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Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — Jennah Kareem and Searra Allen belted home runs to lead Candor to a 20-2 IAC Division rout of Groton in five innings here Tuesday.

Kareem crushed a grand slam through the trees along the creek in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game. Allen blasted one onto the tennis courts behind the left field fence as Candor sent 12 batters to the plate in the third.

Shelby Swartz got the run parade started, singling and scoring on Asia Curtkendall’s sacrifice fly to center in the first.

Kailyn Edwards reached on an error and Emily Henry walked to begin the Candor half of the second. Addie Aman plated both with a single, then scored on Anna Greeno’s RBI single, giving Candor a 4-0 lead.

Groton got a run back in the third on a fielder’s choice and double, but Candor countered with eight runs in its half of the inning.

Allen started the burst with a single and scored on Edwards’ base hit. Henry followed with an RBI triple and Aryan Peters was next with an RBI double. Aman hit an RBI single, Swartz singled, Kareem added an RBI single, Greeno reached on an error and Allen closed out the scoring surge with a two-run shot in her second at-bat of the frame.

Groton picked up a run in the fourth, as did Candor after Peters singled and scored.

In the fifth, Allen doubled, Meg Henry was hit by a pitch, Peters scored Allen with a single, Aman singled and scored on a Swartz walk. Then came Kareem’s blast, which Candor head coach Steve Frye said was easily 250 feet long.

Kareem went 2-for-3 with two runs and five RBI, and Allen was 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBI. Peters was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, and Aman was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBI. Swartz went 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI; Greeno went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI; Emily Henry was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI; Edwards contributed a hit, two runs and an RBI; Curkendall drove in a run and Meg Henry scored a run.

“We had the bats going today,” Frye said.

Green picked up the win, scattering four hits and a walk over four innings. She struck out four and gave up two runs. Swartz faced four batters, allowing one hit.

With the win, Candor (9-2) moves into a first-place tie with Marathon atop the division.

The Indians host Southern Cayuga at 4:30 p.m. today.

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