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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | May 15, 2021 | Photo courtesy Mike Lubertowicz


HERKIMER, N.Y. — Waverly dropped a 5-1 decision to a powerful Marcellus squad Saturday in the opening game of the James “Ace” Morabito Memorial Tournament here at the Mudville Softball Complex, then bounced back with a 16-2 win over Homer in the nightcap.

First Game
Marcellus 5, Waverly 1

Brooklyn Finarty scattered eight hits to lead Marcellus to a 5-1 win over Waverly in the first game of the afternoon.

The Lady Mustangs, hailing from Section III, struck for three runs in the bottom of the first, and never trailed..

Waverly scored its lone run of the game in the top of the fourth on a lead-off double by sophomore Michaela Lauper, and one-out RBI single by junior Bella Romano, but Marcellus answered with five straight hits and two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Freshman Olivia Robinson and senior Hali Jenner each had two hits to pace Waverly at the plate, while Lauper doubled and scored one run, Romano singled and drove in one run, and senior Alyssa Sindoni and junior Aubrey Ennis each added a single.

Senior Hali Jenner was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs on 12 hits, while striking out two and walking none in six innings.

Finarty struck out five and walked none in seven innings.

Marcellus improves to 6-1.

Second Game
Waverly 16, Homer 2

Senior Alyssa Sindoni and junior Aubrey Ennis combined to drive in nine runs, and Waverly banged out 18 hits in a, 16-2, five-inning win over Homer.

Ennis drove in a run with a groundout in the bottom of the first inning, and Sindoni added an RBI single to give the Lady Wolverines a 2-0 lead.

Homer, also hailing from Section III, trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a run in the top of the second, but Waverly pushed five runs across the plate — all with two outs — take a 7-1 lead.

Ennis started the scoring with an RBI double, and Sindoni followed with a two-run double to make it 6-1. After a single by senior Hali Jenner, junior Bella Romano capped the rally with an RBI single.

Waverly kept it rolling in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Sidney Tomasso and Ennis each belted RBI doubles to make it 9-1, and Jenner added an RBI single to extend the lead to 10-1.

After singles by Romano and freshman Peyton Shaw loaded the bases, sophomore Alyvia Daddona stroked a two-run single to cap the rally.

The Lady Wolverines finished off the scoring in the fourth inning on a two-run single by Sindoni, and RBI double by Romano, and an RBI single by Shaw.

Jenner earned the win, allowing one unearned run on three hits, while striking out one and walking one in three innings of work. Tomasso pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on three hits, while striking out two and walking non.

Sindoni had three hits, including a double, two runs scored, and five RBI, while Tomasso had three hits, including a pair of doubles, four runs scored, and one RBI, and Romano had three hits, including one double, one run scored, and two RBI to pace Waverly at the the plate.

Ennis ripped a pair of doubles, scored three runs, and had four RBI for the Lady Wolverines, while Daddona singled twice, scored once, and drove in two runs, Jenner singled twice, scored one run, and knocked in one run, Shaw singled twice and drove in one run, freshman Olivia Robinson singled and scored three runs, and Hannah Burgess crossed the plate once.

Waverly, now 5-5, hosts Watkins Glen Monday. Homer falls to 1-6.


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.