Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — Candor (Rose) put together a solid effort the past couple weeks, finishing third in the C1 division at the Owego Little League 10U Tournament.
Candor's tournament came to an end Saturday with an 11-10 loss to eventual champion Chenango Forks (Curtis) in the consolation bracket finals. Forks went on to defeat Nichols-Tioga (Sindoni), 14-9 and 14-11, to win the team title.
Earlier in the day, Candor fell to Nichols-Tioga, 14-6, in the winner's bracket semifinals.
Candor went 2-1 in the pool play portion of the tourney. They cranked out a bunch of runs in a 22-0 drubbing of Chenango Forks (Ingerson), then defeated Ithaca (Hall), 15-3. Candor dropped a 9-8 heartbreaker to Forks, finishing third out of 12 teams.
In bracket play, the C division was split into two brackets with Candor gaining the No. 3 seed in the C1 bracket.
They battled past Union-Endicott (Schrader), 15-12, then bested Chenango Forks (Curtis), 5-2, before meeting top-seeded Nichols-Tioga.
Candor team members included Brody Ahart, Wyatt Anderson, Gavin Bates, Owen Beach, Hunter Cody, Cooper Dember, Kyle Jantz, Teagan Kwiatkowski, Donny Makie, Link Robinson, Mason Rose, Kellen Williamson.
Nichols-Tioga 14, Candor 6
N-T overcame a shaky start, climbing out of an early hole.
Candor was hot at the start, building a 6-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the third inning. Jantz and Williamson hit two singles and scored two runs each to highlight the start. Dember and Makie had two base hits apiece as well, and Rose added a triple in the third.
Josh Rought and Brayden Lounsbury accounted for the N-T runs in the first and third, respectively.
Nichols-Tioga batted through the order in the third to go ahead for good, 8-6.
Gavin Kithcart belted a triple and Talon Relyea smacked a double to highlight the uprising. N-T added two runs in the fourth with Rought hitting a triple.
A handful of walks aided N-T in the fifth as the team scored four more runs.
Chenango Forks 11, Candor 10
Candor and Forks battled each time they met during the tourney and the third clash went eight innings.
"It was a back-and-forth game from the start," said Candor coach Cody Rose. "Each team matched each other's score every inning. We just ran out of gas in the eighth.
"It was a lot of fun and our kids really enjoyed the tournament."
PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR
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