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IAC SOFTBALL: NEWARK VALLEY STRUGGLES EARLY IN LOSS TO MARATHON (2024-05-08)

Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — The Newark Valley softball team struggled in the second and third innings and its attempts to rally came up short in an 18-10 loss to Marathon in IAC action Wednesday.

The Olympians scored 13 runs in the second and third innings and built a 15-2 advantage through 3 ½ innings.

NV’s big inning came in the sixth when it put five runs on the scoreboard.

With the Cardinals trailing, 16-4, Joslyn Wright and Abby Groover reached safely on back-to-back errors by the third baseman. Wright would score after a stolen base and a couple of errors, scored then Kaitlyn Keith followed with a walk.

Laura Ludwig stroked a line drive double to center field, scoring Groover and Keith, and Ludwig scored after an error off the bat of RuthAnne Walburn and a double by Kayden Rockwell. Walburn also scored, closing the gap to 16-9.

Marathon countered with two runs in the seventh and NV was only able to pick up one more run in its last at-bats after walks to Keith, Ludwig, Walburn and Rockwell.

The Cardinals scored twice in the second and added two more runs in the fourth.

In the second, with NV trailing 7-0, Jenna Vosburgh singled, Haven Aylesworth reached on an error, scoring Vosburgh. Wright walked, Groover singled and Keith delivered an RBI single.

The Olympians added six more runs in the third and two in the fourth, then Newark Valley got on the scoreboard again in the home half of the fourth.

Wright singled, and Wright, Groover and Keith drew consecutive walks, bringing Wright home. Walburn then plated Groover with a line out to right.

NV had nine hits on the day with Keith going 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Wright registered a hit and three runs; Groover had a hit, two runs and an RBI; Ludwig had a hit, run and three RBI; Walburn chipped in with a hit, run and an RBI; Rockwell contributed a hit and three RBI; Vosburgh added a hit and a run; and Hattie Hines tacked on a run.

NV (5-9) hosts IAC North Small School champion Union Springs Friday and an upset would qualify the Cardinals for postseason play.

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IN PHOTO 1: NV’s Hattie Hines. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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