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Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — The Chenango Valley softball team survived a scare from Owego to hang onto first place in the STAC Central, rallying past the River Hawks, 5-4, in eight innings Wednesday.

Owego came from behind to take a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Warriors plated single runs in each of the next three innings.

CV picked up a run on a single, sacrifice bunt and RBI double in the sixth, then tied the score with a single, double and a ground out in the seventh.

The Warriors turned a double play in the bottom of the seventh, then went ahead on a walk, sacrifice bunt and ground out.

Chenango Valley shortstop Colsten Beers retired the River Hawks on a ground out, pop out and line out to secure the win and push the Warriors’ league mark to 7-1.

Owego found its way around the bases for a 1-0 lead in the first when Carsten Crawford singled, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Miley Laubach’s single to right field.

That advantage held up until the fourth when CV turned two singles, a walk and a two-run double into a 2-1 edge.

The River Hawks countered in the home half of the inning to tie the score as Jill Lewis, RaeAnn Craft and Alex Aubel singled to load the bases, then Brooklyn Gaurnier popped out to center to score Lewis.

Owego picked up a pair of runs in the fifth with a two-out rally. Maia Smith singled. Laubach reached on an error and both scored when Lewis singled to short.

Both teams cranked out 11 hits with Lewis going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI while Crawford and Smith were 2-for-4 with a run. Ava Brown went 2-for-3; Laubach contributed a hit, run and RBI; Craft and Aubel collected one hit each; and Guarnier added an RBI.

Owego (5-6) hosts Tioga Friday at 5 p.m.


IN PHOTO 1: Owego’s Carsten Crawford. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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