Tioga took advantage of Union Springs’ shaky start, scoring five first-inning runs on one hit en route to an 11-1 victory in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School softball championship Wednesday at Cornell University’s Niemand*Robison Field.
Sam Wood pitched a four-hit complete game for the Tigers. She struck out eight, walked two and hit a batter.
Danielle Barto and Britt Vergason each went 2-for-3. Vergason drove in three runs and scored twice, and Barto finished with three runs scored and an RBI on a second-inning triple.
Tioga (12-3) grabbed the advantage from the start, as Union Springs hurt itself with errors, wild pitches and passed balls.
The first two Tigers batters, Katelyn Stubbs and Taylor Ayres, reached on errors. Wood then hit into a force out that brought Stubbs home.
Barto walked, and Vergason reached on a fielder’s choice after attempting a sacrifice bunt, allowing Wood to score.
One out later, Sara Hollenbeck produced the lone hit of the frame with an infield single. Steph Armstrong reached on the third error of the inning, and Barto, Vergason and Hollenbeck would all eventually score.
“They came out with the jitters, and we took advantage,” Tioga coach Jim Wood said.
He also praised his team for remaining disciplined while playing aggressive ball. He also appreciated the error-free fielding.
“Our defense was fantastic,” he said.
Union Springs (16-2) entered the game ranked eighth in Class C by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The unranked Tigers kept the Wolves off the board until the fifth inning.
Amanda Albino, who went 1-for-1 with two walks, drew a pass to lead off the fifth. She advanced on a ground out, and with two out she scored on Avery Balk’s single to left-center.
Grace Van Horn pitched a strong game for the Wolves, giving up six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.