the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TDPKiwanis1-1.jpgWest’s Kendra Saba of Dallas bunts her way on base in the 39th annual Robert L. Dolbear/Dallas Kiwanis Club Senior All-Star Softball Game in Dallas Monday. Bill Tarutis | For Dallas Post

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

Reach the Dallas Post newsroom at 570-991-6405 or by email at news@mydallaspost.com.

Reach the Dallas Post newsroom at 570-991-6405 or by email at news@mydallaspost.com.