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Tioga County Sports Report
BINGHAMTON — Owego surrendered four runs in the bottom of the first inning, then shut down Seton Catholic the rest of the way en route to a 10-4 STAC softball victory Wednesday.

The Saints took advantage of three walks, two singles and an error to grab a 4-1 lead.

Seton managed to advance just two base-runners into scoring position until the bottom of the seventh when it loaded the bases with no outs. The River Hawks’ Brooklyn Guarnier and Kylie Grippen would turn a 6-3 double play, then pitcher Carsten Crawford induced a pop up to second baseman Alex Aubel to end the game.

Doubles by Miley Laubach and Maia Smith put Owego on the scoreboard in the first, but the River Hawks would not score again until the fourth.

RaeAnn Craft and Ava Brown wrapped walks around a fielder’s choice off the bat of Aubel then, with two down, Lexi Cheeseman plated Aubel with a bunt single. Brown would score when Laubach grounded into an unsuccessful fielder’s choice.

Owego took the lead with two away in the fifth. Grippen and Aubel singled, Brown walked, and Guarnier scored Grippen and Aubel with a line drive single to right field to make it 5-4.

The River Hawks tacked on five insurance runs in their final at-bats. Laubach highlighted the surge with a two-run triple and Smith added a double. Jill Lewis walked and Grippen, Aubel, Guarnier, Cheeseman and Crawford had singles, and Aubel, Guarnier and Crawford drove in runs as well.

Laubach went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBI; Aubel was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI; and Guarnier was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI.

Smith added two hits and an RBI; Grippen had two hits and a run; Cheesman contributed two hits, a run and an RBI; Crawford had a hit and an RBI; and Lewis and Brown scored one run each.

Crawford got the win, giving up two earned runs on eight hits and six walks while striking out nine batters.

Owego (4-4) heads to Binghamton Friday for its fifth straight road game.

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