Greene’s Yahner Nearly Pitches A Perfect Game In Trojans Win

By: Meagan Schulz

Matthews homers for 3rd time in Bobcats win over UV; Oxford battles but falls to Sidney

DELHI – Greene’s Payton Yahner, an eighth-grader, made her first varsity start Thursday afternoon. Yahner took a perfect game bid into the fifth inning but Delhi’s Nealis broke up it up a single.

Yahner completed the five-inning game with seven strikeouts and no walks, surrendering just two hits as the Trojans won 17-1 in Delhi.

The youngster who started in the circle for Greene received support from the Trojans’ bats as Mckenzie Scott and McKenna Sergi each home run shots during the game with Scott coming away with two.

Scott ended the game with three RBIs while Sergi finished the game with three hits and two RBIs.

Greene, who is undefeated at 3-0 on the season, takes on Chenango Forks Saturday at 11 a.m.

Greene 17, Delhi 1 (5 innings)

Greene 2 1 3 2 9 – 17 13 0

Delhi 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 2 5

Payton Yahner (W) and Mckenzie Scott; Armstong (L) and Smith.

HR: (G) Scott (2) and Sergi

Sidney 12, Oxford 9

OXFORD – Tied a 6-6 during the top half of the fifth inning, Sidney was able to add two more runs before Oxford was able to close them out and get their chance to respond. The Warriors, however, held off the Blackhawks from scoring in the bottom half of the fifth. Adding another four runs in the sixth, Sidney took the ball game with a final score of 12-9.

Oxford was able to rally for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut their opponent’s lead down to three but didn’t add any more in their last trip to the plate in the seventh.

Sidney came away with 15 hits in the victory, led by Kaitlin Bookout three hits in five at-bats. Teammates Megan Warden, Jordan Lang, Kayla Mcewan and Tiana Saviano each finished the day with two hits.

The big scoring inning for the Warriors came thanks to a lead-off single by Mcewan. Following suit in their trip to the dish were Brileigh Beauchat and Lang. Small-ball and well timed hits along were defensive miscues scored the four runs in the inning as Sidney took the lead midway through.

Unable to answer until the sixth inning, the Blackhawks rallied for three runs and were credited to the offensive firepower of Lilie Horton and Jessie Howe, who each had RBIs in the inning.

Despite the loss, the Blackhawks collected 16 hits in the high-scoring affair. Karly Marshman, Tricia Bohannon, Trinity Vargas, Allison Beckwith, and Karley Miller each collected multiple hits for home team. Marshman went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead Oxford at the plate.

“I am proud of the way these girls responded to adversity,” said Blackhawks head coach Ed Holmquist. “We may have lost the game today, but we grew up a lot.”

Beckwith started the game for the Blackhawks. While striking out six Sidney batters, the Warriors were able to come away with their hits. Six of the 12 runs scored while Beckwith was toeing the rubber were unearned.

Amber Rogers was in the circle for Sidney, surrendering nine runs on 16 hits over seven innings. She ended the day with four strikeouts.

Oxford (2-2) hosts Hancock on Wednesday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Sidney 12, Oxford 9

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