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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' HILEY HEADLINES SUPER 7 AS GIRLS 'NEWCOMER OF THE SPRING' (2024-06-14)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens freshman Gretchan Hiley made an immediate impact in all facets of the game, and helped the Wildcats overcome a slow start to advance to the District 4, Class 3A softball semifinals. She is the Valley Sports Report 2024 Girls "Newcomer of the Spring."

Gretchan Hiley hit .462 (36 hits in 78 ABs) with 12 doubles, one triple, one home run, 13 RBI, 30 runs scored, and five stolen bases.

She also walked five times, was hit by one pitch, and had a .494 on-base percentage, to go along with a .679 slugging percentage for a 1.174 OPS.

In the pitcher’s circle, Gretchan Hiley was 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA. She allowed 27 hits in 33 1/3 innings, while striking out 53 and walking 22. Opponents hit .205 against her.

Defensively, she had a .966 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 29 defensive chances. She also threw out the only runner attempting to steal in her 11 innings behind the plate.

The Super 7 is dominated by softball players this spring, with six making the list.

2024 ALL-VALLEY GIRLS NEWCOMERS OF THE SPRING
Gretchan Hiley, freshman, Athens:
See above.

Kaylin Twedt, 8th-grader, Waverly: Twedt made an immediate impact for the Wolverines earning three first-place finishes, including the 200-meter dash, and a second-place finish in the 100 in her first varsity meet at Corning.

At the Class C Championships, Twedt was sixth in the 100-meter dash, and ran on two medal-winning relays.

Emily Shiner, sophomore, Tioga:
Shiner hit .456 (31 hits in 68 ABs) with two doubles, 15 RBI, 23 runs scored, and six stolen bases.

She walked five times and had a .493 on-base percentage, to go along with a .485 slugging percentage for a .978 OPS.

Loralye Anthony, junior, Waverly: A solid defender at shortstop, Anthony hit .412 (21 hits in 51 ABs) with four doubles, one triple, 10 RBI, and 15 runs scored.

Lily Mezzatesta, sophomore, Tioga: Mezzatesta, who made an immediate impact in her first varsity season, hit .412 (28 hits in 68 ABs) with seven doubles, three triples, 15 RBI, 22 runs scored, and one stolen base.

She walked eight times and had a .474 on-base percentage, to go along with a .603 slugging percentage for a 1.077 OPS.

Lecksie Douglas, freshman, Waverly: Very athletic, Douglas hit .300 (12 hits in 40 ABs) with one double, one triple, two home runs, 10 RBI, 12 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. She also walked eight times, was hit by two pitches, and had an on-base percentage of .440.

Vanessa Tunnicliff, freshman, Tioga: A good defensive first baseman, Tunnicliff hit .304 (17 hits in 56 ABs) with one double, one home run, 15 RBI, 25 runs scored, and three stolen bases.

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