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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | May 7, 2021 | Photo courtesy Mike Lubertowicz


NEWARK VALLEY — Waverly built a 10-0 lead, powered by home runs from junior Aubrey Ennis and sophomore Michaela Lauper, on its way to a 15-6 win over Newark Valley in IAC softball action here on a rainy Friday afternoon.

The Lady Wolverines took a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Freshman Olivia Robinson sparked the rally with a one-out single, took third on a double by Ennis, and scored on an RBI single by Bella Romano.

After Ennis scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0, senior Alyssa Sindoni drove home Romano with an RBI groundout to cap the rally.

Ennis made it 4-0 with a long home run over the left field fence with one out in the fourth inning. With two outs, Sindoni walked, and senior Hali Jenner singled. After the runners moved up on a passed ball, Lauper stroked a two-run single into center field to extend the lead to 6-0.

The Lady Wolverines tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth inning. Senior Sidney Tomasso led off the frame with a double, and Robinson followed with a line-drive single to left field. After consecutive base on balls to Ennis and Romano forced home a run, Sindoni and Jenner hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 9-0.

Robinson’s two-out RBI double in the top of the fifth inning pushed the Waverly advantage to 10-0.

Newark Valley plated an unearned run in the home half of the fifth, but Lauper got the run back with a home run over the center field fence to make it 11-1.

Newark Valley scored another run in the bottom of the sixth, but Waverly answered with four runs to take a 16-2 lead after 6 1/2 innings. The rally was highlighted by an RBI double off the bat of Romano.

The Lady Cardinals provided the final margin with four runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Robinson had three hits, including a double, scored three runs, and drove in one run to pace Waverly’s 15-hit attack, while Lauper homered and singled, scored one run, and had three RBI, Romano doubled and singled, scored two runs, and knocked in three runs, and Jenner singled twice, scored once, and drove in two runs.

Tomasso doubled and singled, and scored three runs for the Lady Wolverines, while Sindoni singled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, and junior Jadyn Babcock added a single.

Jenner earned the win with a complete-game performance. She allowed six runs — three earned — on eight hits, while striking out six and walking three in seven innings of work.

Waverly, now 3-1, plays Vestal and Deposit-Hancock Saturday at the Jim Testa Tournament at Vestal High School.


About the Author

Tim Birney Author Bio

Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.