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IAC SOFTBALL: WATKINS GLEN AVOIDS SWEEP BY SVEC (2024-05-04)

Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — Watkins Glen avoided a sweep at the hands of Spencer-Van Etten/Candor Friday, taking the lead early to defeat the Eagles, 9-3, in IAC softball action.

First-year pitcher Paige Ells, who recorded her 100th career strikeout in the first inning, allowed multiple hits in just two innings.

Meanwhile, the Lake Hawks were able to generate enough offense to get back on track after two losses to SVEC earlier in the week.

Watkins converted an error, walk, double and single into three runs in the first inning. The Eagles avoided further damage when Presher struck out the final two batters.

SVEC wrapped a single by Katelyn Klym in the first and a double from Raegan Sudnikovich in the third around an error off the bat of Jill Holmes in the second, but each came with two outs in the book and Ells retired the next batter in each inning.

A walk, hit batter and an error allowed the Lake Hawks to tack on another run in the third, but the Eagles responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the fourth as Holmes doubled and Brenchley smacked a home run. Presher added a single, but was unable to score, leaving the score at 4-2.

WG put two runners in scoring position in the fifth, but Presher induced a pair of ground outs to short to get out of trouble.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, Watkins Glen got its bats going in the sixth. With two down and one on via a fielder’s choice in the sixth, the Lake Hawks intertwined three singles and a pair of doubles into five more runs and a 9-2 cushion.

Brenchley sandwiched a double between singles by Holmes and Presher in the sixth as SVEC produced another run, but that would be it for the home team.

Ells aided her own effort with two hits, two runs and two RBI. Olivia King, Lauren Signor and Amy Field added two hits apiece as WG improved to 9-4.

Brenchley, Holmes and Presher each went 2-for-3 on the day, and Sudnikovich was 2-for-4. Klym and Jillian Teribury added one hit apiece.

Presher finished with 10 strikeouts while scattering nine hits and walking two.

SVEC (7-4) hosts Newfield Monday at 5 p.m. at Candor.

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IN PHOTO 1: SVEC’s Jill Holmes makes the catch. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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