Dryden’s reeling baseball team has a few days to figure out how to right the ship before it begins its quest for a Section 4 Class B Tournament championship, while Class C hopefuls Trumansburg and Lansing jump right into the fray on Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Purple Lions (11-6), which fell out of the state Class B rankings following four consecutive losses after rising to No. 9, has earned a first-round bye and will face No. 3 seed Chenango Forks (9-9) in the quarterfinals of the sectional tournament. That game will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Chenango Forks.
Coach Kim Brown’s squad’s most recent loss came last week in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School final against Thomas A. Edison. Dryden committed eight errors, leading to seven unearned runs in a 9-5 defeat. Its other recent losses have come to Waverly, ninth-ranked Westhill and Union Springs, which beat Tioga, 4-2, last Thursday in the IAC Small School title game.
Newark Valley (7-6) will take on Waverly (10-8) in a Class B first-round matchup on Tuesday.
In Class C, fourth seed Trumansburg (12-3) will host No. 13 Bainbridge-Guilford (6-8) and sixth-seeded Lansing (10-5) will host No. 11 Marathon (4-10) in first-round action on Tuesday. The Lansing-Marathon winner will take on third-seeded Tioga (12-3), the fourth-ranked team in the state, which earned a first-round bye.
Softball: The Section 4 tournaments get under way Thursday, with Newark Valley taking on top seed Windsor (17-1) in the Class B quarterfinals.
In Class C first-round play, eighth seed Candor (9-8) hosts No. 9 Harpursville (8-5), fourth seed Tioga (12-3) hosts 13th seed Unatego (7-8), No. 6 Lansing (11-7) hosts 11th seed Seton Catholic Central (2-15) and seventh seed Groton (9-6) hosts No. 11 Moravia (9-10). Third-seeded Union Springs (15-2), which fell to Tioga in last week’s IAC Small School title game, earned a first-round will host the Lansing-SCC winner in the quarterfinals on May 27.
Boys lacrosse: Ithaca High (7-8), the four-time defending Section 4 Class A champion, has had a difficult season after losing 24 seniors to graduation last year and will face a tough road to making it five consecutive titles. The Little Red will host Binghamton (6-9) on Tuesday night, with the winner traveling to Vestal High on Thursday to face top-seeded and 19th-ranked Corning (11-4).
The Hawks topped Ithaca twice this season, 11-4 in Corning on April 10 and 10-5 in Ithaca two weeks later.