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NTL BASEBALL: IRISH, TAVANI LEAD TOWANDA PAST SYARE (2024-05-14)

Northern Tier Sports Report
WYSOX — Towanda got another strong outing out of Teagan Irish, and did enough offensively to edge Sayre, 3-1, in NTL baseball action Tuesday.

Irish held the ‘Skins scoreless through six as he watched his team tack on three runs. In the top of the seventh Sayre got one across, and Irish hit his limit, but Jack Tavani came in for the final two-thirds to get the save.


“It’s a good thing we tagged two on in the bottom of the sixth to give ourselves a little bit of breathing room, and we needed it,” said Towanda coach Karl Raffin. “We didn’t lose our heads, we just kept playing defense, and didn’t get too rattled when they got a couple of this there. But, overall, it’s good pitching all-around for our team tonight.”


Irish went 6 1/3-innings with eight strikeouts, four walks, three hits, and one earned run. Tavani allowed three hits and got one strikeout in his two-thirds of action.


Wil Shrawder (2-for-3) scored a run as Tavani (1-for-3) had a double with an RBI. Owen Lane (1-for-3) scored a run with Rylee Sluyter (1-for-1) and Dawson Butts (1-for-3) both getting hits. Irish drove in a run, as well.


Towanda pushed one across in the third as Lane led off with a hit. He was bunted over by Sluyter, then scored on an Irish ground out to put the Knights up 1-0.


After threatening in the fifth Towanda scored two in the sixth with two outs. Shrawder drove in Lucas Vincent with a single, then Tavani doubled in Shrawder for the 3-0 lead.


In the top of the seventh Sayre would load the bases with one out, pushing one across with a hit to make it 3-1. 


Tavani, though, got a big strikeout, then got the ender with a line-out to Irish at short for the win.


Towanda (6-12) will travel to Wellsboro on Wednesday before wrapping up the season at home on Thursday with Williamson.


“Unfortunately, we didn’t play as good early in the season, but the goal is always to be playing your best ball at the end of the year,” Raffin said. “We’re playing pretty good right now, so hopefully we can wrap up this week with a couple wins.”


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