STAC SOFTBALL: TOUGH LUCK HITS OWEGO IN LOSS TO JOHNSON CITY (19 PHOTOS)
(2019-04-11)Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO â€” Victory just wasnâ€™t in the cards as Owego fell to Johnson City, 12-7, in STAC action here Thursday.
It seemed like all of the close calls went JCâ€™s way and the Indians left nine base runners stranded in scoring position. In addition to those struggles, the ball wouldnâ€™t even bounce in the home teamâ€™s favor.
Owego went into the bottom of the fifth inning trailing, 7-5, but Abby Shirley looked to spark a comeback when she beat out an infield single. Chelsea Sellars would lay down a bunt, but as she came out of the batterâ€™s box the backspin on the ball created contact with Sellars for an automatic out. Next up was Anna Felice, who smacked a one-hop shot between first and second, but directly at Shirley, who had no chance of avoiding contact with the ball â€” she would be called out.
The Indians opened the game with a 3-0 lead on an Emma Howe double, walks to Grace Thomas and Miki Worzel, and Shirleyâ€™s RBI double.
The Wildcats scored a run in the second, but Owego got it back in the third on a Worzel base hit and Shirleyâ€™s RBI single.
Trailing, 4-1, the JC wheels started churning in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs on a triple, two singles, two errors and a walk.
Owego picked up a run in its half of the inning when Worzel drew a bases-loaded walk, to score Felice, but thatâ€™s as close was the Indians would get.
The Wildcats added single runs in the fifth and sixth to go up, 8-5.
Worzel scored Emma Stevenson with a triple in the sixth, but JC plated four more runs in the top of the seventh.
The Indians tried to rally in their final at-bats, but could only muster one run despite putting four players on base.
Shirley went 3-for-4 at the plate; Worzel was 2-for-2 with two runs and two walks; and Felice was 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Pierce went 2-for-4; Howe had a hit and a run;Â Sellars added a hit; and Thomas and Stevenson scored a run apiece.
Owego heads to Chenango Valley Monday.
IN PHOTO 1: Owegoâ€™s Grace Thomas. â€¦ PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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