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NTL SOFTBALL: NEB TOPS PESKY SAYRE, 11-3 (15 PHOTOS) (2021-04-14)

Valley Sports Report
ROME — Sayre hung tough for half the game, but Northeast Bradford pulled away late in an 11-3 win here Wednesday afternoon in NTL softball action.

The Lady Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Kayleigh Thoman led off the inning with a single, stole second, moved to third on a two-out single by Maisie Neuber, and scored on a passed ball.

After a double by Ciana Frisbie, Neuber scampered home on another passed ball.

Thailey Franklin led off the home half of the third inning with a triple, and Neuber made it 4-0 with a one-out, two-run home run.

A pair of walks and a single by Julianna Susanj loaded the bases for the Lady Panthers, and a pair of passed balls scored two runs to extend the lead to 6-0.

In the pitcher’s circle, Franklin cruised through the first three innings, allowing only a third-inning single by Brelin VanDuzer and fanning seven, but the Lady Redskins touched her for three runs on three hits in the fourth inning.

Madison Smith sparked the rally with a bunt single, and Meghan Flynn reached base on an error. After a passed ball moved the runners to second and third, Alyssa Murrelle and Hailey McCaig hit consecutive RBI singles to trim the deficit to 6-2. Gabby Shaw plated Sayre’s final run with a squeeze bunt.

NEB answered with two runs in the home half of the fourth inning, and put the game away with three runs in the sixth inning on back-to-back home runs — a two-run homer by Julia Brown and a solo shot by Julianna Susanj.

Murrelle singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, while McCaig singled and drove in a run, Smith singled and scored a run, and VanDuzer singled to account for Sayre’s four hits. Flynn scored a run for the Lady Redskins, and Shaw had an RBI.

Julianna Susanj was 3-for-3 with a solo home run to pace NEB at the plate, while Neuber homebred and singled, scored three runs, and had two RBI, Franklin tripled and singled and scored two runs, and Frisbie doubled and singled and scored two runs.

Franklin earned the win for NEB, allowing three runs — two earned — on four hits, while striking out 12 and walking one in seven innings of work.

Sayre, now 0-4, returns to action Friday when it hosts Towanda.

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IN PHOTO 1: Sayre’s Madison Smith slides safely into home. … PHOTOS BY CHRIS MANNING.


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