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Valley Sports Report
BINGHAMTON — Waverly withstood an early back-and-forth battle, and pulled away late in a 17-5 six-inning win over Seton Catholic here Thursday afternoon in STAC Central Division softball action.

The Wolverines banged out 13 hits, and took advantage of eight base on balls in the win, but Waverly coach Brent Doane was pleased with his team’s defense in the wake of the victory.

"We still haven't put together a full defensive game yet,” he said. “We did make some nice plays defensively though.

“Kaiya Horton made two catches in Left field tonight that we have been waiting all year for someone to make,” added Doane.

The Wolverines scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning, but the Saints answered with unearned runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Waverly took advantage of three more Seton Catholic errors in the top of the second inning to take a 5-2 lead. The Saints answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to close the gap to 5-4.

Senior Faith Blauvelt and sophomore Maddie Cron stroked RBI singles during a three-run Waverly rally in the top of the third inning that put the Wolverines up 8-4.

Seton Catholic scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third inning to trim the deficit to 8-5, but wouldn’t score again.

Junior Loralye Anthony rapped a one-out double in the top of the fourth inning inning, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-5.

With one out in the top of the fifth inning, junior Brinn Cooney sliced a double to left field. With one out freshman Hannah Carpenter worked a walk, and both runners came home moments later on a two-RBI double by sophomore Delaney Wheeler to make it 11-5.

Two pitches later, Anthony belted an RBI double to extend the lead to 12-5.

Anthony, who pitched a complete game for the Wolverines, pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the home half of the fifth, and Waverly pushes five runs across to bring the 12-run “mercy” rule into play.

Freshman Lecksie Douglas led off the inning with a triple, and freshman Kaiya Horton worked a walked. Senior Kailee Purvis knocked home Douglas and replaced Horton on the base paths with a fielder’s choice that made it 13-5.

After base on balls to Cooney and Cron loaded the bases, Carpenter ripped a two-RBI double to push the lead to 15-5, Wheeler followed with an RBI double, and Anthony capped the rally with an RBI single to make it 17-5.

Anthony retired the side in order in the home half of the sixth to invoke the 12-run rule.

Anthony earned the win, allowing five runs — two earned — on four hits, while striking out four and walking five in six innings.

Anthony had three hits, including a pair of doubles, one run scored, and two RBI, and Cron had three hits, three runs scored, and one RBI to pace Waverly’s 13-hit attack, while Wheeler rapped two doubles, scored two runs, and drove in three runs, and Cooney doubled and scored four runs.

Douglas singled, stole three bases, and scored two runs for the Wolverines, while Carpenter doubled and drove in two runs, Blauvelt singled, scored one run, and knocked in one run, Makayla Esau singled and scored one run, and Purvis drove in one run.

Waverly, now 8-5, returns to action Friday at Chenango Forks.


IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Loralye Anthony.

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