High School Roundup: Preston, Vanbenschoten lead Groton softball victory

High School Roundup: Preston, Vanbenschoten lead Groton softball victory


High School Roundup: Preston, Vanbenschoten lead Groton softball victory


Steffanie Preston homered for the second consecutive day and drove in four runs to lead the Groton softball team to a 22-0 shutout of visiting Moravia on Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference play.

The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule. Preston went 4-for-5, with her solo homer coming in the third inning. Senior first baseman Jessica Churchill had the first 3-for-3 game of her varsity career, and pitcher Katie Vanbenschoten tossed a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

Groton (8-3) travels to Lansing on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.

IAC baseball

* Spencer-Van Etten 18, Candor 5: The Panthers (6-5) used an eight-run fourth inning to pull away from the winless Indians.

* Union Springs 20, Groton 3: The top four players in the Wolves lineup all had three hits, with Chandler Coleman driving in four runs from his leadoff spot as Union Springs cruised past the Indians. Coleman also got the win in relief, pitching the final two innings of the five-inning contest.

* Trumansburg 7, Whitney Point 3: The Blue Raiders got three hits and three RBIs from Colin Fellows and another strong pitching performance from lefty Cam Lueder as T-burg (8-3, 7-3 IAC) pulled away for the North Division win.

Lueder yielded two runs on four hits and struck out 13 in 52/3 innings, with Mitchell Swartwood coming on in the sixth to finish. Fellows had two doubles among his three hits.

Lansing 4, Union Springs 3: The Wolves had the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh when the final out was made as the defending Class C state champion Bobcats (13-0) extended their two-year win streak to 39 games.
Union Springs outhit Lansing, 14-8, but managed to score runs in only one inning, the fourth, when it got three runs on six hits, all singles, off Lansing starter Troy Osterman, who got the win despite allowing 11 hits. Jodd Todd and Sam Currie both pitched a shutout inning, with Currie getting the save.
Billy Harris took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Everybody in the Union Springs lineup had at least one hit, with five of the nine having two.

IAC track

* Dryden girls, T-burg boys win North Division: The Purple Lion girls defeated Trumansburg (96-39) and Lansing (87-53) on Monday to wrap up the IAC North Division championship. Trumansburg’s boys won the division with dual victories over both Dryden and Lansing.

Abbey Yatsko won all three sprints for the Dryden girls — the 100 meters (12.5 seconds), the 200 (26.3) and the 400 (1:02.7) — and anchored the winning 400 relay to lead the girls champs. Rachel Hutchinson added wins in the 800 (2:33.0) and the 1,500 (5:07.3), and anchored the winning 3,200 relay.

Lansing’s Ben Eisenhut was a double-winner in the boys meet, taking both the 1,600 (4:44.4.) and the 3,200 (11:19.2). Anders Presthus also won twice for the Bobcats, taking the shot put (41 feet, 5 inches) and the discus (119-8). Dryden’s Will Holt won the 110 and 400 hurdles, in 15.5 and 59.8, respectively.

STAC tennis

* Ithaca 6, Horseheads 0: Kevin Huang at first singles and Aidan Mackenzie at second singles both rallied from 1-0 deficits to score match victories and lead the undefeated Little Red to its 10th straight victory on Monday in Horseheads.

Both Huang and Mackenzie won 10-8 in the third set. The first doubles team of Connon Cramton and Josiah Rawlings also came from a set down to win, scoring a 10-7 super-tiebreaker victory. Ithaca hosts Union-Endicott at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

IAC golf

* Dryden 219, Lansing 230: All five Dryden players finished within four shots of each other on Monday as the Purple Lions topped the Bobcats by 11 shots.

Ryan Whitaker led the winners with a 42, followed by Jonathan Becker (43), Riley Brewer and Greg Nostrand (both 44) and Aleks Schuler (46). Jack Myers grabbed medalist honors with a 40 for the Bobcats.

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