WAVERLY RALLIES PAST SAYRE, 9-6, IN 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER' OPENER
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | May 14, 2022 | Photo courtesy Mike Lubertowicz
SAYRE — Waverly plated five runs in the top of the sixth inning in a
come-from-behind, 9-6, win over Sayre here Saturday morning in the
opening game of the softball “Battle at the Border.”
Meghan Flynn belted a double in the bottom of the first inning, and scored on a wild pitch to give Sayre an early 1-0 lead.
Olivia Robinson led off the top of the second with a double, and scored on a ground out off the bat of Peyton Shaw to tie the game at 1-1.
Abbie McGaughey led off the Sayre third inning with a double, and scored on a groundout off the bat of McKenna Garrison to give the Lady Redskins a 2-1 lead.
Aubrey Ennis sparked a two-out rally in the top of the fourth with a single, and scored on an RBI triple by Robinson to tie the game at 2-2.
The Lady Redskins answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of two hit batters, and a walk to load the bases, before a two-out error allowed two runs to score to give Sayre a 4-2 lead.
Shaw led off the top of the fifth with a double, and scored on a one-out RBI single by Natalie Lauper to trim the deficit to 4-3.
Waverly took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth on an error that allowed two runs to score.
After Robinson walked, and Lea VanAllen singled to re-ignite the rally, Shaw was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
After Robinson scored on a passed ball, Faith Blauvelt hit a two-run single up the middle to extend the lead to 8-4.
Waverly added an unearned tun in the top of the seventh to make it 9-4.
Raegan Parrish reached base on a dropped third strike to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, and took second on a single by Aliyah Rawlings.
With two outs, McGaughey delivered a two-run single to close the gap to 9-6, but Waverly reliever Michaela Lauper recorded a strikeout to end the game.
Michaela Lauper earned the win for the Lady Wolverines, allowing two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out eight and walking none in three innings.
Robinson started in the circle for Waverly, allowing four runs — one earned — on three hits, while striking out seven and walking two in four innings.
Robinson tripled and doubled, scored two runs, and drove in one run to lead Waverly at the plate, while Shaw doubled, scored two runs, and drove in one run, and Blauvelt singled and knocked in two runs.
Natalie Lauper singled and drove in one run in the win, while VanAllen and Ennis each singled and scored one run, Michaela Lauper added a single, Bella Romano scored two runs, and Lourden Benjamin crossed the plate once.
Rawlings stroked three singles and scored one run to pace Sayre at the plate, while McGaughey doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, and Flynn doubled and scored one run.
Garrison had two RBI for the Lady Redskins, and Olivia Corbin and Parrish each scored one run.
Corbin was tagged with the loss for Sayre, allowing six runs — five earned — on five hits, while striking out three and walking four in 5 1/3 innings.
Parrish finished off the game, allowing three runs on three hits, while striking out one and walking three in 1 2/3 innings.
Waverly improves to 9-7, while Sayre falls to 0-15.
About the Author
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.