Valley Sports Report
OWEGO — Nichols-Tioga (Sindoni) battled to the end at the Owego Little League 10U Tournament over the weekend, but in the end came up just a little short, falling to Chenango Forks (Curtis) in two high-scoring games Sunday.
On Saturday, N-T bested Candor (Rose) to reach the C1 division championship round.
Nichols-Tioga 14, Candor 6
N-T overcame a shaky start, climbing out of a four-run hole.
Candor was hot at the start, building a 6-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the third inning. Jantz and Kellen Williamson hit two singles and scored two run each to highlight the start. Cooper Dember and Donny Makie had two base hits apiece as well, and Mason Rose added a triple in the third.
Josh Rought and Brayden Lounsbury accounted for the N-T runs in the first and third, respectively.
Nichols-Tioga batted through the order in the third to go ahead for good, 8-6.
Gavin Kithcart belted a triple and Talon Relyea smacked a double to highlight the uprising. N-T added two runs in the fourth with Josh Rought hitting a triple.
A handful of walks aided N-T in the fifth as the team scored four more runs.
Chenango Forks 14, Nichols-Tioga 9
N-T trailed 7-2 entering the sixth, but gave up seven runs. The team would get those seven runs back in the bottom of the inning but couldn't get any closer.
Owen Parker went 2-for-3 while Relyea, Rought and Kaiden Sindoni were 2-for-4. Jacob Bidwell and Christian Crawn went 1-for-2, and Kithcart was 1-for-3.
Bidwell started on the mound and pitched two innings. Rought threw the final four.
Chenango Forks 14, Nichols-Tioga 11
N-T fell behind early, but fought back to close the gap to 12-11 heading into the final inning.
Relyea and Parker went 3-for-4, and Sindoni was 2-for-2. Lounsbury was 2-for-4 and Bidwell was 1-for-3. Rought and Kithcart were 1-for-4, and Rought drilled a bases-loaded triple, then scored on a CF error to highlight a late comeback attempt.
Parker pitched 1 2/3 innings, Kithcart went 4 2/3 and Rought recorded the final two outs.
Nichols-Tioga finished the tournament with a 5-2 record. They were 10-3 for the summer, also placing second in the M-E tournament.
PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR
PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR
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