Strong pitching and sparkling defense ruled in Friday afternoon’s Southern Tier Athletic Conference baseball game between Horseheads and Union-Endicott.
It took small ball to win it.
U-E’s Haydyn Vose limited the host Blue Raiders to three hits and the unbeaten Tigers (10-0, 8-0 STAC) scored the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly in their final at-bat to pull out a 1-0 victory.
“It was a great high school game, but you have to score to win and we didn’t do that (Friday),” said Horseheads coach Jeff Limoncelli.
The first two Horseheads batters singled, but the Tigers turned one of two double plays in the game to get out of the inning. Nico Limoncelli’s fifth-inning single was the Blue Raiders’ only other hit.
Vose struck out just one batter but didn’t walk anybody. Nick Cantando of Horseheads (7-4, 4-3) also pitched a three-hitter.
U-E’s Drew Hogan led off the seventh with a double to left that was aided by a tricky bounce. He reached third on a fielder’s choice, colliding with third baseman Josh Stowell just as the throw from shortstop Limoncelli reached the bag and the ball trickled away. Jared McStine drove Hogan in with a fly ball to left.
“It was a well-played game on both sides,” said Union-Endicott coach Tim Harkness. “At the end, we just kind of scraped together one run and that’s all we needed.”
Johnson City 7, Chenango Forks 2: At Johnson City, the Wildcats scored five runs from five hits in the fourth inning to seal the STAC victory. Brandon Ngo pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, allowing six hits.
Chenango Valley 5, Windsor 3: At CV, the Warriors used a four-run sixth inning to ease past Windsor. Zach Cole hit a two-run double to give CV a 4-3 lead, then Brian Cox stole home on an attempted suicide squeeze for the game’s final run.
Jake Hertzog earned the win for Chenango Valley (6-5), which improved to 5-0 at home this season.
Norwich 1, Seton Catholic Central 0: At Norwich, Chris Trevisani threw a two-hit shutout to lead the Purple Tornado to a 1-0 victory over the Saints. In the bottom of the fourth, Cody Barnes stroked a one out double and two batters later scored on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Ricky Runyon.
David George threw a complete game for Seton allowing five hits and striking out a game high six.
Elmira 11, Binghamton 1: At Elmira, Express starter Calvin Blish struck out seven, and held the Patriots to just three hits.
Tyler Lynch hit a two-run home run for Elmira (7-3).
Bainbridge-Guilford 13, Afton 0: At B-G, Dylan Mondore and Zach Ouimet each went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as B-G (5-5) cruised to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Spencer-Van Etten 15, Candor 5: At Candor, Gauge Gregoire hit a grand slam in the third inning to ignite the Panthers’ offense in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest. Candor committed nine errors and couldn’t gain ground.
Trumansburg 6, Dryden 4: At Dryden, Trumansburg got a seventh inning homer from Trevor Rumsey to clip Dryden 6-4 in a conference matchup. With two outs and a runner on first, Rumsey connected to left field for the go-ahead blast and the Blue Raiders held on for the win. Alan Davis had three hits for Dryden in the defeat.
Vestal 3, Corning 2: At Vestal, The Golden Bears got timely hitting from catcher Michelle Chisdak to beat Corning in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference contest.
With the score tied at two and two outs in the home half of the seventh, Natalie Poulton reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Chisdak followed with her second triple of the game to drove home Poulton for the game-winning run.
Kaitlyn Price had three hits including a double for the Hawks.
Johnson City 3, Chenango Forks 2: At Johnson City, the Wildcats scored all their runs in the third inning from a double, single, two walks, and an error to edge the Blue Devils.
Maine-Endwell 17, Ithaca 0: at Ithaca, Taylor Chidester finished 2-for-4 with a home run, triple and six RBIs to lead the Spartans (10-1) to the rout.
Natalie Longo and Natalie Knight would each add two RBIs for M-E, which is the states third ranked Class A team, according to the New York Sportswriters Association.
Norwich 5, Seton Catholic Central 0: At Norwich, Purple Tornado catcher Jordan Sanford drove in four of the hosts’ five runs. Sanford hit her first varsity home run in the first inning, a two run shot off of Katherine Loughlin. She added a two run double in the bottom of the fifth to seal the game.
Hannah Eddy pitched a complete game two-hitter for Norwich (4-6).
Thomas A. Edison 3, Waverly 0: At Waverly, Katelyn Warren hit her third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning to help Edison to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory. Teammate Mckenzie Slaven pitched a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts for Edison (8-0), which is ranked first in the state in Class C according to the New York Sportswriters Association.
Hancock 10, Oxford 0: At Oxford, Lea Newman tossed a no-hitter to lead her team to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory. Newman finished with eight strikeouts and three walks and went 2-for-3 with four RBIs at the plate. Brooke Sherburne finished 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs for Hancock (10-1).
Maine-Endwell 8, Chenango Forks 4: At Maine-Endwell, the Spartans’ Tyler DeSario posted 14 saves in the Section 4 Conference victory over the Blue Devils. Justin Kopansky and Tyler Thompson each scored two goals for M-E.
Seton Catholic Central 13, Chenango Valley 9: At CV, the Saints were victorious in a penalty-filled contest. The final quarter contained 12 penalties and with SCC down a man, Alex Walsh scored a shorthanded goal to go along with his four assists.
Nick Pert and Ryan Corey each scored two goals for Chenango Valley.
Whitney Point 18, Owego 9: At Whitney Point, Jake Lynch recorded nine goals and three assists and Riley Abrahamson scored his first varsity goal to send the Golden Eagles over the Indians. Brett Ellerson and Donovan Sturdevant dominated faceoffs, giving the Golden Eagles a total 24-5 advantage.
Vestal 13, Massena 9: At Vestal, Pat Carlin had a hat trick and two assists and Jake Nelson recorded a hat trick and an assist to push the Golden Bears (12-0) ahead in a non-league game.