Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Sayre freshman Brayden Horton and Waverly freshman Caden Hollywood both played major roles in helping their teams to winning seasons, and will share the 2019 Valley Sports Report “Newcomer of the Spring” honor.
A very good defensive catcher with a strong arm, Horton made an immediate impact on the Redskins at the plate, and behind it in his first varsity season.
Horton hit .323 (21 hits in 65 ABs) with eight doubles, three triples, 23 RBI, 17 runs scored, and four stolen bases. He walked 12 times an had a .452 on-base percentage. He also had a .538 slugging percentage, and a .991 OPS.
He threw out nine would-be base stealers, and also picked two runners off first base.
Hollywood also made an immediate impact on the mound for the Wolverines, and became their big-game pitcher by the end of his first varsity season.
Hollywood posted a 7-0 record with a 2.15 ERA. He struck out 44 and walked 36 in 45 2/3 innings pitched, while allowing just 27 hits. He also hit .279 (17 hits in 61 ABs) with five doubles, seven RBI, and 13 runs scored.
The remainder of the Boys 2019 “Newcomers of the Spring” is:
Ralph Johnson, 7th-grader, Waverly: Johnson was in the mix in the sprints for the Wolverines all season, and was a major contributor.
At the IAC Championships, Johnson finished sixth in the 200-meter dash, and seventh in 100-meter dash. He also ran on the fourth-place 400-meter relay team.
At the Class B Championships, Johnson finished fourth in the 100- and 200-yard sprints.
John Worthing, senior, Tioga: After not playing baseball for a couple years, Worthing shook off the rust and was a major contributor.
A speedy outfielder and equally adept first baseman, John Worthing hit .290 (20 hits in 69 ABs) with four doubles, 16 RBI, 20 runs scored, and eight RBI.
Nic Ficarro, sophomore, Sayre: Ficarro earned more playing time as the season progressed, and he delivered.
Ficarro hit .364 (16 hits in 44 at-bats), with one double, nine RBI, six runs scored, and one stolen base.
Shayne Reid, freshman, Athens: Reid was the No. 3 sprinter for the Wildcats this season, and a major points-winner in the dual season.
Reid qualified for District 4 Championships on two relays, including the 4-by-100 that finished fifth.
At NTL Championships, Reid was on the winning 400 relay, and the second-place 1,600 relay. He finished 10th in the 100-meter dash.
David Northrup, freshman, Sayre: Northrup contributed all season for the Redskins, but caught fire at the end, collecting seven hits in 18 ABs, including one double, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI.
On the season, Northrup hit .236 (13 hits in 55 ABs) with two doubles, three triples, one HR, 18 RBI, eight runs scored, and two stolen bases.
IN PHOTO: Sayre’s Brayden Horton (left) and Caden Hollywood.
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