Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — Joe Palladino belted a pair of home runs to lead Owego (Bensley) to a 5-1 victory over Vestal (Carlton) in Owego Little League 12U Tournament pool play Sunday.
His effort was bolstered by the pitching of Elijah Lewis and Matt Higgins, who combined for 13 strikeouts.
Palladino's first dinger came after Brendan Schofield walked with one away in the first inning. His second, a 210-foot solo shot to lead off the fourth, gave Owego a 3-0 advantage.
Vestal would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth with an unearned run.
Owego's Mason Grippen doubled to lead off the sixth and Higgins reached on an error. Both players would score to make it 5-1. Palladino added a sacrifice fly and Dominick Ottaviani contributed a double.
Vestal would load the bases with one down in its half of the sixth, but Higgins fanned the next two batters to end the game.
Lewis threw the first five innings, striking out 11. He and Higgins allowed one hit apiece.
Kameron Wicklund had Owego's other hit.
Owego faces the winner of M-E (Fiacco) and Johnson City (Heslin) in B Division bracket play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR
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