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Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Sarah Mertson smacked a two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning to provide the difference in Newark Valley’s 4-2 IAC non-league win over Lansing here Monday.

The Cardinals broke a 1-1 deadlock after Emma Graves singled to lead off the NV half of the inning and Allison Walker followed with a walk. That set the stage for Mertson, whose triple to center field scored both base-runners. Mertson would eventually score to give the host a 4-1 advantage.

The Bobcats came back with a run in the fifth with two away, but stranded runners at second and third. Lansing advanced their lead-off hitter in the sixth to third, but Ari Sage retired the side to get out of trouble, then retired the side again in the seventh.

Lansing would grab a 1-0 edge on singles by Corinna Petrich and Reace Todi in the first, but would only manage three more base-runners until scoring in the fifth.

Meanwhile, NV would tie the game in its half of the first on Allie Wandell’s lead-off single and April Simmons’ bunt single with an RBI off the bat of Marissa Berghorn.

Mertson was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI; Hoffmier went 1-for-2 with a double, and Graves was 1-for-2 with a run and three stolen bases. Wandell went 1-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases, Sage was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Simmons was 1-for-3 with a stolen base and Walker added a run and stolen base.

Sage scattered seven hit and a pair of walks, and struck out six batters as Newark Valley improved to 8-4 overall.

The Cardinals host Waverly (13-1) Thursday at 4:30 p.m.


IN PHOTO 1: NV shortstop Allie Wandell. … PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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