Photo gallery by STEVE HARRISON
Hornell Lady Raiders Varsity watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 4-0 loss to Haverling on Thursday. Haverling took the lead on a home run in the second inning.
Haverling got on the board in the second inning. Madison Coots homered on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs.
One bright spot for Hornell Lady Raiders Varsity was a single by Parker Graham in the third inning.
Kaili Witherell was the winning pitcher for Haverling. The hurler allowed two hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out 15.
Lillian Hoyt took the loss for Hornell Lady Raiders Varsity. Hoyt surrendered four runs on eight hits over six innings, striking out seven and walking one. She was injured last year and said she feels better now.
“I felt good tonight and trusted by teammates to play well behind me,” said Hoyt. “We are also a young team and we’ve been working on our strengths and weaknesses.”
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Coach Jen Bowie said the team had individual success.
“I take it as a victory personally, it was a much better performance than the first time we played them. It’s hard because My expectations are higher and I think we can play with them. I take it as a victory for our personal successes but I do think we can do better
The team started 0-3 and now is .500.
“There were some hard conversations, but they put the team first ahead of individuals accomplishments,” Bowie said. “They came together and worked harder and that’s what it’s going to take as a young team, to get everybody on the same page and working together. Regardless of their role, they have to come here for each other and the team.”
Graham and Jordyn Dyring each managed one hit to lead Hornell Lady Raiders Varsity. Hornell Lady Raiders Varsity was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Ireland Harrison made the most plays with eight.
Haverling tallied eight hits on the day. Ryleigh Laverty and Caydence Spears all managed multiple hits for Haverling. Laverty led Haverling with three hits in three at bats. Haverling didn’t commit a single error in the field. Spears had 15 chances in the field, the most on the team.