IAC SOFTBALL: CANDOR NIPS O-M IN 10TH-INNING TIE-BREAKER
(2019-05-06)Tioga County Sports Report
ODESSA â€” In their previous meeting, Candor rallied for a 9-8 victory over Odessa-Montour in eight innings. This time around, the Indians and Indians took it to the next level. Candor prevailed, 1-0, in 10 innings.
Per the rules, the game goes to a tie-breaker format once it reaches the 10th inning. Each team starts its at-bats with a runner on second base, which is the player who made the last out the previous inning.
For visiting Candor, Searra Allen would take the bag. After stealing third, she would score on Anna Greenoâ€™s double. Asia Curkendall would bunt safely and the visitors would move both runners into scoring position, only to have O-M pitcher Grace Vondracek strike out the 7-8-9 batters.
Isabel Foote took second in Odessaâ€™s half of the inning, but relief pitcher Shelby Swartz fanned the No. 2 hitter and got the next two on groundouts to shortstop Jennah Kareem.
An O-M win look promising early as Vondracek whiffed the first seven batters. Emily Henry spoiled the perfect game with a walk in the top of the third. Two batters later Addie Aman broke up the no-hit bid with a bunt single.
Vondracek got back to business and retired the next 11 batters, nine by strikeout, before Allen got on board in the seventh on a one-out error. Allen stole second, but Vondracek struck out the next two batters.
Aryan Peters reached on an error in the eighth and Aman added her second bunt single in the ninth, but neither runner was able to score.
O-M had several scoring opportunities thwarted.
Foote singled in the first and Vondracek reached on an error, but Foote was thrown out at third and Vondracek was stranded at second.
Madisyn Wells walked with one away in the second, but failed to advance.
In the third, Foote singled and Vondracek was hit by a pitch, but neither made it past second.
Wells walked with one down again in the fourth, but failed too move up after Greeno fanned the next two batters.
Desiree Minnier walked in the fifth and Foote reached on an error, but neither made it past third.
Lydia Lynch singled to start the O-M half of the sixth and Wells walked with one gone â€” both were stranded in scoring position.
Minnie would single to begin the O-M seventh, but got thrown out.
Lynch delivered a one-out double in the eighth, but could not move up.
Minnie walked in the ninth, but was erased at second on a fielderâ€™ choice.
Vondracek recorded 23 strikeouts and one walk while scattering four hits.
Man posted two singles, Greeno smacked a double and Curkendall had a base hit.
Green pitched the first four innings, striking out eight while giving up two hits and three walks, and hitting one batter.
Swartz pitch the last six, fanning seven while surrendering three hits and two walks.
Candor (12-2) hosts Marathon at 4:30 p.m. today. The Olympians are 11-2 (results of Mondayâ€™s game against Groton not posted at press time).
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