Mistakes doom Tioga against Afton
TIOGA CENTER, N.Y. - Once again for Tioga they were their own worst enemy.
In their 4-1 loss to Class D power Afton they made seven errors.
"We have the potential to be very good," Tioga coach Jim Wood said. "But we have to stop committing four, five, six errors."
Afton led 1-0 after scoring in the top of the first. It stayed like that until the seventh when they made it 4-0 off three runs on three defensive errors by the Tigers.
Tioga got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning but couldn't get much more than that.
Sam Wood was strong in the loss, striking out eight while allowing no walks and three hits. None of the runs were earned.
"She really did a great job," Wood said.
It also helped that they had injured catcher Britt Vergason back behind the plate.
"She called a very, very good game," Wood said about Vergason. "One of her best in her varsity career. She kept their hitters really off balance most of the day."
Wood and Deanna Hutchison had Tioga's hits while Katelyn Stubbs scored their run.
Cassidy Phillips was the winning pitcher for Afton. She struck out six while allowing three walks, two hits and one earned run.
Things don't get easier for the Tigers as they travel to Notre Dame today.
Wood believes that for them to turn things around his girls need relax more.
"Some girls try too hard, some girls, rather than make a mistake, they freeze," he said. "We've got to eliminate the errors."
Canton 14, Bucktail 4
The Warriors pulled out a non-league win Tuesday.
Josiah Bardo went 3-for-3 to lead Canton while Connor Route, Kyle Landis and John Bowman had two hits each. Also getting hits for the Warriors were Emmett Watson, Chase Pepper, Garrett Wesneski, Wes Moore and Tanner Machmer.
Bowman got the win, going the first three innings and striking out three.
Canton will start West league play today at Williamson.