Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley


Valley Sports Report
DRYDEN — Senior Sara Strong had five hits, and sophomore Giovanna Rossi belted a pair of home runs to lead Tioga to its fifth straight IAC Small School championship game win, this time a 21-2 rout of Moravia here Wednesday afternoon at the Cornell University softball complex.

After a scoreless first inning, Rossi led off the top of the second inning with a home run over the right-field fence.

Strong followed with a double, and later scored on a two-out RBI single by junior Kelsey Vosburgh to make it 2-0.

Senior Madalyn Dydynski, who earned the win in the pitcher’s circle, helped her own cause in the third inning with a two-out, two-RBI single to push the lead to 4-0.

The Lady Blue Devils answered with two runs in the home half of the third inning on a two-run double by Maddie Funk to trim the deficit to 4-2.

Moravia put the first two batters on base in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Dydynski retired the next three batters to preserve the 4-2 lead.

From the fifth inning on, it was all Tioga.

The Lady Tigers scored seven runs in the top of the fifth, capped by Rossi’s second home run — a two-run shot over the center-field fence, to make it 11-2.

Senior Mariah Culver relieved Dydynski in the bottom of the fifth inning, and retired all nine batters she faced, including seven via strikeout.

Tioga ended any thoughts of a Moravia comeback in the top of the seventh inning with a nine-run rally that extended the lead to 21-2. The rally was punctuated by a three-RBI triple by 8th-grader Kylie Zimmerman.

Seven of Tioga’s starters had at least two hits in a 24-hit barrage that included seven extra-base hits.

Strong was 5-for-6 with two doubles, four runs scored, and one RBI, while Rossi was 4-for-6 with two home runs, a double, four runs scored, and three RBI, and Vosburgh was 4-for-6 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI to pace Tioga at the plate.

Kylie Zimmerman had three hits, including a triple, two runs scored, and three RBI for the Lady Tigers, while senior Marissa Howe stroked three singles, and drove in one run, Dydynski singled twice, scored one run, and had three RBI, and Culver singled twice, and scored one run.

Senior Kurstan Martin singled, scored one run, and drove in a run in the win, while sophomore Michaela Webb scored three runs, and drove in a run, and freshman Kindra Wessels crossed the plate twice.

Dydynski allowed two runs — one earned — on five hits in four innings in the circle. She struck out five and walked one.

Culver earned the save with three innings of perfect relief.

Funk and Mikael Withers had two hits apiece to pace Moravia at the plate.

Tioga, now 17-2, will host the winner of Thursday’s game between sixth-seed Notre Dame (10-7) and 11th-seed O-M (8-7) on Tuesday in the Section IV, Class C quarterfinals.


IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Giovanna Rossi. … PHOTOS 1-16 and 23 by TIM BIRNEY. — PHOTOS 17-22 and 24 COURTESY OF CRISTINA ROSSI.

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