A big day from the offense and a dominant pitching effort from Andy Wilkins in the championship game propelled Thomas A. Edison to the title at the four-team Dunn Field Baseball Tournament on Saturday in Elmira.
Wilkins pitched five shutout innings and the Spartans pounded 13 hits in an 8-1 victory over Towanda in the championship game. Edison (5-1) advanced to the final with a 13-11 win over Lansing earlier in the day.
Edison’s Quinton Kettell went 3-for-5 with three runs in the title game. Josh Cosgrove was 2-for-5, Chris Becker tripled and scored, and Adam Shumaker scored two runs.
The Spartans have won four straight since a 14-3 loss at Notre Dame on April 9, including a 14-4 win over Lansing on Thursday.
The Spartans overcame a seven-run inning by Lansing in the semifinals to win behind 13 hits. Cosgrove was 3-for-4 with two doubles, Kettell was 3-for-5 with a double and Becker was 2-for-4 with a double.
In the tournament’s consolation game at Edison, Hunter Thomas scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth after Joe Prunier’s one-out infield single was mishandled and Notre Dame beat Lansing, 10-9.
Thomas had a homer, double and three RBIs for Notre Dame (7-1) after collecting two hits in a 4-2 semifinal loss to Towanda. Parker May and Prunier added two hits each. The Crusaders scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
Track and field
Waite-Molnar Invitational: On Saturday at Elmira Free Academy, Lansing’s boys placed fifth and the girls sixth at the annual invitational meet. Elmira’s boys and girls both won team titles.
The Bobcat boys had a pair of individual champions — Anders Presthus in the shot put (45 feet, 9½ inches) and Max Jordan in the pole vault (13-3).
Top finishers for the Lansing girls were Lyndsey Lehr, who finished second in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, and Emily Gallagher, who placed third in both the long jump and pole vault.
Abbey Wheeler and Jessica Thatcher of Elmira both broke 25-year-old meet records to lead the Express girls, Wheeler setting the mark in the 1,500 meters (4 minutes, 46.03 seconds) and Thatcher establishing a new record in the 3,000 (10:36.37). Jennifer Finnegan held the old 1,500 mark of 4:46.34; Cherie Muckel was the record-holder in the 3,000 with a 10:40.24.
Corning’s John McCarthy broke his own meet record in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 9:54.05, which shattered last year’s mark of 10:01.87.