Evening Sun Report
Norwich 10, Susquehanna Valley 7
CONKLIN – Winless on the 2013 season and winless against Susquehanna Valley for over two decades, Norwich’s varsity softball team pulled off perhaps its greatest comeback win in program history.
The Tornado rallied from an early 6-1 deficit, and overtook the Sabers with long-ball heroics. Down to its last out and its last strike, freshman Kassidy Seary delivered in the clutch – big time.
The Tornado infielder smacked a grand slam to center field thrusting the Tornado ahead for good. It was the second homer of the game for Seary, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth to cut SV’s lead to 6-3. “Kassidy had been struggling this year, but it came together for her tonight,” said Norwich coach Scott Moore. “Her second homer was probably the farthest one I’ve seen hit. It would have cleared our fence by at least 50 feet.”
Molly Moore also homered for Norwich hitting a solo shot to rightcenter in the fifth inning. Molly Moore, Shannon Moore, Kat DeTomi, Katie Callahan, and Seary all finished with two hits, and Norwich collected 14 hits on the night against a pitcher, Sierra Storm, who blanked NHS a season ago.
Freshman hurler Shannon Moore overcame a rocky start to pick up the win. She allowed just one run over the last five innings by changing speeds and keeping the ball down.
“The defense was shaky and I was definitely concerned early,” Scott Moore said. “They had their three triples in the first two innings, and I don’t usually call pitches, but I had Shannon go more to her changeup and drop, and she pitched great.
“The biggest thing is that everybody hit the ball tonight. It was a real joy to see it happen.”
NHS 010 211 5 10 14 5
SVa. 150 001 0 7 9 3
Shannon Moore (W) and Jordan Sanford. Sierra Storm (L) and Gina Correll. Doubles: (N) Kat DeTomi. Triples: (N) Shannon Moore HR: (N) Molly Moore, Kassidy Seary (2).
Greene 10, Harpursville 0
GREENE – Greene broke open its game with Harpursville in the sixth inning scoring six times, and Trojans pitcher Morgan Hurlburt pitched her first shutout in Thursday’s victory.
Morgan Ellis and Maddie Brink had two-run singles in the sixth to complete a six-run uprising. Hurlburt tossed a four-hitter, and the Greene defense played error-free.
“It was probably our best game of the season when you consider the baserunning and defense,” said Greene coach Rick Smith.
Laura Durdon and Gabby Sherwood led Greene (3-2) with 3-for-4 days. Ellis, Ayers, and Brink all had two hits. The Trojans host Hancock today.