SECTION 4 SOFTBALL: MEGAN WOLF THROWS SHUTOUT, HORSEHEADS GETS TIMELY HITTING TO TOP ELMIRA (24 PHOTOS)
(2022-05-26)By Brian FeesSouthern Tier Sports Report
HORSEHEADS — It took five innings for Horseheads to get on the board in Wednesday’s Section 4, Class AA softball semifinal, but once the Blue Raiders got a run, Megan Wolf made sure it was enough.
Wolf threw a three-hit shutout and the Blue Raiders edged Elmira 3-0 to earn a spot in Saturday’s final against Corning.
It was a pitcher’s dual through three innings, with both teams allowing just three hits in the game.
In the fifth inning Rachel Lunger started things with a walk and Megan Wolf sacrificed and reached on an error. Gabby Beschler bunted into a fielder’s choice, scoring Lunger and after an out was recorded Carly Scott hit a single to center to score Wolf to make it 2-0.
An inning later Olivia Packard singled, moved to second on a Bella Giammichele sacrifice and after an out was recorded scored on a Megan Wolf sacrifice.
Scott had two hits for Horseheads and Packard had a hit.
“It was such a great feeling getting the win today,” Scott said. “Our hard work these past couple of days really paid off and the team executed very well.”
Wolf struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter, while allowing the three hits in the game.
“It felt great to get the win today,” Wolf said. “I’m glad I got the opportunity to do my part and help the team win. Having a good defense behind you makes it easier to relax and just throw on the mound.”
Payton Ross had two hits for Elmira and MacKenzie Fusare had a hit in the game.
Paityn Chorney threw 4 1/3 innings, striking out three and Ross went 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief, striking out two.
“I tip my hat to Elmira on a great game and a great season,” Horseheads coach Rick Gryska said. “I wish their seniors the best of luck as they move on to the next level.”
The final is at BAGSAI at 1 p.m. Saturday. Corning won both meetings between the two teams hit year, with the game at Corning going extra innings.
“We are very excited to face Corning in the final,” Wolf said. “Ready for the chance to compete for the Section 4 Championship.”
“I am really looking forward to the finals and wouldn’t want to experience this with any other team,” Scott said.
PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES
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