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NTL SOFTBALL: TOWANDA CONTINUES TO GROW IN 2024 (2024-06-08)

BY CHRIS MANNING
Northern Tier Sports Report
Despite having just one senior Towanda softball improved on last year’s win total in 2024, even if they didn’t quite get as far in district play.

“This season, our team went out there and beat some top notch teams like Elk Lake and Cowanesque,” said coach Caitlyn Crawford. “Beating powerhouse teams like that goes to show that we can compete with some of the best teams out there.”


The Knights went 11-9 in the regular season to earn the seventh seed in district play.


They opened the year 3-1 with wins over Wyalusing (23-3), Canton (23-5), and Elk Lake (5-4).


After a pair of losses evened up their record they rolled past Athens (11-2). A tough loss to district champs, South Williamsport (10-2) followed, then they got the season sweep of Wyalusing in a thrilling 4-3 win.


A loss to NPL was followed by a sweep of Wellsboro (13-0, 13-1) to sit at 7-5.


A 3-game losing streak saw them fall to 7-8, but that was a followed by a 4-game win streak where they beat CV (8-3), Notre Dame (18-0), Canton (16-3), and Sayre (11-1) to clinch a district spot.


They ended the regular season with a loss to Williamson (9-4), then fell to district runners-up Loyalsock in the playoffs.


TaeLynn Brabant led the team at the plate, hitting .435 with a team high 21-RBI and 16 runs scored. Brooklyn Evans batted .400 with five doubles, three home runs, 20-RBI and a 24 runs scored.


Brynsen Vargason hit .350 with 17-RBI and two homers as Caedence Wells hit .339 and Shay Greenland batted .338 with 17-RBI.


Payton Perry (.333) led the team in runs scored with 27, while Aleah Johnson hit .313.


In the circle Greenland pitched 60 innings and struck out 80 against eight walks with a 3.5 ERA. Johnson struck out 65 against 15 walks with a 3.15 ERA in 53 1/3-innings pitched.


They say good-bye to Greenland, who’s been a stalwart in the circle for them for three years, but the rest of the team returns as they look to continue to grow in 2025.


“I’m hopeful next year that we can improve our record and continue to be competitive in the NTL and districts,” said Crawford.



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