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YOUTH BASEBALL (12U): NTLL WINS IN EXTRA INNINGS AT OWEGO TOURNAMENT (2021-07-11)

Valley Sports Report
OWEGO — The Nichols-Tioga bats came through in the seventh inning to defeat Vestal (Drew), 10-5, in an elimination game of the Owego Little League 12U Tournament here Saturday.

NTLL picked up six of its 16 hits in the extra frame. With the score tied at five and two outs in the book, Brayden Lounsbury and Brendan Clark singled, and Talon Relyea followed with a double, plating the game-winning run.

Jackson Bombard added a single to score Clark, then Relyea scooted home on an error on the play. Owen Parker was hit by a pitch, then Gavin Kithcart doubled home a run and Kaiden Sindoni tacked on an RBI single to make it 10-5.

Josh Rought sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around a double and single, then Vestal added another single to load the bases. Sindoni ended the game by tagging the runner out well short of home plate following a wild pitch.

NTLL scored its initial run of the day in the first on a single by Parker and RBI double from Kithcart, but fell behind, 2-1, in the bottom of the inning.

The duo came through with singles in the fourth, Sindoni smacked a run-scoring double and Christian Crawn brought in a run on a ground out. Josh Rought followed with an RBI double, giving the blue and gold a 4-2 advantage, only to see Vestal tie things up in its half of the inning.

Lounsbury singled to lead off the fifth and Bombard brought him in with a two-out single.

Vestal scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to force the extra inning.

Kithcart and Sindoni had three hits, a run and two RBI apiece. Parker contributed two hits and three runs, Bombard chipped in with two hits, a run and two RBI, and Lounsbury added two runs and two RBI. Relyea had a hit, run and RBI; Clark had two hits and a run; Rought tacked on a hit and RBI; and Crawn drove in a run.

Rought scattered eight hits and two walks over four innings, striking out seven to get the win. Relyea started and pitched three innings, giving up four hits and two walks while fanning five.

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PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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