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IAC SOFTBALL: SVEC FINDS HOME FREQUENTLY IN WIN OVER NEWARK VALLEY (2023-04-10)

By TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
SPENCER — Both teams had their share of hits, but SVEC made the most of its chances on the bases to run away with a 14-2 IAC softball victory over Newark Valley Monday.

NV outhit the Eagles, 8-7, but SVEC scored 13 runs in the first two innings in the five-inning triumph.

“I thought we did well defensively, SVEC coach Megan Friscia said. “We had a good couple relays, from the outfield. Our bats finally got going, so both offensively and defensively I thought we did really well.”

“We've got to clean up what we do in the field,” NV coach Val Fischer said. “We had a young pitcher on the mound today and Friday, so she's learning. We're all learning.

Fischer is working with a lot of other new faces this season as well.

“I had a lot of seniors that decided not to play this year, so that means we had a lot of younger JV kids pulled up, but we're making it work and they're learning, we're learning, as we go.

“We hit. We’ve just got to clean up what we're doing in the field and get our pitcher off the mound when she deserves to be.”

The Cardinals’ Mackenzie Malone led off the game with a walk. Hattie Sue Hines and Leah Austin Whittaker had singles and Malone scored on an error by the left fielder following Whittaker’s hit.

Unfortunately for NV, that would be the last time it would cross the plate until the top of the fifth inning.

Raegan Sudnikovich and Adriena Farmer started SVEC off with back-to-back singles, and an error on Jill Holmes’ ground ball loaded the bases. Katelyn Klym’s sacrifice fly plated Sudnikovich and Faith Brenchley’s base hit scored Farmer.

Roni Presher walked, then Holmes scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Aubrie Kastenhuber. Hannah Smith was hit by a pitch, scoring Brenchley for a 4-1 lead.

A single by Grace Handy brought Presher and Kastenhuber home for a 6-1 lead.

Ruthanne Walburn led off the second with a base on balls, but Presher struck out the side to keep the score 6-1.

In the SVEC half of the second, Holmes walked, Klym singles, Brenchley got plunked, then Holmes scored on an error on Presher’s ground ball.

Presher singled to score Brenchley, Klym scored on a wild pitch and Presher scored on an error to make it 10-1.

With two away, Sudnikovich was hit by a pitch, Kastenhuber scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Farmer, and Sudnikovich and Farmer came home on an error on Holmes’ grounder, making it a 13-1 game.

Whittaker picked up a hit for NV in the third, but the Cardinals couldn’t capitalize. In the bottom of the inning, Peterson singled and Smith reached on an error for SVEC, but likewise, the Eagles couldn’t take advantage.

Ludwig singled for NV in the fourth and Walburn walked, but again, the Cardinals were unable to score.

SVEC picked up its final run in the bottom of the inning following a Farmer singles, and Holmes’ RBI double.

NV would get one more run in the fifth behind singles from Hines and Whittaker with Hines scoring on an error.

Newark Valley outhit SVEC, 8-7, but had five errors to the Eagles’ three.

The Eagles also took advantage of opportunities running the bases.

“It's just being smarter on those baselines and getting people on base,” Quinn said.

SVEC spread its hits out across seven players — Farmer, Holmes, Klym, Brenchley, Kastenhuber, Handy and Clara Peterson. Farmer scored three runs while Sudnikovich, Holmes, Brenchley, Presher and Kastenhuber scored two apiece. Kastenhuber and Handy had two RBI each, and Farmer, Holmes, Klym, Brenchley, Presher and Smith drove in one run apiece.

For NV, Whittaker went 3-for-3, Hines was 2-for-3 with a run and Abby Groover went 2-for-3. Malone scored the other run.

Presher gave up one earned run, struck out nine and walked three.

Rosie Wandell struck out four, walked four and surrendered eight earned runs.

SVEC (1-2) hosts Waverly (2-0) Wednesday while NV (0-2) hosts Edison (2-0) Friday.

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IN PHOTO 1: SVEC’s Aubrie Kastenhuber. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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