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NTL BASEBALL: SAYRE FALLS TO TOWANDA, 3-1, IN SEASON FINALE (2024-05-14)

Valley Sports Report
WYSOX — Sayre had ample opportunities to score, but was unable to come up with a clutch hit in a season-ending 3-1 loss to Towanda here Tuesday afternoon in NTL baseball action.

The Redskins left 11 runners on base, including six in scoring position, and had two hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“We left a lot on base tonight, which never helps any cause when you want a win,” said Sayre coach Todd Green

“We had way too many chances, and came up short, but that's how it goes some days,” he added.

The Redskins end the 2024 campaign at 5-12.

“The end of the season was bitter and sweet for us tonight,” said Green. “Bitter for the fact you always want a win on your last regular season game. Sweet for the fact I watched this team grow into a close-knit group of young men who grew to enjoy the game for what it is: bitter-sweet.”

Towanda starter Taegan Irish retired the first six batters he faced, but senior Kaden Bennet walked to lead off the third inning, and sophomore Ryne Osmond worked a walk. Freshman Shaine Strickland walked with two outs to load the bases, but Irish retired the next batter on a comebacker to the mound to escape the threat.

The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI groundout off the bat of Irish.

Senior Tanner Green singled with one out in the top of the fourth, and senior Jon Apgar walked, but they were stranded at first and second.

Tanner Green stroked a one-out single, and took third on a single by Apgar, but they were stranded there.

The Black Knights took advantage of a pair of errors — Sayre’s only two errors of the game — in the bottom of the sixth inning to score two runs to take a 3-0 lead.

Junior Nick Pellicano worked a one-out walk off Irish, and Strickland and senior Will Crossett greeted reliever John Tavani with back-to-back singles to load the bases.

Sophomore Karter Green then lined an RBI single into right field to close the gap to 3-1.

After a strikeout, Apgar hit a looping liner that Irish leaped to snare at shortstop to end the game.

“Will Crossett pitched a good game for us tonight, with our defense working on his behalf better than normal,” said Green.

“Our bats were slow in the beginning, but stepped up toward the end, but just too late to make the difference,” he added.

Tanner Green singled twice to pace Sayre’s seven-hit attack, while Karter Green singled and drove in one run, and Strickland, Crossett, Osmond, and Apgar each added a single. Pellicano scored a run for the Redskins.

Crossett was tagged with a tough-luck loss, allowing three runs — one earned — on two hits, while striking out six and walking three in 5 2/3 innings.

Karter Green allowed one hit in one-third inning of relief.

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IN PHOTO: Sayre's Tanner Green. ... VSR STOCK PHOTO.



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