By: Tim Birney | | May 5, 2022


ATHENS — Canton scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to blow open a close game en route to a 10-3 win over Athens here Thursday afternoon in NTL softball action.

“For five innings it was a ballgame,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “Again, though other than Aliyah (Butler) and Emma (Renninger), no one was swinging the bat well, but we were making enough plays to give us a chance, and then like many times this year defensively we fell apart.

“Savannah (Persun) threw a pretty good game, but we’re allowing the other team too many opportunities to score because we just can’t make the play when we need to,” added Farrell. “You can’t give a good team like Canton extra outs because they will and did take advantage of it.”

The Lady Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI single by senior Aliyah Butler.

Canton got on the board in the top of the third inning with one run, and took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the fourth innings.

The Lady Warriors’ big fifth inning game them a 8-2 lead after 5 1/2 innings.

Butler belted a lead-off double in the bottom of the sixth inning, and eventually scored to close the gap to 8-3.

Canton provided the final margin with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Butler was 3-for-3 with a double, one run scored, and one RBI, and Emma Renninger singled twice to account for five of Athens’ six hits.

Freshman Jules Pack singled and scored one run for the Lady Wildcats, and freshman Ella Coyle scored one run.

Athens, now 7-9, returns to action Monday against North Penn-Liberty.


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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 five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).