Tioga County Sports Report
JOHNSON CITY — When Owego and Johnson City previously met, five runs weren’t nearly enough for the Indians in a 12-5 loss. So, when they played again Wednesday, Owego scored six — including five in the 10th inning — in a 6-1 victory.
The Indians would tie the game on a bases-loaded walk in their last at-bats in regulation, forcing the extra-inning clash.
After Owego tied the game, JC would go down 1-2-3 in its half of the seventh, then load the bases with two away in the eighth only to strand its base-runners. The Wildcats had a single and a walk in the ninth, but couldn’t score,
Meanwhile, Jason Kithcart singled in the eighth, and Jack Symons and Karson Tofte singled in the ninth, but the Indians were unable to push a run across.
Things changed in the 10th.
Kithcart walked, Ryan Johnson singled and Nick Prokop bunted them over. Daniel Schofield would fill the bases with a walk and Kithcart would score the winning run on a walk to Tofte.
With two away, Joey Higgins and Mason Rieg delivered back-to-back two-run doubles to build the five run cushion. The Wildcats would surround an error with a trio of groundouts in their half of the 10th.
JC plated a run in the bottom of the first on an error and held that edge until the seventh. That’s when a Prokop single, Symons double and Tofte walk filled the sacks to set up a Rieg walk to tie the game.
Owego finished with nine hits on the day. Symons went 2-for-3, and Higgins and Prokop were both 2-for-5. Higgins had a run and two RBI, and Pokop added a run. Tofte went 1-for-3 with a run while Rieg had a hit and two RBI, and Johnson had a hit and a run. Kithcart and Schofield added a run apiece.
Symons picked up the win, giving up two hits and three walks while striking out one over the final three innings. Johnson pitched the first seven innings, giving up two hits and three walk, and striking out one.
Owego hosts U-E at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
IN PHOTO: Ryan Johnson was one of several contributors in Owego's extra-inning win.
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