Valley Sports Report
DRYDEN — Senior Colby Sindoni spun a four-hitter to lead Waverly to the IAC Championship with a 3-1 win over Thomas A. Edison here Friday afternoon at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
The Wolverines beat the two teams — Lansing and Edison — that shared the league’s best records — both 11-3 to win the first IAC crown in its new format.
“I don't think we overachieved,” said Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee. “I think with this year’s team it's all about how we came together as a team. And, this team came together very well.
“We have achieved two out of our three goals — the division title, and the IAC conference title,” added McDuffee.
The Wolverines improve to 14-6 on the season heading into the Section IV, Class B playoffs.
“We have one more attainable goal still out there waiting to be achieved,” said McDuffee.
Sindoni allowed one run, while striking out one and walking three in a complete-game performance. He threw 104 pitches.
“Colby Sindoni got the job done,” said Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee. “He changed his speeds, pitched down in strike zone and kept their hitters off balance.
“We have faced everyone's No. 1 pitchers for past two weeks and that has been a big help.
“Hats off to coach Bennett and his staff. he has a great baseball program and when you beat Edison it is never easy,” added McDuffee.
Waverly loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning, but Edison ace Xander Burch pitched out the jam.
Junior Jalen McCarty led off the third inning with an infield single, and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Sindoni followed with a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away, allowing McCarty to score.
With one out, junior Ethan Stotler stroked an RBI single to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.
Tom Kane stroked a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning to trim the Waverly lead to 2-1.
The Wolverines got the run back quickly on a two-out RBI single by senior Montana Davis to score McCarty, who had reached on a one-out double.
“We also got some timely hitting and used the hits we had to generate runs,” said McDuffee.
Sindoni pitched around a one-out walk in the fifth inning, and a lead-off single in the seventh to preserve the win.
McCarty had three hits, including a double, and scored two runs to pace Waverly’s six-hit attack, while Stotler singled twice and drove in one run, Davis singled and drove in one run, and Sindoni scored one run, and drove in one run.
Burch was tagged with the loss for the Spartans. He allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out 12 and walking one in seven innings of work.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Colby Sindoni. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF MATT PATTON and SHANNON McCARTY.
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