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IAC SOFTBALL: WAVERLY KNOCKS OFF ELMIRA, 4-3, IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE (2017-05-16)

Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Waverly rallied to knock off Class AA Elmira, 4-3, in the regular-season finale here Tuesday afternoon in non-league softball action.

The Lady Wolverines, now 12-5, will open the Section IV, Class B playoffs next Tuesday at Oneonta.

Waverly sophomore Wendi Hammond pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning, then sparked a rally in the home half of the first.

Hammond laid down a perfect bunt for a single to lead off the frame, then junior Paige Miler popped a bunt up down the third-base line that the Lady Express third baseman had in her glove as she dove, but it pooped out on impact with the ground and Miller reached on a single.

With two outs, junior Zoe Mennig blooped an RBI single over the first baseman’s head for a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Express pushed two runs across the plate in the second inning and another in the third to take a 3-1 lead.

With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, senior Shailei Kraft ripped a single up the middle, and freshman Riley Hall hit a line-drive single to left field. Mennig then hit a hard groundball single up the middle to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Hammond led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single, stole second, and scored on a line-drive RBI double to left field by Kraft to tie the game at 3-3. Mennig then hit a slow grounder between shortstop and third base for an RBI single to give the Lady Wolverines a 4-3 lead.

A double and a walk to lead off the top of the seventh put Express runners on first and second, and a sacrifice bunt moved them to second and third with one out. Kraft then snared a line drive at shortstop, and fired a throw to Hall at third base for a double play to end the game.

Mennig stroked three singles, stole a base, and had three RBI to lead Waverly at the plate, while Kraft doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in a run, Hammond singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Hall added a single.

Hammond scattered 10 hits over seven innings, while allowing three earned runs and three walks. She struck out five.

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PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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