Tioga County Sports Report
JOHNSON CITY — Owego overcame a slow start and a three-run deficit to defeat Johnson City, 4-3, in nine innings here Wednesday.
The Indians put just four batters on base in the first 4 1/3 innings, but Taylor Aubel’s bat would help change all that in the top of the fifth.
Anna Felice would walk to lead off the inning and, with the aid of a couple of wild pitches would put Owego’s initial run in the books.
Summer Pierce would single then, following a pair of outs, Grace Thomas and Miki Worzel would draw walks, setting up Aubel’s two-run single to left-center to tie the game at 3-3.
Abel would come through with her stick again in the ninth. A Thomas single and Worzel’s sacrifice bunt would set the stage for Aubel’s two-out RBI single to left-center.
Owego’s offensive surge seemed to spark Chelsea Sellars in the circle. She retired 13 consecutive batters from the fifth to ninth innings with the help of her defense, which made eight of the outs during that span. Sellars struck out the other five before giving up a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth. She fan the next two batters to end the game.
The Indian defense survived its one bad inning — the fourth — when the Wildcats took advantage of three errors, a walk, a hit batter and two singles to jump out to a 3-0 advantage.
JC went down 1-2-3 in the first inning, stranded runners at third in the second and fifth, and at second in the ninth.
Owego left five runners in scoring position.
Sellars struck out nine, and gave up four hits and four walks while hitting one batter.
Aubel finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI, Thomas as 2-for-3 with two runs, Pierce went 2-for-4 and Emma Stevenson went 2-for-5 with a double.
Owego hosts U-E at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
IN PHOTO: Taylor Aubel drove in three runs in Owego's 4-3 win.
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