After a bit of a down year in 2008, both the Wayne County men's & women's softball leagues are bouncing back with an exciting season. Local fans are flocking to fields all over the area to witness top-flight competition in each circuit

Local diamond fans have been treated to several exciting games in recent Wayne County adult softball action.

Waymart Hotel rebounded from a tough loss last Thursday to post a 6-5 win over Kestler’s.

With that victory, the Hotel remains all alone atop the Wayne County Men’s League standings. Waymart is 9-1 on the year, two games up their closest pursuer.

Wargo Flooring is currenly in second place after suffering a 6-1 loss to Kestler's. Russell Gregory’s squad is now 7-3 for the ‘09 campaign.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side of the ledger, Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic and The Crossroads continued merrily on their way toward what seems to be a pre-destined showdown.

On Monday evening, CRVC rode the pitching of Heidi Blade Hewlett to a 9-1 decision over John’s Italian Restaurant.

The Crossroads kept pace by hammering out a lopsided win of their own. Jody Leach’s team scored early &?often en route to a 27-1 victory over A-1.

Cora’s also turned in a strong performance on Monday. Stacey Grund’s squad cruised to a 12-1 win over Bennoco’s.

Stay tuned to TWI Sports for continuing coverage of the Wayne County softball scene.

Men’s League
Bob “Reggie”?Bunnell led Joe’s Ranch House to a solid victory Tuesday night in Beach Lake.

The Wayne County Sports Hall of Famer went the distance for a complete game decision. Reggie allowed just five hits and one run in seven innings.

Kyle Schuman led the Ranch House offensively. A former multi-sport star at Honesdale, Kyle ripped three hits and scored a pair of runs.

Brett Hopkins contributed a single and and a double. He also collected two RBIs.

Ken Rizzi Sr. started for Wargo Flooring and eventually absorbed the loss.

Lenny Wargo doubled in the fifth and tallied his team’s lone run. Kenny Morris, Dave Bell, Dale Snyder and Rizzi rounded out the visitors’ offense.

Wargo Flooring has a chance to close the gap on the Waymart Hotel over the course of the next seven days. The Hamlin-based ballclub will host three games next week:?FYI?Graphics (Tuesday), Radio Shack (Wednesday)?and Crossroads (Thursday).

The Hotel solidified its grip on first place via razor-thin 6-5 win over Kestler’s.

Wally Kulick drew the starting nod in this one and earned the victory. Kulick worked all seven innings and fanned three.

Pete Saprona toed the rubber for Kestlers and absorbed the hard-luck loss. Saprona struck out four in six frames.

Aaron Glossenger and Joey Williams Jr. paced Hotel hitters with two safeties each. Kulick and Paul Gregorski chipped in with an RBI apiece.

Matt Holbert and Scott Gross each went 2-for-3 for Kestler’s in a losing effort.

Women’s League
In Monday’s Wayne County Women’s League game at Paupack, Heidi Blade Hewlett continued her outstanding pitching with another memorable performance for Cherry Ridge.

Heidi combined with reliever Becky Loring to fire a two-hitter against John’s Restaurant.

Jamie Sullivan received the starting assignment for John’s and eventually suffered a hard-luck loss.

Kayla Hartley and Nicki Malloy paced Cherry Ridge with a double apiece.
Caitlin Silsby ripped two hits to lead John’s.

The Crossroads kept its unbeaten streak alive with a rout of A-1 Tree Service.

Amy Pregnar was the starter and winner for The Crossroads. She received one inning of re-lief help from Nadine Taylor.

Tara Fay reached base six times and scored five runs for the winners.