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IAC SOFTBALL: WAVERLY HOLDS ON, 11-9; HANDS TIOGA FIRST LOSS OF SEASON (24 PHOTOS) (2023-05-05)

Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY - Waverly jumped out to a big lead early, then held on for an 11-9 win, handing Tioga its first loss of the season here Friday afternoon in IAC South softball action.

The Lady Tigers took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Freshman RaeAnne Feeko led off the game with a single, and following a sacrifice bunt by junior Megan Vance, sophomore Erin Luther hit an RBI double, and senior Justin Lantz added an RBI single to cap the rally.

In the bottom of the second inning, 8th-grader Hannah Carpenter was hit by a pitch to start the rally, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on an RBI single by junior Lea VanAllen to close the gap to 2-1.

After senior Alyvia Daddona was hit by a pitch, freshman Loralee Anthony singled to load the bases.

VanAllen scampered home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2, and senior Michaela Lauper walked two pitches later to reload the bases.

Consecutive walks to sophomore Brinn Cooney, and junior Olivia Robinson forced home runs to give the Lady Wolverines a 4-2 lead, and a wild pitch allowed Lauper to scoot home. Sophomore Megan Apgar capped the rally with an RBI groundout to make it 6-2.

After Robinson retired the Lady Tigers in order in the top of the third inning, Waverly scored five more runs — all with two outs — in the home half of the frame to extend the lead to 11-2.

VanAllen and Daddona were both hit by pitches with one out to begin the rally, and Lauper started the scoring with a two-out RBI single through the hole at shortstop.

After a wild pitch allowed Lauper to score, Cooney walked, and Robinson capped the rally with a three-run inside-the-park home run to deep left field.

Tioga began its comeback in the top of the fourth inning.

Sophomore Mckenzie Williams led off the inning with a single, and junior Emily Bidwell belted a double to right field to put runners on second and third.

With one out, senior Megan Shumway slammed a two-run triple to center field, and junior Chloe Gillette singled to short left field to close the gap to 11-5.

After a single by Feeko, Vance reached base on an error to load the bases, and Luther capped the rally with a two run single to make it 11-7.

Lantz followed with a single to re-load the bases, but Robinson retired the next two batters to avoid further damage.

Shumway and Gillette had back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the fifth inning, but Robinson retired the next two batters to escape the jam unscathed.

With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Lantz walked, and Williams singled her to third base. After Williams stole second base, Bidwell stroked a two-run single to right field to trim the deficit to 11-9.

With two outs, Shumway singled and Gillette was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Robinson was able to induce a groundout to end the rally.

Robinson pitched around a two-out walk in the top of the seventh inning to nail down the win.

Robinson homered and singled, scored one run, and had three RBI, while Lauper singled twice, scored two runs, and drove in one run, and Carpenter doubled and singled, and scored one run in Waverly’s 8-hit attack.

VanAllen singled, scored two runs, and had one RBI in the win, while Anthony singled and scored one run, Cooney scored two runs, and drove in one run, Daddona scored two runs, and Apgar knocked in one run.

Shumway was 3-for-3 with a triple, one run scored, and one RBI, while Feeko had three hits, two runs scored, and one RBI, and Williams had three hits and two runs scored in Tioga’s 17-hit attack.

Luther doubled and singled, scored one run, and had three RBI for the Lady Tigers, while Bidwell doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, and Lantz and Gillette each singled twice, scored one run, and knocked in one run.

Robinson earned the win in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Wolverines.

Waverly, now 7-6, returns to action Saturday in a doubleheader at Dryden, while Tioga, 9-1, hosts Thomas A. Edison.

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IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Olivia Robinson smacks her inside-the-park home run. … PHOTOS BY MIKE LUBERTOWICZ.

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