By: Tim Birney | | April 26, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney


ATHENS — Athens erupted for 10 runs in the third inning to blow open a tie game en route to an 18-8 five-inning win over Williamson here Monday afternoon in NTL softball action.

The Lady Warriors struck for three runs in the top of the first inning, thanks in part to a pair of Athens errors, and RBI singles by Mikenna Buchanan and Skylar Smith, but the Lady Wildcats answered with three runs in the home half of the frame.

With two outs, Mallory Mummert one-hopped the right field fence for a two-RBI triple, then scored on an RBI single by Addy Repsher.

Ashlyn VanFleet drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the second, and later scored on a wild pitch to give Athens a 4-3 lead.

Skylar Smith’s RBI single in the top of the third tied the game at 4-4, but the Lady Wildcats blew the game open in the bottom of the frame.

Mummert gave Athens the lead for good with a two-run home run to make it 6-4. The rally also featured a two-run home run by Caydence Macik, a two-run double by Harley Sullivan, a two-run single by Repsher, and a run-scoring single by Megan Collins.

A solo home run by Audrey Hatch put Athens ahead 15-4 in the bottom of the fourth. Moments later, Sullivan tripled and scored on a throwing error on the play to make it 16-4.

Williamson scored four runs in the top of fifth inning to trim the deficit to 16-8, but Athens scored two runs in the bottom of the inning — on a sacrifice by Marissa Butler and an RBI single by Hatch — to close out the game via the “mercy” rule.

Hatch had four hits, including a home run, two runs scored and two RBI to lead Athens at the plate, while Repsher stroked three singles, scored two runs, and drove in three runs, and Aliyah Butler singled three times and scored one run.

Mummert homered and tripled, scored three runs, and had four RBI, and Sullivan tripled and doubled, scored three runs, and drove in two runs for the Lady Wildcats, while Macik hit a solo home run, Collins singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, VanFleet and Alli Thoman each scored two runs, and Marissa Butler drove in one run.

Repsher earned the win in relief for the Lady Wildcats. She allowed three runs — all unearned — on two hits, while striking out four and walking two.

Athens, now 10-2, travels to Wyalusing Tuesday for the first of five road games in five days.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.