Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — The Candor (Rose) players are carrying the hottest sticks at Hyde Park. Following a 22-0 romp in its Owego Little League 10U Tournament pool play opener Sunday, Candor came back with a 15-3 rout of Ithaca (Hall) Tuesday.
Candor put four runs on the board in the first inning and tacked on another nine in the second to build a sizeable advantage.
"We got out to a good start hitting," Candor coach Cody Rose said. "We are balanced 1-12 hitters. Last game was the bottom of the lineup; tonight was the top of the lineup driving in a lot of runs."
Kyle Jantz went 2-for-2 while Mason Rose and Link Robinson were both 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Candor also received some gutty pitching from Cooper Dember, who at one point getting out of a bases-loaded jam with a trio of strikeouts. He finished with seven Ks on the night.
"Cooper Dember started the game pitching. He didn't have his best stuff, but battled through a lot of jams," coach Rose said. "He kept his head in the game knowing he wasn't pitching his best. He's a very good young pitcher and always stays positive, and battles till the end."
Kellen Williamson would pitch one strong inning for Candor, Rose said.
"I love this bunch of kids," said coach Rose. "We are starting to play good baseball and having a lot of fun. It's nice to see them put it all together.
"We have a mixture of 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds. This group is fun to coach."
Candor plays Chenango Forks (Curtis) Saturday at 9 a.m. Forks beat Ithaca, 15-5, on Sunday.
PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR
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