Erika Whitney threw a complete game for the Harpursville softball team in a 7-1 victory against Candor in the Section 4 Class C first round on Saturday.
Harpursville struck quickly on the road, scoring five times in the second inning. Tatiana Sosnowsky, Katie Hoyt and Paige Mealick each drove in runs, with Mealick hitting a double. Candor’s Martina Ayres knocked in an RBI in the third inning, but the Hornets answered with an RBI from Carissa Warren and another run in the seventh inning.
Harpursville (9-5) will play at top-seeded Thomas A. Edison at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
State Qualifer: At the Binghamton Tennis Center, Seton Catholic Central’s Mike Perry took third place in the singles state qualifier tournament, defeating Ithaca’s Justin Milner 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in three sets on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Perry topped Andy Parkes of Lansing in three sets, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals
Oneonta’s Emerson Kelby won the singles championship after Artem Khrapko of Corning defaulted the match. Perry, Milner and Kelby each advance to the state tournament, which begins Thursday at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, the site of the U.S. Open.
Winning the Section 4 doubles title were cousins Colin and Zan Stewart of Norwich, who edged Corning’s Gautham Sezhian and Alex Goforth 6-3, 7-6 (12-10). Ithaca’s tandem of Kevin Huang and Michael Zhao took third place and will head to states along with the Stewarts and Sezhian-Goforth.