BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — Candor stumbled early in the week, but closed out a four-games-in-five-days stretch with its second straight victory, dumping Newfield, 13-5, in IAC Division 1 action here Friday.
“We came out just like we left yesterday (Thursday). We had a good game with Southern Cayuga,” said Candor head coach Steve Frye. “Everybody hit the ball, so we were kind of on time for it today. Everybody, especially the top of the order, we’ve been on fire the last couple of games. It was nice to see us come out, ready to go today.”
The Indians’ Shelby Swartz highlighted an early barrage of runs with a powerful home run blast over the centerfield fence as Candor jumped out to a 9-0 advantage through the first two innings.
The home team plated five runs in the first. Addie Aman, Swartz and Anna Greeno all singled and scored, and Jennah Kareem and Emily Henry both walked and scored. Megan Henry brought in one of the runs on a sacrifice fly and Swartz had an RBI as well.
With Candor batting through the order, Aman would again lead off in the second, this time scoring on Swartz’s homer. Kareem and Greeno followed with base hits, Asia Curkendall sacrificed a run home and Megan Henry drove in a run with a single.
The Indians pushed their lead to 11-0 in the third as Swartz singled and scored on a Kareem triple, and Kareem scored on a Greeno single.
Meanwhile, the Trojans were still looking for their first base-runner as Greeno retired the first nine batters in order, six by strikeout, including five in a row.
Newfield would finally put up a run in the fourth on three hits and an error.
Candor would make some substitutions and position changes in the fifth and the Trojans would score three runs without registering a hit. They would pick just one run over the final two innings as the Indians got two runners out at the plate and Swartz fanned three others.
The Indians’ final two runs came in the fifth as Swartz doubled, Kareem walked and Megan Henry singled both of them home.
Greeno and Swartz combined for 10 strikeouts on the day. Green gave up three hits and a walk and Swartz allowed one hit and three walks.
At the plate, Swartz went 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBI. Kareem was 2-for-3 with four runs and an RBI; and Megan Henry was 2-for-3 with four RBI. Greeno went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI; Aman was 2-for-4 with two runs; and Hailey Coppage went 1-for-2. Aryan Peters added a hit, Emily Henry scored a run and Curkendall had an RBI.
With some of the players missing, the Indians’ bench players and a couple of JV call-ups stepped up to help fill the void.
“We have three girls on a Peru trip,” Frye said. so we brought two JV girls up, and the girls that have been sitting the bench and/or playing a half game usually, came through and had some nice hits for us today.”
Candor visits Groton April 23 for a battle of division co-leaders.
IN PHOTO 1: Candor’s Megan Henry. … PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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