|SECTION IV SOFTBALL: TIOGA RALLIES TO TOP O-M, 6-4, IN CLASS C OPENER (15 PHOTOS) (2017-05-18)
Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER Tioga plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally for a 6-4 win over Odessa-Montour here Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Section IV, Class C softball playoffs.
Just nine days ago, the Lady Tigers steamrolled O-M in a doubleheader at home by scores of 20-1 and 6-0.
Tioga took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Sara Strong stroked a one-out single and scored on a two-out error by the Lady Indians.
The Lady Tigers scored again in the third inning to push their lead to 2-0. Senior Sara Strong reached on a one-out single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by senior Megan Godfrey.
Tioga starter Mariah Culver pitched three innings. She hit a batter in the second inning and walked a batter in the third inning. She struck out the other nine batters she faced.
Junior Madalyn Dydynski relieved and retired O-M without a hit in the fourth inning, bur ran into trouble in the fourth inning, allowing a three-run triple by freshman Grace Vondracek with two outs that gave the Lady Indians a 3-2 lead.
O-M added another run in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single by Dezirae Minnier to make it 4-2.
In the home half of the sixth inning, Strong led off with a single, and junior Kurstan Martin ripped an RBI triple to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Dydynski followed with a ringing RBI triple to tie the game at 4-4, then scored on a two-out error that gave the Lady Tigers a 5-4 lead.
Hollenbeck, who reached on the error, stole second base, and scored on an RBI single by Godfrey.
Dydynski gave up back-to-back singles to open the top of the seventh, but ended the game with three consecutive strikeouts.
Dydynski earned the win, allowing four earned runs on four hits, while striking out nine and walking three in four innings of work.
Godfrey singled twice and drove in two runs, and Strong and Hollenbeck each had two hits and two runs scored to pace Tiogas 11-hit attack.
Dydynski and Martin each tripled, scored a run, and drove in a run in the win, and Culver and junior Marissa Howe each singled.
Vondracek was tagged with the loss for O-M. She allowed five earned runs on 11 hits, while striking out six and walking none.
Sixth-seeded Tioga, now 14-5, will travel to third-seed Edison (13-4) Tuesday for a quarter-final match-ups.
PHOTOS BY MARIA JOHNSON.
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