Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER — Tioga quickly rallied from an early 4-0 deficit, topping Lansing, 9-5, for its fifth straight win here Thursday afternoon in IAC Division 2 softball action.
The Lady Bobcats scored four runs in the first inning on a two-run single by Ashley Bell, and a two-out, two-run single by Alexia Chain.
Junior Michela Webb led off the home half of the first inning with a walk, and quickly circled the bases on passed ball and wild pitches to trim the deficit to 4-1.
Sophomore Olivia Ayres and Kindra Wessels each worked walks, and junior Giovanna Rossi reached on an outfield error to load the bases. With one out, consecutive wild pitches plated Wessels and Rossi to trim the deficit to 4-3.
The Lady Tigers took advantage of more walks in the second inning, with sophomore Faith Burrowes and junior Allyson Chapman drawing free passes to start the inning.
After a one-out single by Ayres loaded the bases, Rossi stroked a two-out RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. Following a wild pitch that gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good, freshman Julia Bellis hit a two-run single to center field to make it 7-4.
Tioga tacked on an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend its lead to 8-4.
Bell ripped an RBI double in the top of the fifth to plate Lansing’s final run of the game, trimming the deficit to 8-5.
Tioga added an insurance run in the home half of the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Chapman.
Wessels earned the run for Tioga, allowing five runs — two earned — on eight hits, while striking out six and walking three in seven innings.
Rossi tripled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run, and Ayres singled twice and scored twice to pace Tioga at the plate, while Bellis singled and drove in two runs, Wessels singled and scored one run, Chapman scored one run and drove in one run, and Webb, Burrowes, and junior Shaina Franks each scored one run.
Bell had three hits, including a pair of doubles, scored one run, and had three RBI to pace Lansing at the plate.
Tioga, now 11-3, returns to action Friday at Newark Valley.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Julia Bellis. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF CRISTINA ROSSI.
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