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SECTION IV SOFTBALL: S-VE BLANKS UNATEGO IN CLASS C OPENER (2022-05-20)

By TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
SPENCER — Rhiana Lawrence twirled a one-hit shutout as S-VE opened the Section IV Class C softball tournament with a 5-0 blanking of Unatego here Thursday.

The Panther senior took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before it was broken up on Hannah Brandow’s single.

The Spartans managed to put just five runners on base, two on errors in the first and fourth innings, and two via walks.

“Rhiana pitched a real good game, excellent game,” S-VE coach Ron Miller said. “Their leadoff girl got on and then Raegan (Sudnikovich) threw a pea to second, threw her out, perfect throw, so that sort of set the tone right there.”

Alexa Lucia led off the game by reaching on an outfield error, but was thrown out stealing second by Sudnikovich.

Layla Clapper drew a base on balls with two away in the second, but Lawrence got the next batter on a ground out to third baseman Hannah Martinez.

Lawrence retired five in a row before Bailey McCoy reached on an error in the fourth.

The S-VE hurler set the next three batters down on a fly out and two ground outs to shortstop Faith Brenchley, then Brandow broke up the no-hit bid.

Clapper drew her second walk of the game with two out in the seventh, but Lawrence accounted for all the outs on a strikeout and two ground balls back to herself.

“Rhiana threw great today,” Miller said. “Her change-up worked well. Her rise rose, so that was huge, her throwing that way.”

Offensively, it wasn’t the Panthers’ best day at the plate, but they did enough to get the victory.

Lawrence led off the home half of the first with a single and scored on Katelyn Klym’s sacrifice fly. Brenchley followed with a double, but was stranded at second.

Adrienna Farmer singled in the second, but was left stranded in scoring position.

Sudnikovich drew a one-out walk in the third, but an error off Brenchley’s bat and a Martinez bunt single helped make the score 2-0.

Sydney Presher reached on an error in the fourth, but was left standing on second.

Sudnikovich walked in the fifth, then worked her way around the diamond on a stolen base, wild pitch and passed ball to make it a 3-0 difference.

S-VE pushed a pair of insurance runs across in the sixth as Farmer and Presher drew walks to get things started. Sophia Dutra laid down a sacrifice bunt and Farmer, who moved to third on a stolen base and wild pitch, scored. Lawrence followed with a hard grounder past third to plate Presher with the game’s final run.

Brenchley led the Panthers at the dish, going 2-for-3, and Lawrence was 2-for-4. Farmer and Martinez went 1-for-2 and 1-for-3,respectively. Sudnikovich walked twice, and Presher and Hannah Smith added one walk each

“I'm happy with what the girls did,” Miller said. “I don't think we hit the ball as good as we should have. I mean, we hit the ball. I just think we should have scored some more runs. We had a couple of base-running errors. You just can't do this against the best teams.”

S-VE (16-4) visits fourth-seeded Lansing (14-3) Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

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IN PHOTO 1: S-VE’s Hannah Martinez. ... PHOTOS BY BY TIM TAYLOR.

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