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IAC SOFTBALL: NEWARK VALLEY KNOCKS OFF TIOGA, 3-2 (2019-05-16)

Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Newark Valley’s Staci Greene went out in style. The Cardinals’ lone senior scored the game-winning run as Newark Valley knocked off Tioga, 3-2, in IAC non-division action here Thursday.

With two away in the bottom of the fourth inning in NV’s senior game, Greene stepped to the plate and smacked a double to right field. She would end up scoring on a bad throw, giving her team the lead for good.

Back-up pitcher Ari Sage, starting in place of Cassidy Hoffmier, allowed just three base runners over the final three innings to seal the deal.

Michaela Webb would lead off the fifth with a single, but after a pair of outs, NV catcher Marissa Berghorn threw her out stealing second.

Tioga would strand two players in scoring position in the sixth, but was unable to get he ball out of the infield in the seventh.

The Cardinals grabbed the early lead, scoring twice in their first at-bats as April Simmons singled and scored on Hoffmier’s base hit, then Hoffmier scored.

Hoffmier would get stranded at second in the third after the Tigers rallied to tie the score at two.

Ally Chapman and Michael Webb singled and scored, and Julia Bellis singled but was caught stealing.

Tioga pitcher Kindra Wessels retired seven consecutive batters after Greene put them on top.

Sarah Mertson went 2-for-2 to lead the NV hitters and Greene was 1-for-2.  Simmons, Hoffmier and Emma Graves all went 1-for-3.

The Tigers were Giovanna Rossi, one of their top hitters, but Bellis went 2-for-3 to lead the way. Webb was 1-for-2, and Olivia Ayres, Vance and Aly Chapman each went 1-for-3.

Sage scattered six hits, striking out three and walking one, to get the win.

Wessels allowed six hits as well, striking out five with no walks.

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