Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly softball plays in its first-ever state playoff game this evening, while Day 1 of the New York State Track & Field Championships begins this morning at Middletown High School with four Waverly athletes in action.
Class B Quarterfinals
Waverly vs. Oneida (22-1), 5:30 p.m. @ Carrier Park, East Syracuse: The Lady Wolverines are coming off a 2-1 win over Susquehanna Valley, while the Lady Indians topped Adirondack, 9-2 in the Section III championship game.
Oneida has appeared in eight consecutive Section III title games, last winning a title — in Class A — in 2015.
The game will pit two returning first-team all-state Class B pitchers in Waverly senior Wendi Hammond and Oneida senior Kyra Sholtzhauzer.
Sholtzhauzer is 22-1 with a 1.30 ERA. She has 150 strikeouts and 20 walks in 135 innings. She is also hitting .386 (27 hits in 70 ABs) with two home runs and 17 RBI.
Hammond is 18-2 with a 0.42 ERA and 253 strikeouts in 117 2/3 innings, while walking just 11 and allowing only 42 hits. She is hitting .533 (32 hits in 60 ABs) with 13 home runs and 36 RBI.
Oneida’s leading hitter are: freshman Kaylin Curro — the coach’s daughter, who is hitting .518 (44 hits in 85 BAs) with 20 steals … senior Lauren Skibitski, who is hitting .429 (36 hits in 84 ABs) with nine extra-base hits and 29 RBI … and freshman Olivia Friend, who is hitting .406 (26 hits in 64 ABs) with one home run and 28 RBI.
TRACK & FIELD
NYS Division 2 Championships, 11 a.m. @ Middletown H.S.: Waverly junior Isaac Chandler will compete in the pole vault (11 a.m.) and the 110-meter hurdles (1:30 p.m.) in Day of the New York State meet, while three of his teammates will run in one event.
Junior Melina Ortiz will run in the 400-meter dash (2:30 p.m.), while senior Dylan Ward will compete in the 800-meter run (3 p.m.), and junior Cora Smith will run in the 3,000-meter run (5:40 p.m.) — the final event of the day.
Ortiz is the fifth seed in the 400 with a seed time of 58.79 seconds, and Smith is the 21st seed in the 3,000-meter run with a seed time of 10:24.64.
Chandler is the seventh-seed in the 110-meter hurdles with a seed time of 14.87 seconds. He is also the seventh seed in the pole vault at 14-feet, 9-inches, while Ward is the 23rd seed in the 800 with a seed time of 1:57.45.
On Saturday, sophomore Collin Wright will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the foursome of Smith, juniors Sheridan Talada and Elizabeth Fritzen, and freshman Olivia Nittinger will run in the 3,200-meter relay.
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