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STAC SOFTBALL: FORKS RIDES BIG INNING TO 11-2 WIN OVER WAVERLY; AVENGES EARLY-SEASON LOSS (14 PHOTOS) (2024-05-03)

Valley Sports Report
BINGHAMTON — Chenango Forks scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase an early deficit on its way to an 11-2 win over Waverly here Friday afternoon in STAC Central Division softball action.

Waverly coach Brent Doane said the Wolverines just couldn’t get the third out during the Blue Devils fourth-inning barrage.

“(Brinn) Cooney threw a nice game for us through 3 2/3 innings,” he said. “Our defense. which had been very good through three innings, let us down — in particular the outfield. A missed fly ball here and a missed flyball there and the game swings.

“We went to (Olivia) Robinson down 4-2 hoping to get an out and end the inning, but Forks strung together four or five hits and that was the game,” he added.

With the win, Chenango Forks avenges a 7-2 loss at Waverly earlier this season.

“Forks is well-coached, I knew Coach Pagano would have her team ready for us and she did,” said Donae.

The Wolverines took an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Junior Brinn Cooney led off the game with a double, and moved to third on a single by sophomore Maddie Cron.

After a pair of strikeouts left the runners at second and third, junior Loralye Anthony singled to make it 1-0.

In the fourth inning, junior Meghan Apgar reached second base on a one-out error, and scored on an RBI single by freshman Lecksie Douglas to make it 2-0.

Forks quickly took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth with three hits and a sacrifice fly, then rapped out five consecutive two-out hits to finish off the eight-run rally.

The Blue Devils added three more runs in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 11-2.

Douglas singled twice and drove in one run, and Cron singled twice to pace Waverly’s eight-hit attack, while Cooney doubled and scored one run, Anthony singled and knocked in one run, and senior Olivia Robinson and junior Makayla Esau each added one hit. Apgar scored a run for the Wolverines.

Waverly, now 8-6, returns to action Monday at Windsor.

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IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Makayla Esau. … PHOTOS BY MIKE LUBERTOWICZ.

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