Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Tioga senior Pierce Hendershot put the finishing touches on a stellar five-year varsity career with a remarkable performance in the postseason to lead the Tigers to their third Section IV baseball title in five years, and earning Valley Sports Report’s 2019 Boys “Athlete of the Spring.”
Pierce Hendershot, who was also the VSR Baseball “Player of the Year,” and “Pitcher of the Year,” had a tremendous season on the mound, including three wins in five days in the postseason, capped by a complete-game victory over Deposit-Hancock in the Class C title game.
Hendershot posted a 9-3 record with a 1.12 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched). He fanned 95, walked just 18, and allowed 42 hits in 75 2/3 innings.
A tremendous fielder at the hot corner, Hendershot hit .548 (34 hits in 62 ABs) with 13 doubles, one home run, 18 RBI, 32 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases. He walked 25 times and had an on-base percentage of .688. He also had a slugging percentage of .806, and an OPS of 1.494.
Hendershot will continue his baseball career at Division 1 St. Bonaventure in the fall.
The remainder of the Boys “Super 7 Athletes of the Spring” are:
Isaac Chandler, junior, Waverly: Waverly junior Isaac Chandler won a bronze medal in the pole vault and also placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles at the New York State rack & Field Championships, and was the repeat winner of the VSR Boys Track & Field “Athlete of the Year.”
At States, Chandler finished third in the pole vault at 14-feet, 6-inches, and was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.52 seconds.
At the IAC Championships, Chandler won pole vault with personal-best vault of 14-feet, 9-inches. He also won the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, and ran on the fourth-place 400-meter relay team.
At Class B, Chandler won 110-meter hurdles in school-record time of 14.87 seconds, and also won the pole vault At the State Qualifier, Chandler won the pole vault and finished eighth in hurdles, after falling in the finals.
Quinn Hanafin, junior, Sayre: Hanafin had a tremendous season at the plate, helping the Redskins to their third consecutive appearance in the PIAA playoffs.
Hanafin hit .508 (30 hits in 59 at-bats) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 24 RBI, 32 runs scored, and eight stolen bases. He also walked 25 times and had an on-base percentage of .633, to go along with a .746 slugging percentage, and an OPS of 1.409.
Damian Hudson, junior, Athens: Hudson put together a strong two-day performance at the District 4 Championships to qualify for States in two events, and was on the VSR “Relay of Year.”
At the NTL Championships, Hudson won the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, and also ran on the winning 400-meter relay.
At Districts, Hudson won the 100 and 200, and also ran on the fifth-place 400-meter relay team. At States, Hudson finished 20th in the 200, and 29th in the 100.
Collin Wright, sophomore, Waverly: Wright broke a a pair of school records in the postseason, and qualified for States in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
At the IAC Championships, Wright won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a school-record time of 10:02.85, which he would later break again. He also won the 3,200-meter run, and ran on second-place 3,200-meter relay
At the Class B Championships, Wright finished second in the 3,200-meter run in school-record time of 9:52.02, and ran on wining 3,200-meter relay.
At the State Qualifier, Wright won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in school-record time of 9:53.71 to advance to States, where he finished 12th. Wright also finished eighth in the 3,200-meter run at the State Qualifier, and ran on the eighth-place 3,200-meter relay.
Benny Gambrell, sophomore, Athens: Gambrell made four trips to the podium at the District 4 Championships, was on the VSR “Relay of the Year,”and qualified for States in the long jump.
Gambrell finished second in the long jump to punch his ticket to States, where he finished 17th. He also finished fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the 200-meter dash, and ran on the fifth-place 400-meter relay.
At the NTL Championships, Gambrell won the long jump and triple jump, and ran on the winning 400-meter relay team.
Dylan Ward, senior, Waverly: Ward had the most surprising run to States this spring, churning out a school-record time of 1:57.45 to win the 800-meter run at the State Qualifier. He finished 33rd at States in 2:03.44.
Ward finished eighth in the high jump at the State Qualifier, and also ran on eighth-place 3,200-meter relay.
IN PHOTO: Tioga's Pierce Hendershot.
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