Tioga County Sports Report
ENDICOTT — Owego (Bensley) overcame a three-run deficit to win the “B” division championship of the U-E 12U Tournament at Logan Field Wednesday.
Down, 3-0, Owego rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth inning, then plated two more runs in the sixth for a 5-3 victory.
Elijah Lewis would come on in relief in the bottom of the sixth, striking our two batters and fielding a ground ball for the other out to secure the win.
The winning run was scored by Nick Brown, who recached on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a Matt Higgins single to right field.
Higgins added an insurance run, tallying on Brendan Schofield’s line drive single to right.
Owego loaded the bases to start the game as Schofield wedged a single between walks to Higgins and Joe Palladino, but the U-E pitcher buckled down to retire the side and register a pair of strikeouts.
U-E took the initial lead in its half of the first on the strength of a single and two errors. A double play helped Owego avoid further damage.
A double, followed by two errors, aided U-E in boosting its advantage to 3-0 in the second. Those runs came with two outs.
Higgins would retire the side in the third, then Owego would go to work at the plate in the fourth.
With two away, Lewis doubled to left and Connor Kotski reached on an error. Kam Wicklund plated Lewis with an RBI-single for Owego’s first run. Brown would come in to run for Wicklund, and he and Kotski would score on a. Higgins single to center to tie the game.
Owego put Palladino and Evan English on with base hits to start the fifth, but a double play and strikeout squelched the threat.
Lewis took the hill in the bottom of the inning and would record two strikeouts and a fly ball out to strand a U-E runner at first.
Each of U-E’s runs were unearned. Higgins struck out five batters in four innings without yielding a walk. Lewis fanned four in two innings, giving up one hit and no walks.
Higgins supported his effort at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI. Schofield contributed multiple hits and well as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Wicklund was 1-for-1 with an RBI; Kotski was 1-for-2 with a run; Lewis went 1-for-3 with a run; and Palladino and English each went 1-for-3. Brown contributed a pair of runs.
The championship marked the third tournament title for Owego (19-3 overall) this summer. They won the M-E tourney in late June and followed that with a second title at their own tournament in mid July.
NOTE: The win over M-E on Saturday was not there championship game as previously reported.
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