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NTL SOFTBALL: GREENLAND PITCHING, TEAM HITTING PUSHES TOWANDA PAST CV (2024-05-09)

Northern Tier Sports Report
WESTFIELD — Towanda used a 5-run sixth inning to beat CV, 8-3, and end their 8-game winning streak during NTL softball action Thursday.

The win ends Towanda’s 3-game losing streak.


“That was a big win for the team, and wen want to use this momentum to carry us into our last week of games,” said coach Caitlyn Crawford.


The Knights jumped out with a 2-run first, then held CV scoreless until the fourth, when they cut it to 2-1.


Towanda got another run in the fifth, with the Indians getting that one back in the bottom half of the inning.


That’s when Towanda exploded for their big inning to take an 8-2 lead. CV would score a run in the bottom half, but couldn’t get any closer.


Shay Greenland went the distance for the win, striking out 12 with one walk, six hits, and three runs, two of them earned.


“Shay did a nice job in the circle tonight, and pitched a great game,” remarked Crawford.


She was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, while Brooklyn Evans (2-for-3) had a double with two runs scored, and an RBI.


Caedence Wells (2-for-4) and Tae-Lynn Brabant (2-for-4) each had an RBI with Payton Perry (1-for-5) hitting a double with a run scored and 2-RBI.


Brynsen Vargson (1-for-4) and Layla Miller (1-for-4) both scored, as Aleah Johnson (1-for-4) also had a hit.


All in all they finished with 13 hits.


“The girls had a good night at the plate,” Crawford said. “From the top to bottom of the line-up every girl was hitting, which was good to see after our last few games.”


CV’s Logan Hamilton (3-for-3) had two home runs, and a double, but the Indians had just three other hits.


Ruby Sherman took the loss, going seven innings with four strikeouts, one walk, 13 hits, and eight runs, seven of them earned.


In the first Greenland got things going with a 1-out double, then her courtesy runner, Leila Cobb, scored on Evan’s double. After a second out Wells hit a 2-out single that scored Evans for the 2-0 lead.


Hamilton hit a 2-out dinger in the fourth to make it 2-1 but in the fifth Greenland came right back with a 1-out hit. 


Evans would walk to put two runners on, but CV was able to get a second out. An error off the bat of Wells allowed Cobb, Greenland’s courtesy runner, to score to make it 3-1.


CV used two errors in the bottom half to get another run across.


Then, in the sixth, Towanda had eight straight batters reach after CV got the lead-off hitter out. 


Vargason and Miller followed with back to back hits, then both scored on a Perry double to make it 5-2.


Greenland followed with a hit, then Perry stole home. Evans and Johnson both reached on singles to load the bases.


A Wells hit brought Cobb, running again for Greenland, home to make it 7-2, then Brabant singled in Evans for the 8-2 lead.


Hamilton led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run but Greenland retired the next three batters.


In the seventh CV would load the bases with two outs but Towanda’s defense caught an Indians runner trying to steal home to end the game.


Towanda (8-8) will travel to Notre Dame on Saturday.


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PHOTOS BY BROOKS MACLEOD GREENLAND



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