Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER — Tioga scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to rally for a 10-4 win over Sayre here Saturday morning in the first round of the “Wounded Warrior Baseball Classic.”
The Tigers broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the home half of the third inning. Senior Derrick Barto and sophomore Derrick Gage rapped RBI singles.
The Redskins answered with four runs in the top of the fourth inning, despite just one hit in the rally. They took advantage of four base on balls, including a bases-loaded free pass to junior Isaiah Firestine to force home a run, and an error. Sophomore Zach Moore stroked a two-RBI single to cap the scoring.
Tioga’s response was swift as well, plating six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 8-4 lead.
Junior Mason Booser ripped a two-run triple to tie the game at 4-4, and Barto followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers the lead for good. Junior Brady Worthing capped the rally with a two-run single.
The Tigers tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning to provide the final margin.
Barto stroked three singles, scored two runs, and had two RBI to pace Tioga at the plate, while Gage singled twice, scored one run, and drove in one run, and Brady Worthing singled twice and knocked in two runs.
Senior Pierce Hendershot singled, stole four bases, and scored three runs in the win, while Booser tripled, scored one run, and had two RBI, senior John Worthing added a single, and junior Thomas Cook, sophomore Ethan Agan, and freshman Cobe Whitmore each crossed the plate once.
Cook earned the win for the Tigers, tossing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit, struck out one, and walked three.
Barto started for Tioga, allowing four runs on one hit, while striking out two and walking seven in 3 2/3 innings of work.
Moore stroked two singles and drove in two runs to account for both of Sayre’s hits, while juniors Quinn Hanafin and Camden Wheeler, and freshmen David Northrup and Brayden Horton scored one run apiece.
Cron was tagged with the loss for the Redskins, allowing six runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings, while striking out three and walking one. Brown pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on two hits, while striking out three and walking three.
Tioga, now 3-2, will play Athens Saturday afternoon in the second round of the “Wounded Warrior Classic,” while Sayre (2-4) plays at Waverly.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Thomas Cook. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRACIE STANDKIND.
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